Programs to Engage – Connect – Learn

Engage – Connect – Learn

All activities are subject to cancellation

Adult Winter Reading Program 

Did you enjoy the adult winter reading program last year? Challenge yourself this winter by heading to the library and catch up on your reading! Re-read an old favorite or try a new genre. Keep track of the amount of time you read, complete a reading card and turn in for a chance to win a prize! 

Jan. 4–Mar. 31, SPPL, Free


State of the City with Todd Prafke

City Administrator, Todd Prafke, will share the latest information and the state of your city, Saint Peter. Bring your questions!

Todd Prafke, City of Saint Peter City Administrator

Tue., Feb. 9, 11 a.m., SPPC Rm. 219, Free. 


State of the School District with Bill Gronseth

Superintendent Bill Gronseth was hired at the inception of the pandemic and has led the district into an unprecedented school year. Hear about the state of the school district. Bring your questions! 

Bill Gronseth, Superintendent, Saint Peter School District

Thu., Feb. 11, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free. 

Why You Hurt

A discussion on chronic pain and the neuroscience behind why we are hurting. Education strategies on how to deal with chronic pain and a new perspective on how to manage it. (Max. 10).

Mike Beckman, Physical Therapist, Benedictine Living Community—Saint Peter

Fri., Feb. 5, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


Total Motion Release 

A unique philosophy on exercise and corrective motions to help decrease pain yourself. Learn how to find asymmetry in your body that may be contributing to pain. Learn how to determine what corrective motions you can do to decrease that pain. (Max. 10).

Mike Beckman, Physical Therapist, Benedictine Living Community—Saint Peter

Fri., Feb. 19, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free



Local photographer, Jon Smithers, made national news when he captured the collapse of a portion of cliff in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Hear about this, his start with drones, and see drones in action in the gym! 

Jon Smithers, Wildlife, Nature, Landscape & Aerial Photography

Tue., Mar. 4, 11 a.m., SPCC Gym, Free.


Hospice 101

Hospice is in-home, end-of-life care provided by attentive and caring professionals. Learn about hospice, the benefits and how it helps the patient and families for optimal quality of life care during the end of life process. 

Kayla Donahue Lee, Moments Hospice

Wed., Mar. 10, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free. 


Winter Reading Program: Al Batt

Columnist, humorist and nature lover Al Batt concludes the Winter Reading Program with winter reflections and storytelling. 

Al Batt, Writer. 

Thu., Mar. 18, 2 p.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free. 


Veteran Benefits 101

Are you a veteran of military service? Learn about veteran benefit entitlements, how to access them and other services available for Veterans through your local County Veteran Services Office. Discover if you’re eligible for specific benefits and how to apply. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and get information on rides to the VA Hospital in Minneapolis.

Nathan Tish, Nicollet County Veterans Service Officer

Mark Roemhildt, Le Sueur County Veterans Service Officer

Tue., Mar. 23, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free. 


Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady of the World

Eleanor Roosevelt shares with the audience her tragedies and triumphs. Born into the opulent wealth of America’s “Golden Age” she would grow from the shy, homely orphan into a confident, driven woman. Annealed by personal tragedy, she would emerge as a champion of civil rights, author, and stateswoman. Eleanor has been characterized by many as our most respected First Lady. She is best summed up by President Harry S. Truman, who dubbed her “The First Lady of the World.”

Jessica Michna, Historical First Impressions

Thu., Mar. 31, 2 p.m., SPCC 219, Free.


The Lincoln Assassination: A Fragile Time

When John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincol, the Civil War was ending and emotions were high. Killing the President was just part of Booth’s plan. On the 156th anniversary of Lincoln’s death, hear about this fragile time in our history and the plot that very nearly succeeded in toppling the government. 

David Jones, Historical Presenter

Thu., Apr. 15, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


Special Sunday Program! Armstrong Boulevard Brass Quintet

Spend your Sunday afternoon listening to the sounds of jazz, polka, movie themes and more by a traditional brass group comprised of 2 trumpets, French horn, trombone and a tuba. Learn about the history of the music as well as a history about each of the instruments.

Thomas Bierer, Trumpet; Craig Brenden, Trumpet; Steve Spieker, Horn; David Stordalen, Trombone; Al Tonn, Tuba

Sunday, April 25, 2 p.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free.

Winter Reading Program starts December 1
Todd Prafke
Bill Gronseth
Moments Hospice
Al Batt
National Association Veteran Service Officers
Eleanor Roosevelt
Abe Lincoln
Armstrong Quintet