Check out this sampler of new CDs ordered by the library. #superchunk #aliciakeys #brunomars #grouplove #94east #jimmywebb
April 28, 1915 — Fire consumes the Market Hall, destroying the Saint Paul Public Library. Luckily, the Central Library was already under construction at this time. #ThrowbackThursday #libraries
We found these (undated!) paintings in the library archives. Check out the views of the Central Library from the Rice Park and Kellogg Boulevard sides of the building!
Valentine’s Day always reminds us of that old(-ish) tradition, the exchange of mix tapes. In Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, two 80s teens fall in love over shared music. Nowadays, of course, we have more modern options to unleash the DJ within, such as Spotify.
Inspired by Rowell’s visit to the library this February, we’d like you to share the mix you’d make for someone special. Reply below, or on our Facebook, Twitter, or email@example.com. We’ll share them on our website and social media. We can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!
Did Giants Once Live in Minnesota?
A book posting that giants once walked the earth cites this article about an interesting discovery near Clear Water, Minnesota.
Every now and then someone comes across this reference and our librarians get a question about it.
Luckily, the source cites that date, so we’ve been able to find it… even though the story runs all of a paragraph on a many-columned page and shares the spotlight with a music festival in Fargo and grasshopper eradication in Fergus Falls.
The brief article ran in the June 29, 1888 Saint Paul and Minneapolis Pioneer Press.
From page 18 of the February 5, 1934 Saint Paul Dispatch.
According to the biography Schulz and Peanuts, Charles Schulz was inspired by this exhibit at the St. Paul Public library in 1934:
"Having peered at every panel in the exhibition, [Schulz] went home, eager to test himself against his predecessors."
88 years ago, the Ford Manufacturing Co. came to town.
As we bid farewell to the Ford plant later this year, take a look at this full-page welcome that ran in the Pioneer Press on June 24, 1923.
You can find complete collections of the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and other city newspapers on microfilm at the Central Library.
Join us for old-time radio shows featuring music, commercials, and short radio programs from the 1930s and 1940s.
November 2, 7 pm - Terror & Sci-Fi at the James J. Hill Library
November 9, 6:30 pm - Drama & Mystery at the Saint Anthony Park Library
November 17, 6:30 pm - Comedy at the West 7th Library