Riverview Library: 100th Birthday Block Party

August 5 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

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


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

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!


Writing Our Future – Youth Event

July 25th, 2017  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Wellstone Center (179 Robie St. E, St. Paul 55107)

Diversity Into Action, presents Writing Our Future, a summer literacy event intended to raise awareness and heighten the appeal of literacy programs among K-12 students of color and their families. Writing Our Future will showcase literacy programs offered by Twin Cities school districts and community organizations through active reading and writing workshops. Additionally, live readings and performances will help reinforce the creative, cultural, academic, and professional value of literacy in a fun and engaging way.

Some highlights of the day’s events will include:

  • Literacy presentations from published authors, including the importance of creative writing and story-telling
  • Interactive writing workshops
  • An on-the-spot K-12 writing contest with prizes at each grade level
  • Poetry readings, live music, and performing arts
  • Door prizes
  • Food and games
  • Exhibitor area for organizations and resources, including local colleges and universities, libraries, and community education programs.


According to the National Summer Learning Association, the summer months lead to losses in reading and math skills among more than 25 million low-income public school students in the United States. For these children, summer is not an opportunity to pursue and explore individual interests, but a struggle for safety and security. Known as “the summer slide,” this phenomenon is a major contributor to both the achievement gap between low-income students and their more affluent peers and the high school dropout rate. Over a lifetime, these summer losses add up to gaps in achievement, employment, and personal well-being.

Educational attainment among communities of color in Minnesota trails the general population average, both nationally and statewide. Individuals in communities of color tend to have lower assessment scores in math, science, and reading skills, hindering their ability to access post-secondary education and achieve the long-term benefits that go along with advanced learning. In 2014, Hispanics (63.2%), African American (60.4%), and Native American (50.6%) students had a significantly lower high school graduation rate compared to Minnesota’s non-Hispanic white population (86.3%).

Education is a well-defined pathway to a brighter future. Many studies have shown a correlation between educational achievement and individual prosperity. Lesser educated individuals are more likely to make long-term use of public assistance programs that place a financial strain on federal and state budgets. The education gap is a major driver of inequality. Diversity into Action is committed to helping reduce income disparity in Minnesota by providing communities of color with the tools, resources, and skills to enable them to rise above the poverty line and live lives of dignity and respect. By highlighting K-12 educational resources, we believe that literacy and achievement gaps can be narrowed before they become insurmountable.



ALERT: Meeting Canceled – July 18th RDLU

The Riverfront Development and Land Use Committee Meeting has meen canceled for July 18th.  Please join us for the meeting next month on August 15th, 6:30pm at Baker Center (209 Page Street West)

More info on RDLU Committee

UPDATE: LOCATION CHANGE for Baker Playground Rebuild Community Meeting

Meeting location has been MOVED to AMORE COFFEE due to a power outage at the Baker Center.

July 17th, 6pm, at AMORE COFFEE  (879 Smith Ave S.)

Folks interested in the replacement of the Tot Playground at Baker Center are invited to attend this community discussion regarding options for the new playground. Saint Paul Parks and Recreation staff will share updates. The hope is a new playground will be able to be installed this fall (or sooner!).

Link to Facebook Event

Link to article about playground fire:


Gente interesada en el reemplazo del parque para niños en el Baker Center están invitados a asistir esta discusión comunitaria relacionado con las opciones para el diseño del parque nuevo. Empleados del departamento de Parques y recreación de St. Paul van estar presente. El deseo es que un nuevo parque va estar instalado este otoño (¡o más temprano!)
Más información relacionada con el fuego que destruyó el parque:

Upcoming Work for Wabasha Street

Construction will begin on Monday, June 26th
Wabasha Street will be closed between Plato Boulevard and Fillmore Avenue

Work completed this past week

  • The City’s Forestry Department completed their tree removals.
  • Erosion control was been placed.
  • Saint Paul Regional Water Services (SPRWS) installed temporary water services.

Planned construction for next week

  • Road reconstruction starts!
  • Water main replacement will begin on Tuesday, June 27th.

Road construction can be disruptive — we appreciate your cooperation and patience.
For your safety and that of the crews, please drive safely through work zones.


The City of Saint Paul will be doing work on Wabasha Street between Fillmore Ave and Plato Boulevard. The work is being done in order to connect the bike lanes and widen the street. Work is expected to take place this Summer and into Fall. Expect the following:

  • 9 ft median with grass and trees
  • 6 ft bike lanes in both directions
  • 2 lanes in both directions
  • 10 ft sidewalks on both sides of the street

More information can be found on the City of Saint Paul Road Construction Page.