Tensions are brewing in the air, but Idil doesn’t know it yet. Soon, the 1991 Somalian Civil War will begin, but for now, she must stand up for what she believes in. Idil is a young Somali woman and the lead character in Fartumo Kusow’s novel, “A Tale of Boon’s Wife.” She rejects her family’s high social status to marry a poor man and must face the consequences of those actions. Kusow’s novel is a story about love and hardship and it has achieved international renown.

Reading of novel set in Somalia. Fartumo Kusow's "A Tale of Boon's Wife." 6:30 p.m. FREE. Books available for $20. East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-2420.

Classes and Seminars

Mindfulness. Meditation for beginners and experienced. 7 to 9 p.m. Chua Van Hanh Temple, 3015 S. Washington Lansing. (517) 420-5820. ow.ly/3aWI30crcLc.

Music

Tavern House Jazz Band. From 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tavern and Tap, 101 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 374-5555.

Events

Early Literacy Playtime (Ages 1 to 5). Games/activities for literacy skills. Register online at cadl.org/events 9:30-10 a.m. FREE. Capital Area District Libraries Foster Branch, 200 North Foster Lansing.

ESOL Reading Group (Adults). Practice your English by reading aloud. 12-1:30 p.m. FREE. Capital Area District Libraries Okemos Branch, 4321 Okemos Road, Okemos.

Family Storytime (Ages up to 6). Engaging stories, songs and activities for early literacy skills. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Capital Area District Libraries Williamston Branch, 201 School St., Williamston.

Kids Reading to Dogs (Age 6 & up). Practice your skills by reading to a specially trained, library-loving dog. 4-5 p.m. FREE. Capital Area District Libraries Haslett Branch, 1590 Franklin St., Haslett.

MSU International Student Speaker - Senior Discovery Group. Learn about the speaker's country. 10 a.m.-noon FREE. Allen Market Place, 1629 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing.

Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-6). Engaging stories, songs and activities to help children build early literacy skills. 10:30-11:15 a.m. FREE. Capital Area District Libraries Aurelius Branch, 1939 South Aurelius Road Mason. (517) 628-3743.

Wine Night. Wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, conversation and more. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $15. UrbanBeat Events Center, 1213 Turner St., Lansing. Young At Heart Singers. Part of the Lansing Matinee Musicale program series. 1-2 p.m. FREE. Ascension Lutheran Church, 2780 Haslett Road, East Lansing. (517) 449-2242.