Latin American folks songs at library

Live at the Library will feature Latin American folk songs performed by musicians Kathy and Leo Lara at Anoka County’s Rum River Library, Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m.

This program is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.

Kathy and Leo Lara play the varied wind and string instruments and percussion played by generations of residents in the Andes Mountains of the west coast of South America.

In their show, they will share songs and stories that provide historical and cultural context for their music.

“Music is a universal language and throughout the ages has often been the bridge between cultures,” said Anoka County Commissioner Dan Erhart.

“We are glad to be able to provide this type of educational entertainment at Anoka County Library.”

Their music influenced by indigenous, European and African styles, Leo and Kathy Lara have performed in folk festivals, concert halls, schools, conferences, churches, libraries and museums as well as on radio and television.

“Enjoy the soothing sounds of music from the Andes,” said Anoka County Library Board President Bob Thistle.

“Take the entire family on a trip to the mountains from the comfort of the library.”

Kathy and Leo Lara are presented by Grassroots Culture and Anoka County Library in partnership with MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) and this program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Rum River Library is located at 4201 Sixth Ave. in Anoka.

For more information call 763-576-4695 or visit a local library or the website at


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