Where and When

Lake Phalen circa 1940's. Postcard from LakesnWoods.com

Lake Phalen circa 1940’s. Postcard from LakesnWoods.com

In summer 2016 find the Floating Library at Lake Phalen in lovely St. Paul, Minnesota.

We’ll be anchored off shore near Phalen Park Beach on weekends mid-July through early August, weather depending*.

Saturdays & Sundays, 1-7 pm
July 16 & 17
July 23 & 24
July 30 & 31
August 6 & 7

Canoe, kayak and paddle boat rental is available at Phalen Park Beach through Saint Paul Parks and Recreation during Library open hours.

For rates and further info, go here.

Other rental options: If you plan ahead, the University of Minnesota’s Recreation Department has inexpensive weekend-long canoe rentals if you pick up your canoe on a Friday. Note: they are closed on weekends.

Please note that the Floating Library is designed for access by canoe, kayak, paddle board, rowboat or other small watercraft.  Swimming to the Library is possible but not recommended. Swimmers are not allowed to climb onto the Library raft!

*Check the weather before you head out!  To protect the books and the Floating Librarians, the Library may open late or close early if the weather is dicey. Altered hours will be posted on the FL’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


The summer 2016 presentation of the Floating Library is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, generous individual donors, and a Knight Arts Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation






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2 thoughts on “Where and When

  1. Hi!
    I’m looking forward to the closing event! Will there by anything that is visible/audible from the shore?

    1. Hi Jenna,
      Yes, we’re going to structure the event so people can listen from shore. The raft will be “docked” off the tip of the picnic island. When you get to Silverwood just make your way out to the island past the picnic tables. There will be people there to help guide you.

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