Upcoming events at the East Side Freedom Library

Here are some events coming up in the month of August at the East Side Freedom Library. The library is located at 1105 Greenbrier St. For questions or to contact the library, call 651-207-4926 or send an email to info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org.

National Night Out, which will take place Tuesday, Aug. 7, is a time to just meet your neighbors, get outside, and talk to  people from your community. The East Side Freedom Library will be offering a space from 5 to 8 p.m. with food provided by such partners as United Food and Commercial Workers 1189, free live music, and friends old and new.

On Thursday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m., the library will host a discussion titled “Nostalgia, Memory and Hmong American Culture.” The discussion will ask questions like: How do two distinct cultures, Hmong and American, meld together to form one? To what extent do Hmong Americans sense the weight of this identity? As a Hmong American, Jim Vue will explore the ramifications of such a union and will open up possibilities for new explorations into nostalgia, memory and the Hmong American culture. Vue grew up in Texas, served in the U.S. Army, and then moved to St. Paul. He has been working towards a masters degree at Metropolitan State University. His presentation is based on his research project.

The library is asking musicians and music lovers to come to the library on Sunday, Aug. 12, 7 to 9 p.m., to join the improvising spirits of Le Voyage as they explore the possibilities for connection and communication in sound. Bring your musical instruments, your imaginations, and your collaborative spirits. This is the first of what will hopefully be a monthly series that provides and opportunity for the experienced and the curious to participate in the creation of music in the moment. All are welcome to participate or to listen.

With  support from the Minnesota State Arts Board, this summer the Karen Women’s Weaving Circle has been mentoring a group of high school students at the East Side Freedom Library. On Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 3 to 8 p.m., come and see the beautiful work the students have created and meet the students and their teachers. There will be refreshments and hand woven cloth and clothing to buy.

On Thursday, Aug 16, 6 to 8 p.m., come to the library for a transit justice forum organized by MN350 and the Twin Cities Transit Riders Union. This is one in a series of public conversations about building a just public transportation system in the Twin Cities. This August forum will focus on how the bus system could harness clean transportation to fight climate change and improve the health of drivers, riders, and neighborhoods. MN350 works to inspire Minnesotans to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis trough community action. Twin Cities Transit Riders Union empowers transit riders in the Twin Cities to fight for a robust and reliable transit system.

To find out more about additional events taking place at the library, check out the calendar at eastsidefreedomlibrary.org.

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