Fargo Public Library hosts bike session Saturday, May 16

May is National Bike Month, and to celebrate, the Fargo Public Library is hosting a session titled “It’s All About the Bike” set for Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. at the downtown Main Library. Sara Watson Curry from Great Rides Fargo will be on hand to discuss the many benefits of biking; she will also go over important tips for safe riding plus demonstrate some basic bike maintenance that cyclists of all ability levels should know. Finally, Watson Curry will also provide information on the newly launched bike share program in Fargo and what you need to know to try it out. All ages are welcome to this workshop. For details contact Lori West at lwest@cityoffargo.com, or call the Main Library Information Desk at 241-1492.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. Children age 9 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library and a complete list of upcoming events, call 241-1472 or visit the library’s website.

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Fargo Public Library hosts beginning tangling sessions this week

Do you doodle? This week, the Fargo Public Library is hosting two tangling workshops for adults and teens. Tangling, or zen doodling, is an easy-to-learn, fun and relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns with just a pen and a little imagination. The first session of the tangling workshops is set for Thursday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. A second session is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library. No special artistic skills are needed to enjoy this engaging and relaxing art form, and tangling can even be used as a meditative exercise to increase focus and creativity. All materials and instructions will be provided. These events are recommended for adults and teens. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Register online at www.fargolibrary.org, or call the Main Library Information Desk at 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 241-1472 or visit the library’s website.

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Fargo Library presents gardening series starting May 5

Spring is here. Are you ready to start digging in your garden? Get your green thumb ready for spring and summer with a 4-part series of informational and hands-on gardening sessions at the library. Beginning Tuesday, May 5, the Fargo Public Library kicks off a four-part gardening series designed to introduce participants to different types of gardening along with providing tips and techniques for making their current gardens and lawns more productive and beautiful. Local gardening experts will cover a range of gardening topics, including gardening and landscaping tips, the newest perennials and annuals for our area, and even a plant exchange. Four sessions are scheduled at the downtown Main Library in the community room, including:

  • Community Gardens with Jack Wood: Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m.
  • Total Gardening 101 with Dr. Ron Smith: Tuesday, May 12, at 7 p.m.
  • New Annuals and Perennials for 2015 with Dr. Esther McGinnis: Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m.
  • Blossom Barter – Come with Plants to Trade! Tuesday, May 26, at 7 p.m.

No registration is required for these sessions. For details or additional information about these sessions, contact Drea at 241-1472 or visit the library’s website at Fargo Public Library.

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 Fargo Public Library or visit www.fargolibrary.org our online calendar of events.

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Art workshops for dads and kids April 30 and May 2 at the Fargo Public Library

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, dads and their infants or toddlers up to 2 years old, are invited to create a special gift for Mom at the Fargo Public Library later this week. Titled “Crafty Dads & Babies”, these session will give dads and their babies the chance to make a personal painting to give for Mother’s Day. The first session is scheduled for Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. A second session is scheduled at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Saturday, May 2, starting at 10 a.m. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Register online or call the Children’s Librarian at (701) 241-1495. Come prepared to get messy!

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public; adults must accompany children ages 9 and under. A schedule of events is available online at www.fargolibrary.org.

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Backyard bird watching program at the Fargo Library

Spring is here and the birds are back for the summer! All ages are invited to the Fargo Public Library’s “Backyard Bird Watching” program scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, starting 7 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Local birding expert Dr. Ron Miller will introduce attendees to the basics of backyard bird watching. Attendees will learn tips and find out what tools to use to start identifying the birds that regularly visit feeders, birdbaths, and birdhouses in our region. For further details, contact Drea at (701) 241-1472 or the Main Library Information Desk at (701) 241-1492.

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 celebrates National Library Week

The Fargo Public Library joins libraries across the country in celebrating National Library Week, which runs April 12 to 18. This year’s theme, “Unlimited possibilities @ your library,” reminds us that whether you are getting your first library card, learning a new skill, or researching a subject, the library is the place to discover lots of new and innovative ideas and information. To celebrate this special week, the Fargo Public Library will host several programs and events to help library patrons of all ages discover the “unlimited possibilities” at libraries. The following are just a few of the events planned for this week at the Fargo Public Library:

    First, adults and teens are invited to celebrate their love of books by designing and decorating a book bag using a freezer-paper stencil technique. Join us Tuesday, April 14, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Northport Library; a second session is set for Saturday, April 18, starting at 2 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library. All materials will be provided. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Register online or contact the Main Library Information Desk at 241-1492.

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    Next, children’s author Jerry Pallotta will visit the downtown Main Library to talk about his books and how he became a writer on Wednesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. A writer of both fiction and nonfiction children’s books, Pallotta is best known for his Who Would Win? series of books, and The Icky Bug Counting Book. Co-sponsored by the Valley Reading Council, this event is free and open to the public. All ages are invited; a book signing will follow his presentation. Books will be available for purchase. For details, contact the Children’s Librarian at 241-1495.

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     Next, youngsters, age birth up to age 5, are invited to dance, wiggle, giggle, and move at the library’s Music and Mayhem Toddler Dance Parties. These events feature lots of rhythm, dancing, games and movement for little ones. Join us Thursday, April 16, starting at 10 a.m. at the Main Library for the first session. A second session is set for Tuesday, April 21, at 10 a.m. at the Northport Library; the last session is set for Wednesday, April 22, at 10 a.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library. All materials will be provided. Call the Children’s Librarian at 241-1495 for details.

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    Finally, all ages are invited to learn about Civil War history when the 5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, Company D, a dedicated group of volunteers visit the library. This historical presentation is set for Saturday, April 18, starting at 10 a.m. at the Main Library. Attendees will learn about Civil War artillery and soldiers’ lives at camp. Artifacts, such as uniforms, equipment, weapons, and army rations, both original and reproduction, will be on display. All ages are welcome, but children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. For details, contact Lori West at 476-5977 or email lwest@cityoffargo.com.

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    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 241-1492 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

 

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Fargo Public Library presents Kirkbride history presentation April 7

Of all the institutions in the history of our region, the Fergus Falls State Hospital evokes the most interest. In the decades following its opening on July 31, 1890, the hospital, known as the Kirkbride, dominated the cultural and economic landscape of the area. On Tuesday, April 7, starting at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, join Chris Schuelke, Executive Director of the Otter Tail County Historical Society, as he examines the history of this remarkable facility that provided care for people the general population would have rather ignored. For more information about this event, contact Lori at 476-5977 or email 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 241-1492 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Public Library Hosts Hans Christian Andersen Story and Craft Events

It’s Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday month and the Fargo Public Library is celebrating the 210th birthday of this beloved Danish author, best known for his fairy tales. Enjoy a reading of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story The Nightingale and make a paper craft using the traditional technique of paper cutting, a favorite of the author. Two sessions are planned; the first is set for Thursday, April 2, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library. A second session is set for Saturday, April 4, starting at 2 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. This event is for children, teens and adults. All materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Register online or contact the children’s librarian at 241-1495 for more information.

For details on these and other upcoming events, visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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, visit the library’s website www.fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Public Library’s “Cinema of the 50s” film series starts Sunday, March 29

Starting Sunday, the Fargo Public Library will host a 4-part film series featuring iconic movies from the 1950s at the downtown Main Library. The series titled “Cinema of the 50s: The World Changes” will open with a screening of the film East of Eden (1955, not rated) Sunday, March 29, starting at 2 p.m. in the Community Room. Other films and dates in the series include:

  • April 12Written on the Wind (1956, not rated)
  • April 19Sayonara (1957, not rated)
  • April 26Anatomy of a Murder (1959, 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 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 beekeeping event Tuesday, March 24

Have you ever thought about having a beehive in your backyard? Tomorrow night, the Fargo Public Library is hosting an informational workshop geared to those interested in learning more about backyard beekeeping. Join us Tuesday, March 24, starting at 7 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Local beekeeping expert Dana Evans will present the basics of this backyard hobby for people of all ages and abilities, including how to set up, establish and maintain a healthy backyard beehive. All materials will be provided. Contact Drea at (701) 241-1472 for details.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. Adults must accompany children under 10 years old. For details on this and other upcoming events, visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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