Addie at the Library

As Grandpa Al, who is the City Manager of Wayzata, wrote to Grandma Sue:  "The next time you are in Wayzata, stop by the new Children's Garden next to the Library, and inside you will find a brick with someone's name on it."

And so Grandma Sue took daughter Jenny and granddaughter Addie to the Children's Library and Garden at Wayzata, where they met up with Grandpa Al.

It didn't take very long for Addie Sue Norgaard to find the brick with her name on it.

The Children's Garden was built from private donations, and bricks at $100 each, and benches at $1,500 each. 

Money was raised in late 2002 and 2003, and the Garden was constructed in the fall of 2003.  The City of Wayzata owns the building and grounds, and leases them to the Hennepin County Library system.  (The Wayzata Library is a community Hennepin County Library.)

Large "books" carved from limestone adorn the Children's Garden, which will be dedicated on the City of Wayzata's 150th birthday this July 31st, 2004.

The Garden's books may not be removed.  They must always remain available for visitors and also for when the Garden is used as an outdoor classroom for children's programs.

The outdoor classroom can be used when the sun is out, but probably not when it's raining.

It is important that parents and other adults always keep a watchful eye on the children.

The Garden is entered through the Library when the Library is open.  When the Library is closed, the Garden Gate is unlocked so the Garden can be used at all times.

Trudy Hanus, the Wayzata Librarian, loves the new library and the books and the puppets and all the little children.

Sometimes there are distractions in the Library.

Those distractions comes in many expressions and sizes and colors.

Thank you, Grandpa Al, for thinking of me and for making me famous in Wayzata.

The End

Love, Grandma Sue