Library presents Dust Bowl documentary Nov. 1 and 2

The drought during the 1930s was one of America’s most disastrous environmental experiences. In conjunction with the American Library Association’s “Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone By” travelling exhibit currently on display at the NDSU Library, the Fargo Public Library will host a screening of Ken Burns’ documentary The Dust Bowl in two parts at the downtown Main Library this weekend. A screening of part one of the film is set for Saturday, Nov. 1, starting at 2 p.m. in the Community Room at the downtown Main Library. Part two of the documentary is set for Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m., also at the Main Library. Free popcorn will be served.

In mid-November, the Fargo Public Library will host a presentation by Professor Steve Hoffbeck of the MSU Moorhead History Department titled “The Dust Bowl in the Northern Great Plains.” Scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, the presentation is an illustrated talk about the drought, dust storms, and heat waves in the Upper Midwest during the 1930s. Hoffbeck has taught and written about the suffering of Midwesterners during the Great Depression and the lost tales of the era. Hoffbeck is the author of The Haymakers: A Chronicle of Five Farm Families, winner of a Minnesota Book Award; and writes regularly for the “Dakota Datebook” program on Prairie Public Radio. For details about these events, contact Lori West at (701) 476-5977 or lwest@cityoffargo.com

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.

Funding for the American Library Association’s “Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone By” travelling exhibit is provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

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Fargo Public Library Presents Checker Tournament Saturday, Nov. 1

Do you like to play checkers? Area residents are invited to be a part of the Greater Fargo Open Checker Tournament at the Main Library on Saturday, Nov. 1. Play will begin at noon and end at 5:30 p.m. The free tournament is open to all ages; registration for the tournament starts at 11:30 a.m. Former ND checker champion Neil Wenburg will facilitate this event. Five rounds of Swiss System will be played; each round will consist of two game matches and will be limited to one hour. For more information, call Children’s Services 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 complete list of upcoming events, call (701) 241-1472 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Ghost Stories for Grown-ups Oct. 28 at the Fargo Public Library

Are you a fan of scary stories and scary movies? In celebration of the spookiest night of the year, the Fargo Public Library invites area residents to the library’s annual “Ghost Stories for Grown-ups” adult Halloween event for some sinister tales and eerie legends. This year’s theme is “Don’t Look Behind You!” and the screams begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the community room of the downtown Main Library. Local talent will be scaring up some surprises, along with readings of some classic and original tales. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Refreshments will be served. All ages are welcome; however, this event is most appropriate for ages 12 and up. For more details about this event, contact Karen at 241-1472 or e-mail her at kkohoutek@cityoffargo.com.

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 Public Library holds friendship bracelet craft events for kids, teens & adults

Area adults, teens, and school-age kids are invited to share some time with an extra special friend or family member and learn the basics of tying friendship bracelets at the Fargo Public Library this week. Two sessions are scheduled; the first is set for Thursday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library. A second session is set for Saturday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. at the downtown Main Library. Instructions will include the basic half-hitch knot and two different patterns. All materials will be provided. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Register online at www.fargolibrary.org or call (701) 241-1495 or (701) 241-1492 for details.

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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Associates in Adventure Book Club for kids at the Fargo Library

Area kids in grades 4 to 7 are invited to join the brand new Associates in Adventure (A.I.A.) Book Club at the Fargo Public Library. Be it a harrowing journey, standing up to the school bully, or facing mystical beings, members of the A.I.A. Book Club are ready for whatever comes their way. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. October’s featured title is The BFG by Roald Dahl. Participants should expect great books, activities, discussion, snacks and crafts as part of this new book club for kids.Pre-registration is required. Additional copies of the book are available, while supplies last. Stop by the Children’s Services Desk at the Main Library or call the Children’s Librarian at (701) 241-1495 for details or to register.

The A.I.A. Book Club will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. All interested readers are welcome. A list of featured titles and upcoming dates is available on the Children’s page on the library’s website. Pre-registration is required. Call Children’s Services at 241-1495 or stop by the Main Library Children’s Desk to register and pick up a copy of the featured title, while supplies last.

For more information, or for a list of featured titles, visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org, or contact the Children’s Librarian at (701) 241-1495 or at askchildrens@cityoffargo.com 

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, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Events for kids and teens at the Fargo Public Library this week

Do you need to find your kids something interesting to do over the upcoming out-of-school days? If so, the Fargo Public Library has some fun, free events scheduled to help parents make the most of the kids’ fall school break.

First, all ages are invited to celebrate National Fossil Day on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the downtown Main Library. Join us when NDSU Geologist Dr. Lydia Tackett shares the story of the Mesozoic Marine Revolution and the rise of the shell crushers! All ages are invited to this special presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. This event is held in partnership with the ND Association for Women Geoscientists. No registration is required for this program. Call (701) 241-1495 for further details.

Next, kids, ages five to 12 years old, are invited to the library’s Pokémon Day set for Thursday, Oct. 16, starting at 11 a.m. at the downtown Main Library. Participants will learn to play the game and participate in Pokémon-themed activities. All materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required for the activities part of this event. Register online or call (701) 241-1495. Kids of all ages can also take in a screening of the movie “Mew vs. Mew Two” (rated PG) starting at 1 p.m.

Finally, kids and teens are invited to learn some basic movie magic make-up special effects from professional actor, director and designer Arch Ellwein at a couple sessions set for Friday, Oct. 17 at the Dr. James Carlson Library. The first class is for school-age kids, up to 6th grade, and is set for 1 p.m.; a second session for teens in grades 6 to 12 is set for 3 p.m. No registration is required for the movie make-up sessions. These events are not for the squeamish. For details, call (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 complete list of upcoming events, call 241-1472 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

 

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Fargo Public Library hosts science presentation about Sulfa Oct. 14

Sulfa (a.k.a. Prontosil) might seem like a simple molecule but as the world’s first antibiotic drug, this ‘magic bullet’ has saved countless lives and is one of the key developments in the era of modern medicine. Join us for a presentation by Dr. Graeme R. A. Wyllie, chemistry professor at Concordia College, at the Fargo Public Library titled “Sulfa: the Drug That Changed the World?” The event is set for Tuesday, Oct. 14, starting at 7 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Dr. Wyllie will describe the history of the discovery of this miracle drug by German chemist Gerhard Domagk in 1932, and share some of the science behind sulfa and other related medicines. All ages are welcome and no registration is required for this free event. For more information, call Lori at (701) 476-5977 or email lwest@cityoffargo.com.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. A schedule of library events is available at all library locations and online at www.fargolibrary.org.

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Library hosts first ever Crafter Meet-Up event Oct. 11

Do you knit, crochet, bead, carve, quilt, sew, weave or craft of any sort? No matter what you make, you are invited to participate in the Fargo Public Library first ever Crafter Meet-Up on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. The event is open to all ages and is a chance for area residents to get ideas for future projects, show off a favorite project or two, and meet like-minded makers and doers. A selection of the library’s arts and crafts resources will also be on display. This event is being held in conjunction with American Craft Week.

Contact Lori West at (701) 476-5977 or email lwest@cityoffargo.com for more information on the program.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. A schedule of upcoming library events and programs is available online at www.fargolibrary.org.

 

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Crazy for “Gone Girl”? Try These Read Alikes

Did seeing the recently released “Gone Girl” movie  leave you chomping at the bit for your next twisty thriller? Give one of the following read alike titles a try. You can find them all in the Fargo Public Library’s collection as print books, audio books, or eBooks. Ask a librarian or search our online catalog to find or request a copy. http://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/Departments/Library/

 

 

 

 

 

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Fargo Library’s jazz concert series kicks off Sunday, Oct. 5

Celebrate Fargo’s history of jazz and outstanding musical talent with the Fargo Public Library’s annual fall music series “Jazz Into Fall” at the Main Library downtown. Featuring local musicians playing a wide range of jazz styles, the series starts Sunday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. with a performance by the Allen Cater Quintet.  The following artists are set to perform at the Main Library (102 3rd St. N.) during this concert series:

  • Oct. 12 – The Mary Marshall Trio performs at 2 p.m.
  • Oct. 19 – Harley Sommerfeld Quartet performs at 2 p.m.
  • Oct. 26 – Kathie Brekke and 42nd Street performs at 2 p.m.

These concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call (701) 241-1492. For more information regarding the Fargo Public Libraryand a list of upcoming events, visit www.fargolibrary.org.

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