Union Depot in downtown St. Paul will open a Little Free Library and expand the former Game Night to Games Galore on Wednesday, June 17, with a launch celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. will kick off the fun. The addition of the Little Free Library and the launch of Games Galore is perfectly timed with summer vacation for families seeking free entertainment in local hot spots.
The Little Free Library will be located on a colorful train cart in the Waiting Room at Union Depot. This location is the first in downtown St. Paul. Subtext Books, which is relocating to downtown St. Paul, is donating books to help start the library and will have representatives at the event selling books. Guests are invited to bring a book to add to the library. Gently used or new travel guides, travel memoirs, transportation history, transportation books for children and local history books would be excellent additions to the new collection.
Games Galore includes games for all ages and giant-sized games such as Jenga and Checkers. Previously offered only in the late afternoon and early evening, Games Galore will be set up in the Waiting Room every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The expanded hours are designed to offer fun options for people of all ages who seek a board game challenge and a friendly competition.
In addition to the ribbon cutting, the event will include the following activities:
- Story time with children’s book readings featuring Michael Hall, local children’s book author, at 12 p.m.
- Union Depot will host a Ten Thousand Villages market offering fair trade goods for sale June 17-19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily in Suite 120 on the west side of the Head House.
- Bee Line Honey and honey bon bons will be available for purchase in a pop-up shop.
Travelers, visitors and Lowertown residents are encouraged to enjoy these additional opportunities in which the historic venue is engaging the community and further establishing itself as “The Living Room of St. Paul.”