Thank you to everyone who participated in Read Brave 2015, which featured How it Went Down  by Kekla Magoon. It was inspiring to see so many different members of our community read and come together around this book.
When we read together—when a grandfather reads to a granddaughter, when a teacher reads to a classroom, when a parent reads to a child, when a sister reads to a brother, when everyone in a town reads the same book silently, together—we are taken out of our aloneness. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another. We connect. And when we connect, we are changed. — Kate DiCamillo
You can view the panel discussion on supporting youth in our community here:
Read Brave is a partnership between the Saint Paul Public Library, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, and Saint Paul Public Schools. It is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
About Read Brave
Read Brave is Saint Paul Public Library’s annual, citywide program encouraging youth and adults to read and come together around a young adult novel. The program encourages intergenerational dialog about thought-provoking contemporary issues facing teens and culminates with a visit by the author.
Library staff chooses the book in the fall and purchases as many copies of the book as possible to share with the community. When teens own the book, they take ownership of the reading, get the thrill of a personalized autograph, and are able to share the book with friends and family.
Read Brave featured the novel Everybody Sees the Ants  by A. S. King in 2013, and Eleanor and Park  in 2014. Read Brave has fostered partnerships and programs with Avalon School, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, the Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul Public Schools, adult and teen book clubs, Shakopee Women’s Prison, local booksellers, and Lady Gaga's Born Brave Bus tour. Avalon School received both state and national Promising Practices awards for their participation with the Saint Paul Public Library's Read Brave initiative.
In November of 2012, Brother Mike Hawkins visited the Saint Paul Public Library, and he connected our new 'one book' project to his new endeavor - Lady Gaga's Born Brave Bus tour. Our 'one book' project got the community talking about issues relevant to youth. Because of this, we named it Read Brave.
Read Brave 2015 is dedicated to Brother Mike Hawkins, Chicago-based poet, activist, digital media educator, and mentor who died December 3, 2014. Brother Mike changed the lives of hundreds of young people, directly and also by inspiring others to work for youth in their community. He was a mentor to youth, and also a mentor of mentors. He was 38. He is missed.
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