Fargo Public Library hosts living history presentations featuring Clara Barton Thursday, July 30

This week, the Fargo Public Library welcomes living history presenter Susan Marie Frontczak to present “Clara Barton: Patriot Angel” to audiences at two performances set for Thursday, July 30, at the Dr. James Carlson Library. Clara Barton was a Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross. A session geared for kids is set for 2 p.m.; a second visit, geared for those ages 12 and older, is set for 6:30 p.m. Following each performance, there will be a question and answer period. For more information, contact Children’s Services at (701) 241-1495 or email askchildrens@cityoffargo.com.

A heroine to our country, learn how Clara Barton worked her way through government red tape to care for the wounded on the Civil War battlefield, and years later convinced the United States government to bring the Red Cross to America. With her wit, fortitude under fire, and dedication to the cause of humanity, she stands as a role model for all time.

These events are part of the library’s Summer Reading Program and sponsored by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library. Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. Adults must accompany children 9 years old and younger. For more information, call the Main Library’s Information Desk at (701) 241-1492. 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 presents Wonder Woman-themed event Saturday, July 25

Who is the gutsy girl with the golden lasso? It’s Wonder Woman, and she is a warrior princess and a super hero. This week, area kids in grades 3 through 6 are invited to a themed event titled “The Exciting World of Wonder Woman” to celebrate one of the most famous super heroes. Join us Saturday, July 25, starting at 10 a.m. at the downtown Main Library. The program will include stories, crafts, activities, and snacks. The library will provide all the materials. For further details about this program, call Children’s Services at (701) 241-1495 or email askchildrens@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 summer reading program events, call the Fargo Public Library at 701-241-1492 or visit www.fargolibrary.org.

 

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Kids and teens wanted for Fargo Public Library’s talent show

Do you juggle, do magic tricks, play an instrument, dance, sing, do gymnastics, recite poetry? Perhaps you have another talent you would like to show off to the community? Area kids and teens with a competitive spirit can show off their talents at the Fargo Public Library’s “Hit the Big Time Talent Show”; and now is the time for contestants to secure their spots. Geared for kids in grades 1 through 12, the talent show is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Fargo Theatre’s Off Broadway stage (314 Broadway). Performers will be judged on quality and presentation, with prizes awarded for various age categories.

All types of talents are welcome, but participants must register by July 24. For details or to sign up to be part of the “Hit the Big Time Talent Show”, contact Children’s Services at (701) 241-1495.

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’s Summer Reading Program and a list of upcoming events, visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Library hosts Navy Week events starting July 20

What’s it like to be deployed at sea for six months? How does the Navy contribute to world peace and security? What new technologies is the Navy currently developing? These questions and many more will be answered in Fargo, one of 12 cities selected to host a 2015 Navy Week, a Navy signature outreach program.

Scheduled for the week of July 20-26, 2015 to lead up to the Fargo AirSho, Navy Week Fargo provides residents an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people, and its importance to national security and prosperity. Navy Week focuses a variety of outreach assets, equipment and personnel in a single city for a week-long series of engagements with key influencers and organizations. During a typical Navy Week, outreach events are coordinated with corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, community service and diversity organizations within the host city.

As part of the Fargo Navy Week celebration, several events are set to be at the Fargo Public Library and its branch locations:

 First, join us for two historical presentations about the USS Constitution, a warship which was launched in 1797 and saw battle in the War of 1812 but still navigates Boston Harbor with active duty members of the U.S. Navy as its crew. Sailors from the USS Constitution will visit the library to share the history of both the U.S. Navy and the ship, better known as Old Ironsides. Two sessions are planned at the Dr. James Carlson Library. The first is geared for kids 12 and younger and is set for Monday, July 20, at 11 a.m.  The second session, for teens and adults, is scheduled for Thursday, July 23, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Next, kids of all ages are invited to learn of the many ways Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are used daily by Navy sailors in a hands-on exhibit at the Dr. James Carlson Library. Navy technology, including Explosive Ordnance Disposal robots, dive gear and more will be on display during the Navy STEM activities demonstration in the library’s parking lot on Monday, July 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sailors will also be reading stories to kids inside the library starting at 12:30 p.m.
Please note: the storytime event has been rescheduled to start right after the USS Constitution event is done.

Next, the library welcomes the Navy Band Brass Quintet for a one-hour concert on Tuesday, July 21, featuring some all-time American favorites. The concert will be in the community room at the Dr. James Carlson Library starting at 1 p.m. All ages are invited to attend this free concert.

The library is pleased to welcome the Navy Band Jazz Quintet for a one-hour concert set for Tuesday, July 21, at the downtown Main Library. This concert will be in the community room at the downtown library’s community room starting at 6:30 p.m. All ages are invited to attend this free concert.

Finally, the library welcomes the Navy Band Woodwind Quintet for a one-hour concert set for Wednesday, July 22, at the Northport Library in the community room, starting at 1 p.m. All ages are invited to attend this free concert.

For more details about all the activities during Fargo Library’s Navy Week, contact the Information Desk at (701) 241-1492.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. Adults must accompany children 10 and under. For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library and a list of upcoming events, visit http://www.fargolibrary.org/.

 

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Fargo Library presents performances featuring Paul Bunyan stories July 16

Kids of all ages are invited to hear stories of Paul Bunyan, the larger-than-life lumberjack, at two special events at the Fargo Public Library this week. Join us Thursday, July 16, when actor David Ward presents a humorous, fact filled performance titled “Paul Bunyan: Loggin’, Legends & Lore” featuring of some of the most outrageous tales from Paul Bunyan folklore. Meet Hot Biscuit Slim and Ole the Big Swede, who were personal friends of Paul, and see Paul’s giant baby bottle and pacifier. Then learn about the logging industry, and how that time in history was influential in building our communities in the upper Midwest. Performances are set for 4 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library, and 6:30 p.m. at the Northport Library. 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) 241-1492 or visit the library’s website, fargolibrary.org.

These events are made possible by generous support from The Friends of the Fargo Public Library and The Learning Forum.

 

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Fargo Public Library hosts science vs. superheroes event Tuesday, July 14

Superhero-themed events continue at the Fargo Public Library next week. What is the science behind superheroes and their powers? Can superheroes take on science and win? Join us for a presentation by Dr. Graeme R. A. Wyllie, Concordia College chemistry professor, titled “Science vs. Superheroes.” The event is set for Tuesday, July 14, starting at 7 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Find out what the toughest material known to mankind really is, what a mutation is and why we are all essentially mutants, along with answers to many other superhero-themed questions. Dr. Wyllie’s session will discuss the science of superheroes in a humorous presentation illustrated with movie clips and some practical experiments suitable for all ages. For details, call the Main Library’s Information Desk at (701) 241-1492.

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 list of upcoming events, call (701) 241-1472 or visit the library’s website, fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Public Library presents villain-themed event Saturday, July 11

Everybody loves a hero, but what about the villain? Embrace your dark side and celebrate your favorite villains from books, television and the movies. Residents of all ages are invited to the Fargo Public Library’s “Mayhem Masquerade” themed event set for Saturday, July 11, starting at 2 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Adults, teens and families are welcome. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. The party will also include crafts, games, and an “outsmart the villain” scavenger hunt. The library will provide all the materials. Light refreshments will be served. For further details about this program, visit www.fargolibrary.org or call Sarah at (701) 241-1492.

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) 241-1492 or visit www.fargolibrary.org.

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Violinist Allison Boyt to perform at the Main Fargo Public Library Thursday, July 9

The Fargo Public Library welcomes violinist Allison Boyt to the downtown Main Library on Thursday, July 9, for a special concert titled “Violins for Vasculitis” starting at 7 p.m. in the community room. A professional violinist and member of the Akron (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Boyt travels the U.S. on a mission to share her musical talent and also raise awareness of vasculitis, an uncommon type of autoimmune disorder. Diagnosed with vasculitis as a teen, Boyt travels the nation on a mission to visit all 50 state with her inspirational and engaging story of hope through classical music. Boyt will be joined by Tamara Wagner and other area musicians for this concert. The concert is free and open to the public; all ages are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the Main Library Information Desk at (701) 241-1492.

This concert is part of the library’s Summer Reading Program; adults must accompany children 9 years old and under. For more information, call the Main Library’s Information Desk at (701) 241-1492. For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library and a list of upcoming events, visit www.fargolibrary.org.

 

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Fargo Library hosts presentation featuring veteran services July 7

The Fargo Public Library’s hero-themed summer reading program continues. The library welcomes Calie Craddock, a sergeant with the ND Army National Guard, to the downtown Main Library for a presentation about local veteran services, issues that face veterans when they return home from service, and the use of service dogs to support veterans. The event is set for Tuesday, July 7, at 7 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. 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’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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