East Side Freedom Library events

Stop by the East Side Freedom Library for a variety of events taking place over the next few weeks. 

On Monday, Aug. 12, a youth theater project begins. Called “The Ogress and the Fig Tree,” youth ages 7-12 can register to join theater artists Taous and Mohammed in creating a play with props and costumes at the library. The first session takes place Aug. 12-16, 9 a.m to noon; the second session will take place Aug. 19-23, 2 to 5 p.m. Those interested should register at eastsidefreedomlibrary.org/ogress/. Space is limited, so register early.

Monday will also feature an event at 7 p.m. celebrating the release and holding a discussion of two very different but related books: “Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Essays by Contemporary Authors” edited by Elissa Washuta and Theresa Warburton and “Abuses of the Erotic: Militarizing Sexuality in the Post-Cold War United States” by Josh Cerretti. Warburton will talk about why Native nonfiction is essential in this moment and how we can understand its shapes; Cerretti will talk about how state violence since the end of the Cold War needs to be understood by seeing how militarism has been mobilized through ideas about gender and sexuality. Warburton and Cerretti are educators and organizers in the heart of Coast Salish Territories in Bellingham, Washington.

Tuesday, Aug. 13 , 7 p.m. will feature the final conversation in a housing justice series that has been taking place at the library over the summer. The conversation will include the commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Jennifer Ho and St. Paul Planning and Economic Development deputy director Kristin Guild, as well East Side residents who are experiencing displacement from rising rent costs. Residents are welcome to come and share their own stories and experiences with rising housing costs. 

In addition to these events, the library has a number of recurring events, including Wednesday morning — 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. — mindful self-compassion workshops and Friday morning — 9 to 10 a.m. — mindfulness meditation workshops. 

The East Side Freedom Library is located at 1105 Greenbrier St. For more information, call the library at 651-207-4926 or go to www.eastsidefreedomlibrary.org.

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