On May 21, the library hosted the Story Fair at Arlington Hills Library.
The Story Fair kicked off a series of celebrations honoring four libraries turning 100 this year: Arlington Hills and Eastside Freedom Library, George Latimer Central, Riverview, and Saint Anthony. The Saint Paul Almanac’s famed Storymobile was there to collect stories from our community.
Activities for the entire family included a walking tour of historic Payne Avenue, an antiques appraisal with Mark Moran (call 651-632-3870 to register), a pop-up museum, music and spoken-word performances with local artists Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay and DJ Kook Akiem, and additional activities for kids and teens in the library and the Createch Lab. Local food trucks and our own Bookmobile will be there too.
Four Saint Paul Public Library locations are turning 100 this year, and we invite you to the join us at these celebrations starting in July. Three neighborhood branches — Arlington Hills (now the East Side Freedom Library), Riverview, and Saint Anthony Park — are Carnegie Libraries that opened in 1917. The George Latimer Central library in downtown by Rice Park, an Italian Renaissance masterpiece, also opened its doors in 1917.
Saint Anthony Park Library: Garden Party & Community Art Project
Monday, July 17 from 5-7 p.m.
Saint Anthony Park Library (2245 Como Avenue), invites everyone to celebrate 100 years with them on Monday, July 17 from 5-7 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the library lawn and enjoy a puppet show, art activities for all ages, garden tours, a chance to share your library stories, and more. Watch for information about a community art project this fall.
Riverview Library: 100th Birthday Block Party
August 5 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Riverview Library (1 East George Street), located on Saint Paul’s West Side, is holding a 100th birthday block party in front of the building on George Street on Saturday, August 5 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Bring the family for music, activities, and cake!
Arlington Hills: World Dance Party
Saturday, September 30 from 1-4 p.m
In 2014 Arlington Hills Library joined Arlington Hills Recreation Center to open the new Arlington Hills Community Center, which is located right around the corner from the former Arlington Hills Library building. The old building now houses the East Side Freedom Library and both libraries are partnering to offer a World Dance Party celebration at the Arlington Hills Community Center (1200 Payne Avenue) on Saturday, September 30 from 1-4 p.m. All ages welcome — bring your dancing shoes!
George Latimer Central Library: Costume Fair
Sunday, October 15, 1-4 p.m.
And last, but not least, the flagship library in downtown Saint Paul, George Latimer Central Library, 90 West 4th Street, will host a costume fair on Sunday, October 15, 1-4 p.m.