reading Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson

Do you have a favorite quote from a book? Are there words that you can read over and over and still find fresh layers of meaning? Recently, I found myself drawn back to words written by E. B. White (Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little).

Shorewood’s Kay McCarthy took a rather roundabout path to finding her passion. Sewing became part of her life early on; she learned to sew as a child and made her own clothes from a young age.

Pat Budish, youth services associate librarian at Hennepin County Library-Excelsior offers three seasonal picture books for young readers. These books and others are available at Hennepin County Library-Excelsior, 337 Water St., Excelsior; 612.543.6350;

The American Craft Show, produced by the American Craft Council, returns to the other side of the river this month; it’s hosted every spring at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

To say that life has been a whirlwind for bestselling author Nathan Hill, an associate professor at the University of St. Thomas, would be an understatement. Last summer, his first novel, The Nix, was published to critical acclaim.

Groveland Elementary School in Minnetonka had a courtyard that no one was using. The principal and the PTO wanted to do something to make the space both useful and attractive. So they built a small stage and planned some landscaping.

The Princess and the Pea is a beloved fairy tale. Once Upon a Mattress, a decidedly modern take on the timeless story, will make theatergoers young and old fall in love all over again—partly because of the pint-sized cast.

Snelling Avenue (aka Highway 51) runs north and south through Falcon Heights, Roseville and Arden Hills, funneling cars straight through the Hamline-Midway neighborhood, nicknamed Little Africa for its 50 to 60 East African businesses.

In 2013, on a plane to San Francisco, birthplace of Beat poetry, writer and mother Susan Koefod reflected on the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers she’d just won. Artist, it told her. Artist? She, a woman of the ’70s women’s lib movement: writer and mother and daughter and wife.

1. You’ve Got Mail (1998)

If you’re a fan of: bookstores, New York City, and the era when Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks made an adorable couple.

2. Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Minnetonka is getting ready to celebrate its musically inclined youth at this month’s Young People’s Concerts put on by the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra (MSO).