July 16 presented us with a beautiful day for the Legacy bus trip to the Minnesota Transportation Roundhouse and that afternoon for our train ride on the Osceola to Marine train trip. The day started very early (5:15 am) for some and ended close to 11:00 pm for others. We packed the day with a tour of the Roundhouse on Pennsylvania Avenue, a catered lunch with the author Steve Glischinski who wrote “Minnesota Railroads”, then a 90 minute train ride along the scenic and historic St. Croix River Valley where we were able to see a panoramic view up and down the river. Throughout the whole trip there were engineers visiting with us, telling us tales of the railroad history, explaining different lines, why they are the way they are, and making us all feel welcome. The last car on the train was the mail car. Did you know that the US Post Office was all in one car on the train? It still had the pouches, cubby holes and some mail left from the time all mail was sorted on the train. Everyone had a great time even the kids who had free rein of all the cars and made regular runs up and down the whole train.
This program was made possible in whole or in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
The Madison Public Library is sponsoring a FREE bus trip to the Minnesota Transportation Museum/Jackson Street Roundhouse in St. Paul, MN, on Wednesday, July 16th. Following our visit to the museum, we will board a train for a scenic 90-minute round-trip ride along the St. Croix River Valley! Minnesota author Steve Glischinski will also be there to give us information about the history of Minnesota trains & railroads. There is no charge for this trip, but seating is limited; early sign-up is encouraged. For more information, please contact the library.
This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.
Minnesota author Steve Glischinski will be at the Madison Library on Tuesday, July 8th, at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Glischinski will be talking about his book “Minnesota Railroads: A Photographic History, 1940-2012.” Come and learn about trains & railroads in Minnesota. Everyone is welcome.
This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
The Madison Library is co-sponsoring a bus trip to Moorhead, MN, to attend the 37th Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival and the Annual Midwest Viking Festival on Friday, June 27. Seats are limited–sign up soon at the library.
The Midwest Viking Festival is an outdoor gathering of craftsmen, musicians & living history enthusiasts from throughout the upper Midwest, who specialize in bringing the Viking Age back to life.
Visitors to the Festival will also experience Viking activities including glass bead making, coin-striking, silver-smithing, runic reading/writing, chainmail production, blacksmithing, wood carving, pottery making, and a variety of challenging Viking games, and indoor and outdoor battle demonstrations.
This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Madison Public Library.
On Friday, June 6, author Joel Karsten presented a program on Straw Bale Gardening here in Madison. A large audience enjoyed the presentation and learned about this new way of gardening. The author did have his book on sale there, but if you missed it, check your library for a copy.
To kick-off our summer reading program, the Zinghoppers are coming to Madison! The Zinghoppers are an Emmy Award winning children’s band from Minneapolis. Using state of the art sound & projection, the Zinghoppers band invites your kids on a musical concert journey to the zoo where they’ll experience lots of animals up close and personal! Along the way, we’ll celebrate books & reading!
The Zinghoppers show will be held on Monday, June 9th at 11:00 a.m. at the Madison City Hall Auditorium. Everyone is welcome!
Sponsored by the Madison Public Library & funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.