A street festival aimed at bringing together the East Side community on Aug. 21 had faculty and staff representing Metropolitan State. Admissions, the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) and the Library and Learning Center set up booths to talk to residents, make connections with local businesses and promote the university.
Katherine Gerwig, Library and Learning Center staff, says the event was a great opportunity to engage with the university’s neighbors. “We met many people who live and work in the community and ran into several Metro faculty, staff and students. We distributed CDs and books donated by the Dayton’s Bluff Branch of the Saint Paul Public Library and ICES, flyers for upcoming Library and Learning Center events and Saint Paul Public Library programming and events.”
The library returned with almost every book given out and according to Katherine, there is continued need for books in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood.
“Several individuals approached our table asking where they could find books for various programs. We hope to get back to them with some options.”
The library and ICES are looking for ideas from the university community on how to address this issue. Suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.