Eating, Reading, and Living Well event series hits St. Paul's libraries
It's not just for reading any more!
Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
Care to get your health on at the library? That's the idea behind the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library's Eating, Reading, and Living Well series, which starts May 12 with an urban farming documentary at the Merriam Park Library. The program, supported by the Mississippi Market, is in its fifth year of presenting films, readings, and sustainability discussions that are free to the public. This year they'll host cookbook authors, food bloggers, and beekeepers throughout May and June at several different neighborhood libraries.
The series was organized by Friends of the St. Paul Public Library program coordinator and former fine dining worker, Bailey Veesenmeyer, who says, "[It] grew out of our interest in expanding our working relationship with Mississippi Market."
The library advocacy group handles the planning and marketing, while the market's staff provides feedback and event suggestions. The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is a non-profit that advocates for the city's public library system. The Eating, Reading & Living Well events are meant to encourage discussion, connection and action within the community, says Veesenmeyer.
James Norton and Becca Dilley will be on hand May 21 to talk about their new book
The five-part line-up begins at Merriam Park Library on May 12, with a screening and discussion of Growing Cities: A Film About Urban Farming in America, a documentary by Omaha filmmakers who went on a road trip to meet and chat up city farmers across the country. That's followed on May 21 by a visit from the Heavy Table luminaries, James Norton and Becca Dilley with their new book, Lake Superior Flavors: A Field Guide to Food and Drink along the Circle Tour.
The final three programs in the series feature local author Tricia Cornell and her Minnesota Farmers Market cookbook on May 28 at the Hamline Midway Library, poet Heid E. Erdrich presenting her book, Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest at the Rondo Community Outreach Library on June 3, and finally, a special Saturday event for kids with the Beez Kneez on June 14 at the Saint Anthony Park Library.
The Eating, Reading, and Living Well series has been really popular in past years and this year will likely be no different, so get there early if you want a good seat.
For more information on specific events in the Eating, Reading, and Living Well series, visit the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library website.
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