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August 2017
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My People Are My Home– Labor movie night!

August 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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My PEOPLE ARE MY HOME (Meridel LeSueur). This 45 minute creative documentary, made in 1976 by a Twin Cities women’s film collective, follows the text of several of Meridel’s writings woven with images of Midwestern people, particularly working class women. It captures and represents Meridel’s work with the artistic depth and edge it deserves. Neala Schleuning, a member of the women's collective that made this film in the mid-1970s, will introduce it and lead the post-film discussion. Neala was a…

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SHHH! Sing Harmony, Hungry Hearts! (Song Circle)

August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Join us for a monthly community song circle: SHHH! Sing Harmony, Hungry Hearts! Gatherings are every first Thursday of the month at 7PM. We will gather together to use our voices to sing our truth, practice the act of welcoming others, and adapting to the needs of all present. The voice you speak with is enough! This is not a performance. You don’t need to know any songs.

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Storytelling through Vinyl and Film: Searching for Sugar Man

August 4 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Greener Read Used Bookstore, 506 Kenny Road
Saint Paul, MN 55130 United States
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A monthly collaboration with A Greener Read Bookstore & East Side Freedom Library! 5pm at A Greener Read Bookstore >> Meet for Happy Hour and listening to music. Our focus will be a mix of South African music and folk music. 7pm at the East Side Freedom Library >> Screen the 2012 documentary about a Latino Detroit folksinger who is obscure at home but becomes a significant voice for white South Africans who are questioning apartheid. Free and Open to…

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Immigrant and Labor History: A Walking Tour of Payne Avenue

August 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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East Side Freedom Library and St. Paul Public Schools Community Education invite you to "Immigrant and Labor History: A Walking Tour of Payne Avenue, Past and Present." Join Peter Rachleff, Co-Executive Director of the East Side Freedom Library, for a walking tour that explores the present through the lens of the past. We will go to lower Payne Avenue, across the street from Yarusso Brothers, overlooking Swede Hollow, and we will walk approximately 2 miles. We will rest and talk…

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Kids Rising Story Hour

August 5 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Our mission is to agitate the next generation of leaders by engaging them in stories that we believe to be more meaningful than the ones they might typically encounter at a story time. We focus on stories with social justice messages and are intentionally inclusive of writers and themes from diverse and under-represented communities. We believe that a key to our future success as a movement is engaging our kids in big issues rather than shying away from talking about…

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Celebration of the Librarians Who Brought Life and Commitment to Our Historic Building

August 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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As part of the East Side Freedom Library's celebration of the centennial of our historic building, we want to honor the women and men who have worked in this building. Please join us in saying "thank you" to the librarians who have enriched our lives. There will be a short program, refreshments, and a reunion. Free and open to all. EAST SIDE FREEDOM LIBRARY 1105 Greenbrier Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106 info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org and 651-230-3294

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Neighbors Meet Neighbors: Members of the Somali Community

August 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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A series of forums centered around the stories and experiences of recent immigrants to the east side communities. Each month, we will hear from a different community about its history, culture, experiences, and challenges. On August 15th @ 7pm, Neighbors Meets Neighbors focuses on members of the Somali community.

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East Side Pride Open Mic: One Year Anniversary Celebration!

August 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Have a talent you want to share? Do you have east side pride? Join our safe space for all ages and talents! Comedy, Poetry, Song, Dance, Music, and more! The East Side Pride Open Mic's mission is to: "create a safe space for cultivating artistic talents and supporting youth expression and development as they celebrate their community." This event celebrates the Open Mic's one year anniversary. Wednesday, August 16, 2017 and Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:00-8:00pm at East…

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Undertow: A Traveling Reading Series of Cracked Walnut Project

August 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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The East Side Freedom Library invites you to “Undertow: A Traveling Reading Series of Cracked Walnut Project.” On Thursday, August 17 @ 7pm, poets and writers from the Cracked Walnut project will read at the East Side Freedom Library.  Cracked Walnut is a traveling reading series whose authors are committed to Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Personal Identity, and Freedom of Personal Expression.  Please join us. Free and open to all.​ EAST SIDE FREEDOM LIBRARY 1105 Greenbrier Street, Saint Paul,…

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A Very Special Inter-Generational Presentation!

August 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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For this presentation, Carolyn will read from the new Minnesota Historical Society Press collection, A GOOD TIME FOR THE TRUTH, and her granddaughter Xaundra Nawa will read poetry and perform songs she has composed.​ Carolyn Holbrook teaches at Hamline University and Minneapolis Community & Technical College, and teaches journaling workshops in a variety of venues. Her personal essays have been published widely, most recently in A Good Time For The Truth: Race in Minnesota (MNHS Press) and Blues Vision: African…

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