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Kick off summer with Saint Paul Public Library, Expanding Hours at West 7th

By Terry Giinther, Library Manager 

Summer Spark offers reading, learning fun for kids and teens all summer long   
All Saint Paul Public Library locations invite kids and teens to make the library their destination for summer fun and learning. Summer Spark, the library’s summer learning and reading program, encourages kids and teens to stay active and read for fun all summer long with programs, hands-on learning, reading challenges, and book giveaways.   
To get started, kids and teens can stop in to sign up for Summer Spark, pick up activity and reading logs and pick out a free book to keep. Readers set their own reading and learning goals, and the library staff is here to help.   
     Families can pick up take-and-make kits that include art, journaling, and crafting supplies. Take-and-make kits will be available to pick up while supplies last.  
Suggested book titles and a calendar of events and performances happening at all Saint Paul Public Library locations can be found at 
A note from our Community Reporter book reviewer Beatrice Cosgrove: I’ve been doing Summer Spark for quite a few years now and have had a lot of fun doing it, especially with a friend (in this case, my sister!). The goal is to get kids reading and encourage them to do fun activities in and outside. There are also activities for teens and older kids!  Once you complete a certain amount of activities and/or do a certain amount of reading, you can earn prizes. 

Juneteenth Commemoration at George Latimer Central Library, June 11 
Join for Juneteenth Commemoration 2022 at the George Latimer Central Library, 90 West 4th St., on June 11 from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. to celebrate African American music, art and literature. The entire community is invited to this year’s outdoor celebration featuring activities for the whole family to enjoy and performances by Thomasina Petrus, Junauda Petrus-Nasah and Lance Brunious. Visit for more information. 
     In case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside George Latimer Central Library. 

West 7th Public Library Hours
The library at 265 Oneida St. is open Mondays, Thursdays 12:30-8pm, Tuesdays 11:30am-5:30pm and Wednesdays, Fridays 10am-5:30pm; closed Saturdays and Sundays.  

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