|Riverview Library to celebrate centennial with Block Party Bash
SAINT PAUL, MN—Riverview Library on St. Paul’s West Side is celebrating its 100th birthday on Saturday, August 5 from 12:30-2 p.m. The community is invited to bring the entire family to enjoy a block party at 1 E George Street in front of the library. The street will be closed to traffic to make room for music performances, kid-friendly activities, and a chance for everyone to share their library memories and stories on the library’s Digital Scrapbook. And, of course, there will be cake too. In case of rain, the party will be moved inside the library.
“We are celebrating our 100th year by honoring that which makes the West Side so vibrant and strong – our community,” said library manager Kali Freeman. “Library patrons and West Side organizations (Growing West Side, WSCO, Neighborhood House, El Rio, NEDA) came together to plan the event. There will be music and community speakers, face painting, a nature scavenger hunt, popcorn, and Russell Harris with bubble art and fun for the kids. Additionally, the Bookmobile and other community organizations will be there to provide information and host additional games and activities.”
Riverview Library, originally built in 1917 and funded by Andrew Carnegie, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was designed by city architect Charles Hausler and is noted for its tall Palladium-arch windows that line all four sides of the building.
Riverview Library has been considered a neighborhood anchor since it opened in 1917 and was strongly defended against possible closing in the 1980s.
Riverview Library’s celebration is part of the library’s 100 Years/100 Stories campaign. Learn more at sppl.org/100.
|About 100 Years/100 Stories
In 2017, the Saint Paul Public Library is celebrating the centennial of four of our earliest buildings: Arlington Hills, which is now Eastside Freedom Library, George Latimer Central, Riverview, and Saint Anthony. 100 Years/100 Stories is an expanding collection of stories from our community, as told through written word, photography, audio, and video. They are all unique, and yet they share a similar thread of living and learning in Saint Paul. We are proud to have been a gathering place for Saint Paul residents for 100 years and look forward to serving the city for 100 more.
About Saint Paul Public Library
Saint Paul Public Library connects people in Saint Paul with the imperative and the joy of learning through a lifetime. Saint Paul residents can enjoy free access to technology, books, movies, music, classes and more. We are at 12 neighborhood libraries, George Latimer Central Library, the Bookmobile, and online at sppl.org.
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!