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A letter from a California grade-schooler

By February 15, 2019September 16th, 2023One Comment

By Hayley Coble

Walter Library recently received a letter from a grade school student in California. The letter contained a Minnesota postcard along with a plea to return it filled in with information about Minnesota.

If the class gets responses from all 50 states, they win a party! In the letter, the student shared some information about what the Bay Area is like: It sometimes rains, but it never snows, and people mostly wear shorts and T-shirts.

Letter written by a grade school student in California to the librarians at the University of Minnesota's Walter Library.Naturally, I replied and prepared a postcard. After all, when a fifth-grader asks you to help them win a party, you help them win a party! I shared some information about Minnesota — the cold and snow, how people here enjoy being outside (even with all that cold and snow), and that they enjoy biking, camping, and hiking (when there isn’t so much cold and snow).

Hayley's reply message to the student from California.

I also put together a little University of Minnesota Libraries gift package to return to California with the postcard. It included Libraries post-it notes, pencils, stickers, a colorable bookmark, a Libraries map, and a T-shirt from the Walter Breakerspace.

University of Minnesota Libraries map, t-shirt, pencils, sticker, and bookmark.

Thanks, new penpal, for bringing a bit of California sunshine to a chilly Minnesota winter. Best of luck with your party, from all of us at Walter Library. Maybe in a few years, when it’s time to think about college applications, you and your classmates will consider the University of Minnesota. The winter isn’t all bad once you get used to it!

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  • Claire Kim says:

    Hayley! You are so awesome, I love this~ I was in your Spotlight on Research class last spring for the CLA First-Year Experience course and am always excited by the things you’re up to in the library! Like the workshop on making character mini-figures for tabletop games (I wanted to go but the workshop was full! I play D&D~) Anyway, hope you’re doing well!

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