Live at the Library, an unquiet day

Quiet is out. Making a joyful noise is in June 9 when the Anoka County Library presents its third annual “Live at the Library.”

The Second Minnesota Battery of Light Artillery returns to the Rum River Library June 9 to perform a Civil War encampment re-enactment as part of Anoka County Library’s “Live at the Library.” Photo submitted

The Second Minnesota Battery of Light Artillery returns to the Rum River Library June 9 to perform a Civil War encampment re-enactment as part of Anoka County Library’s “Live at the Library.” Photo submitted

That’s when the Anoka County libraries burst to life with artists, musicians, story tellers, demonstrations and more. The fun starts at 10 a.m. and continues to 2 p.m. Free. Seating may be limited for some events.

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at painting a portrait, carving a stamp and making a card, or creating and taking a clay fish home, now’s your chance. Other activities are book sculpting, working with leather, quilting and painting, to name a few. If history’s your thing the Second Minnesota Battery of Light Artillery returns to the Rum River Library in Anoka for a Civil War reenactment, cannon and all.

“There is definitely something for everybody during ‘Live at the Library,’” said Monica Campbell, adult services manager of Anoka County Library. “It’s great to see folks coming to the library to spend the day, enjoying all the performances and trying out the different hands-on art activities. Last year, there was even some dancing in the stacks on this ‘unquiet’ day at the library.”

This year the Minnesota Historical Society will visit the Mississippi Library in Fridley with “Portraits of Us.” A professional photographer will take family photos. Families can take the photo home in a free 5 by 7 inch cardboard frame. To schedule a slot, call the Mississippi Library at 763-571-1934 starting June 1. Walk-in photos will be taken June 9 as time permits.

“I think it’s a wonderful way for a family to explore new artists and a way to do artistic things,” said Maggie Snow, youth services manager.

Said Jim Kordiak, county commissioner and Library Board liaison, “Live at the Library is literally a buffet of everything our libraries have to offer.”

Live at the Library is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information, visit www.anoka.lib.mn.us or call 763-717-3267.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com


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