One Book | One Minnesota Second Chapter

One Book | One Minnesota is returning for its second chapter with a timely book on race. “A Good Time for the Truth,” edited by Sun Yung Shin, is a book of essays by Minnesota writers who share what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota.

Editor Sun Yung Shin writes in the introduction: “These essays…are intended to enlarge our understanding of, and deepen our connections to, one another. These writers are here to feed our spirits, if we let them. We can read their stories and leave each one with a deeper, more complex understanding of how race and culture are lived in Minnesota – and better prepared for the conversations and changes ahead.”

A Good Time for the Truth is available on multiple platforms. Readers can access the digital book for free on Ebooks Minnesota for ten weeks, until August 23. It is also available in the Plum Creek Library System’s ebook collection.

A statewide virtual discussion with Sun Yung Shin, will take place in August.

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 Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators, Minitex (a joint program of the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education), the Minnesota Department of Education, and Minnesota Historical Society Press. 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.  

One Book | One Minnesota

Something I have noticed over the past few weeks is how, in this time of social distancing, people are still finding activities and ideas that bring them together – not physically, but virtually. Thanks to a new program being offered in Minnesota, we all have a chance to become closer through reading and discussing a book.

This week, the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, in partnership with State Library Services, announced One Book | One Minnesota, a new online book club. Readers of all ages are invited to read “Because of Winn-Dixie,” by Minnesota author Kate DiCamillo, and come together for virtual discussions. All Minnesotans will be invited to participate in a statewide virtual discussion with the author in May.

“Because of Winn-Dixie” is available at Ebooks Minnesota, where the book will be available for multi-use downloads at no cost for eight weeks. It is also available in the Plum Creek Library System’s OverDrive collection (single use only).

“Because of Winn-Dixie” is an excellent choice for this program, because it can be enjoyed by the whole family! Adults can read it to their children, or members of the family can read independently and share their ideas. Include grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins…the possibilities are endless for a multi-generational experience.

Get started reading any time, and stay tuned for more information about discussion opportunities.

We may not be able to be together, but we can still read together!