Libraries; Great Resources for All

“Libraries are starting places for the adventure of learning that can go on, whatever one’s vocation and location in life. Reading is an adventure like that of discovery itself. Libraries are our base camp.” ~James H. Billington, 13th Librarian of Congress

Whether it is information for a school project, a great novel to enjoy on a cool fall afternoon, a new musician, your family’s genealogy or a movie for family night, your local library offers resources to all. As Mr. Billington said, the local library is our base camp to the adventure of learning and all you need is a library card.

Libraries in our area include:

· Ramsey County Library (North Saint Paul): http://www.rclreads.org/ – 2290 North 1st Street North St. Paul, MN 55109 – 651.747.2700

· Ramsey County Library (Maplewood): http://www.rclreads.org/ – 3025 Southlawn Drive Maplewood, MN 55109 – 651.704.2033

· Washington County Library (Oakdale): http://www.co.washington.mn.us/ (search for “Oakdale Library”)- 1010 Heron Ave. N. Oakdale, MN 55128 – 651.730.0504

· James J. Hill Reference Library: http://www.jjhill.org/ – 80 west 4th St. St. Paul, MN 55102 – 651.265.5500

· Minnesota Legislative Reference Library: http://www.leg.state.mn.us/lrl/ – 100 Rev. Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155 – 651.296.3398

I encourage you to check out your library’s website. Their calendars are full of great activities such as computer classes, gaming nights, family story time, teen and family movies, art classes and more.

The Ramsey and Washington County library websites also offer wonderful resources for students (http://www.rclreads.org/services/homework-help). Students have access to live online help from tutors, practice tests to prepare for the big exam and online chat rooms to study with friends.

Families also have access to the Museum Adventure Pass. The Museum Adventure Pass invites you to use your metro public library card to check out two free admissions to 18 wonderful Twin Cities cultural organizations.

Don’t let all of these resources pass you by. Visit your library today!

As always, please contact me with questions or suggestions about any issue. Please visit my Senate website at senate.mn/senatorwiger. I also encourage you to visit me at the Capitol, or let me know if you’d like me to stop by your home or apartment. Also, please tune in to my local cable TV show, “Your Capitol: What’s Up?,” which appears on public access channels 15 and 16.

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Senator Chuck Wiger
Chuck Wiger represents District 43, which includes portions of Ramsey and Washington counties in the northeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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