Fargo Library’s kids’ food drive runs through August 8

Do you have what it takes to be an everyday hero? Starting today, as part of the Fargo Public Library’s “Every Hero Has a Story” summer reading program for kids, youngsters can donate nonperishable food items at any Fargo Public Library for the Great Plains Food Bank. The food drive runs Monday, June 29, through Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. To participate, youngsters with their parents’ permission can drop off two (2), unexpired, nonperishable food items to the Circulation/Check-Out Desk at any Fargo Public Library location during regular library hours. In return for the donations, kids will receive a sticker for their summer reading program booklog. For details about the library’s “Find the Hero in You!” food drive for kids, contact the Children’s Librarian at (701) 241-1495, or go to www.fargolibrary.org/childrens.

All food collected during the event will be given to the Great Plains Food Bank for local distribution. Among the Food Bank’s most needed items are soup, stew, chili, peanut butter, canned meat products, cereal, pancake mix, tomato-based products, boxed meals, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, rice and instant potatoes.

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

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Fargo Public Library hosts superhero debate event June 27

Are you up for a great debate about superheroes? Join us for a panel discussion about how comic book characters are portrayed in film versus print. All ages are invited to join us for a lively debate set for Saturday, June 27, starting at 2 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Panelists for the session are: Greg Carlson, film professor at Concordia College; Karen Kohoutek, comic book enthusiast; Erica Franklin, local film and comic book enthusiast; Alex Davy, game developer at Fantasy Flight Games; and Dr. Betsy Birmingham, English professor at NDSU. All ages are welcome. All materials will be provided. Contact the Main Library’s Information Desk at (701) 241-1492 for details.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public; children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult. For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and a complete list of upcoming events, call the Main Library’s Information Desk at (701) 241-1492 or visit the library’s website, fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Library hosts history presentation featuring fashion and the women’s suffrage movement

The Fargo Public Library honors the heroines of North Dakota’s women’s suffrage movement with a presentation “Dressing the Part – Advocates for Suffrage” by Dr. Ann Braaten, Assistant Professor of Practice and Curator of the E. Reynolds Historic Costume Collection at NDSU. This event is set for Tuesday, June 23, at 7 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Dr. Braaten will discuss the fashions of the time while taking the audience members on a walk through history. The presentation will also feature one Fargo woman, Kate Selby Wilder, and her considerable influence on the suffrage movement. All materials will be provided. All ages are welcome to this event; however, children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult. For details, call the Main Library’s Information Desk at (701) 241-1492.

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

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Fargo Library hosts Frederick Douglass Exhibit

Just in time for the library’s summer hero-themed reading program, a traveling exhibit featuring 19th century American hero Frederick Douglass is on display at the downtown Main Library. Composed of four interlocking panels, this traveling exhibit is set to be at the downtown library location from June through July 31. Call the Children’s Services Desk at (701) 241-1495 for further information.

This exhibition explores slavery and abolition through the life of one of the most famous men in nineteenth-century America. Though born a slave, Frederick Douglass later escaped and helped others do the same through the Underground Road. He went on to become an author, international speaker, abolitionist, and statesman who fought to end slavery and championed civil rights for all Americans. This exhibit includes panels detailing Douglass’s journey from slave to free man, with excerpts and quotes from Douglass’s first autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. It also includes a letter he wrote to his former slave owner. All ages are invited to learn more about this great man.

This exhibit was created by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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

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Fargo Public Library welcomes the Red River Zoo for a visit June 15

Staff from the Red River Zoo will visit the Fargo Public Library with a variety of small animals from the zoo on Monday, June 15, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. This event is part of the library’s Summer Reading Program for kids.

Red River Zoo staff will be on hand to talk about the various animals, their habitats, what they eat, how they act and to answer questions regarding the animals. Children will be allowed to observe and touch the animals. The library invites kids of all ages to stop by and see these amazing creatures.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public; adults must accompany children ages 9 and under. Groups of 10 or more that are planning to attend library events must notify the Children’s Dept. at (701) 241-1495.

For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and a list of upcoming events, call the Children’s Librarian at (701) 241-1495 or visit www.fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Public Library hosts Flag Day concert Saturday, June 13

Celebrate Flag Day a day early at the Fargo Public Library with a concert. The library welcomes the 188th Army Band Brass Quintet for a one-hour concert featuring some all-time American favorites in honor of those who have served. Join us Saturday, June 13, at the downtown Main Library starting at 2 p.m. The concert will be held in the Main Library’s community room. All ages are invited to attend this free concert. Contact Drea at (701) 241-1472 for details.

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

 

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Fargo Public Library’s Friday family movie series starts June 5

Looking for entertainment for your kids on Friday afternoons this summer? The Fargo Public Library is screening free hero-themed family movies all summer long at both the Northport Library (2714 N. Broadway) and the Dr. James Carlson Library (2801 32nd Ave. S.). We are kicking off the Free Friday Movie series on Friday, June 5, with a screening of “Big Hero 6” (PG) at 1 p.m. at the Northport Library and at 1 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library.

Free popcorn will be served for all films. Adults must accompany children age 9 and younger.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and a complete list of upcoming events, call the Children’s Services at (701) 241-1495 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

The Fargo Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is supported, in part, by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library

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Fargo Public Library’s Free Summer Reading Program Begins June 1

Do you know any heroes? Heroes and stories are the theme for the Fargo Public Library’s upcoming Summer Reading Program, and exciting events are planned for all ages – kids, teens and adults. This year’s program features all sorts of heroes – from super heroes and their sidekicks to animal heroes, military heroes and community heroes in ways that will appeal to readers of all ages. The free program begins Monday, June 1, and runs through August 8. Readers of all ages are invited to participate by reading, attending events and earning prizes.

The children’s summer reading program theme is “Every Hero Has a Story”. Weekly storytimes, hero-themed events, movies, and activities for all kids up to 12 years of age, are planned at all three Fargo Public Library sites. A schedule of events, kids’ book logs and activity sheets are available at all three library locations and online at www.fargolibrary.org/childrens.

The teen program for the summer is titled “Unmask!”, and all area teens, ages 11 to 18, are eligible to participate. Special themed events for teens are planned each week. Book logs are available at each library location and a list of teen events is available at www.fargolibrary.org/teens.

Adults are also invited to participate in the library’s summer reading incentive program. Titled “Escape the Ordinary”, the adult program is designed to encourage grown-ups to read books, attend programs and explore all of the resources that the Fargo Public Library has to offer. Area adults can read and listen to books, and attend programs for a chance to enter prize drawings. Reading logs are available at all three library locations so participants can keep track of their reading and listening choices this summer.

To participate in the library’s reading incentive programs, pick up an official book log at any Fargo Public Library location beginning June 1; only children need to register to participate.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. Visit the library’s website at www.fargolibrary.org or the online calendar of events to find activities for all ages. A complete schedule of summer reading program events is available at all library locations and at www.fargolibrary.org.

The Fargo Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is supported in part by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library.

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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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