As we trudge through the hopefully last few weeks of winter, the East Side Freedom Library has a variety of events coming up to stay busy. The library is located at 1105 Greenbrier St. For more information or questions contact the library at, by calling 651-230-3294 or go to

On Monday, Feb. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m., the library will have a panel discussion titled “ISIS is Not” in conjunction with an art exhibit about refugee experiences by Shiloh Clamons. The panel discussion will talk about the immigrant and refugee crisis in the world today and will include lawyers, policy makers, immigrant rights activists and immigrants and refugees. Clamons is an artist and humanitarian service worker who employs art therapy with children and refugees who have experienced trauma. Her paper and ink, acrylic, collage, and interactive sculpture in her “ISIS is Not” collection reflect her impressions of the stories of the refugees she worked with in northern France and Belgium, Greece, and Italy, and special needs adults in Belgrade, Serbia, during the winter of 2017-2018.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5 and Thursday, Feb. 7, the African Drumming Workshop series continues. 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.

On Wednesday, Feb. 6 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 class is led by East Sider Patricia Enstad, a licensed social worker and teacher, who will provide a lively introduction to the practices of Mindful Self-Compassion. She writes, “As we consider the important tasks that lie ahead, we will need to support our action with compassion and resiliency. Subtle, yet powerful, these affirming and portable methods can be utilized anywhere.”

Also on Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m., those interested in finding ways to collaborate with the library can stop by for a meeting on the subject. A similar meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

During the evening on Feb. 6, Youvana Wellness will teach a Zumba class from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., followed by a yoga class from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants are welcome to join for just one or both of the classes. This is part of a series of classes that will also take place on March 6.

The Mindfulness Meditation series continues on Friday, Feb. 8 from 9 to 10 a.m. This gathering is open to everyone; no previous meditation experience is necessary. The sessions are drop in and offered on a donation basis. Feel free to bring a lunch; tea will be served. Urban monk Marc Anderson will facilitate these sessions. Anderson is a Zen Buddhist priest and the founder/director of the M2 Foundation, a St. Paul nonprofit that offers programming on the art of mindful living. He is on staff at both Hamline University and Macalester College and has a long career as a professional percussionist and composer.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, 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 to set up a time to come in. 

On Sunday, Feb. 10, 3 p.m., stop by the library for an improve jam, titled “Sonic Expression: An Invitation to Explore.” Bring a musical instrument, your imagination and a collaborative spirit. This is part of a monthly series open to both experienced and curious musicians. The library requests a $7 donation go to the musicians leading the event, but no one will be turned away.

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