Inquiring Minds

Tue
16
Jan

Inquiring Minds: Crowley’s ‘Forty Acres’

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. The northern boundary of the city of West St. Paul is Annapolis Street — all except for a little bit of land that sticks up into St. Paul. That stretch of land is bordered by Charlton and Bidwell streets and it looks something like a tooth sticking up. What’s the story behind that odd exception to the geography of the city limits?

Mon
08
Jan

Inquiring Minds: Requesting books on the website

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. Up until a few weeks ago, I could search for and request books on your website from my home computer. Now my searches show only a blank screen. I have a MAC and I normally use the Firefox browser. Is there something I need to update in my computer?

Tue
02
Jan

Inquiring Minds: I can’t find my library book.

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. I confess. I can't find my library book. What happens now?

Fri
22
Dec

Inquiring Minds: Willing your books to the library

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. When it is time for me to leave Ramsey County and adjourn to that Great Reading Room in the Sky, will you send a truck to my residence to pick up the books in my own substantial library?

Mon
11
Dec

Inquiring Minds: Dewey Decimal System classification

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. Why are the LGBTQ books like Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic” shelved right next to the books about prostitution and pornography? It’s really insulting.

Fri
01
Dec

Inquiring Minds: What is punk wood?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. What is punk wood?

Mon
27
Nov

Inquiring Minds: Where does the word ‘gerrymander’ come from?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. There’s a big case before the Supreme Court now about redrawing the lines of political districts. The word “gerrymander” has been used, and that’s what interests me.  Where does that strange word come from?

Fri
10
Nov

Inquiring Minds: What’s the ‘@’ called?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. You know the “@” thing you use in your email address?  Does it have an official name?

Fri
03
Nov

Inquiring Minds: What is the origin of the word ‘machinations?’

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. What is the origin of the word “machinations”? Does it come from the name Machiavelli? Also, how do you pronounce it?

Tue
31
Oct

Inquiring Minds: What is the size of the pumpkin crop?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. What is the size of the pumpkin crop?

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