East Side Freedom Library events

The East Side Freedom library is located at 1105 Greenbrier St. For more information or questions about specific events, call the library at 651-230-3294, send an email to info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org, or visit the library’s website at eastsidefreedomlibrary.org.

On Monday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m., come by the library to hear from building trades union activist Dustin Loosbrock in a discussion titled, “Lessons from Labor History: What Can We Learn from the Past to Make A Better Future?” Loosbrock has been a heavy equipment operator and a business agent for Operating Engineers Local 49. He recently explored labor history as part of a residency at the Harvard University Trade Union School, and he is completing a bachelor’s degree at Metropolitan State University. Dustin has been combining his work experience, his union experience, and his college studies to craft a vision for the future of the labor movement.

There will be a discussion about health care costs on Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. The discussion will cover topics like: What is the impact of our multi-payer system on health spending in the U.S. and in Minnesota, on overall health outcomes, on individuals, families, and businesses? How did we get here? What are some of the barriers to change? What are the principles and features of a comprehensive, affordable, high quality health care system that would cover all Minnesotans? The discussion will be lead by Anne C. Jones, a registered nurse with over 45 years of experience in direct patient care, clinical education, and nursing management, primarily in a major metropolitan academic medical center, as well as the health policy division of the Minnesota Department of Health. She is translating her study of health policy, and her clinical background, into advocacy for change in how we pay for health care in Minnesota and the U.S. Anne is on the board of Health Care for All Minnesota.

Also on Tuesday is the continuation of the African Drumming Workshop series. Students in grades fifth through 12th can stop by the library at 4 p.m. to learn about African drumming from drumming master Babatunde Lea. This event will take place every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the school year. 

Wednesday, Nov. 28, the recurring series Mindful Self-Compassion will return from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Anyone is welcome to join and learn how to practice mindful self-compassion. 

The Mindfulness Meditation series continues on Friday, Nov. 30 from 9 to 10 a.m.

Also on Friday, Nov. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. the library will host a book event. The event will celebrate author Suzanne Gordon’s new book, “Wounds of War.” Gordon has written about veterans’ affairs for The Nation, The American Prospect, Washington Monthly, the Sacramento Bee, Boston Globe, and many other publications. She co-authored an American Legion report entitled, “VA Healthcare: A System Worth Saving” and works with veterans’ advocacy organizations and VA union members. This event will be co-sponsored by Veterans for Peace and the Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, students working on their History Day projects can stop by the library between 10 a.m. and noon to do research and get some help from the library’s History Day mentors. This is a recurring event that takes place every Saturday morning. If Saturday doesn’t work, feel free to contact the library at 651-230-3294 or send an email to eastsidefreedomlibrary@gmail.com to set up a time to come in. 

The new series, “Book Geek Happy Hour(s)” returns on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. Visitors can bring a book or find one on the library’s shelves. Everyone will spend an hour reading, and then come together for a conversation to share their thoughts. The library will have light refreshments, perhaps a libation, hot tea, and the like. Visitors need to RSVP with the form on the library’s website by Friday, Nov. 30, so planners know how many are coming. Visitors are also asked that on Sunday, they come on time so everyone can all sit peacefully and read. The goal is to make this event a monthly gathering to take place on the first Sunday of each month at 4 p.m.

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