Bruce Goodman Read in Color Little Free Library Launched and Offering Programs

The Bruce Goodman Read in Color Little Free Library was successfully launched on September 11. Nearly 40 people joined the ribbon-cutting ceremony and panel discussion with representatives from More Than a Single Story (MTASS).

The discussion started a meaningful dialogue about diversity, equity and inclusion which is a goal of the library. There was much discussion about how to be better allies and how to create conversations. Themes centered on getting to know people who are different from yourself, approaching with love, and listening more than talking. Director of MTASS, Carolyn Holbrook, said it felt like she had spent the afternoon talking “with a group of friends.”

The Read in Color program brings diverse books to Little Free Library book-sharing boxes that provide perspectives on racism and social justice; celebrate BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized voices; and incorporate experiences from all identities for all readers.

This important work garnered local media interest, including KARE 11’s Breaking the News with Jana Shortal which aired last Friday. You can watch the show here. An article in My Villager can be read here and one from the Pioneer Press here.

With the library now open, JFS invites families to an afternoon of activities for children including crafts and treats at the new Bruce Goodman Read in Color Little Free Library at JFS at 1633 West Seventh in St. Paul on Sunday, October 2 from 1-3PM.

From 1:15 to 1:45PM, Wendy Baldinger, creator of Wiggle, Jiggle and Jam, a musical program that engages children while also supporting their language, reading, and mathematical development. Baldinger performs for children, seniors and families throughout the Midwest. She has a background in music, psychology and speech and language pathology.

Nothando Zulu from the Black Storytellers Alliance will entertain with storytelling from 2:00 to 2:30PM. Zulu is a master storyteller who has been sharing stories with audiences since 1976. She shares stories that entertain, educate, motivate and inspire. She has performed in many venues as she draws from an extensive resource of colorful, often funny characters whose antics and follies leave audiences pondering their own life’s lessons.

This event is free and open to the public. Contact JFS Community Engagement Coordinator Anne Myers for more information at or (651) 359-7775.