Orphan train historian Renée Wendinger to visit Fargo Public Library Sept. 23

Orphan train historian and author Renée Wendinger will visit the Fargo Public Library Tuesday, Sept. 23, starting at 7 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. This event is part of the One Book, One Community reading project.

Wendinger’s own mother was one of the children of the orphan trains who took part in a phenomenal journey from New York City to America’s heartland. Inspired by her mother to reveal the factual story of orphaned children of immigrant parents, she has written two books on the subject of orphan trains, Extra! Extra! The Orphan Trains and Newsboys of New York and Last Train Home. An author, history essayist, and president of Orphan Train Riders of New York organization, Wendinger is a respected chronicler and speaker on the subject of the orphan trains and immigration experience. Copies of her books will be available for purchase during her library appearance.

For more information about the One Book, One Community reading project, visit www.1book1community.org or call the Main Library’s Information Desk at 241-1492. For more information on the program, call Lori West at 476-5977.

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

This project is generously supported by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the West Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the Moorhead Library and Moorhead Community Education.

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Fargo Public Library hosts lost bird film event Tuesday, Sept. 16

The last passenger pigeon passed away at the Cincinnati Zoo 100 years ago on Sept. 1, 1914 and the species is now extinct. Find out what happened to the passenger pigeon at the Fargo Public Library’s “What Happened to the Passenger Pigeon?” program scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Members of the Fargo-Moorhead Audubon Society will present a screening of the arts-based film The Lost Bird Project, a movie about five North American bird species driven to extinction in modern times and sculptor Todd McGrain’s project to immortalize them. Attendees will also have the opportunity to fold origami birds to contribute to the Fold the Flock initiative. All ages are welcome to this free event. For further details, contact Cindy M. at 241-1495.

Fargo PublicLibraryevents 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 calendar of upcoming events, call the Main Library Information Desk at 241-1492 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Public Library hosts British New Wave film series

Starting Sunday, the Fargo Public Library will host a 3-week film series featuring iconic British New Wave movies from the 1960s at the downtown Main Library. A screening of the movie Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960, not rated) directed by Karel Reisz is set for Sunday, Sept. 14, starting at 2 p.m. in the Community Room. Other films and dates in the series include:

  • Sept. 21The Pumpkin Eater (1964, not rated) directed by Jack Clayton
  • Sept. 28 – Darling (1965, not rated)  directed by John Schlesinger

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

Local film enthusiast Matt Olien selected the films. Olien will introduce each movie and lead a brief discussion after each showing. Local film critic and film historian Tony McRae will co-host the series.

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 Main Library’s Information Desk at 241-1492 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Library hosts One Book, One Community film events Friday, Sept. 12

This week, the Fargo Public Library is hosting two film screening events as part of the One Book, One Community reading project in our community. Join us to view the PBS documentary “The Orphan Trains” set for Friday, Sept. 12, at the Dr. James Carlson Library. The first screening starts at 1 p.m.; a second screening starts at 2 p.m. The PBS documentary tells the story of the orphan train experience. Popcorn will be served.

For more information about the One Book, One Community reading project, visit www.1book1community.org or call the Main Library’s Information Desk at 241-1492.

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

This project is generously supported by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the West Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the Moorhead Library and Moorhead Community Education.

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Library hosts locker chalkboard craft sessions for teens

Teens are invited to the Fargo Public Library to learn to make a locker chalkboard this week. The locker chalkboard craft workshops are intended for both guys and girls. The first session is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library. A second session is set for Thursday, Sept. 11, at 4:30 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. All materials and instructions will be provided. All interested teens are welcome; pre-registration required. Register online or email teens@cityoffargo.com. Contact Teen Librarian Bree Schmidt at 476-5978 for details.

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

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Library hosts food preservation workshop Sept. 9

Are you planning to preserve some of your fruits and vegetables from your garden, but not sure the proper way to do it? To help area residents figure out the best and safest ways to preserve the bounty from their gardens, the Fargo Public Library is hosting an informational session titled “Canning Today: It’s Not Necessarily Like Your Grandma Used To Do,” presented by Rita Ussatis, Cass County and NDSU Extension Agent. The program is set for Tuesday, Sept. 9, starting at 7 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Pre-registration is required. Register online or contact the Main Library Information Desk at (701)241-1492. For more information on the program, call Drea at (701) 241-1472.

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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Northport Library community room celebration

Area residents are invited to celebrate the opening of the Northport Library’s new Community Room on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 2714 N. Broadway. The event will feature a concert by local jug band Alien Brain, starting at 2 p.m.; the group plays acoustic music featuring guitar and mandolin. All ages are welcome; refreshments will be served. For further details, visit fargolibrary.org, or call the Northport Library at (701) 476-4026.

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 fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Public Library hosts monthly checkers club starting Sept. 2

Do you like to play checkers? Whether you are an expert or are new to the game, checker players of all abilities are invited to join the Fargo Public Library’s new checkers club. An informal club open to teens and adults interested in the game, the first session is set for Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fercho Conference Room at the downtown Main Library. Local checkers expert and former state checker champion Neil Wenberg will facilitate the sessions, and the club will continue to meet on the first Tuesday evening of each month from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. The library’s checkers club is free and open to all ages; pre-registration is required. Register online at www.fargolibrary.org or contact Cindy M. at (701) 241-1495 for details.

Fargo PublicLibraryevents 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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Local libraries launch 2014 community reading project with author visit August 13

Orphan Train

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

In partnership, the Fargo Public Library, the Moorhead Public Library and the West Fargo Public Library are launching the 2014 One Book, One Community reading project next week. Selected by a public vote earlier this year, the selected title for the libraries’ 2014 reading project is Christina Baker Kline’s best-selling novel Orphan Train. All area residents are encouraged to unite in reading this engaging novel as part of this 8-week project.

To kick off this year’s One Book, One Community reading project, residents are invited to an author visit and book signing by Christina Baker Kline set for Wednesday, Aug. 13, starting at 7 p.m. at The Stage at Island Park (333 4th St. S., Fargo). The event is free and open to the public. All seats are general admission, so seating is first come, first served. Books will also be available for purchase.

Chosen by a public vote earlier this year, Baker Kline’s Orphan Train explores universal themes relevant to us all. The book connects the intertwining story of a foster care teen and an elderly widow as they explore what it means to be “family”. Friendship, second chances, and resilience in the face of adversity are also themes which make this a thought-provoking read. All three area public libraries have copies the title in several formats (print, eBook, and audiobook) to check out. For a complete list of One Book, One Community events and related resources visit any participating public library or go to www.1book1community.org.

Along with reading Orphan Train, readers of all ages are encouraged to participate in related events at participating libraries through early October. Events include an online “Same Story, Different Perspective” themed photography contest for youth and adults (Aug. 18 – Sept. 18), book discussions, historical programs, craft events, and film screenings. A complete list of events and activities are available at www.1book1community.org.

All One Book, One Community events are free and open to the public.

This project is generously supported by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the Moorhead Library, the Friends of the West Fargo Public Library and Moorhead Community Education.

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Fargo Public Library presents two yoga programs Saturday, July 26

Have you been wanting to try a yoga class, but aren’t sure what to expect? Or, maybe you’ve done a class or two and are ready for the next step. This week the Fargo Public Library is offering two yoga classes for adults and teens. The first session titled “Yoga Basics” is designed for beginners or those who want a refresher class. The class is set for Saturday, July 26, starting at 10 a.m. at the downtown Main Library. This session offers a basic introduction to the poses (asanas) and breathing techniques of yoga. No experience is necessary. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Register online or call the Main Library Information Desk at (701) 241-1492 or Jenilee at (701) 241-8123 for details.

The second session, titled “Power Yoga“, is for those who are ready to move through poses at a faster pace. Join us Saturday, July 26, starting at 2 p.m. also at the downtown Main Library. This class will emphasize balance, flexibility and strength as participants work through the vinyasa, or series of poses. Some yoga experience may be helpful for this class. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Register online or call the Main Library Information Desk at (701) 241-1492 or Jenilee at (701) 241-8123 for details.

Both 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 summer reading program events, call the Fargo Public Library at (701) 241-1472 or visit www.fargolibrary.org.

 

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