By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN The Cokato Public Library will host the Mixed Blood Theatre production of “Daughters of Africa,” Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Room.
“It’s something completely different than what’s been offered in Cokato before,” said Cokato Librarian Sheila Rieke.
“Daughters of Africa” is a music-driven history of African-American women written by award-winning Twin Cities playwright and columnist Syl Jones.
It is a “commemoration of the triumph of pride, determination, and courage” of the women, and features music by Aretha Franklin, Ma Rainey, and more.
“Daughters of Africa” is a solo performance which actress Thomasina Petrus portrays several women throughout history including Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey, and more.
“Daughters of Africa” is just one of the cultural opportunities offered at no charge through the Great River Regional Library from funding provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.
In November 2008, Minnesota voters passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, creating new financial resources for land conservation, water conservation, parks, and arts.
Great River Regional Library was one of 12 library systems to receive funding for arts and cultural heritage programming.
“We are excited to have Legacy money to be able to provide programming for patrons in Cokato and the surrounding area,” Rieke said.
The show will be most enjoyed by young teenagers to adults, according to Rieke.
“Its history they might not have been exposed to,” she added.
Pre-registration is encouraged either through the library or on line at www.griver.org/locations-and-hours/cokato-public-library by Monday, Jan. 25.
For more information, contact the Cokato Public Library at (320) 286-5760.
Minnesota Zoo ZooMobile to stop at the library Jan. 20
The Minnesota Zoo ZooMobile will be stopping at the library Wed., Jan. 20 at 12:30 p.m.
Expert naturalists will bring animals and share fun facts about their lives and habitats.
This program is geared toward preschoolers. The event will take place in the Centennial Room.