Join us to explore and celebrate the artistic, inspirational and innovative spirit of people from across Minnesota — enjoy author appearances, musical performances, history presentations and storytelling.
Come to your Dakota County Library for fun, inspiring and educational arts and literary events during Minnesota Mosaic’s 22nd season — all for free.
Rosemount's Gift to Admiral Dewey
Discover a local boy's national campaign to raise funds to honor Spanish-American war hero Admiral George Dewey. Presented by the Rosemount Historical Society.
Thursday, Sept. 8, 6:30–8 p.m.
Los Alegres Bailadores*
Enjoy a colorful and truly authentic Mexican dance performance and learn about the vibrant arts and cultural traditions of Mexico.
Saturday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m.–noon
Sounds of Rio*
Take a musical journey to Brazil with harmonious styles that originated in Rio de Janeiro and were influenced by American Jazz including the choro, samba and bossa nova. The Modern Spark Trio will highlight the history and evolution of these styles.
Thursday, Sept. 22, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Author Patrick Mader
Learn about the perseverance and triumphs of 57 diverse Minnesota athletes as they pursued their dreams to compete in the Olympics from 1948–2014 through author Patrick Mader’s Minnesota Gold. Mader will sell and sign his books.
Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
In Winter's Kitchen
Step into the culinary world of Beth Dooley, food writer for the Star Tribune and author of In Winter’s Kitchen: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland, a memoir of her acclimation to the Midwest and its food scene. Dooley will demonstrate how to preserve local food well into winter. Dooley will sign and sell her book.
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 6:30–8 p.m.
Hear Alma Andina, a Minneapolis-based group, perform Andean and Latin American music inspired by a love of folklore and a desire to share the rich cultural heritage of Latin America and the Andes.
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7–8 pm
Author Jason Sole
Hear Jason Sole, Metropolitan State University assistant professor and memoirist of From Prison to Ph.D., share his story of growing up in difficult circumstances and the life choices that led him from gangs, drugs and crime to a second chance and higher education success. Sole will sign and sell his book.
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7–8 pm
The Ofrenda: Art of Remembrance*
Explore the art and traditions of Mexico's Day of the Dead, by creating your own personal ofrenda — a special place where photos, mementos and other items are displayed in honor of a deceased relative or friend. Bring your own mementos to create a personal project filled with meaning. Presented by ArtStart. Registration required.
Monday, Oct. 10, 6–8 p.m.
South St. Paul
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6–8 p.m.
Immigrant Stories of South St. Paul*
Join us for the award-winning documentary film A Thousand Dollars and Back: Recollections of Early Romanian Immigration to Minnesota. Stay for a discussion after the film led by genealogist and South St. Paul native Vicki Albu. Traditional Romanian refreshments will be provided served.
Monday, Oct. 17, 6–8 p.m.
South St. Paul
Hear Laura MacKenzie present traditional Celtic music on a fascinating variety of wind powered instruments including a wooden flute, tin whistle, concertina, French cornemuse and gemshorn, and smallpipes, border pipes, medieval greatpipes and voice.
Monday, Oct. 24, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
South St. Paul
Dakota County Paranormal Society
Ghost hunters from the Dakota County Paranormal team share photos and sound recordings from some of their spookiest and most exciting investigations.
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6–8 p.m.
Thutsday, Oct. 27, 6:30–8 p.m.
Minnesota's Gangster Past — Land of 10,000 Crimes*
Follow in the footsteps of the infamous American gangsters that turned Minnesota into the Land of 10,000 Crimes. Hear about deadly bank robberies, explosive shootouts, brutal murders and daring kidnappings and discover the grisly locations where gangster history will never die. Presented by author Chad Lewis.
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7–8 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 14, 6–7 p.m.
South St. Paul
Our Mighty Mississippi*
Be enchanted as singer and storyteller Steven Marking presents a sensory feast of song, stories, film and photos that capture the life and history of the Mississippi River. Geared for ages 10 and older.
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7–8 p.m.
Bizarre Burial Beliefs and Traditions*
Take a journey back to the days of cemetery bells, receiving vaults and funerals that took place in your own parlor. Explore gruesome tales of being buried alive and learn the many precautions that previous generations took to ensure that their loved ones would not come back from the grave to torment them. Presented by author Chad Lewis.
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7–7:45 p.m.
My Grandma Makes Lefse
Learn about the tradition of making lefse with children's book author Becky Latka. Latka will share family stories and demonstrate some of the steps in making lefse. Latka will sell and sign her book My Grandma Makes Lefse.
Saturday, Nov. 5, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Minnesota Ghosts, UFOs and Mysterious Creatures*
Hear author Chad Lewis present a variety of paranormal topics including Minnesota’s strangest cases of alien abductions, haunted places mysterious creatures, crop circles, and everything bizarre and unusual.
Saturday, Nov. 5, 1–2 p.m.
Rosemount's Polio Hospital
Explore the post-World War II polio epidemic, the establishment of a polio hospital at the Gopher Ordnance Works and their impact on the community. Presented by the Rosemount Historical Society.
Thursday, Nov. 10, 6:30–8 p.m.
Author Allen Eskens*
Spend an evening with Allen Eskens, author of The Life We Bury, a Rosebud award-winning mystery novel which focuses on an unlikely connection between a Minnesota college student and a convicted felon. Eskens will sign and sell his book.
Thursday, Nov. 10, 7–8 p.m.
South St. Paul
Micro Mosaic Necklaces*
Learn basic mosaic techniques in miniature and simple jewelry making to create a micro mosaic necklace, an art form popular with Victorian tourists on the "Grand Tour" of Europe. Presented by ArtStart. Registration required.
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6‒8 p.m.
Bells of the Bluffs
Ring in the holiday season listening to the Bells of the Bluffs handbell ensemble. Stick around after the performance to learn about and try your hand at bell playing.
Thursday, Dec. 8, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
*Programs are sponsored by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Check the calendar of events or pick up a brochure at any library location to see upcoming Minnesota Mosaic® programs.