NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | St. Anthony Park Arts Festival Shows the Love for the Library


Looking for a good home for the books in your life that only get handled come time to dust the shelves? The St. Anthony Park Library Association is taking donations for the annual book sale coming up this Saturday, June 4. The sale takes place in the library during the upcoming 42nd Annual St. Anthony Park Arts Festival.

 The St. Anthony Park Library, located at 2245 Como Avenue, is the centerpiece of the event hosted by the St. Anthony Park Library Association. Proceeds go toward maintaining the grounds surrounding the lovely and historic Carnegie library and support children’s activities such as the Summer Reading program and Silent Movie Night.

 Beyond the book sale, the Arts Festival features several blocks worth of strolling through booths featuring unique items by artisans selling clothing, jewelry, paintings, photography pottery and sculpture.

 Local businesses will be featuring special deals. Stop by the Little Wine Shoppe for wine tasting or throw a pot with Ken Chin-Purcell of Bungalow Pottery. There will be sidewalk chefs stirring up kettle korn, serving  sandwiches and, new this year, Crazy Puppy Gluten-Free Gourmet Workshop.

There are two music stages: the Luther Acoustic Stage on the Luther Seminary lawn will feature lots of lute music :  Phil Rukavina, Renaissance Lute, Rick Griffith, Scottish Lute and Lisa Drew, English Lute Songs. The Carter Avenue stage will feature local favorite Denny and the Dawgs and also music by Inukshuk Pass, Sweet Rhubarb, Greg Herriges and others.

 There are other fun things to do at the festival: visit booth displays by neighborhood organizations such as the SAP Garden Club, which will be selling plants. You can dye a shirt, dye your skin with henna or braid your hair. The kids can ride a pony or load up the water balloons at the Water Wars booth (they will probably have to run home more than once for a change of clothes).

Members of the St. Anthony Park Library Association led by coordinator Rose Gregoire put on a festival that shows the love for the library that stands in the heart of the neighborhood.

To donate books to the sale, just drop off books in the book cart on the library’s lower level. Books (excluding textbooks), CDs, or DVDs will be accepted now through Friday, June 3.

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