East Side Freedom Library events

The East Side Freedom Library, located at 1105 Greenbrier St., has a variety of events coming up in the next week. For more information about events, call the library at 651-230-3294, send an email info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org or go to eastsidefreedomlibrary.org.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., the library will host an African Drumming workshop taught by master drummer Babatunde Lea. The workshop will take place every Tuesday and Thursday through the school year and is open to all students in fifth through 12th grade. The workshop, supported by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, is free and and participants can register in person when they arrive. In the spring of 2019, additional teachers will join the program as students prepare for a series of public performances on the East Side. 

Also on Oct. 2, 7 p.m., is the start of a three-part series about Islam in America. The Oct. 2 edition of the series, the first installment, will be called “What you always wanted to know about Islam and Muslims.” The presentations, presented by Islamic Resource Group of Minnesota, will introduce participants to what Muslims believe, basic terminology, demographics, and the difference between religion and cultural practice. The other two installments will take place on Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. and will be about topics like women in Islam and the roots of Islam in America. 

The library will have a viewing of the film “A Crime to Fit the Punishment” on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. In September, the East Side Freedom Library screened the “underground” classic labor film, “Salt of the Earth.” It was made in 1954 by blacklisted writers, directors, cameramen, and actors, who said that they had been driven out of Hollywood not because of anything they had done, but because of their ideas. They came together in southern Arizona to make a film that would have been worth getting kicked out of Hollywood for. They said they were committing a “crime to fit the punishment.” For the Oct. 3 event, the library will show the 45-minute documentary film that was made in 1982 about the making of “Salt of the Earth,” and to continue the reflection on the film itself and what it suggests about the connections between the struggles for workers’, immigrants’, and women’s rights, and what it suggests about the ways that art can be used to tell these stories.

Wednesday, Oct. 3 will also include the continuation of the Mindful Self-Compassion series from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and a meeting for those interested in collaborating with the library from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

On Thursday, Oct. 4, join the library for the African Drumming workshop from 4 to 5:30 p.m., or a collaboration-with-the-library meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Thursday will also have a Move to Amend workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. This session’s objective will be to learn from effective past movements like abolitionists, suffragists and direct election of senators. This session is  part of a series of workshops about democracy and how to practice it. 

Thursday evening will also include an art exhibit opening at 7 p.m. The exhibit is called Sensible Gun Reform and will incorporate art by Melanie Bethke and conversation. Another event related to the art will be held on Monday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. to discuss gun violence and the possibilities of reform.

The Mindfulness Meditation workshop series will continue on Friday, Oct. 5 from 9 to 10 a.m. 

On Saturday, Oct. 6, stop by the library from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for Mother Moose Storytime, a story time for kids ages 2 through 6. Students who are working on college admission essays can also stop by for a workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be the first in a series, which will take place the first three Saturdays in October. Students will be required to attend all three installments. A $10 donation is suggested, but no one will be turned away. 

On Sunday, Oct. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m., come by the library to hear a discussion from Jose Estrada about the efforts of Latinx parents in the 1960s and  1970s to promote equity in education. This is a part of a series of discussions related to Hispanic Heritage Month. There will be a follow-up conversation on Oct. 23 at 5 p.m.

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