Education has changed, and Saint Paul – the entire city – is the campus for a 21st century learning system. The “faculty,” “staff,” and “curriculum” are all the product of a purposeful partnership among pre-schools, K-12 schools, higher education, and informal learning organizations. They actively collaborate to create a seamless learning system for children, teens and adults. Together they target the skill development and knowledge building most important to Saint Paul’s continuing vitality.
SPPL plays an active role in the Saint Paul learning campus. It uses diverse means to reach people – in libraries, community sites, mobile labs, and on-line. Library spaces accommodate a variety of uses and groups of varying sizes either as stand-along libraries or as part of joint use facilities. Classes and instruction are offered by library staff, tutors, and teachers from other institutions, and community organizations.
Library staff are part of a team offering instruction, reading events, books and e-readers, literacy-oriented play for children, media creation labs for teens, tutoring, and technology in locations throughout the community. The Library actively facilitates on-line learning and supports research with phone, text, and on-line assistance.
Because services are less tied to buildings, SPPL and its partners are able to respond quickly to changing needs, populations, and neighborhoods. Staff manage an extensive community-wide system making print and digital material available, and participate on collaborative teams offering teaching, instruction and training throughout the city.