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Read Brave


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, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell in 2014, and How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon in 2015. 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.

Teens: Help us find our next book

Teens Reading Bravely Bookclub - 2nd Saturdays at Hamline Library 

Teens read and discuss books that would fall under the 'Read Brave' genre. Recommended for ages 14+, grades 9+. Meets the 2nd Saturday of each month from 3-4 p.m. in the teen area of the Hamline Library.

Submit your suggestions for the next Read Brave book here.



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.

More info here.

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Saint Paul, MN wants as many people to read a YA novel together and start a discussion. This yea...

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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