The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is a nonprofit organization established in 1945 to support the Saint Paul Public Library.
Through this work, The Friends serves as a national model for its unique, comprehensive support of the Saint Paul Public Library.
The Friends will provide the necessary support to ensure that the Saint Paul Public Library is among the foremost library systems in the United States.
The Friends is guided in its work by:
Membership helps to strengthen the Saint Paul Public Library and ensure the continued growth and improvement of Library services. The Friends support a variety of Library initiatives, including:
In addition to its comprehensive support of the Saint Paul Public Library, The Friends hosts the Minnesota Book Awards - a year-round program celebrating the best of Minnesota’s books and culminating with an annual gala presentation of awards. The Minnesota Book Awards works to connect the state’s writers and readers through programs, activities and outreach materials distributed through libraries and booksellers statewide.
Through this work, in 2012 The Friends was designated the Minnesota Center for the Book – the state affiliate of the National Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. One of the major initiatives of the Center for the Book is Letters About Literature, a state and national contest that invites readers in grades four through ten to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre – fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, contemporary or classic – explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s way of thinking about the world or themselves.
In 2006, responding to an increasing number of requests for advice and consultation, The Friends launched Library Strategies, a nonprofit consulting group whose proceeds support the mission of the Friends. Library Strategies provides services to libraries and library organizations across the country and internationally. Its consultants are library leaders and other experts who offer services in the areas of organizational growth and strategic planning, fundraising, feasibility studies and capital campaigns, Friends and foundations, advocacy training and other focus areas critical to these organizations.