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Butterflies, turtle, fish, bearded dragon, and lizard, oh my!

Posted on 14 January 2016 by Calvin

By RHONDA SIMONSON, Hamline Elementary teacher

Laaabs head shotHamline Elementary welcomed Bonnie Laabs to the school this fall. Laabs, in her fourth year of teaching science, did not arrive at Hamline Elementary empty handed. Her reputation preceded her, with a strong interest in Lego robotics and an impressive ability to make the state science test standards understandable and fun–so mandated science test scores potentially could rise for their students.

PHOTO right: Bonnie Laabs

But, much to the delight of everyone., Laabs brought a whole cast of characters: Spike, Leo, Andre, Mr. Tottle and more. To someone walking through room 1214 before or after school, you might say, “Oh, isn’t that cute; the science teacher has a turtle, lizard, fish, bearded dragon, butterflies waiting to lay eggs, a hermit crab, tadpoles, mealworms….and is that a real bunny?”

If you happen to come to observe Hamline Elementary during school hours, you get a chance to see the common core state standards come to life and have relevance for children. The Kindergarten living/nonliving unit is engaging when animals are involved.

Second graders totally get habitats and life cycles, core curriculum units for them; while third graders can not miss the adaptations unit as it applies to Spike, the bearded dragon. Fifth graders understand the relevance of ecosystems and biomes as they see the reality of food chains play out before them. Laabs exudes what every inspired science teacher should have–she knows her science and she knows what interests kids. That would be enough to be a huge win for Hamline Elementary students.

But really, there is a whole lot more that the kids do not even know.

Sitting down and talking to Laabs after school, she explained her doctoral work about the use of animals in mitigating the effects of trauma on executive function skills. She reaps the benefits of numerous current studies that show being around animals changes a brain’s chemistry and animals can encourage impulse control and calm. Animal contact can also be very motivational and build empathy skills.

Laabs feels fortunate that the Hamline Elementary principal is very open to having the ‘zoo.’ Laabs is meticulous about cleaning; runs an air cleaner and yes, admits that trust becomes a big part of her curriculum. She has to create an environment where the animals can trust the rotation of classes that comes through her space. She has to be willing to deal with allergy questions, the clawing that might happen, or a nibble that turns into more of a bite.

Parents get what Laabs is doing for the children at Hamline Elementary. Children start with the fish, moved to the crab, graduate to a bunny. (Who knew bunnies can live to be 20!) And, yes, talk a parent into a 100-pound dog because it was going to live outside. (Even a mom could not stick such a cute puppy outside alone once he comes in your house!) Animals do make the world a better place and each of us deserves that.

So here is my question to Ms. Laabs? Can we get a therapy dog? There’s some Mayo research on the value of dogs in healing. We won’t even pretend that we should keep it outside.

How cool would that be to have a school dog! If Laabs brings Hamline Elementary a therapy dog, they will send the Monitor pictures and its name.

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Harps of Éire scheduled for Jan. 23

Posted on 14 January 2016 by Calvin

www.SofiaHilder.comCeltic Junction, 836 Prior Ave., will present a free Harps of Éire Concert on Sat., Jan. 23 at 7:30pm. Professional Harpist Hannah Flowers and her musical guests will feature Irish music from past and present Everyone is invited to enjoy this performance showcasing Ms. Flowers on the Cláirseach, the ancient Gaelic wire-strung harp, and the modern Irish lever harp, along with Irish fiddlers, guitar, songs, tunes, and dance. This will be an evening of harp and song celebrating the harping tradition of Ireland. There will be songs in both Irish and English; it will be a casual event.

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Three local groups receive grants

Posted on 14 January 2016 by Calvin

Hamline University has been granted $56,261 to continue its Red Rock Ridge Survey. The grant was part of the $3.42million given by the Minnesota Historical Society under its historical and cultural heritage large grant program. To $56,261 grant will be used to hire a qualified archaeologist to conduct a survey of the Red Rock Ridge, under the National Register Evaluations and Archaeological Survey in Southwest Minnesota.

Under its Legacy Small Grants, the Historical Society has also given grants to two other Monitor-area groups.

The Central High School Parent Advisory Council received $10,000 to hire a qualified historian to research the 150-year history of St. Paul’s Central High School.

Concordia University, St. Paul, was granted $4,780 for a Digitization of Oral History Project, WWII Years, 1941-1946: The project will digitize a collection of oral history interviews to broaden public accessibility.

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Mid-year activities energize Como High students

Posted on 14 January 2016 by Calvin


• The Como Robotics Team is 45 members strong this season under the leadership of teachers Donna Norberg and Mike Fisher, with assistance from community experts and dedicated parents. The team is working on developing its robot in preparation for the FIRST Robotic Competition. (FIRST is the acronym “For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology.”) The building process is a long, sustained effort that concludes with a tournament in mid-February, followed by the regional competition at Williams Arena in early April. Elected captains are senior Evan Hulick and junior Marie Wulff. Safety captains are seniors Chrys Sowards and Garrett Yzaguirre.

• AP Government students will be making a road trip to Iowa after school on Mon., Feb. 1 to be political observers of the Iowa Caucus. After studying presidential politics, and the significance of the early caucuses and primaries, students will be able to get a first-hand view of the democratic process by attending both the Republican and Democrat caucuses in Mason City, Iowa. Students will return from the whirlwind political adventure late Monday night and have a unique experience to share during the presidential campaign and beyond.

• The Como Park Choirs sang for over 2,000 students at the five Area E elementary school buildings: Chelsea Heights, St. Anthony Park, Como Park, Galtier, Hamline and Je Ming Elementary. The singers enjoyed performing for the young and attentive audiences, and the elementary school students and staff enjoyed the music and performances from the Como Pops Concert.

• The Como Park Bands and Orchestra will perform a concert in the Como Auditorium at 7pm on Mon., Jan. 25. The concert will feature the intermediate band, concert band, jazz band, and the orchestra. Musical selections will include Mozart’s Symphony No. 6, arrangements from Vivaldi’s Spring, famous marches, as well as an improvising ensemble. The community is invited to join students, staff and parents at the concert.

Como Girls BBall• The Lady Cougars’ Girls Basketball Team sponsored its first annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The successful event was an opportunity for the Cougars’ to give back to the community, raise awareness, and honor victims and survivors of breast cancer. Many fans wore pink Lady Cougars basketball shirts, and the team was also decked out Como Staff at Girls BBall in pink. They won the game over Bloomington Kennedy, continuing a climb in the state rankings. After winning their bracket of the Rochester Rotary Club Tournament over winter break, the team is ranked #5 in Minnesota’s Class 3A.

PHOTOS: The Como Park Girls’ Basketball program hosted Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Dec. 18. The Lady Cougars defeated Bloomington Kennedy 65-54. The team is pictured (photo top) with Alana M. Wright-Carrington, Founder and President of the Carrington Cares Foundation. The team also honored breast cancer survivors and Como staff members Barb Schmidt and Maryhelen Tapio (photo bottom). (Photos by Leigh Adams)

• Prospective students who are interested in experiencing a day of Como Park High School are invited to shadow a current student. Opportunities for shadowing are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in January and February. Interested prospective students who would like to shadow may register online at comosr.spps.org by clicking “Prospective Students and Parents” under Popular Links. Tours are also available upon request through Sandy Kestner (651-744-3997), who serves as a Parent Coordinator.

• Como’s Showcase Night for prospective students and families is an opportunity to learn more about Como’s academic offerings and extracurricular activities. Those interested in attending Como are invited to visit the school on Thur., Feb. 4, 6-7:30pm. Students, teachers, staff, and community members will be present to show a sample of programs, answer questions, provide tours, and highlight what you can choose to do as a Como Park Cougar.

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Solar to help power Green Line light rail

Solar to help power Green Line light rail

Posted on 14 January 2016 by Calvin

IOC2_15SolarInnovative Power Systems has begun installing solar panels along the Green Line corridor. The Minnesota-based solar developer is building the facilities on four commercial rooftops. The Green Line solar project is within the Energy Innovation Corridor, an initiative promoting sustainable energy and transportation.

The $2.7 million project is being funded in part by a $1.9 million grant from Xcel Energy’s renewable development fund.

“This urban corridor now boasts one of the densest and most diverse concentrations of renewable energy, advanced energy efficiency programs, electric transportation and smart energy technologies in the region,” said St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.

Several thousand solar panels will be installed on commercial real estate properties along University Avenue. TenKsolar manufactures the panels in Bloomington, Minnesota. The 967-kilowatt project will be the largest in the city to date.

“Suntide Commercial Realty is thrilled to have two of our historic office buildings on the Green Line selected for this solar installation,” said Denise Currie of Suntide Commercial Realty, Inc. “We are committed to sustainability and this solar installation will be the next step for our St. Paul properties, Court International and 1000 University.”

“We are committed to the St. Paul Midway as well as the success of the Energy Innovation Corridor through projects that promote sustainability and conservation,” said Jason Sklar, Metro Plains property manager. “We are excited to add solar renewable energy to our EnergyStar office building. Partnering with Innovative Power Systems was key to getting this project started.”

Innovative Power is celebrating 25 years as a Minnesota-based solar installer. The employee-owned construction company has completed over 1,000 renewable projects and is recognized as one of the Top U.S. Solar Contractors by Solar Power World Magazine (2013, 2014, 2015). The Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association recently recognized CEO Ralph Jacobson with its first Lifetime Achievement Award, a group he co-founded in 2007. For more information on solar power in Minnesota visit www.solar.mn.

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Residents have mixed feelings about McMurray Field plans

Posted on 14 January 2016 by Calvin


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Residents participating in a District 10 survey seem willing to go along with changes the park district is proposing for the McMurray Field area of Como Park. However, many also fear the changes will negatively impact the surrounding streets, intersections, and neighborhood.

More than 90 neighborhood residents completed the survey online after the park district unveiled its latest design during a Dec. 15 open house sponsored by District 10. More than 45 people viewed designs and talked with project leaders during that open house.

The District 10 Como Community Council Board has not taken a position on the project. The Board is stressing the importance of community involvement and of monitoring details of the project as it moves forward.

What the plan would do
Under the most recent design, the park district proposes:
—Closing the intersection of Lexington Parkway and Jessamine Ave.
—Reconfiguring Wynne Ave. between Lexington and Beulah Lane
—Adding a 16-foot-wide feeder road that parallels Lexington from Wynne to Jessamine
—Reconfiguring diagonal and parallel parking along Jessamine, Beulah, and Wynne
—Adding a 77-car parking lot south of the existing pool lots
—If negotiations are successful, adding an additional 150-car parking lot on railroad right-of-way south of Jessamine
—Adding walking and bicycling trails in the area
—Reducing the number of softball fields from five to three
—Increasing participant and spectator access to the athletic fields
You can find full conceptual drawings and other information on the project website: http://bit.ly/1Jpn7Oj .

Based on design concepts, the project reduces parking in the area from 529 spots to 506 spots—if the railroad right-of-way lot is not built. As designed, the project would reduce green space in the area by about half-an-acre.

Construction is expected to begin in July 2016.

Neighbors wrestle with the good and the bad
District 10 conducted its survey to gather the opinions of residents who could not attend the open house, or who had further thoughts after seeing the latest designs for the park district’s Como Regional Park Transportation Improvement Plan.

District 10 has shared the full survey results—including residents’ comments and suggestions—with project designers.

In the District 10 survey, the biggest support is for better sidewalks and crosswalks, improving spectator and participant access to the fields, putting parking along the railroad right-of-way, and the possibility of adding concessions and restrooms between the pool and athletic fields.

The biggest opposition is to the loss of green space.

However, in comments and in response to specific questions, pluralities of survey respondents worry that the changes in traffic flow and parking within the park itself will create more congestion at the nearby intersections of Lexington and Wynne, Lexington and Como/Horton, and Como and Hamline. They also worry that it will make traffic worse and reduce safety along Como Ave. north of the pool.

As some of the comments spell out, these traffic concerns are part of larger, ongoing issues. These lingering tensions include how the park district addresses the needs of visitors vs. the lives of nearby residents, and how planning can get visitors to, and through, the park in ways other than by private automobile.

Some survey comments reflect the ambivalence of District 10 residents. “A decent design,” one resident wrote before adding, “understanding, in general, the more ‘free’ parking you add results in more traffic.“

Another resident wrote: “It seems like Parks wants to add one more major attraction to Como Park. I understand this is a regional park that is maintained for the entire city. But people live in this neighborhood. I don’t think Parks really grasps that concept.”

Are you on our list?
To keep up to date on what’s going on down the block, across the street, and around the corner, sign up for District 10’s free weekly e-newsletter. We send it to your inbox every Friday. Go to www.district10comopark.org, then click on the sign-up icon in the right column.

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Welcome new HMC Board Members

Posted on 14 January 2016 by Calvin

Hamline Midway Coalition is thrilled to welcome two newly elected neighbors to the Board of Directors. Congratulations to Melissa Cortez and Greg Anderson, who both won contested seats in the recent neighborhood board election. Both Cortez and Anderson have been deeply involved in the community, and we are thrilled for them to continue their work bettering the Hamline Midway neighborhood as part of the HMC Board.

Melissa CortezCortez (photo left) will represent subdistrict C, which covers the portion of the neighborhood between Hamline Ave. and Lexington Ave., while Anderson will represent subdistrict A, which includes the area between Snelling Ave. and Transfer Rd. Current board member Scott Walters was also reelected to his seat representing subdistrict B in an uncontested race. We are glad to have him continue his many years of valuable service on the HMC Board.

Having moved to Hamline Midway in 2011 from Whittier, California, Cortez first became acquainted with the local community as an undergraduate at Hamline University when she and several classmates volunteered with Mosaic on a Stick. She has since been involved with Hamline Midway Elders, Green Spirit and Tatum Community Gardens and the Hamline Midway Investment Cooperative. As an outdoor recreation enthusiast, she says she loves the neighborhood for its walkability, bikeways, and animal-loving neighbors.

Greg AndersonA Hamline Midway resident since 2009, Anderson (photo right) has been instrumental in organizing small local and home-based businesses in the neighborhood. As a small business owner himself with Greg’s PC Repair and Premium Inks, he founded and continues to organize the Hamline Midway Small Business Association and is passionate about building the connection between local businesses and the community. To that end, he has taken on lead roles in organizing small business participation in neighborhood events like the Hamline Midway Spring Festival and Midway Holiday Pop-up Shop. He looks forward to continuing to build community through organizing neighborhood events and bringing small business and the community together in new and meaningful ways.

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Hwy 280 reconstruction; Car2Go no more; snow satisfaction

Posted on 14 January 2016 by Calvin



Reconstruction of Hwy 280 project planned in 2016
Just when it was safe to drive on Snelling Ave. again, north-south travelers have another challenge coming—reconstruction of Hwy 280 is scheduled for spring and summer 2016.
The project calls for repair and pavement resurfacing work for northbound and southbound Hwy 280 and shoulders between Como Ave. and I-35W. The ramps between Hwy 280 and I-35W will be rebuilt, with zipper merge signs added for the ramp from northbound Hwy 280 to I-35W. The approach road to the Hwy 280 bridge over Como Ave. will be rebuilt. New concrete medians are planned, as are storm sewer and pond improvements, and a new guardrail north of Larpenteur Ave.

The work will be done in stages with detours posted. The work will be postponed in July during the annual Rondo Days weekend, and is to be completed before the Minnesota State Fair starts.

The project cost is $3.3 million.

Read more and subscribe to updates at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy280/.

Car2GoCar2Go cherry-picks service area to avoid Hamline-Midway, Como
The car-sharing service Car2Go will be going away from all, or parts of of, several neighborhoods Mar. 1, including Hamline-Midway, Como, North End and Frogtown. The new service area has Minnehaha and St. Clair avenues as north and south boundaries, with half of downtown and Shepard Rd. to the east. The west boundary is the west city limits, with a tiny piece extending into St. Anthony Park and the St. Paul University of Minnesota campus.

The vote to approve the Car2Go 2016 contract with the city was approved Dec. 16 on a 4-3 City Council vote. Council members Amy Brendmoen, William Finney, Russ Stark and Dave Thune, voted for the agreement, saying that partial service is better than none at all. Council member Dan Bostrom, Dai Thao, and Chris Tolbert voted against.

Bostrom and Tolbert noted that if a taxi company licensed by the city tried to pick and choose areas it served, that request would be seen as discriminatory.

Stark, as a Car2Go user, said he struggles with the cutbacks. “It’s a disappointing proposal from a transportation perspective.”

Car2Go is a point to point car rental service, offering two-seat Smart cars. Members use a mobile app to find and then get into the cars, which have keys left inside. Car2Go will use the first quarter of 2016 to communicate with users about the changes. Josh Johnson of Car2Go said lower-than-anticipated usage is forcing the change. Talks to downsize the Minneapolis service area are underway in that city.

Under its permit Car2Go pays the city $6 per car to cover any meter revenues and for the use of streets to leave the cars on. Users don’t plug meters when a car is parked at one. The new contract calls for a minimum of 100 cars.

Johnson explained that someone living outside of the reduced service area could still go to the area and pick up a vehicle, drive it to a destination such as Mall of America. But the car would have to be returned to the service area.

Snow removal survey shows general satisfaction
St. Paul residents, recently surveyed by the city’s Department of Public Works, are satisfied with how city streets are cleared of snow. But if residents got a quiz about the difference between a “snow event” and a “snow emergency,” many would fail.

A need for more communication about St. Paul’s winter street maintenance operations, as well as efforts to reach more diverse communities, emerged as themes in the survey, according to Public Works Director Kathy Lantry. Public Works plans stepped up communication as well as two pilot areas for targeted outreach—Highland and the North End—in areas with many apartments and where language barriers are more prevalent.
Lantry said that while Public Works is pleased that people are generally happy with winter street maintenance work, “there is a gap in understanding what services we provide and what services residents think we provide.”

The city sent out 1,400 surveys in September to ask residents about snow emergencies, snow events and winter street maintenance in general. Of those 416 were returned. Wards Three and Four had the highest number of respondents, at 74 and 76 respectively. Ward One and Five had the lowest, with 50 surveys returned apiece. About two-third of the respondents have lived in the city for 11 or more years. More than 77 percent are Caucasians.

One example is that people sometimes think they only see snowplows when a snow emergency is declared. Typically that is when three or more inches of snow falls. Lantry said that doesn’t take into account snow events when work done to sand, salt, and clear arterial streets and treat bridge decks when smaller amounts of snow or sleet or freezing rain fall. During snow events, crews work within a 10-hour time frame to plow 90 percent of arterials within 10 hours, and the streets designated as high priorities are treated with salt, brine or other solutions to keep from icing up.

The survey was conducted by Civic Consulting and the research group QEM. In 2014 City Council members said they were interested in seeing other surveys of city services. Read the winter maintenance report at stpaul.gov/public-works-survey-results.

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Council plans hearing on “accessory dwelling units”

Posted on 14 January 2016 by Calvin



Green Line light rail has attracted its share of new housing development. But if St. Paul plans come to fruition, not all of that housing will be large in scale. The St. Paul Planning Commission holds a public hearing at 8:30am on Fri., Feb. 5 at City Hall to discuss the potential for accessory dwelling units in neighborhoods one-half mile north and south of the Green Line.

So what’s an accessory dwelling unit? The units are sometimes called “granny flats’ or “mother-in-law” apartments. Anyone who has seen the historic alley houses in Frogtown has seen another form of an accessory dwelling unit.

PHOTO: Example of an accessory dwelling unit as cited in the Comprehensive Plan Committee Report to the Planning Commission (December 11, 2015)

City Planner Jamie Radel jokes that if people ever watched the television show “Happy Days,” they might remember that the Fonzie character lived in an apartment above the Cunningham family’s garage. Dwelling units above garages, built inside existing homes or in new, small buildings in a back yard are considered accessory dwelling units.

Before the light rail line was built, city staff did extensive land use planning. Zoning changes for mixed-use development were more high-profile, as were detailed plans for green space and each station area. But one idea discussed several years ago was that of allowing people to add accessory dwelling units to existing homes in neighborhoods north and south of the rail line between Emerald and Marion streets.

The proposed amendments are very technical and deal with the minimum size of dwellings of properties, underlying zoning, egress including staircase placement, and the permanence of smaller structures. Some cities  allow temporary, portable, small dwelling units for elders or people with disabilities to stay in on a property, to allow family members to provide care while giving privacy. That isn’t on the books yet in St. Paul but is an idea that could be discussed.

Read about the study at https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/planning-economic-development/planning/current-activities.

Area project receives Met Council grant
An area project was among those receiving funds in the latest round of Metropolitan Council grants. In December, the Council gave out about $11.5 million for projects throughout the region. The grants focused on housing creation, job growth, and economic development. The grants will create more than 1,700 jobs and 800 units of affordable housing.

One upcoming Green Line project that received funding is Raymond Flats at the southwest corner of University and Raymond. The council gave the project $1 million in transit-oriented develop funding. The project involves reuse of historic structures and new construction to develop market-rate housing and retail space. One council-funded feature of the project will be a solar array.

The grant will also pay for bike facilities, storm water improvements, and sidewalks and trails,

“These annual grants are an important council tool to support development that responds to market demand, but face financial hurdles,” said Council Chairman Adam Duininck.
The Council says that the 18 grants, totaling $11.5 million, will ultimately leverage more than $400 million in other public and private investment.

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Hamline Midway Library news

Hamline Midway Library news

Posted on 14 January 2016 by Calvin

IOC_LibraryJanuary and February are some of the busiest months of the year for programming at the Hamline Midway Library, 1558 West Minnehaha Ave. So, get ready for a wide variety of events to keep you connected with your neighbors and discovering new books, films, music, and ideas.

Some upcoming highlights are the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library’s annual Fireside Readings Series and the re-inauguration of the Evening/Pajama Storytime for families in February.

Every Thursday through February from 10:30-11:30am, the library teams up with Hamline Midway Elders to host Chair Yoga, a class with all movement done while seated or standing using a chair for balance. Taught by Nancy Giguere, the group focuses on range of movement, alignment, stretching, strengthening, awareness, and relaxation. For more information on this free class, contact tom@hmelders.org or 651-209-6542.

Fridays from 10:30-11am, the library features Preschool Storytime, with songs, puppets, and more. Storytimes offer an opportunity for young children to learn social skills and build listening comprehension, letter and number recognition, and vocabulary. They’re also fun! Children of all activity levels are welcome. Upcoming storytimes every Friday through February.

There will be more storytime fun on Tuesday evenings in February as the library hosts Evening/Pajama Storytime on Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 6:30-7pm. Pajamas, favorite blankets, and stuffed animals are all welcome.

On Sat., Jan. 16, 1:30-3pm, the Second Saturday Science Club explores art that moves with Kinetic Art. Peter Hoh and Jackie Lannin lead children ages 6 and up and their families through fun, hands-on science and art activities. Call the library at 651-642-0293 for more information. Walk-ins are welcome the day of the event. On Feb. 13, 1:30-3pm, the Second Saturday Science Club will focus on Magnetism.

All Saint Paul Library locations will be closed on Mon., Jan. 18 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library’s popular and long-running Fireside Readings Series kicks off on Wed., Jan. 20 at 7pm with Faith Sullivan reading from her new novel “Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse.” Sullivan is one of Minnesota’s most beloved writers, and her new book celebrates the strength and resourcefulness of independent women, the importance of community, and the transformative power of reading.

The Fireside series continues on Jan. 27 at 7pm with Rick Shefchik, author of “Everybody’s Heard About the Bird: The True Story of 1960s Rock ‘n’ Roll in Minnesota,” a behind-the-scenes, up-close-and-personal account of how a handful of Minnesota bands made it big.

On Feb. 3 at 7pm, Beth Dooley reads from “In Winter’s Kitchen: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland,” a celebration of a local food movement strong enough to survive even the toughest winter.

U of M history professor Erika Lee continues the series on Feb. 10 at 7pm, reading from her book “The Making of Asian America: A History,” which explores the little-known history of Asian-Americans and their impact on American history.

On Wed., Jan. 27, 1-3pm, Jody’s Documentary Film Series will show “Art and Craft: A POV documentary” by Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, and Mike Becker. The film focuses on Mark Landis, one of the most prolific art forgers around and quite a character to boot. Jody will lead a discussion after the film.

The Saints and Sinners Mystery Book Club will meet on Sat., Feb. 6, 1-3pm for its monthly discussion of good mysteries. The title for Feb. is “Stake and Eggs” by Laura Childs. Contact Geraldine Balter at gerribalter@gmail.com or 651-224-5570 for more information.

Also on Sat., Feb. 6, the Kids Book Clubs: I Read! I Vote! will meet. Division I (grades 3-5) meets 1:30-2:15pm, and Division II (grades 6-8) meets 2:30-3:15pm. Both groups learn about Maud Hart Lovelace nominee books through games and activities, then vote for their favorites. All meetings feature refreshments along with the chance to chat with other book lovers.

On Sat., Feb. 13, 4-5pm, the Teens Reading Bravely group meets to discuss books that fall under the “Read Brave” genre. Read Brave is the Saint Paul Public Library’s annual, citywide program that encourages youth and adults to read and come together around a young adult novel. This group is recommended for ages 14 and up, grades 9 and up.
All St. Paul Libraries will be closed on Mon., Feb. 15 for Presidents Day.

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