Libraries, Books, Reading, Book Groups, etc. (See also: “Writing Groups”)

A list of libraries in the Twin Cities metro area.

Book Groups

Moving Target Mystery Book Group, Stillwater Public Library, (651) 275-4338, ext. 4876. See also: For Book Clubs.

Stillwater Senior Center book group, Community Thread, (651) 439-7434.

Valley Bookseller, (651) 430-3385. Sponsors book groups and author appearances.

Valley Reads, (651) 439-1465. St. Croix Valley community-wide annual reading program. WCL hosts a number of book clubs at their branches.

Other Resources

Libraries in the Stillwater Area. Information about local, metro, and other Minnesota libraries compiled by Stillwater Public Library.

See also:

Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, (651) 222-3242. Active, high-profile advocate for Saint Paul Public Library and public libraries in general. Sponsors many activities related to literature, reading, culture, including the annual Minnesota Book Awards.

Books and Bars: open public book club show Use to find local groups on a variety of topics and interests.

Childcare, Preschools, and After-School Programs

Early Childhood / Early Childhood Family Center, Stillwater Area Public Schools, (651) 351-4000.

Head Start, (763) 783-4747. Provider for Washington County is the Anoka County Community Action Program. (See also: Minnesota Head Start Association).

Lake Area Discovery Center™ at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, (651) 439-5704.

Little Hands Preschool, St. John’s Lutheran Church, (651) 439-5408.

Little Wind Country School, (651) 430-4980 or 433-2280.

St. Croix Academy, (651) 436-2603

St. Croix Day Care and Preschool, (651) 439-3616

St. Croix Montessori, (651) 436-2603.

Salem Lutheran Preschool, (651) 439-7831.

Sunny Hill Preschool, (651) 430-2469.

Valley Preschool, (651) 439-8850.

Warm World, (651) 275-5900.

See also:

Community Education, Stillwater Area Public Schools, (651) 351-8300. “Adventure Club” program provides before and after school, non-school day, and summer child care in the elementary schools, Kindergarten – 6th grade.

Think Small, (651) 641-0305. Maintains database of child care providers, and other early childhood resources.

Community Services, Washington County, (651) 430-6455.

Community Continuing Education
A listing of community education opportunities and providers in the St. Croix Valley.

Computer Classes
A listing of computer training resources in the east Metro area.

Community Continuing Education Opportunities

Below are organizations and businesses in the Stillwater area which provide educational opportunities to the community. For more information, current schedules, registration, etc., check the links provided, or contact the organizations directly. You may also wish to check the library’s community bulletin board and distribution bins for current notices and brochures.

If you know of other providers that might be listed here, please contact the library at 651-275-4338, ext. 4876, or email

American Red Cross, St.Croix Valley Chapter, (651) 439-0031. Classes on safety-related topics including CPR, lifeguarding and water safety, babysitting, and more.

Arcola Mills, (651) 439-1652. Classes in a variety of humanities topics, including history and community, art and writing.

ArtReach St. Croix, (651) 439-1465. Co-sponsor of classes and programs for the arts and artists in the St. Croix Valley. Links to other arts resources.

Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop, (651) 770-5854. Classes on fly fishing, fly tying, casting, entomology, and more.

Boutwells Landing, (651) 275-5000. Senior living facility that sponsors or co-sponsors programming with Community Education, Stillwater Area Schools, and other area sponsors.

Century College, (651) 779-3300. Adult continuing education classes throughout the year, and youth program in the summer.

Community Education, Stillwater Area Public Schools, (651) 351-8300. In cooperation with many community partners, coordinates classes, activities, and programs for all ages. Programs include athletic and recreational programs, adult basic education, English as a second language, early childhood education, after-school programs, and more.

Compass Center for Healing, (651) 472-5800. Classes and programs to provide individual access to healing, transformation, and celebration.

Conversations of the Valley, St. Croix Valley Community Foundation, (651) 430-3830 (Reservations line). Public affairs luncheon series sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Community Foundation.

Cooks of Crocus Hill ), (651) 351-1144. Cooking and food classes.

Courage Center St. Croix, (651) 439-8283. Classes and activities for those with physical disabilities. Offerings include aquatics, fitness and wellness, work and life skills.

Critical Thinking Club of Minnesota, Stillwater Chapter, (651) 430-1091. Presentations and discussions on wide variety of controversial topics to develop critical thinking. Open to the public.

Darn Knit Anyway, (651) 342-1386. Classes in all things fiber for kids and adults.

Early Childhood Education, Stillwater Area Schools, (651) 351-8350. Regular program of parenting-related topics.

Extension Service, Washington County (University of Minnesota), (651) 430-6800. Classes and other programs on variety of topics: food, gardening, parenting, agriculture, economics, and more.

FamilyMeans, (651) 439-4840. Ongoing schedule of classes primarily related to family and personal living skills.

Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, (651) 439-4001. Sponsors a variety of business-related educational workshops for its members and friends. Also has a community calendar of area events.

Lakeview Health, (651) 439-5330 (Lakeview Hospital). Classes, workshops, and other opportunities. See under: “Health and Wellness”.

Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center (Science Museum of Minnesota), (651) 433-2427. Year-round classes, workshops, and other educational programs for all ages.

Minnesota Workforce Center, Washington County, (651) 275-8650. Monthly schedule of classes, workshops, and other training on jobs, careers and employment topics.

Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI, (715) 386-2305. Exhibitions, performances, and classes.

Rasmussen College, Lake Elmo/Woodbury Campus, (651) 259-6600. Degree and adult continuing education programs.

River Market Community Co-op, (651) 439-0366. Sponsors classes and workshops on food, nutrition, cooking, mind & body health, and alternative lifestyles.

St. Croix Ballet, (651) 439-2820. Classical ballet training classes.

St. Croix Valley Recreation Center, (651) 430-2601. City of Stillwater recreation facility offering skating lessons and other recreation-related activities.

Stillwater Public Library, (651) 275-4338. Year-round activities and programs on a variety of topics for children and adults.

Stillwater Senior Center, Community Thread, (651) 439-7434. Ongoing schedule of events, activities and forums primarily designed for senior adults.

Think Small (formerly Resources for Child Caring), (651) 641-0305. Educational development for early childhood and school age providers.

University of Minnesota Alumni Association, St. Croix Valley Chapter, Sponsors presentations on current affairs topics. Open to the public.

Valley Bookseller, (651) 430-3385. Sponsors author talks, and book discussion groups.

Washington County Historical Society, (651) 439-5956. Local history and genealogy classes and workshops.

Washington County Law Library, (651) 430-6330.

Washington County Library, (651) 731-1320. Year-round activities and programs on a variety of topics (including computer and Internet classes) for children and adults.

William O’Brien State Park, (651) 433-0500. Year-round naturalist programs and other park events.

Driver’s Licenses and Driver Education

Minnesota driver services are available at the Stillwater License Center, Washington County, (651) 275-7000, located in Valley Ridge Mall. Note: Access to driver manuals for automobiles, motorcycles, motorized bicycles, buses, and commercial vehicles is now ONLY available online. Manuals may be accessed at the library and printed off for $.15 per page.

“Driver Improvement Program”, State of Minnesota. Classes are held at Boutwells Landing, Oak Park Heights. Call 1-888-234-1294 for more information and to register.

“AARP Defensive Driving” program is offered through the Stillwater Senior Center (Community Thread), Stillwater. Call 651-439-7434 for more information and to register.

Exam Testing Services

Bayport Public Library, (651) 275-4116. Check link for specific guidelines.

Washington County Library, (651) 731-1320. Check link for specific guidelines.

Financial Counseling

FamilyMeans, (651) 439-4840.

Extension Service, Washington County (University of Minnesota), (651) 430-6800.

History Resources

St. Croix Collection, Stillwater Public Library, (651) 275-4338, ext. 4876.

Stillwater Heritage Preservation Commission, City of Stillwater, (651) 430-8800.

Historic Courthouse, Washington County, (651) 430-6233.

Washington County Historical Society, (651) 439-5956. Extensive print and online resources for Washington County history. Includes a list of historic sites in the county.

See also:

Minnesota Digital Library, a digital collection of the state’s unique resources and special collections.

Minnesota Historical Society, 651-259-3000. a tremendous resource base for Minnesota history. Check out the developing MNopedia. Web site has a comprehensive list of Minnesota historical societies.

TPT Video Archive, a service of Twin Cities Public Television, (651) 222-1717. Online archives of broadcast programs of Twin Cities Public Television (tpt).

Other Local History Resources in the Metro (List prepared by Stillwater Public Library.)

Homeschooler Groups

Christian Homeschools of Stillwater. Participation not limited to Christians.

Minnesota Homeschoolers’ Alliance, (612) 288-9662. Largest non-sectarian homeschooling organization in Minnesota. Located in St. Paul.

Language and Literacy Resources

Community Education, Stillwater Area Public Schools (District 834), (651) 351-8300. Programs for adult basic education, and English as a Second Language.

Language Learning Resources available through Stillwater Public Library.

See also: Minnesota Reading Corps, (612) 206-3030. A program of AmeriCorps and the Minnesota Literacy Council.


A list of libraries in the Twin Cities metro area.


Gammelgarden Museum, (651) 433-5053. Facility and program of Elim Lutheran Church, Scandia.

Historic Courthouse, Washington County, (651) 275-7075. Facility and resource of Washington County government.

Warden’s House Museum, Washington County Historical Society, (651) 439-5956. WCHS also manages the Hay Lake School and Erickson Log Home. WCHS web site includes list of historic sites throughout Washington County.


(See also: “Childcare, Preschools, and After-School Programs”; “Continuing and Community Education”; “Drivers Licences, Driver Education, and Defensive Driving”; “Homeschooler Groups”; “Pregnancy, Childbirth/Parenting Education, and New Baby”; and “Youth, Services for”.)

Kindergarten – Grade 12

New Heights School, Inc. (651) 439-1962.

St. Croix Catholic School, (651) 439-5581.

St. Croix Preparatory Academy, (651) 395-5900.

Salem Lutheran School, (651) 439-7831.

Stillwater Area Public Schools (District 834), (651) 351-8340. Includes the Alternative Learning Program, the programs of Community Education, and more.

Colleges and Universities

Century College, (651) 779-3300.

Rasmussen College, Lake Elmo/Woodbury Campus, (651) 259-6600.

University of Wisconsin – River Falls, River Falls, WI., (715) 425-3911.

Online Learning
See these links for more information about online K – 12 programs and more: Minnesota Department of Education; and Minnesota’s iseek web site.