The Saint Paul Public Library presents an array of arts, cultural, literary, and Minnesota history programs in collaboration with arts and cultural organizations, independent artists, historical societies, and community organizations. Programs are funded in part with money from Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Author Event with C.W. Guthrie
Author C.W. Guthrie discussed her book, Glacier National Park: The First 100 Years, at Central Library as part of the "Minnesota Springs for Glacier" Weekend, a family-friendly event celebrating Glacier National Park's 100th anniversary that took place in downtown Saint Paul. (Program, May 2010, Central)
America the Beautiful
The Saint Paul Public Library presented "America the Beautiful: The Monumental Landscape of Clyde Butcher", an exhibit of 50 large-scale photographs that capture the pristine beauty of places ranging from the South Dakota Badlands to the beaches of Hawaii. The exhibit was presented at Saint Paul Central Library and the adjacent James J. Hill Reference Library from January to April 2010. Clyde Butcher opened the event with a free public presentation.
The Saint Paul Public Library also presented a number of events to coincide with and complement the exhibit, including a presentation by polar explorer Ann Bancroft, a series of programs focused on the Mississippi River, nature and digital photography classes, and a concert by the Rose Ensemble. (Exhibit and Program, January - April 2010, Central)
America the Beautiful - Ann Bancroft
Polar Explorer and Minnesota native Ann Bancroft discussed her expeditions and upcoming project at this presentation hosted by the Saint Paul Public Library and James J. Hill Reference Library in conjunction with the "America the Beautiful" exhibit. (Program, March 2010, Central)
America the Beautiful - Mississippi River Series
This series of eight presentations focused on the Mississippi river, including Photographer Chris Faust's River Pictures, The Nature of the River with Geologist Karen Campbell, The National Parks with Dan Dressler, River Bird Life with Sharon Stietler, River Books with Pat Coleman, Our River Story with Pat Nunnally, History of the River with John Anfinson, and a Mississippi River Walk. (Programs, March-April 2010, Central)
America the Beautiful - Nature and Digital Photography Classes
Presented in conjunction with the "America the Beautiful" exhibit by photographer John Pennoyer, these free two-hour classes at a number of branch libraries explored the basics of digital and nature photography. (Programs, March-April 2010, Arlington Hills, Central, Merriam Park, Rondo, Saint Anthony Park)
America the Beautiful - The Rose Ensemble
The Rose Ensemble performed a program on early American hymns and spirituals. (Program, April, Central)
Black History Month
The Saint Paul Public Library presented "Imagine. Celebrate. Explore." - a variety of events to celebrate Black History Month in February 2010. Events included something fun and interesting for every age group, including notable authors, storytelling, African music, rap and hip hop, film, genealogy and very cool jazz.
The Poetry of Rap
Alexs Pate presented "The Poetry of Rap," an argument for a fresh understanding of rap as an example of powerful and effective poetry, rather than a negative cultural phenomenon. (Program, February 2010, Rondo)
My Heart Sings So My Spirit May Fly
Popular Twin Cities' actor, vocalist and Emmy Award winner T. Mychael Rambo shared music, songs and poems of African Americans in his stellar program, "My Heart Sings So My Spirit May Fly." (Program, February 2010, Arlington Hills)
Sowah Mensah and Friends
Acclaimed performer, ethnomusicologist, composer and a "Master Drummer" from Ghana, West Africa, Sowah Mensah, and his fellow musicians presented "Sowah Mensah and Friends," an electrifying musical mix featuring drums, xylophones and other instruments that define African music. (Program, February 2010, Rice Street)
In a partnership with the Canvas Teen Art Center, a Rondo neighborhood artist workshop run by teens, for teens, a program of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Twin Cities' hip hop artists shared the love of poetry, dance, and emceeing in an open mic hosted by Tish Jones, with performances by Unicus Harry of Kanser, Niles Miller, Alissa Paris, Aneka McMullen, MC Isreal Coleman, Brittany Delany and B-Boy Showcase. (Program, February 2010, Rondo)
Stories of Hope
Twin Cities' beloved actor, author, storyteller and educator, Isabell Monk O'Connor presented "Stories of Hope," an hour of tales from our national past that are heavily influenced by the African-American journey. (Program, February 2010, Merriam Park)
Twin Cities' jazz archivist, historian, memoirist and family history aficionado Tony Garrett presented "My People," a genealogical journey focused on preserving family history. The presentation was followed by a genealogy workshop demonstrating how to use Ancestry Library to research family histories. (Program, February 2010, Central)
Author and elementary school principal Tommy Watson shared how one man came from "below nothing" to achieve personal success and inspire others as he discussed his 2008 biography A Face of Courage: The Tommy Watson Story - How Did He Survive? (Program, February 2010, Sun Ray)
Dean Brewington Quartet
The Dean Brewington Quartet and jazz vocalist Debbie Duncan offered an unforgettable afternoon of great classic jazz in a two-hour musical tribute to the late great Duke Ellington. Guest jazz historian Tony Garrett provided historical context for the music. (Program, February 2010, Central)
"A Literary Evening with Alexs Pate" featured this best-selling author of Losing Absalom, Amistad, West of Rehoboth, and other works and a fascinating look at his body of literary work and his experience as a contemporary African American author. (Program, February 2010, Hamline)
Stories of Hope
Twin Cities' beloved actor, author, storyteller and educator, Isabell Monk O'Connor presented "Stories of Hope," an hour of tales from our national past that are heavily influenced by the African-American journey. (Program, February 2010, Highland Park)
Dean Brewington Quartet
Black History Month events ended with a big finish with a return engagement of the Dean Brewington Quartet and a performance titled "Warm Up to Super Cool Miles Davis," accompanied by vocalist extraordinaire Lila Ammons. (Program, February 2010, Rondo)
A Sunday afternoon presentation of the movie, "Dreamgirls." (Program, February 2010, Central)
April Notes was a series of three music programs presented at the Merriam Park library. This free music series included an evening with singer/songwriter Sasha Mercedes, a night of jazz classics with vocalist Pippi Ardennia, and a program on the history and philosophy of electronic music with Richard Griffith.
The Songwriter in All of Us
St. Paul singer/songwriter Sasha Mercedes presented "The Songwriter in All of Us," an interactive music performance, featuring songs from her CDs, and the stories behind them. (Program, April 2010, Merriam Park)
PipJazz and All That Jazz
St. Paul vocalist Pippi Ardennia, presented "PipJazz and All That Jazz," a program of jazz classics. (Program, April 2010, Merriam Park)
A Century of Electronic Music
St. Paul musician Richard Griffith illuminated the history and philosophy of electronic music in "A Century of Electronic Music." The program included a demonstration of samples from a variety of composers, performed on both analog and digital instruments. Attendees received a discography of recordings and a bibliography of resources to get started composing their own music. (Program, April 2010, Merriam Park)
Jazz at the Library
Hip and Sassy jazz came to the library when Saint Paul Public Library hosted three free jazz performances in early June to celebrate jazz, art and the written word in honor of the 12th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Jazz at the Library included performances by Nichola Miller; Lee Engele, Reynold Philipsek and friends; and T. Mychael Rambo and his ensemble.
Nichola Miller Swings!
Presented hip and sassy Twin Cities jazz chanteuse Nichola Miller singing classic and esoteric jazz tunes. (Program, June 2010, Saint Anthony Park)
Jazz with an Attitude!
Presented vocalist Lee Engele and guitarist Reynold Philipsek and friends, who performed a mixture of hip jazz, swing, flamenco and Latin. (Program, June 2010, Rice Street)
Presented T. Mychael Rambo and his ensemble performing jazz music mixed with literature to create a performance with jazz and the written word. (Program, June 2010, Central)
Summer Dance Movies at the Library
In conjunction with the Ordway Summer Dance program that presented lessons, live music and dancing in a specific genre on Thursday evenings at Landmark Plaza during the summer, The Friend's of the Saint Paul Public Library continued its annual free Friday Movie Nights series. The series featured eight dance-themed films highlighting the weekly dance genre, including salsa, swing, tango, disco and more. (Programs, June-August 2010, Central)
Film at the Library
Movies presented at various library branches through Movie Licensing USA. (Programs, Various dates and locations)
Fireside Reading with Eric Dregni
Eric Dregni brought readers along on three food-obsessed years of living in Italy in Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy's Culinary Capital, where he discovered the world of the balsamic vinegar elite, parmesan thieves and adventures both expected and unexpected. (Program, February, Hamline)
Club Book, author Jane Hamilton
Jane Hamilton's first novel, The Book of Ruth, won the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel and was a selection of the Oprah Book Club. Her second novel, A Map of the World, was chosen as an Oprah Book Club book again and named one of the top ten books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, and People. (Program, June, Highland Park)
Programs coordinated by MELSA held at Saint Paul Public Library locations
Club Book brings bestselling and award-winning national and regional authors to library communities throughout the seven-county metropolitan region.
MacPhail Center for Music:
Sing! Play! Learn!: educational music programming for children birth-6 and their caregivers.
Community Cinema pairs independent films with lively panel discussions featuring local experts and community leaders, and is moderated by hosts from tpt. These free screenings are presented in partnership with tpt, MELSA and the Independent Television Service.
Live @ the Library:
An all-ages performance series of music, dance and theater.