Parade Grand Marshal

2022 Parade Community Grand Marshal

This year’s Parade Community Grand Marshal is the South St. Paul Public Library.

The library hasn’t always been on the corner of Marie and 3rd Avenue. On December 1st, 1922, the first South St. Paul Public Library opened in the former Fitzgerald Building on the north side of Grand Avenue Hill.  With the help of community partners, in 1927 a dedicated library building was created on the current location where it became a bustling center of activity. For children, it was a place of wonder and imagination with new books to read and new things to learn. For high school students, it was a source of information and a social meeting place. And adults could find the latest best seller on the shelves.

Through the years, the South St. Paul Public Library has become a community hub of the city, fulfilling its mission of lifelong learning and access by providing physical and electronic materials, Internet/Wi-Fi access, a wide range of classes from educational to arts and crafts, musical entertainment, book clubs, summer and winter reading programs, meeting room space–or just a quiet place to sit and read. And if you can’t come to the library, the library will come to you with their Librarian on Wheels, community preschool story times, or the popular Sip & Spell Adult Spelling Bee. The South St. Paul Public Library has touched the lives of so many residents in the past 100 years.

Happy 100th Birthday, South St. Paul Public Library, as you look forward to a bright future serving the community of South St. Paul another 100 years as the 10th branch of Dakota County Library.