Virtual Events

Our in-person programs and events are postponed until further notice.

Some libraries are offering Take & Make activities and other fun for pick-up--you can find these on our Events Calendar, or programs happening on Zoom. Find details for registering for these on our online Events Calendar.

Activities and reading tracking are also available via the Beanstack app or website. Learn more about Beanstack here.

Below are some virtual events you can enjoy from home.

The Art of Tying Knots: a Macramé kit by artist Jen Anfinson

This program is now full and kits are available for pick-up! - The vintage art of macramé has made a comeback! Learn the basic knots of macramé and create a trendy micro macramé zipper pull with this fun kit from artist Jen Anfinson, which includes all materials, instructions + a step-by-step video (view below or on YouTube). Note: colors provided will vary. This program made possible with Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Funds. Please let us know your thoughts via this feedback form link!

Doug Ohman, Pioneer Photography Presentations

Join author, photographer, and storyteller extraordinaire Doug Ohman for these upcoming presentations! Delivered via Zoom, follow the links to register for these events to receive the Zoom link and be able to talk to Doug and others who love to learn about Minnesota's history and landscape. If you attend one of these or his previous virtual events, please let us know your thoughts via this feedback form link. Made possible with Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Funds.

Doug Ohman presents: Living the Dream—Historic Homes of Minnesota

Take a tour of some of Minnesota’s most elegant homes. Hear the stories and personalities that surround many of these historic treasures. “If the walls could talk” will become reality in this most interesting photo presentation. Register online via this link to receive the Zoom link or by calling your local library. Sunday, May 2, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Doug Ohman presents: Free to All—Libraries of Minnesota

Enjoy a trip back in time when your small-town library opened your eyes to the big wide world. Learn about the role Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish American entrepreneur and businessman, had in expanding libraries in Minnesota and across the nation. Register online via this link to receive the Zoom link or by calling your local library. Thursday, May 6, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Doug Ohman presents: Photography Class

Learn all about photography and how it can be a hobby, or more! Photographer and storyteller Doug Ohman teaches about photography, using examples from his photographs of Minnesota’s incredible state parks. Register online via this link to receive the Zoom link or by calling your local library.Tuesday, May 18, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Doug Ohman presents: They Chose Minnesota

What drew them to the North Star state? Doug will highlight the stories and history from many of the immigrant groups that chose to make Minnesota their home. Register online via this link to receive the Zoom link or by calling your local library. Friday, May 21, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

COMPAS performances

If you viewed the previously available TaikoArts Midwest video, please share your feedback with us via this form.

Coming soon - Afoutayi

Dance connects the Haitian people to their spiritual and cultural heritage, having been passed down through lineages of African and Indigenous ancestry. This performance with COMPAS Teaching Artists Afoutayi is a vibrant educational opportunity filled with dance, music, drumming, storytelling, and history. Learn about Haitian cultural heritage with songs in Creole and French languages with live drumming accompaniment. This program made possible with Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Funds. View from May 14-May 28 on this page!

Past programs:

#OneBookMN - author Pete Hautman

The newest One Book, One Minnesota title is author Pete Hautman's "Slider." This statewide event will feature author Pete Hautman in conversation with moderator Alayne Hopkins of the Minnesota Center for the Book happened on Wednesday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. Watch the conversation below.

Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota

Great River Regional Library's Moving Words presentation with the St. Paul Friends of the Library turned virtual for 2020! Catch the discussion below with Minnesota Book Award-winning authors Shannon Gibney, Geoff Herbach, Bao Phi and Christopher P. Lehman. This project was funded in part with Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.


Journey Down the Mississippi, Parts 1, 2 and 3!

If you have viewed any of these programs, we'd love to hear from you via this feedback form! Let us know your thoughts to help us plan future events.

Part 3 now available! As of Monday, August 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. 

Available to view as of Friday, August 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.--watch Doug Ohman's presentation, Journey Down the Mississippi (part two)!

View Minnesota author/photographer Doug Ohman's presentation, Journey Down the Mississippi (part one), below. It just may inspire you to explore nature in your own part of Minnesota! RVSP in this event to receive the information to view this event from the comfort of your home.

Minneapolis Guitar Quartet Virtual Concert - Saturday, June 20, 4:00 p.m.

Join the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet for a concert--virtually!

Program includes pieces by Joaquin Rodrigo, Prince, and special arrangements by MGQ member Maja Radovanlija. The concert will also be available to view later on this page. This concert is made possible with funding from the Minnesota Arts Board and Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. If you've viewed this program, we'd love to gather your feedback on our feedback form!

#OneBookMN programs

Tune in via our Facebook page or watch below.

Author Talk with Kate DiCamillo

Thanks for reading together, Minnesota--now meet the author! Kate DiCamillo will host a statewide virtual discussion about her book "Because of Winn-Dixie," the first featured title in our statewide book club, One Book | One Minnesota. Kate will be in conversation with Saint Paul Public Librarian Eric Byrd, answering questions from readers across Minnesota in this one-of-a-kind event. This even has now passed, but you can still watch the archived discussion on YouTube.


Meet the Finalists Panels from the Minnesota Book Awards

The Minnesota Books Awards hosted video panels of all the finalists for each category. You can view these in the playlist on YouTube. You can find all the finalist and winning books in this list, available for request and curbside pickup at all locations.


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