Live at the Library June 9

Live at the Library, the Anoka County Library’s third annual celebration of the arts, takes place Saturday, June 9 at all county library locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be artists, musicians, performers, storytellers and more. All programs are free, but seating may be limited for some events.

Artists will demonstrate a wide variety of arts and crafts — leather working, book sculpting, quilting, card making, clay projects, woodcarving and many styles of painting.

People can watch artists as they work and try their hand at several art forms.

At the same time, there will jazz groups, singers, woodwind music from China, digital piano music and various musicians ranging from flamenco guitar and even a brass band.

“Live at the Library is literally a buffet of everything our libraries have to offer,” said Anoka County Commissioner and Library Board Liaison Jim Kordiak.

“There is artistry of every kind available and I invite everyone to join us in experiencing it.”

At the Crooked Lake branch in Coon Rapids, Pat Undis will give a plein air painting demonstration, while Carol McCormick will present multicultural stories and songs, Shawn Sweeney will present “Music That Tickles” and Lily Johnson will make folded book sculptures.

In addition, the Minnesota Historical Society will be visiting the Mississippi Library with “Portraits of Us.”

Families will have the opportunity to have their portrait taken by a professional photographer and take home a free five- by seven-inch portrait in a cardboard frame.

Call the Mississippi Library to schedule a time slot. Walk-in photos will also be taken June 9 as time permits.

As well, the Minnesota Historical Society will host a Make Your Own Family Tree craft project as well as a preservationist to answer any questions on preserving family treasures.

The Minnesota Historical Society will also present jazz vocalist Rhonda Laurie singing songs from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s at noon at the Rum River Library.

This event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Art and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more detailed information about Live at the Library and other library programs and services, call 763-717-3267 or visit the library’s website at

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