East Side Freedom Library

The East Side Freedom Library, located at 1105 Greenbrier St., has a variety of events happening this week.

On Jan. 8, 9:30 to 11 a.m., the library will host an event for people to find ways to collaborate with the library for events, media and community engagement. This is part of a semimonthly series that meets on the first and third Monday of each month. The meetings include discussion about upcoming events, the library’s mission and goals, and for participants to explore their own ideas about community programming. For questions send an email to awilliams.esfl@gmail.com.

A conversation about workers with disabilities confronting and overcoming challenges will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Macalester College psychology professor Joan Ostrove, along with a panel consisting of local activists Beth Blick, Nicky Villavicencio and Kari Sheldon, will talk about their stories and how fellow citizens can become more aware can help everyone overcome challenges. 

The weekly series “Mindful Self-Compassion” will return Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The series is led by East Sider Patricia Enstad, who is a licensed social worker and teacher. She says, “As we consider the important tasks that lie ahead, we will need to support our action with compassion and resiliency. Subtle, yet powerful, these affirming and portable methods can be utilized anywhere.” More information about the approach of mindful self-compassion can be found at www.centerformsc.org.

Also on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m., the library will host a panel of union leaders and workers from the University of Minnesota to discuss how one of the largest employers and one of the largest tax-payer-dollars recipients in Minnesota treats its workers, how workers’ treatment affects the quality of education and services provided to students and if/how worker treatment can be improved.

Rep. Tim Mahoney, who represents the East Side at the Minnesota State Capitol, will hold a town hall meeting at the library on Thursday, Jan. 11 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The meeting will be a chance for constituents to discuss issues and values they want represented in the 2018 legislative session, which convenes Feb. 20. Light refreshments will be served prior to the meeting between 6 and 6:30 p.m.

The East Side Freedom Library and A Greener Read Bookstore are co-hosting an event “Music & Movement: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound” on Saturday, Jan. 13, 3 p.m.

Local author Andrea Swensson will discuss her new book, “Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound,” published by the University of Minnesota Press.

The event starts at 3 p.m. at the library with Swensson discussing the history and destruction of St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood as well as the social unrest in North Minneapolis in 1966 and 1967. Out of these events came expression of funk, rhythm, and blues, which later became the “Minneapolis sound.”

Then at  4 p.m. the event will move to A Greener Read Bookstore, 506 Kenny Road, for an extended social hour with Swensson, which will include listening to vinyl selections she will bring highlighting the local history.

All events at the East Side Freedom Library are free and open to all. For questions or for more information, go to www.eastsidefreedomlibrary.org, call 651-230-3294 or send an email to info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org.

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