East Side Freedom Library events

As the nights get longer and the days get colder, the East Side Freedom Library has a variety of events coming up to keep everyone occupied. The library is located at 1105 Greenbrier St. For more information about upcoming events send an email to info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.com, call 651-230-3294 or go to eastsidefreedomlibrary.org.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., the series “Islam in America” will have its second part of a three-part series. This particular installment will be about women in Islam and will be presented by local, practicing Muslims. These presentations serve as an opportunity for visitors and ask questions and learn more about Muslim neighbors. The final installment of the series, “Roots of Islam in America,” will take place on Dec. 4.

The African Drumming workshop for students in grades fifth through 12 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays each week during the school year from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The class, taught by master drummer Babatunde Lea, is free and open to anyone of any ability.

New Native Theater will present “Red Running into Water” on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. The play, written by Blossom Johnson, is about Nana, a young Navajo woman who refuses to be a statistic. In the story, Nana and the women in her family of the Red Running into Water clan reclaim their humanity and learn what it means to walk in beauty. As a warning, the play and its topics deal directly with sexual assault. Tickets for the event are pay-what-you-can at the door.

In addition, on Nov. 7, the weekly Mindful Self-Compassion event returns from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The recurring meeting series on collaborating with the library also returns on Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 9:30 a.m.

On Thursday, Nov. 8, Hmong Women Achieving Together will present a new series called “Let’s Talk with Hmong Women” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The series will cover a variety of topics and issues that impact Hmong women’s lives. Thursday’s talk will be about spirituality. All conversation are free and open to all. 

Also on Nov. 8, 7 p.m., the library will host a conversation about a new film in the making called “Compassion on the Battlefield in WWII.” Stephanie Manesis is producing/directing the film, which will explore compassion on the battlefield between enemies. It will also be about self-compassion after the war for things that happened on the battlefield. Given how much warfare there is raging in the world, this is a timely subject. In addition to screening a short excerpt from the film, Manesis will share first-hand stories from WWII veterans that she’s filmed. She has an MBA and an MA in French Studies from NYU and this is her first film that she is producing and directing. She also teaches languages and speaks professionally about mental wellness issues. She lives in Fargo, North Dakota.

The weekly series Mindfulness Meditation, led by Marc Anderson, returns on Friday, Nov. 9 from 9 to 10 a.m. Anderson will have an additional event in the evening that same day, 7 to 9 p.m. called “Dharma Songs,” a solo music performance. 

On Saturday, Nov. 10 the library’s History Day Learning Center will be available for students to drop in and work on their History Day Projects. Students can come by anytime between 10 a.m. to noon and get help in a variety of ways. For more details, contact the library. 

Also on Nov. 10 at 1 p.m., the library will host a community panel with members of several immigrant and refugee communities to discuss an exhibit currently on display at the library called “Human Proof Fence.” The exhibit contains work from five local visual artists based on their own experiences with dislocation, confinement, borders, walls and resettlement. 

On Sunday, Nov. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m., join the library for a new series called “Book Geek Happy Hour(s).” Visitors can bring a book or find one at the library to read. The first hour will be spent reading, the second will be set aside for conversation about the books. There will be light refreshments. Visitors are asked to contact the library and RSVP by Friday, Nov. 9 so the library knows how many to expect. Visitors are also asked to come on time so everyone can read peacefully without interruption. The goal is to make this a monthly gathering at 4 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month (except this particular event).

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