Upcoming Bus Trips

The library is hitting the road on Wednesday, August 30 for a visit to Rockford, Illinois to tour the Frank Lloyd Wright Laurent House and the Anderson Japanese Gardens. We'll enjoy lunch at Fresco at the Gardens.

Price of the trip includes transportation, entrance fees to the Laurent House and Anderson Gardens, plus lunch and refreshments on the motor coach.

Frank Lloyd Wright Laurent House and Anderson Japanese Garden
Library Bus Trip to Rockford, Illinois
Wednesday, August 30 from 6:30 AM-6:30 PM
Registration deadline: August 10

The motor coach will leave from the Kmart parking lot (2415 State Road) at approximately 6:30 AM on Wednesday, August 30 and will return at about 6:30 PM. Exact times will be given one week before departure. 

Cost for the entire trip including transportation, attraction admission, lunch and refreshments is $120. Members of the Friends of the Library get a special price of $105.

Registration and payment deadline is August 10. Seating is limited.

For questions or to register for the bus trip, please contact Mary Dunn at (608) 789-7145 or mdunn@lacrosselibrary.org

Save the date for our upcoming Fall and Winter bus trips! On October 10, 2017 we'll be traveling to thru the Driftless Area of Southwestern Wisconsin to La Farge where we'll tour the Organic Valley headquarters and the Mlsna Dairy Farm. On December 2, 2017 we'll be traveling to the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN for a performance of the Christmas Carol. Contact Mary Dunn for more information on these upcoming trips or to reserve your seat.

Laurent House

Built in 1952 for a disabled World War II veteran and his wife, Kenneth and Phyliss Laurent, the Laurent House is the only building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright specifically for a client with a physical disability. Using intersecting arcs, this 1,400 square foot Usonian hemicycle home was constructed with much of the labor and materials sourced locally from the Rockford, Illinois area. Wright was so proud of his design that he referred to the Laurent House as his "little gem" and selected it for a career retrospective publication that showcased his 35 most significant buildings. This special designation garnered the ceremic Red Tile that still adorns the Laurent House's front entry. Ken and Phyllis Laurent continued to live in the house for 60 years. When they moved out in 2012, the home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Laurent House Foundation, created by local Rockford residents, purchased it with the sole purpose of preserving the structure and opening it up to the public. Admission to the Laurent House is included in the price of the tour.

Visit the Laurent House website

Check out books and videos about Frank Lloyd Wright from the La Crosse Public Library

Anderson Japanese Gardens

The world renowned Anderson Japanese Gardens were contrustructed in 1978 after Rockford businessman John Anderson was inspired by a visit to the Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon. Under the direction of Master Craftsman and designer Hoichi Kurisu, Anderson transformed his wampy backyard along the Rockford's Spring Creek into a breathtaking Japanese-style landscape. To this day the placement of every rock, alignment of every tree, and layout of all paths is made with careful consideration by Mr. Kurisu. Anderson and his wife Linda donate the Gardens to the Rockford Rotary Charitable Association to help preserve it as a non-profit community asset that continues to impress and inspire visitors from around the world. Admission to the Anderson Japanese Gardens is included in the price of the tour.

Visit the Anderson Japanese Garden website

Check out books and videos about Japanese Gardens from the La Crosse Public Library

Fresco at the Gardens

Between our tours will enjoy lunch at Fresco at the Gardens, part of the Anderson Japanese Gardens. This farm to table fresh dining experience offers a culinary designed menu featuring a wide range of organic, handcrafted creations sourced from local producers. Lunch and beverage at Fresco at the Gardens is included in the price of the tour.

Visit the Fresco at the Gardens website