East Side Freedom Library events

The East Side Freedom Library will have a variety of events coming up. The library is located at 1105 Greenbrier St. All events listed are free and open to anyone. For more information about events at the library, visit www.eastsidefreedomlibrary.org, send an email to eastsidefreedomlibrary@gmail.com or call 651-230-3294. 

On Monday, July 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the library will host a discussion on how members from the community can help collaborate with the library on events or community activities. Collaboration can include event promotion, media and communications, and community engagement. Anyone is welcome to attend to share ideas.

Wednesday, July 4 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. East Sider Patricia Enstad, a licensed social worker and teacher, will provide a lively introduction to the practices of mindful self-compassion. She writes, “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.”

On Friday, July 6, from 9 to 10 a.m., the weekly Mindfulness Meditation workshop will continue. The ongoing series is facilitated by Urban Monk Marc Anderson, who is a Zen Buddhist priest founder/director of the M2 Foundation, a St. Paul non-profit that offers programming on the art of mindful living. This gathering is open to everyone; no previous meditation experience is necessary. The sessions are drop in and offered on a donation basis. Feel free to bring a lunch; tea will be served.

On Saturday, July 7, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., bring the kids to the library for the Kids Rising Story Hour. The mission is to agitate the next generation of leaders by engaging them in stories that focus on social justice messages and are intentionally inclusive of writers and themes from diverse and underrepresented communities. The creators of the story hour believe that a key to future success as a movement is engaging kids in big issues rather than shying away from talking about them. 

Come to the library on Sunday, July 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a workshop that explores Gandhi’s theory and practice of nonviolence and applies it to issues of social justice and climate change. The workshop is lead by Chris Moore-Backman, author of “The Gandhian Iceberg: A Nonviolence Manifesto for the Age of the Great Turning” (recommended reading before the workshop but not required). He has worked with a variety of human rights, peace, and social justice organizations, including the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Christian Peacemaker Teams, and the Alternatives to Violence Project. He has served on international peace teams in Colombia and Palestine, and is the producer of Bringing Down the New Jim Crow, a radio documentary series. There is no cost, but participants are encouraged to make a donation. Please bring your own lunch; coffee and snacks provided in the morning and afternoon. For question and to do required registration, send an email to iceberg.workshop.mn@gmail.com

Ramsey County Historical Society and East Side Freedom Library invite the community to join them on the Immigration Walking Tour on the East Side on Wednesday, July 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Historian and co-founder of the East Side Freedom Library Peter Rachleff will lead a 90 minute walking tour. The tour will use Payne Avenue as a spine along which to follow the experiences of such 19th century immigrants as Swedes, Irish, Germans, and Italians, to those of our contemporary neighbors, such as Hmong, Somali, Mexican, and Karen. The tour will explore the political, economic, and cultural forces which prompted emigration from homelands, on the one hand, and the patterns of settlement and organization in St. Paul, on the other. The tour is a part of the Ramsey County Historical Society’s History Revealed series, featuring the best local historians, authors and archeologists talking about a wide range of topics drawn from the heritage and traditions of Ramsey County. Reservations are required by July 6 and space is limited to 30 participants. Similar, past tours filled up quickly, so make reservations right away by calling 651-222-0701 or send an email to robyn@rchs.com. Reservations can also be made online at www.rchs.com. The tour will meet at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St. Please arrive by 11:45 a.m., the tour will begin promptly at noon. Parking is available by the East Side Freedom Library. Participants will carpool down to Swede Hollow Park. The tour will end at the Freedom Library, and participants will be returned to their cars. The tour is outside only, so please wear walking shoes and dress for the weather. The tour costs $8 or $5 for Ramsey County Historical Society members. 

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