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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Fargo Public Library launches monthly storytime superstars events this week

Kids have lots of favorite books and storybook characters. This week the Fargo Public Library is introducing a monthly program featuring some all-time favorite picture book characters in the library’s Storytime Superstars story and craft event series. Most appropriate for kids age seven and younger, the first event is centered on the characters of Max and Ruby from the book Bunny Money by Rosemary Wells. Sessions are set for Thursday, Jan. 22, starting at 11 a.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library, and Friday, Jan. 23, starting at 11 a.m. at the downtown Main Library. All materials will be provided, and all ages are welcome. For information on these and other upcoming events, call the Children’s Librarian at (701) 241-1495, or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. Adults must accompany children 9 years old and younger.

For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org. A list of events is also available on the library’s website.

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Fargo Public Library presents introductory Zumba fitness sessions

Have you heard about Zumba fitness, but aren’t sure what it is, or what to expect? Are you looking for a great way for the whole family to work out? This month, the Fargo Public Library is offering three introductory Zumba classes for kids and families. Open to all ages, the first session is set for Saturday, Jan. 17, starting at 11 a.m. at the downtown Main Library. A second sessions is set for Monday, Jan. 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library, and a third session is set for Monday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Northport Library. No experience is necessary, just come prepared to get up and move. Call the Children’s Librarian at (701) 241-1495 for details or email askchildrens@cityoffargo.com.

Taught by certified Zumba instructor Crystal Johnson, all three sessions are free. Participants should wear comfortable clothing to allow for unrestricted movement.

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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Fargo Public Library circulates record 1 million items

 The Fargo Public Library is pleased to announce that area residents borrowed over 1 million items from the library in 2014. This is the first time in the library’s history for that to occur.

The library’s total circulation was 1,000,024 items. Books and magazines accounted for 46 percent of the overall circulation, while assorted non-print items and media, including ebooks, DVDs, and CDs, accounted for 36 percent of the circulation numbers last year. Worth noting is that most of the growth in the library’s circulation numbers occurred within the youth collection.

Ebook checkouts continue to increase; more than 55,000 eBooks checked out in 2014 which is a 44 percent increase over 2013 numbers.

According to Library Director Tim Dirks, June 2014 had the highest single month of circulation in the history of the Fargo Public Library with just under 100,000 items circulated. The months of January, March, and December were also record months in comparison with previous years. 

Mr. Dirks stated, “2014 was also a record year for library program attendance with just under 20,000 attendees. I want to thank the residents of Fargo for their tremendous ongoing support of the Fargo Public Library. The record number of items circulated and programs attended is also a reflection of all the hard work put in by library staff, volunteers and board members. We look forward to continuing to meet the needs of our dynamic and growing community.”

For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library, call (701) 241-1472 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Public Library hosts adult craft programs this week

Cozy up this winter with two granny squares craft events this week at the Fargo Public Library. Easy to make and simple to join together, granny squares can be the building blocks for making afghans and scarves. Crochet experience is helpful, but not required. The first session of the granny squares workshops is set for Thursday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Northport Library. A second session is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library. All materials and instructions will be provided. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Register online at www.fargolibrary.org, or call the Main Library Information Desk at (701)241-1492 for further details.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library and a complete list of upcoming events, call (701) 241-1472 or visit the library’s website.

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Fargo Public Library’s weekly storytime sessions start Jan. 12; spots still available

Kids who love stories can enjoy them weekly when the Fargo Public Library’s spring preschool and toddler storytime series begins Monday, Jan. 12. Registration for this free 14-week program is open and spots are still available. Storytimes will be offered at all three library locations; kids attend one session per week.

Toddler Storytime, for kids ages 18 months up to 3 years old, starts Jan. 12 and will be offered at the following library locations on the following days and times:

  • Main Library on Mondays at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Northport Library on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
  • Dr. James Carlson Library on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Preschool Storytime, for ages 3 and up, starts Jan. 12 and will be offered at the following library locations on the following days and times:

  • Main Library on Mondays at 11 a.m.
  • Northport Library on Tuesdays at 11 a.m.
  • Dr. James Carlson Library on Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

This free program continues through Wednesday, April. 15. Register online at www.fargolibrary.org or call Children’s Services at (701) 241-1495. Daycares or groups with five or more kids must call (701) 241-1495 to register.        

Baby Rhyme Time is lap sit storytime geared to infants up to age 18 months. It is offered on the first and third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library and at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. No registration is required for “Baby Rhyme Time.”

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public; adults must accompany children ages 9 and younger. 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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Library hosts “Downton Abbey” event Saturday, Jan. 10

Are you a fan of the popular television series “Downton Abbey”? The Fargo Public Library invites area “Downton Abbey” enthusiasts to a special event highlighting and illustrating the fashions from the show. The library’s Fashionsof “Downton Abbey” event is set for Saturday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Dr. Ann Braaten, Assistant Professor of Practice and Curator of the E. Reynolds Historic Costume Collection at NDSU, will do a presentation about fashion from the Edwardian Age to the 1920s. She will discuss how fashion reflects the social history of the day. A silent trivia contest will also be part of the program; prizes will be awarded. Light refreshments will be served. Hats and gloves are encouraged, but not required. All materials will be provided. For details, visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org, or call the Main Library Circulation Desk at (701) 241-1472.

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, call 241-1472 or visit the library’s website.

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Library’s World War II film series starts Sunday, Jan. 4

Starting Sunday, the Fargo Public Library will host a 4-week film series featuring iconic World War II movies at the downtown Main Library. The series titled “World War II Films: Across the Theatres” will open with a screening of the film From Here to Eternity (1953, not rated) Sunday, Jan. 4, starting at 2 p.m. in the Community Room. Other films and dates in the series include:

  • Jan.  1149th Parallel (1942, not rated)
  •  Jan.  18They Were Expendable (1945, not rated)
  •  Jan. 25The Third Man (1949, not rated)

All films are approximately 100 minutes long. Free popcorn will be served.

Local film historian and former Concordia College film professor Tony McRae, along with local film critic and film enthusiast Matt Olien selected the films. A brief discussion of the films will follow each screening.

Adults must accompany children under 10 years old. 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, call the Information Desk at 241-1492 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Library kicks off new year with Winter Read-A-Thon

The Fargo Public Library invites you to chase away the chill of winter with reading. The library’s annual Winter Read-A-Thon can add mystery, adventure and a little excitement to dreary winter days.

To participate, pick up an official book log at any Fargo Public Library location beginning Monday, Jan. 5. Readers of every age can participate; book logs are available for children, teens and adults. All ages are encouraged to read to earn chances to enter prize drawings. Book logs are due on or before Saturday, Feb. 28 to be eligible for prizes and prize drawings.

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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Holiday break events for kids and teens at the library

Do you and your kids need something fun to do over the holidays? If so, the Fargo Public Library has some fun, free events scheduled to help kids and teens make the most of their holiday break.

First, kids ages 12 and younger are invited to the library’s Elephant and Piggie Party set for Monday, Dec. 29, at the downtown Main Library. Youngsters are invited to stop by the library anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for some Mo Willems-inspired Elephant & Piggie crafts and activities. Librarians will share their favorite Elephant & Piggie stories at 10:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m. No registration is required. Come and join the party! For details call the Children’s Librarian at (701) 241-1495 or email askchildrens@cityoffargo.com.

Next, teens can take a break and see a screening of the movie Divergent (PG-13) at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Tuesday, Dec. 30, starting at 1 p.m. Free popcorn will be served. Contact the Teen Librarian at 476-5978 or teens@cityoffargo.com for details.

Finally, kids ages 12 and under are invited to create a LEGO masterpiece for the Fargo Public Library’s annual LEGO Mania Design Contest. Kids build their original creation at home and then bring it to the downtown Main Library for judging and display on Tuesday, Dec. 30, starting at 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in several categories.A list of rules and guidelines are available at www.fargolibrary.org. Pre-registration is required. To register for the contest, or for further details, call the Children’s Librarian at (701) 241-1495.

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 (701) 241-1472 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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