Photograph shows children waiting to check out books at the Waconia Public Library

Children at the Waconia Public Library

Children checking books out with the librarian at the Waconia Public Library.

A black and white photograph showing CCHS President O.D. Sell in Mayer with a donated banner from the German Reading Society.

O. D. Sell with a banner from the German Reading Society

CCHS President O.D. Sell in Mayer with a donated banner from the German Reading Society, 1942.

Carver County Library System

Libraries have been a part of Carver County history since the county was started. The earliest library began in 1858, and many more followed. In the twenty-first century, there are five full libraries and three express library branches. Total circulation is over one million books per year and rising.

lithograph of the prison facilities and grounds at Stillwater

The State Prison of Minnesota, Stillwater, Minn.

State Prison of Minnesota, Stillwater, Minnesota from An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota,1874.

lithograph depicting the home of Lorenzo Allis in St. Paul

Residence of Lorenzo Allis, Esq., St. Paul, Minnesota

Residence of Lorenzo Allis, Esq., St. Paul, Minnesota from An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota,1874.

lithograph of school and schoolchildren playing outside

Saint Croix Valley Academy, Afton, Minn.

St. Croix Valley Academy, Afton from An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota,1874.

lithograph showing a bird's eye view of Glenwood and Lake Whipple

Glenwood and Lake Whipple, Pope County, Minnesota

Glenwood and Lake Whipple, Pope County, Minnesota from An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota,1874

Manannah Mills, Hines and Butler, Props., Manannah, Meeker Co., Minn.

Manannah Mills, Manannah, Meeker Co., Minn. from An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota,1874.

lithograph showing farm, houses, and rolling fields

Residence of John M. Bayard, section 26, Mount Pleasant Township, Wabasha County

Residence of John M. Bayard, section 26, Mount Pleasant Township, Wabasha County from An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota, 1874.

Minneapolis, Minn.

View of Minneapolis from An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota, 1874.

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