Check out the wild sounds that the band Beatrix*Jar made with teens at Rondo and Rice Street libraries!

If you are a teen who likes music and/or making stuff, come hang out at Createch at Rondo, Rice Street, Hayden Heights or (after 5/22) at Arlington Library.

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Sun Ray Library Construction - 2014, a set on Flickr.

Renovations are underway at the Sun Ray Library.
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Highland Park Library renovation - 2014, a set on Flickr.

Renovations are underway at the Highland Park Library.

Check out this sampler of new CDs ordered by the library. #superchunk #aliciakeys #brunomars #grouplove #94east #jimmywebb

(Source: Spotify)

April 28, 1915 — Fire consumes the Market Hall, destroying the Saint Paul Public Library. Luckily, the Central Library was already under construction at this time. #ThrowbackThursday #libraries

We found these (undated!) paintings in the library archives. Check out the views of the Central Library from the Rice Park and Kellogg Boulevard sides of the building! We found these (undated!) paintings in the library archives. Check out the views of the Central Library from the Rice Park and Kellogg Boulevard sides of the building!

We found these (undated!) paintings in the library archives. Check out the views of the Central Library from the Rice Park and Kellogg Boulevard sides of the building!

Valentine’s Day always reminds us of that old(-ish) tradition, the exchange of mix tapes. In Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, two 80s teens fall in love over shared music. Nowadays, of course, we have more modern options to unleash the DJ within, such as Spotify.


Inspired by Rowell’s visit to the library this February, we’d like you to share the mix you’d make for someone special. Reply below, or on our Facebook, Twitter, or readbravesppl@gmail.com. We’ll share them on our website and social media. We can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

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Fictitious Dishes, Famous Meals From Literature by Dinah Fried
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Fictitious Dishes, Famous Meals From Literature by Dinah Fried
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Fictitious Dishes, Famous Meals From Literature by Dinah Fried
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Fictitious Dishes, Famous Meals From Literature by Dinah Fried
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Fictitious Dishes, Famous Meals From Literature by Dinah Fried
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Fictitious Dishes, Famous Meals From Literature by Dinah Fried
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Fictitious Dishes, Famous Meals From Literature by Dinah Fried
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Fictitious Dishes, Famous Meals From Literature by Dinah Fried
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Fictitious Dishes, Famous Meals From Literature by Dinah Fried
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Fictitious Dishes, Famous Meals From Literature by Dinah Fried

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Fictitious Dishes, Famous Meals From Literature by Dinah Fried

Did Giants Once Live in Minnesota?
A book posting that giants once walked the earth cites this article about an interesting discovery near Clear Water, Minnesota.
Every now and then someone comes across this reference and our librarians get a question about it.
Luckily, the source cites that date, so we’ve been able to find it… even though the story runs all of a paragraph on a many-columned page and shares the spotlight with a music festival in Fargo and grasshopper eradication in Fergus Falls.
The brief article ran in the June 29, 1888 Saint Paul and Minneapolis Pioneer Press.

Did Giants Once Live in Minnesota?

A book posting that giants once walked the earth cites this article about an interesting discovery near Clear Water, Minnesota.

Every now and then someone comes across this reference and our librarians get a question about it.

Luckily, the source cites that date, so we’ve been able to find it… even though the story runs all of a paragraph on a many-columned page and shares the spotlight with a music festival in Fargo and grasshopper eradication in Fergus Falls.

The brief article ran in the June 29, 1888 Saint Paul and Minneapolis Pioneer Press.

From page 18 of the February 5, 1934 Saint Paul Dispatch.

According to the biography Schulz and Peanuts, Charles Schulz was inspired by this exhibit at the St. Paul Public library in 1934:

"Having peered at every panel in the exhibition, [Schulz] went home, eager to test himself against his predecessors."