East Side Freedom Library events

The East Side Freedom Library, located at 1105 Greenbrier St., will be having a housing justice film series at the library throughout the month of July. The series will include a screening of the following documentaries: “Sold Out: Affordable Housing at Risk” on July 9 at 7:30 p.m.; “Jim Crow of the North” on July 23 at 7:30 p.m.; and “Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route” on July 30 at 7:30 p.m. Affordable housing is under constant threat from changing economic forces and urban development that break up vital communities. Low-income residents have fewer and fewer options, and local businesses and schools must deal with the impact of losing those families. “Sold Out,” the first film in the series, was made in 2017 by a team of filmmakers at TPT-2. The filmmakers worked with the MN Housing Partnership to interview residents at an apartment complex in Richfield who were being pushed out as the owners sought to gentrify the location. All films will be followed with facilitated discussions, and there will be a community conversation on Aug. 13 about affordable housing. These screenings and discussion are co-hosted by ABC Realty, MICAH, and Cookie Cart.

Also in July, the library will be celebrating the publication of the book, “Reinventing the People’s Library,” on Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m. “Reinventing the People’s Library” traces the history of the Arlington Hills Public Library, one of the branches of the St. Paul Public Library funded by Andrew Carnegie, and its reinvention as the East Side Freedom Library, an institution dedicated to telling the stories of the East Side, including the Dakota who first lived here — and still do — European immigrants who settled here in the 19th and early 20th centuries, African Americans and Mexicans who came between the wars, and the more recent immigrants from Southeast Asia, central America, and east Africa, who are revitalizing the area. The book was researched and written by Greg Gaut, a retired St. Mary’s University history professor.

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