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Faces of New America
Faces of New America

Artist's Statement (Jila Nikpay): "This collection of portraits of immigrant youth grew out of my fascination with the theme of cultural identity and belonging. I am drawn to working with these young people because of their flexibility and mystery. Through these portraits, I explore their complex rite of passage, which mirrors the evolving America identity."

Hidden in Plain View

Photographs by Amy Anderson, Michael Dvorak, Peter Latner, and Tom Wik.
The ability to see that which is often overlooked is what an artist of any type, but particularly a skilled photographer, brings to our consciousness. Amidst the deluge of images that confront us every day, how many of them cause us to pause, enter into a new space and make us confront our own assumptions and stereotypes? The photographers selected for this exhibit have captured the beauty, humor and poignancy of our everyday lives here in the Midwest. Through their art, they encourage us to look at our surroundings from a new, intimate perspective. This is home; hidden in plain view.

Live at the Library
Live at the Library

MELSA contracted with Twin Cities performing arts companies and created a catalog of theater and live music performances for pre-school, school-age, general and adult audiences.

Minnesota Book Award Winners and Finalists Take Center Stage at Local Libraries
Minnesota Book Award Winners and Finalists Take Center Stage at Local Libraries

Minnesota Book Award Winners and finalists come to your local library.

NOTEWORTHY!
NOTEWORTHY!
Writers & History Makers at the Library
This is NOTEWORTHY! Writers and History Makers at the Library, showcasing presentations at public libraries throughout the seven county twin cities metropolitan region. ‚Äč
Public Libraries: Heart of Your Community
Public Libraries: Heart of Your Community

An Exhibition of Photographs by Doug Ohman

Shelf Life: Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) Fine Arts Responds to the Minneapolis Central Library Collections

Celebrate the emerging talent of MCAD students. All works are based on a semester-long class titled Working With the Collection, in which students researched maps, government documents, archive and display systems, illustrated children’s books, Minnesota history, and other printed matter available at Minneapolis Central.

Sing, Play, Learn with MacPhail
Sing, Play, Learn with MacPhail

MELSA partnered with MacPhail to provide public programs at MELSA libraries demonstrating to families and caregivers simple ways to incorporate music and stories for their little ones. 

Teens Know Best
Teens Know Best

Teens know the best authors and they've invited them to visit.

The Great Minnesota Read Together
The Great Minnesota Read Together

Thousands of Minnesotans celebrated The Great Minnesota Read Together at the Minnesota State Fair, Sept. 1. Activities for all ages were scheduled throughout the day. The stroller set enjoyed the Sing, Play, Learn with MacPhail sing-along and families received free CDs. Author/illustrator Debra Frasier presented a story time of her new book A Fabulous Fair Alphabet. Free books were distributed to kids courtesy of Qwest Pioneers.