Fargo Public Library holds bookmark design contest for kids

Do you have a budding young artist at your house? Starting March 1, entries are being accepted for the Fargo Public Library’s annual Design a Bookmark Contest for kids. The contest, to help celebrate March’s designation as Youth Art Month, is open to kids ages birth through age 12, and runs March 1 through March 31. Entry forms and contest rules can be picked up at any Fargo Public Library location and are also available on the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org starting March 1. Entries will be accepted at all three library locations and must be turned in on or before Tuesday, March 31.

Three winners will be selected – one for each age group: 0 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years, and 9 to 12 years; children are welcome to submit up to three designs. All design entries will be displayed in the children’s department at the Main Library. Library staff will vote to determine the winners of the contest; winners will be announced April 10. Winning bookmark entries will be printed and distributed at all library locations. The winning originals will be put on permanent display at the downtown Main Library. For further information, visit the library’s website or call the Children’s Librarian at (701) 241-1495.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. For a list of upcoming Fargo Public Library events or for more information regarding the Fargo Public Library, visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Library hosts robot-themed workshop for kids Feb. 26

Area youngsters are invited to the Fargo Public Library this week to a build a brush bot session. What is a brush bot? A brush bot is a simple, do-it-yourself robot that is easy to build and fun to race. This bot-making session is set for Thursday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Kids will learn the steps needed to build these little machines. Youngsters will also get an introduction into simple mechanics, motors, and circuits. The class will finish up with robot race to see which tiny robot can make it across the finish line first. All materials and instructions will be provided. This event is for kids in grades 3 to 6. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Register online at www.fargolibrary.org, or call the Children’s Services Dept. at 241-1495 for further details.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library and a list of upcoming events, visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

 

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Fargo librarian selected for prestigious John Newbery Award Committee

Fargo Public Library Children’s Librarian Amber Emery has been selected to serve in a national role as a member of the 2016 John Newbery Award Committee. The Newbery Award is a historic and prestigious award, perhaps the most well known of all the children’s literature awards. Named in honor of John Newbery, a book seller who lived in the 18th century, this award was approved by the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board in 1922.

As a member of this committee, Emery is charged with helping select the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in 2015; the award will be announced in early 2016. Honor books may be named as well. The Newbery Award Committee operates under the direction of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the ALA.

The Children’s Services Coordinator at the Fargo Public Library since 2009, Emery has focused on developing early literacy opportunities for children through activities and storytimes, and by developing the Wiggle Room, an early literacy play space, at the library. In addition, Emery has served on the North Dakota Flicker Tale Award Committee since 2010, and on the Read Aloud Book Award Committee at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

The American Library Association, the oldest and largest library association in the world, serves as a voice of America’s libraries and the people who depend on them. The ALA promotes the highest quality library and information services and protects public access to information. The ALA has nearly 64,000 members worldwide with members from academic, public, school, government, and special libraries.

For more information about the Fargo Public Library or a list of upcoming events, visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Library presents Geronimo Stilton-themed Valentine’s Day event for kids

Are you fan of Geronimo Stilton? If so, you will not want to miss the library’s Geronimo Stilton’s Valentine’s Day Extravaganza event celebrating this popular, cheese-crazy character set for Saturday, Feb. 14, starting at 10 a.m. at the downtown Main Library. Bring your cameras – Geronimo will be on hand to say hello! This event is most appropriate for kids in grades K – 6, but all ages are welcome to attend. Kids will create valentines to share with a special someone, eat plenty of cheesy snacks, and share a favorite Geronimo Stilton adventure. All materials will be provided. For more information about this program, call Children’s Services at (701) 241-1495 or visit www.fargolibrary.org.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public; adults must accompany children ages 9 and under. For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library and a calendar of upcoming events, visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Public Library hosts Beethoven Trio concert Feb. 14

Celebrate your love of Beethoven with a Valentine’s Day concert at the library. Join us Saturday, Feb. 14, starting at 2 p.m. at the downtown Main Library for a free concert featuring the Beethoven Trio. This trio features Bill Comita on cello; Cecilia Kang on clarinet; and Tyler Wottrich on piano. They will perform the Beethoven Clarinet Trio Op. 11. In addition, Comita and Wottrich will perform a Beethoven cello sonata.

Part of the community’s BeethovenFest, this concert is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. For details about the concert, contact Lori West at lwest@cityoffargo.com or call the Main Library Information Desk at (701) 241-1492.

Adults must accompany children under 10 years old. For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library and a complete list of upcoming events, call the Information Desk at 241-1492 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

 

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Library hosts Darwin-themed event Tuesday, Feb. 10

This week, the Fargo Public Library is hosting a Darwin-themed event for all ages. Join us for an engaging talk about the evolution of cats and dogs set for Tuesday, Feb. 10, starting at 7 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Presented by Dr. Ned Dochtermann, an Assistant Professor in the Biological Sciences Department at North Dakota State University, this fascinating presentation will touch on evolution, adaptations, and the history of dogs and cats in the context of life on the planet. Dr. Dochtermann is a behavioral ecologist who specializes in mammals; he is an instructor of mammalogy and quantitative biology. All ages are invited, but this event is most appropriate for ages 12 and up. Contact the Main Library Information Desk at 241-1492 for more information.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. Adults must accompany children under 10 years old.

For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library and a list of upcoming events, call 241-1472 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Public Library hosts investing series in February

Would you like to introduce your kids or grandkids to investing, but are not sure how to go about it? Starting Sunday, the library is hosting the first session of a three-part series titled “Investing for All Ages” at the downtown Main Library. Attendees will get expert advice on how to set up a College SAVE Plan to help parents and grandparents save for college, along with how to access free resources at the library to help better keep track of investments, and tips on ways to introduce saving and investing concepts to kids and grandkids. Sessions are set for the following dates and topics:

  • Sunday, Feb. 8 – 2 p.m. at the Main Library
    Topic: College SAVE Plan presented by James Barnhardt from the Bank of North Dakota
  • Sunday, Feb. 15 – 2 p.m. at the Main Library
    Topic: Informed Investing for Kids & Grandkids
  • Sunday, Feb. 22 – 2 p.m. at the Main Library
    Topic: Fargo Public Library Investing Resources – Both Print and Online Resources

For further information, contact the Main Library Information Desk or Librarian Diane Briggs at (701) 241-1492 for details.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. Adults must accompany children under 10 years old. For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library and a list of upcoming events, call the Information Desk at (701) 241-1492 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Public Library hosts “Muss Es Sein” performances Feb. 6, 7, and 8

“Muss Es Sein” is a little secret between the silences. It is also the title of a new performance piece created by local performance artists. The Fargo Public Library will host three performances of “Muss Es Sein” at the downtown Main Library later this week. The movement and sonic piece is meant to be experienced as much as it is meant to be listened to. This piece is a response to the work of Beethoven that steps away from the expected: no orchestra, no conductor, and no stage. Rather than present the established work of Beethoven, Colin Holter, Jessica Narum, Chelsea Pace, and an ensemble of artists have created a new, environmental sonic performance with movement that draws on Beethoven’s work as an improviser and innovator. Audience members are invited to visit for a minute or for an hour and meet the work and spirit of Beethoven in a new way. For details of this live performance at the Fargo Public Library contact Lori West at lwest@cityoffargo.com or contact the Main Library Information Desk at (701) 241-1492. Performances are set at the downtown Main Library on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, Feb. 6 – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 7 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 8 – 4 p.m.

All ages are welcome to these events. For details, contact the Main Library Information Desk at 241-1492 or email Lori West at lwest@cityoffargo.com. This event is part of the community’s BeethovenFest.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. Adults must accompany children under 10 years old. For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library and a complete list of upcoming events, call the Information Desk at 241-1492 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Metro area libraries launch Arts & Culture Pass program

In partnership, the Fargo Public Library, the Moorhead Public Library, the West Fargo Public Library and The Arts Partnership are excited to launch the Metro Arts and Culture Pass program this week. Starting today, library cardholders at all three metro-area public libraries are be able to enjoy an array of cultural resources in the community through this new program – a first of its kind for our region.

“Libraries are interested in offering a pass to galleries, museums, or performing arts because connecting people to the world of knowledge doesn’t only happen between the covers of a book; it happens through experiences and we want to provide access to such experiences to all members of the community,” explained FPL Deputy Director Beth Postema.

For local arts and culture organizations, the arts pass program provides exposure to new audiences that otherwise might not be able to take advantage of what these organizations have to offer. According to Carrie Wintersteen, Executive Director of Theatre B, “Theatre B is thrilled to be a part of the Metro Arts Pass. With so many fantastic offerings in our community, we hope new audiences will take advantage of them all.”

With coordination from The Arts Partnership, 12 local arts and culture organizations have extended either special offers or free admission to cultural events to local residents who check out one of the limited number of arts passes. Each Metro Arts and Culture Pass checks out for three weeks to residents with a valid library card. Library cardholders are encouraged to check out a pass from their public library, head over to a museum or concert, and enjoy the art and cultural riches that our area has to offer. For additional information about the Metro Arts and Culture Pass and a list of participating organizations, contact any of the participating public libraries: Fargo Public Library, the Moorhead Public Library – a branch of the Lake Agassiz regional Library, the West Fargo Public Library, or visit the Arts Partnership website at http://theartspartnership.net/metro-arts-pass/.

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Library presents telescope program Tuesday, Jan. 27

Do you like star-gazing? Have you gotten a telescope or are you considering getting one, but you aren’t sure how to set it up? Get an introduction to how to properly set-up and use a telescope when the Fargo Public Library presents the “Look to the Stars” event set for Tuesday, Jan. 27, at7 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Members of the F-M Astronomy Club will be on hand to present basic information on how to choose the right telescope for your needs at this engaging program for all ages. If weather permits, a telescope will be set up outside to view the moon and winter night sky. For further details, visit www.fargolibrary.org, call Lori at (701) 476-5977, or email lwest@cityoffargo.com.

    Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public; adults must accompany children ages 9 and under. For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library and a list of upcoming events, call the Fargo Public Library at 701-241-1472 or visit www.fargolibrary.org.

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