East Side Freedom Library events

The East Side Freedom Library is located at 1105 Greenbrier St. For more information about events, send an email to info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org, call 651-239-3294 or go to eastsidefreedomlibrary.org.

On Tuesday, Dec. 11 the African Drumming Workshop series continues. Students in grades fifth through 12th can stop by the library at 4 p.m. to learn about African drumming from drumming master Babatunde Lea. This event will take place every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the school year. 

Wednesday, Dec. 12, the recurring series Mindful Self-Compassion will return from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Anyone is welcome to join and learn how to practice mindful self-compassion. The class is led by East Sider Patricia Enstad, a licensed social worker and teacher, who 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.”

The library and the Lower Phalen Creek Project will host an event on Thursday, Dec. 13 that will showcase a five to six minute video on cultural healing and what forms it takes not only for the indigenous people of this area, but other ostracized communities like Hmong, Cambodian, African American, and Somali. After the video is presented, there will be a discussion and panel of speakers. This event is free to attend, but capacity is limited. Register ahead of time at eastsidefreedomlibrary.org.

The Mindfulness Meditation series continues on Friday, Dec. 14 from 9 to 10 a.m. 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. Urban monk Marc Anderson will facilitate these sessions. Anderson is a Zen Buddhist priest and the founder/director of the M2 Foundation, a St. Paul nonprofit that offers programming on the art of mindful living. He is on staff at both Hamline University and Macalester College and has a long career as a professional percussionist and composer.

On Saturday, Dec. 15, students working on their History Day projects can stop by the library between 10 a.m. and noon to do research and get some help from the library’s History Day mentors. This is a recurring event that takes place every Saturday morning. If Saturday doesn’t work, feel free to contact the library at 651-230-3294 or send an email to eastsidefreedomlibrary@gmail.com to set up a time to come in. 

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