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Finalist Feature: Saint Paul Almanac

Category: Communities Create

Description: Saint Paul Almanac: Resistance and Resilience is an anthology filled with artwork, poems, history, essays, and more illuminating the experience of living in a diverse urban area.

“There are stories of grief, anger and injustice as well as stories of love, affirmation, and celebration. There are stories of resistance that inspire us to hope for a more just world. We also noticed a thread of profound resilience: the courage to take a risk, the ability to adapt, the determination to follow one’s dreams, and the spirit of working together. We hope that these stories, poems and artwork will be treasured as representative of the beauty of Saint Paul as well as where change, inclusion, and healing are still needed.”
—Wendy Brown-Baéz

Organization: Saint Paul Almanac was created in 2005 with the artistic goal of bringing the Saint Paul community together through the literary arts. The Saint Paul Almanac is a people’s meeting space for sharing the stories of the community through an annual book, public readings, and a community editor mentorship program.

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.

Finalist Feature: Justice Makes a Difference

Category: Communities Create

Description: “Words are powerful,” Grandma told Justice. “They can be used in powerful ways to do good or to do harm. That’s why it’s important to always be careful with your words.”

Justice has grown up witnessing the many ways her grandma serves the community. She wants to make a difference in the world, too, but how? Isn’t she too young?

Through conversations with her grandma and their shared love of books, Justice learns about important women and men throughout history who changed the world: Ella Baker, Shirley Chisholm, Charles Hamilton Houston, Dr. Wangari Maathai, Paul Robeson, and Ida B. Wells. Justice learns how each leader was a champion for advancing justice and improving the world, and she dreams of becoming a change maker, too—“Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire,” a superhero with a law degree and an afro!

Written by Dr. Artika Tyner and Jacklyn Milton, passionate educators and community advocates, Justice Makes a Difference is the inspiring story of one little girl’s realization that her name is her destiny.

Organization: Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute seeks to plant seeds of social change through education, training, and community outreach. PPGJLI focuses on building pipelines of success for K-12 students, promoting academic excellence and the unveiling of each student’s limitless potential through books, educational offerings, and youth leadership summits.

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.

Finalist Feature: Legacies

Category: Communities Create

Description: In 2018, a group of 16 (mostly) local poets responded to a call for submissions to an anthology of “poetic living wills.” Edited by Northfield Poet Laureate Rob Hardy, the poems in Legacies deal with death and dying, with the things that make life meaningful in the face of death, and with the legacies that the poets hope to leave behind or have received from others before them.

Organization: The Northfield Poet Laureate, a position established in 2016, serves as a coordinator and creative leader for poetic and literary arts in the community. The Northfield Poet Laureate is sponsored by the City of Northfield and funded by the Northfield Public Library and the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC), in partnership with the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission. The first Northfield Poet Laureate is Rob Hardy.

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.