Growing the Future

Join us Saturday, May 19 to celebrate tomorrow’s leaders! Breakfast will be served at 9:00 AM at Arlington Hills Lutheran Church, 1115 Greenbrier Street (next door to the East Side Freedom Library). There will be a brief program at 9:45 AM, and guests are invited to join us at the library for a celebration of History Day projects at 10:30 AM.


History Day youth and Peter RachleffWork with young people is at the core of the East Side Freedom Library mission — to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice, and work toward equity for all. To transmit these values across generations and help develop tomorrow’s citizens and leaders, the library offers mentorship and resources for young people to identify key issues, conduct historical research, and take responsibility for connecting the past with the present. From digital story-telling projects for immigrant and refugee teens, to high school open mic poetry night, to a learning center on Saturday mornings where a team of mentors helps students work on their National History Day projects, the library has become a place where young people can grow their own futures.

Picture of History Day coaches and studentsAfter months of hard work, these students will showcase their History Day projects – story boards, websites, documentary videos, and dramatic performances. All this will be on display at the library on May 19.

We invite you to join us for breakfast to learn about this work and how you can support it, then meet the students at the library to view and celebrate their History Day accomplishments. Download a flier to share!