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 23rd season. Join in on all the free events from Jan. 30–May 18.
Religion and Faith in Our Community Series
Topic: American Indian Spirituality
Explore the history of American Indians and their diverse faiths and the effect of current events on their cultures and ways of life.
Thursday, March 9, 6–8 p.m.
Topic: Beliefs of Islam
Examine basic tenets of Islam with local practitioners and discuss the difficult topics of Islamophobia, the role of women in Islamic culture, interpretations of the Qur’an and Sharia law, and differing views of Shia and Sunni Muslims.
Thursday, March 16, 6–8 p.m.
Topic: The Path of Buddhism
Learn basic tenets of Buddhism from local Buddhist teachers. Examine the Noble Eightfold Path, the famous text of the Heart Sutra, and the Dharma, and discuss how the study and practice of meditation has affected the panelists personally and in their interactions with the world.
Thursday, March 23, 6–8 p.m.
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Learn to sensitively interact with people of other faiths living in our communities. Gain knowledge
of other traditions to understand difficult events in our modern world. Join our series panelists in discussing basic questions about how to live together peacefully and equitably in our diverse society.
Thursday, March 30, 6–8 p.m.
Join internationally known musicians Ann and Charlie Heymann for a performance of Irish and other Celtic music featuring the Gaelic wire strung harp plus vocals, button accordion, guitar, cittern, flute, whistle and bodhran.
Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m.–noon
Antiques expert Mark Moran will be on hand to evaluate and appraise old toys, clocks, costume jewelry, artwork, vintage photographs, glassware and more. Participant registration required for appraisal. Limit one item per person. Spectators welcome.
Saturday, April 1, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Current Events Explained: Black Lives Matter
Come to know the history behind the Black Lives Matter movement with author and Macalester College professor Duchess Harris. Delve into key historical moments from the Reconstruction Era to the Civil Rights Movement to the election of President Obama and learn about the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Wednesday, April 19, 6:30–8 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.