Read Brave


What if we all read the same book at the same time? A book that discusses important topics like bullying, abuse, and love? Let’s do it! Pick up Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell at your nearest library. And then meet the author!

Rainbow Rowell's schedule of events:

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m.
Avalon School, 700 Glendale St

Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
Como Park Conservatory, Rainforest Auditorium, 1225 Estabrook Dr

Friday, Feb. 28, 9:30 a.m.
Central Library, Youth Services 90 W 4th St

All events are free and open to the public. At each event, Rainbow will discuss her book and then be available for signing. Addendum Bookstore will be selling her books.

Thank you to Saint Paul Parks and Recreation and St. Martin's Press for their support for Read Brave.

Reading Support

Here is a reading guide and some articles that might make reading this book even more interesting:

Young adult novel is at center of dispute in Anoka-Hennepin district
After Anoka County Library balks, St. Paul Library invites author to speak
Community Reads: Librarians Partner with YA Author A.S. King to Engage Teens 
Music playlists!  

Share Your Special Mix!

In Eleanor & Park, the characters fall in love over shared mix tapes. What mix would you give to someone special? Send your Eleanor & Park-inspired Spotify mix to the Saint Paul Public Library via Twitter, Facebook, and email, and we'll share them on our web page and social media. Hashtags: #readbrave, #eleanor&parkplaylist.

Get Involved

Want to get involved with Read Brave? Maybe you're a teacher who wants to bring the book into your classroom. Or a student who wants to create artwork in response to the book. Or a community organization that wants to host an event. Fill out this form to let us know how you want to be involved. We want to work with YOU.

About Read Brave

Read Brave is the library's annual, citywide program that encourages youth and adults to read and discuss a book that explores contemporary issues facing teens. Read Brave 2013 featured the novel Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King, and library partnerships and programs with Avalon School, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, the Science Museum of Minnesota, adult and teen book clubs, 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.

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Books we've read

Eleanor & Park Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell
Start date: December 1, 2013

Everybody Sees the Ants Everybody Sees the Ants
by A.S. King
Start date: December 1, 2012

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