Explore the diverse and interconnected spirit of people from across Minnesota — from music and faith to culture and tradition, we celebrate and embrace our differences in the Minnesota Mosaic® series.
Come to your Dakota County Library for fun, inspiring and educational arts and literary events during Minnesota Mosaic’s 24th season —all for free.
Rosemount History Series: Electrifying the County
Learn how electricity was brought to rural Dakota County and how electric co-op organizations made farm life easier and brighter. Presented by Ghislain Devlanimck of the Rosemount Area Historical Society.
Thursday, Sept. 21, 6–8 p.m.
Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport
Review the basics of our democratic government on a local, state and national level and get ideas on how to get involved and make a difference. Learn how to be a part of the solution in this nonpartisan session. Presented by David Schultz, Hamline University Professor of Political Science.
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6–8 p.m.
Author-artist Mike Hazard
Meet author and artist Mike Hazard, who documented the lives of Hmong American farmers in his photo show and book We Come from the Flower, and watch his short film Seeds of Change. Hazard will sign and sell his book.
Saturday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m.–noon
Enjoy the Celtic and Appalachian styles at the heart of award winning multi-instrumentalist Karen Mueller's performance through a repertoire of complex traditional melodies on the Appalachian dulcimer, autoharp and guitar.
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7–8 p.m.
Author Caroline Burau
Enjoy the funny, difficult and weird stories of Caroline Burau, author of the memoir Tell Me Exactly What Happened: Dispatches from 911. Find out what's necessary to do this job and why it's so hard to leave. Burau will sell and sign her books.
Thursday, Oct. 19, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Evening of Art
Discover your inner artist by exploring a variety of art activities and enjoying music by the SloJammers, a local freeform fiddling group focused on old-time music. Geared for ages 3 and older. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Thursday, Oct. 26, 6–8 p.m.
Author Celebration: Loretta Ellsworth
Celebrate the work of author Loretta Ellsworth and the release of her WWI-era novel, Stars Over Clear Lake. Enjoy a live interview of Ellsworth by writer and comedian Lorna Landvik and performances by the Westwind Swing Band and Lakeville South High School’s Encore. Free tickets are required and available at www.lakevilleareaartscenter.com.
Lakeville Area Arts Center
Saturday, Nov. 4, 7–9 p.m.
20965 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville
Secrets of the Congdon Mansion*
Hear journalist and author Joe Kimball tell the story of his coverage of Elizabeth Congdon’s murder in Duluth and the subsequent trials of her accused killers. Kimball will sell and sign his book Secrets of the Congdon Mansion.
South St. Paul
Thursday, Nov. 9, 7–8 p.m.
Russia: Art and Revolution
Uncover the rich history of the experimental, revolutionary, early Soviet art of the 1910s–1920s — an era of momentous political and social change — and explore its contribution to 20th century modernism and appeal to the multitudes. Presented by the Museum of Russian Art.
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Rosemount History Series: Filming Free Air
Explore the 10 days in August 1921 when Rosemount became the filming location for an adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s novel Free Air. The presentation will feature many stills and publicity photos not seen in public for almost 90 years. Presented by the Rosemount Area Historical Society.
Thursday, Nov. 16, 6–8 p.m.
Minnesota Mosaic is supported by the Dakota County Library Foundation and the Minnesota Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment.
Check the calendar of events or pick up a brochure at any library location to see upcoming Minnesota Mosaic® programs.