Mary Aufderheide: Farewell

By Kristen Painter of the Star Tribune Right brain, left brain — it didn’t matter. Mary Aufderheide seemed capable of it all. Both an accomplished medical nurse and a professional violinist, Aufderheide had a life defined by adventure, curiosity and an ever-expanding network of friends. In retirement, she helped her husband, Dr. Arthur Aufderheide, pioneer […]

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In Remembrance: Katharine Coventry

We recognize with sadness the passing of Katharine Coventry, whose consistent generosity greatly benefited the library. In her memory, we reprint a story from our 2014 Annual Report, in which she was featured: Surrounded by friends and family, 101-year-old Katharine (“Kay”) B. Coventry stood at a podium in the library. She turned to look behind her […]

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Gift of 250 Books for the Youngest Readers

On November 30, Mayor Emily Larson visited the library for a celebration of a gift from the Wells Fargo Foundation of 250 children’s books for the littlest library users. “As a parent, I know the importance of literacy and learning letters,” said the mayor. “But it’s also about the time you spend with your children, […]

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