The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, announces the next chapter in the new statewide book club, One Book | One Minnesota. Presented in partnership with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, the program asks Minnesotans to read a common title and come together to reflect and discuss. The summer title for the program is "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota," edited by Sun Yung Shin.

"A Good Time for the Truth," published in 2016 by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, is a series of essays in which sixteen of Minnesota’s best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a Native person or a person of color in Minnesota. With unflinching generosity, these authors take readers into their lives, sharing experiences that we all must understand if we are to come together in real relationships. The book is available on multiple platforms. Readers can access the digital book for free on Ebooks Minnesota until Aug. 23. Visit your local library’s website for information on the book and virtual discussions. Links to resources for libraries and schools can be found at

Are you ready to read, investigate and discover this summer?! Arrowhead Library System invites kids and families of all ages living in Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis counties to DIG DEEPER by participating in two exciting and engaging summer programs this year. Get out your crayons, markers, pens, pencils or paint to create a cool bookmark about digging into reading and books for the Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover Bookmark Design Contest. Kids of all ages are encouraged to print off the bookmark template at and create a unique design. Entries must be submitted via mail and postmarked on or before Aug. 28. Prizes will be awarded for the five most creative submissions. Entries can be mailed to:

Arrowhead Library System Bookmark Design Contest

5528 Emerald Avenue

Mountain Iron, MN 55768

ALS is also offering a Dig Deeper Summer Activity Postcard Program. Kids who sign up will receive a series of five activity postcards via mail every 2-3 weeks, encouraging them to dig deeper and experience and learn new things during the summer months. All children in a household may sign up to participate as we know it's always fun to get mail! Program is geared towards ages 0-12 and their family members, however anyone can participate. To sign up, go to and complete the form for each participant.


The "Ariel Anthology "is now taking submissions of poetry from Wisconsin adults. Please email for theme, guidelines, and more information before submitting. Deadline: Wednesday, July 1.


Title: "Minnesota's Geologist: The Life of Newton Horace Winchell"

Author: Sue Leaf

Synopsis: At the age of 20, Newton Horace Winchell declared, "I know nothing about rocks." At 25, he decided to make them his life's work. As a young geologist tasked with heading the Minnesota Geological and Natural History Survey, Winchell (1839-1914) charted the prehistory of the region, its era of inland seas, its volcanic activity and its several ice ages -- laying the foundation for the monumental five-volume "Geology of Minnesota." Tracing Winchell's path from impoverished 15 year-old schoolteacher to a leading light of an emerging scientific field, the gook also recreates the heady early days of scientific inquiry in Minnesota.

Cost: $29.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press


Title: "Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture"

Author: Jane King Hession

Synopsis: This is an in-depth account of the life and career of Minnesota's first modern architect. Elizabeth Scheu Close (1912-2011) left an indelible mark on Minnesota's built landscape during her six decades as an architect. In 1938, with husband, Winston Close, she founded the state's first architect firm dedicated to modernism. In addition to designing the first International Style house in Minneapolis, the firm also created more than 250 handsome and efficiently planned modern residences. One of the few women who were practicing architects in the mid-twentieth century, she blazed a trail for future generations of women in the profession.

Cost: $39.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press