2014 One Book, One Community pick is ‘Orphan Train’

The Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo Public Libraries are pleased to announce the 2014 One Book, One Community selection Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Selected by public vote, this novel explores universal themes relevant to us all – resilience in the face of adversity, second chances and friendship. All area residents are encouraged to unite in reading Orphan Train in preparation for the upcoming related events to be held at area public libraries and participating organizations.

This year’s One Book, One Community reading program launches Wednesday, Aug. 13, with two author events. Christina Baker Kline will start off the community-wide reading program with an invitation only, informal “Tea with the Author” event at the Moorhead Public Library in the afternoon. Later that evening, Baker Kline will take the stage for an author presentation and visit at The Stage at Island Park

The One Book, One Community project will extend into early October, with many opportunities to connect with Orphan Train and its themes. Along with reading the novel, community members are encouraged to participate in related events including themed book discussions, movie screenings at all three libraries and many other engaging programs. Copies of the novel are available for check out at each of the participating libraries. Book club kits are also available. A list of One Book, One Community related events and resources,  will be available soon. Visit any participating public library, or www.1book1community.org.

This is the third community-wide One Book reading effort in the Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo area.

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 West Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the Moorhead Library, and Moorhead Community Education.

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Fargo Library welcomes author Scott Thoma on Tuesday, April 8

The Fargo Public Library is pleased to welcome regional author Scott Thoma to the downtown Main Library for a presentation and discussion of his book Out of the Blue set for Tuesday, April 8, starting at 7 p.m. in the Community Room. The book tells the true story of two sisters and their miraculous survival of one of the most powerful tornadoes in Minnesota history. Out of the Blue chronicles how on June 13, 1968, the town of Tracy, MN was struck by the first-recorded F5 tornado in Minnesota history. In all, nine people were killed and 125 others were injured. Nearly one fourth of the town’s homes were destroyed, including the elementary school and several businesses. Thoma’s presentation will include photos which chronicle the aftermath of this natural disaster. A book signing will follow the event; books will be available for purchase.

Author Scott Thoma lived in Tracy, MN when the tornado struck. Thoma was an award-winning sports reporter and sports editor at a Minnesota daily newspaper for nearly 30 years and currently lives in Willmar, MN.

For more information, contact the Main Library 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 complete list of upcoming events, visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Library presents “Game of Thrones” themed event Saturday, April 5

Are you a fan of the HBO series “Game of Thrones” based on author George R.R. Martin’s books? Area fans of this popular series are invited to the Fargo Public Library’s “Game of Thrones” fan event set for Saturday, April 5, starting at 2:30 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Area teens and adults are encouraged to attend this event which will feature an iron throne photo booth and a combat demonstration by members of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Prizes for costumes will be awarded in various categories. Light refreshments will be served.

For further details about this program, visit www.fargolibrary.org, call Jenilee at (701) 476-4026, or email jkanenwisher@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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Library welcomes children’s author Allen Kurzweil April 2

Who knew there was so much science in a potato chip? Allen Kurzweil, that’s who. The Fargo Public Library is pleased to welcome award-winning children’s author and self-described “snack food scientist” Allen Kurzweil to the downtown Main Library for a presentation on Wednesday, April 2 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Kurzweil will conduct some of the science experiments from his latest book Potato Chip Science at this engaging event, which is open to all ages. All attendees will receive a bag of potato chips.

The author of two additional children’s books, Leon and the Spitting Image and Leon and the Champion Chip, Kurzweil will sign books following his presentation. Books will also be available for purchase. No registration is required for this event. Find out more about Allen Kurzweil at www. allenkurzweil.net or learn about potato chip science at http://PotatoChipScience.com/Home.html. For details, contact the Children’s Department at (701) 241-1495. This event is co-sponsored by the Valley Reading Council.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. Adults must accompany children age 9 and under. 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 Poe-themed event March 27

Edgar Allan Poe is more popular than ever. Join us at the Fargo Public Library for a presentation centered on Edgar Allan Poe and his enduring legacy. Presented by Susan Imbarrato, Professor of American Literature at Minnesota State University Moorhead, this engaging talk will focus on Poe, his life, his works and his legacy. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the presentation. Join us Thursday, March 27, starting at 7 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. All ages are invited, but this event is most appropriate for ages 12 and up. Light refreshments will be served. For details, contact Karen K. at (701) 241-1472.

Fargo PublicLibraryevents 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.

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Fargo Public Library presents chemistry programs for kids and teens March 22

Are you a future chemist? Are your children curious about science and chemistry? Area kids and teens are invited to some hands-on workshops full of interesting and engaging chemistry experiments at the downtown Main Library on Saturday, March 22. Dr. Graeme Wyllie from the Concordia College Science Academy is back with more hands-on science activities for both kids and teens.

In the morning, kids in grades 4 to 6 are invited to the library’s Kids and Chemistry sessions which will show youngsters the difference between exothermic (give out heat) and endothermic (take in heat) reactions. All materials will be provided. Participants should come prepared to get messy!  Two sessions are set; the first starts at 9:30 a.m., and the program will be repeated at 11 a.m. at the Main Library. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Register online or call the Children’s Librarian at (701) 241-1495 for details.

Dr. Graeme Wyllie will also present two Great Chemistry for Teens! sessions at the library. Open to teens in grades 6 through 12, these programs will use the power of science to allow teen scientists to carry out a range of cool, safe chemistry experiments with the help and direction of Dr. Graeme and the Concordia Chemistry Team. Two 90-minute sessions are scheduled; the first session is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The program is repeated at 3 p.m. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Register online or call the Teen Librarian at (701) 476-5978 for details.

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

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Library celebrates ‘Pete the Cat’ themed event for kids March 20

If you love all of the “Pete the Cat” books, then this is the party for you. All ages will enjoy the Fargo Public Library’s “Pete the Cat” Party featuring stories, groovy games and a cool craft. Join us Thursday, March 20, starting at 11 a.m. at the downtown Main Library. Geared for kids ages 4 and up, all materials will be provided, and snacks will be served. For more information, call the Children’s Librarian at 241-1495.

For details on this 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.

 

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Library hosts Iditarod program Sunday, March 9

Are you interested in dog sledding as a hobby? Do you think you know all about dog sledding and the Iditarod?  The library is saluting 42 years of America’s “Last Great Race,” the Iditarod, this weekend with a themed event for all ages. Join us Sunday, March 9, starting at 2 p.m. at the downtown Main Library when musher Helen Corlew brings a canine member of her dog sled team from Prairie Isle Dog Trekking and presents information about what goes into building a dog sled team. Corlew will also provide information about dog sled equipment. A themed craft will be part of this event, too. All materials will be provided at this free event. Contact Children’s Services at 241-1495 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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Library’s urban homesteading series starts Tuesday, March 4

Have you heard about “backyard farming” or “backyard homesteading” but aren’t sure what they are? Starting this week, the library is hosting a series of events geared to those interested in learning about urban agriculture and some of the ways residents can incorporate rural hobbies into their urban backyards. The first event, braided rag creations, is a hands-on workshop intended to show how braiding rags into rugs is a tried and true way to upcycle fabric into useful and durable products. Participants will learn the basic cloth braiding technique and create a small braided rag item to take home. Two sessions are scheduled; the first is set for Tuesday, March 4, starting at 7 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. A second session is set for Saturday, March 8, starting at 2 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library. Space is limited; pre-registration is required for the rag braiding craft events. All materials will be provided. Register online or contact the Main Library Information Desk at (701)241-1492 for details. Other topics in the series include:

  • Backyard Beekeeping – Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library
  • Basics of Home Brewing – Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library
  • Backyard Chicken Keeping – Tuesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library

The above three, 60-minute workshops will be held at the downtown Main Library. Attend one or all of the sessions. Contact the Main Library’s Information Desk at 241-1492 for 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, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Library Celebrates Dr. Seuss with Cat in the Hat Themed Sessions

March 2 is beloved children’s author Theodor Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss) birthday and the Fargo Public Library is celebrating in spectacular style. All ages are invited to participate in story and craft events featuring Dr. Seuss stories and themed crafts. All three library locations are hosting these special story and craft events. Join us Saturday, March 1, starting at 10 a.m. at the Northport Library, or at 2 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library. A third event is scheduled for Sunday, March 2, starting at 2 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. All materials will be provided, and snacks will be served. Call the Children’s Librarian at 241-1495 for details. 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.

 

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