Library News: Waite Park

Musician Dennis Warner entertained more than 500 students, teachers, and staff at Discovery Elementary in Waite Park with his "Beads on One String" concert on Monday, March 19. The children were enthralled as Warner shared his own stories about how bullying affected him in school. These experiences led him as an adult to write his song and book, Beads on One String, about how we are more alike than we are different. Teachers prepared the students ahead of Warner’s concert...
Students from the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University recently completed two creative murals decorating walls at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library in Waite Park. The murals were completed for an art class. One is in the children's area and one (pictured) faces the library's checkout desk. The murals reward close inspection. They include quotes and visual references to books, libraries and the local area. Stop by the library to view the murals and check out some books!
If you have ever wanted to try woodcarving, this Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., you have the opportunity to find out more about the hobby from an expert woodcarver. Woodcarving expert and artist Ed Meyer will conduct a demonstration class at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library in Waite Park. During the class, Meyer will talk about the basics of the hobby, explain how to handle wood and sharpen your tools, and show the tools needed. He will bring along some of his carvings, too, including...
Students from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University are designing a mural for the Great River Regional Library in Waite Park as a service learning project for one of their courses. Six groups of three to four students created preliminary designs after visiting the library and meeting with staff to gather ideas and input. The students then returned to the library the last week of September and shared the six draft designs with members of the library’s mural design...
Members of the St. Cloud River Bats Baseball Team stopped by the Al Ringsmuth Public Library on Tuesday, June 14 to help kick off the Summer Reading Program with a baseball mini-camp. River Bats infielder Kyle Steiner from Peoria, Arizona, pitcher Steven Swift from San Ramon, California, and manager Jon Hansen led the mini-camp. About thirty children gathered outside the library on a sunny morning and received instruction from the players on fielding, batting, and pitching. Thanks to...
In commemoration of Memorial Day, the quilt art exhibit “and still counting…” by artist Caron Lage can be viewed at the Great River Regional Library - Waite Park branch starting Saturday, May 28. A memorial to the U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians killed in the Iraq War, the exhibit featuring 3,100 quilt squares will be displayed outside on the library's parking lot fence from May 28 through Monday, May 30. Each six inch quilt square represents one American service...
In commemoration of Memorial Day, the quilt art exhibit “and still counting…,” a memorial to the U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians killed in the Iraq War, will return to Waite Park's Al Ringsmuth Public Library at the end of May. A small portion of the exhibit was on display at the library in February. This time the entire project, a series of 2500 colorful quilt squares, will be erected outside the library on the fence surrounding the library’s parking lot. Each...
The Waite Park and Upsala Public Libraries are sharing a powerful art exhibit during February titled “and still counting….” The exhibit, a series of colorful quilt squares, is a memorial to the U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians killed in the Iraq War. Artist Caron Lage, who works as a branch assistant at Waite Park's Al Ringsmuth Public Library, initiated the project in the spring of 2007 after seeing photos of a display at Reed College in Portland Oregon using flags to...
The Waite Park Friends of the Library has been serving the Al Ringsmuth Waite Park Public Library for five years and is looking for new members. The committed core membership has been instrumental in helping to bring additional programming and new materials to the library. For example, the Friends purchased an art hanging system for the library’s lower level to expand its art exhibit space. They funded several programs during the 2009 Summer Reading Program. In 2010, the Friends expect...
This summer, the children’s area at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library in Waite Park received a colorful facelift when local artists Jill Dubbeldee Kuhn, Jessie Allen Johnson, and Sienna Dubbeldee Kuhn painted the existing children’s table and chairs. Branch Manager Marilyn Patterson and the Waite Park Friends of the Library originally discussed replacing the furniture but decided that reusing and recycling existing furniture was a better fit for the library's mission. The three artists...