East Side Freedom Library

The East Side Freedom Library, located at 1105 Greenbrier St., will be celebrating the publication of the book, “Reinventing the People’s Library,” on Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. “Reinventing the People’s Library” traces the history of the Arlington Hills Public Library, one of the branches of the St. Paul Public Library funded by Andrew Carnegie, and its reinvention as the East Side Freedom Library. The institution is dedicated to telling the stories of the East Side, including the Dakota who first lived here — and still do — European immigrants who settled here in the 19th and early 20th centuries, African Americans and Mexicans who came between the wars, and the more recent immigrants from Southeast Asia, central America and east Africa, who are revitalizing the area. The book was researched and written by Greg Gaut, a retired St. Mary’s University history professor.

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