Soak in the views on the terrace Stop by and visit one of Stillwater's hidden gems - the library's Johnson Terrace. The terrace is the perfect place to soak in Stillwater's scenery. The sweeping views of the beautiful St. Croix River, stunning church spires, and historic downtown are breathtaking and change with the seasons.
Visit the Johnson Terrace anytime the library is open for a visual treat and outdoor respite. Relax with a book in an Adirondack chair, or gather with friends for lunch at our patio tables (you'll need to bring your own picnic). You can even have an outdoor work session using our free wi-fi.
Make book clubs a breeze
Have a book club? Want to start one? Check out a book club kit.Each kit, packed in a zippered canvas tote, contains 10 copies of one title along with a discussion guide. We have 79 kits to borrow, or you can place a hold on 161 additional kits through our association with Washington County libraries. The kits check out for six weeks to a single group member who is responsible for all of the materials.
Titles in the kits range from classics like The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck to current best-sellers like The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Kits for teens and kids are available as well. Here are some of the latest titles for your book club to explore:
New fiction kits
New nonfiction kits
Unlock the mystery of adult summer reading
Coming in June! Explore worlds of marvel and mystery with us during our adult summer reading program. Discover new genres, investigate unique stories, and uncover your next favorite author. Stay tuned for staff book suggestions, intriguing programs, the chance to win weekly drawings, and monthly take & make projects.
Follow the tracks to Summer Mystery Explorers
Join us for a summer of exploration . . . and a little bit of detective work! Read, write, create, and investigate during our summer reading program for kids. Stay on track with reading and learning with engaging library programs, fun activities, and lots of great books.
Every time you talk, sing, read, write, and play with your child, you are building vital connections in their growing brain.
Play, for example, is essential for early learning. It isn't a break from learning - it is the way that children learn and actively engage their minds. Through play, children learn about how the world works. They use their imaginations and language to problem solve and act out real situations while thinking symbolically. "Play is so important to optimum child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child." (Source: Association for Library Service to Children).
Plan a play visit to the library. Create a puppet show with library puppets and the puppet theater, or build and construct with blocks or magnetic tiles. Need more play inspiration for fun at home? Browse our list of books that encourage play.