Past Legacy Programs

America the Beautiful
America the Beautiful

The Monumental Photography of Clyde Butcher, presented by St. Paul Public Library.

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Anoka County Library's Live at the Library Day

On June 5, 2010, Anoka County Library had their own Live at the Library Day.  Events were scheduled at every branch, and included musical performances, fine arts and crafts demonstrations, hands-on activities, and a civil war era reenactment. Watch a video of the day here.

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Art for Life
Art for Life

The Minnesota Creative Arts and Aging Network (MnCAAN) is collaborating with MELSA to provide three-day arts residencies at 23 senior care centers in the metro area. MnCAAN assembled a roster of 10 teaching artists who have experience teaching older adults. Artist interns assist with the residencies and gain experience working with older adults. The care center staff selects an option suitable for their residents (storytelling, songwriting, dance/movement, creative writing, ceramics, painting).

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Art of Aging Exhibit

Four artists—ages 65 to 80—engage in a visual discourse about the enigmatic, disquieting experience of growing old—capturing in images what cannot be said in the language of words. Working in different media, they explore parallel themes: the indignity of aging bodies, the confrontation with mortality, the rush of time, the loss of identity, and the sense of being unseen and on-the-shelf.

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Celebrate Minnesota Libraries
Celebrate Minnesota Libraries

Libraries of Minnesota features stunning photographs by the popular Doug Ohman and library stories by seven of Minnesota’s best known writers of books for children and young adults.

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Community Cinema at the Library
Community Cinema at the Library

Twin Cities area public libraries host free screenings of films from the award-winning tpt series Independent Lens as part of its national engagement program, Community Cinema.  Community Cinema pairs independent films with lively panel discussions featuring local experts and community leaders and moderated by hosts from tpt.

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Faces of New America
Faces of New America

Artist's Statement (Jila Nikpay): "This collection of portraits of immigrant youth grew out of my fascination with the theme of cultural identity and belonging. I am drawn to working with these young people because of their flexibility and mystery. Through these portraits, I explore their complex rite of passage, which mirrors the evolving America identity."

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Hidden in Plain View

A Touring Exhibit

Amy Anderson

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Live at the Library
Live at the Library

MELSA contracted with Twin Cities performing arts companies and created a catalog of theater and live music performances for pre-school, school-age, general and adult audiences.

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Minnesota Book Award Winners and Finalists Take Center Stage at Local Libraries
Minnesota Book Award Winners and Finalists Take Center Stage at Local Libraries

Minnesota Book Award Winners and finalists come to your local library.

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