100 Years/100 Stories


We’ve come a long way. One-hundred years ago, Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) expanded from a single building to a network of neighborhood libraries, improving access to books and resources for Saint Paul residents. This year we celebrate the centennial of four of those early buildings: Arlington Hills, which is now Eastside Freedom Library, George Latimer Central, Riverview, and Saint Anthony.

100 Years/100 Stories is an expanding collection of stories from our community, as told through written word, photography, audio, and video. They are all unique, and yet they share a similar thread of living and learning in Saint Paul. We are proud to have been a gathering place for Saint Paul residents for 100 years and look forward to serving the city for 100 more. 


Everyone has a story. Share yours with a little help from these COMPAS artists.

The Art of the Memoir with Louis Porter II
Write with guidance to share your unique story and discover the wonderful way that writing helps people sort through their experiences.
Hamline Midway Library on November 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Telling Stories with Photography with Mica Lee Anders
Learn a variety of photography techniques and styles to capture and tell your story.
Sun Ray Library on December 2, 1-3 p.m.

Spoken Word and Hip-Hop: Playground Games and the Real World with Desdamona
Use games we learned in childhood to create original poems, songs, and stories about our experience and our world. 
Rondo Community Library on December 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m.