Did you know Minnesota’s best resources for early childhood professionals are available FREE to you? 

The Debra S. Fish Library contains the most current and comprehensive collection of resources for early childhood professionals.

April 9 – 15 is National Library Week!  What a great opportunity to explore a  hidden gem of early learning materials right here in our state.

The Debra S. Fish Early Childhood Library, with locations in Little Canada (St. Paul) & Minneapolis, contains the most current and comprehensive collection of resources for early childhood professionals in Minnesota. As one of St. Paul Public Library’s (SPPL) branches, our resources are easily accessible to anyone in the state of Minnesota.

What is available?

  • The Debra S. Fish collection includes many multilingual children’s books.

    Hard-to-find titles on a broad range of early childhood topics, such books and DVDs on positive guidance, play, developmentally appropriate practice, anti-bias education, nature, ethics, technology, family engagement, and much more

  • Multilingual children’s books in Chinese, Cambodian, English, Hmong, Karen, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese
  • Literacy story kits, STEM story kits and books, and big books
  • Play kits, each containing a parachute, kick balls, and scarves
  • Parent Aware approved assessment tools and aligned curricula kits
  • FREE space for staff meetings, by appointment (8-15 people)
  • Frequently updated subject specific bibliographies on our website

How do I get materials from the library?

Jennie Walker Knoot is the knowledgeable and friendly Debra S. Fish librarian.

 1.  Visit the library
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Evenings and Saturdays when classes are scheduled (call or email to confirm)

Address:  10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117 (Little Canada) -AND- 2021 East Hennepin  Ave., Suite LL20, Minneapolis, MN 554132.

2.  View and request an interlibrary loan for anything in the collection at:
www.sppl.org or mnlink.org

Questions? We’re here to help!
If you want to get to know our collection better, we are happy to schedule a library tour for your staff, visit your location to discuss our resources, help you with projects, locate books, and more!

Contact us at:
Phone: 651-641-3544
Email: librarian@thinksmall.org to reach Jennie Walker Knoot, Librarian
Website: thinksmall.org/library

We look forward to meeting you!