While all Pioneerland Library System buildings remain closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Curbside Pick-up of library items is available. You may place items on hold using the online catalog. Library staff will call you to schedule a pickup time once your hold is ready. Pickup days/times vary by location. Please contact your library if you have questions or need assistance in using this service.

Libraries Invite Minnesotans to Read Together in New Statewide ‘One Book’ Program

One Book One Minnesota

Pioneerland Library System is thrilled to invite everyone to join them in reading Because of Winn-Dixie in a new statewide book club which is being launched by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library as the Minnesota Center for the Book.

The intention of One Book | One Minnesota is for Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect, and discuss. Presented in partnership with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, the program aims to bring Minnesotans together during a challenging time and highlight the role of libraries as community connectors. The inaugural title for the program is Because of Winn-Dixie by Minnesota author Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press).

During the months of April and May, Pioneerland Library System customers will be invited to read the book and will have access to author videos, reading guides, and virtual book club discussions including a statewide virtual discussion with the author in May.

Kate DiCamillo expressed her excitement in her recent introduction video. “I’m so thrilled that my book, Because of Winn-Dixie, is the very first book for One Book | One Minnesota. Stories connect us, and I’m so happy to be connected with all of you through story.”

Because of Winn-Dixie will be available on multiple platforms, including as a downloadable eBook without wait lists or hold on Ebooks Minnesota, a statewide digital library available to all Minnesota residents.

One Book | One Minnesota is presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, in partnership with State Library Services. Program partners also include Candlewick Press, Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators, Minitex (a joint program of the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education), and the Minnesota Department of Education. This program is made possible in part by the State of Minnesota through a grant to the Minnesota Center for the Book through the Minnesota Department of Education.