Fargo Library presents Dickens-themed storytime for grown-ups

Need a little break from working, studying, and the holiday hustle and bustle? The Fargo Public Library is serving up a seasonal Storytime for Grown-ups – Holiday Edition session that will make you say “What the Dickens?” This event will feature classic Christmas stories by Charles Dickens. Don’t miss it as it is sure to be a great time. This special holiday-themed event is set for Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. in the community room at the downtown Main Library. No registration is required. Free hot cider, coffee and holiday goodies will be served. Call Karen K. or Sarah at 241-1472 for details.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. For a list of upcoming events, call the Information Desk at 241-1492 or visit the library’s website, fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Public Library welcomes author Shannon Galpin Tuesday, Dec. 16

The Fargo Public Library is pleased to welcome author Shannon Galpin to the downtown Main Library for a presentation and book signing on Tuesday, Dec. 16, starting at 7 p.m. in the community room. Galpin, National Geographic’s 2013 Adventurer of the Year, will discuss her debut memoir, Mountain to Mountain, in which she recounts being the first person to mountain bike in Afghanistan, a country where the culture does not allow women to ride bikes. She will also discuss how she launched her nonprofit, Mountain2Mountain, an organization that helps create opportunities for women in regions of conflict. All ages are welcome; books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. For details, contact the Main Library Information Desk at (701) 241-1492 or visit fargolibrary.org.

Galpin is the founder and president of Mountain2Mountain. Her humanitarian efforts have been profiled on Dateline NBC, CNN, and in The New York Times, Outside Magazine, National Geographic Explorer, and USA Today, among others. For more information, visit her online at www.shannongalpin.com or on Twitter @sgalpin and @Mtn2Mtn.

This program is supported by the North Dakota Humanities Council. The North Dakota Humanities Council is an independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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 Library presents Hobbit-themed event Saturday, Dec. 13

Are you a Hobbit or a wizard at heart? Fans of Tolkien’s classic works are invited to the Fargo Public Library’s Quest for Middle Earth event set for Saturday, Dec. 13, starting at2 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Area teens, adults and families are welcome to celebrate all things Hobbit and Middle Earth with an adventure featuring a scavenger hunt filled with tricksy riddles that will lead you through the library on a quest full of monsters and Tolkien magic. Light refreshments, also known as elevenses, will be served.

For further details about this program, visit www.fargolibrary.org, call Katrina at (701) 241-1472, or email kgunderson@cityoffargo.com.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public; adults must accompany children age 9 and younger. 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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Fargo Library holds lefse classes this week

Maybe you’ve let the lefse tradition lapse a little in your family and need a re-introduction, or perhaps you are totally new to this Scandinavian delicacy. Either way, come and learn lefse-making basics at the library. You’ll get a chance to roll and flip, plus you can even bring a few pieces home with you in time for the holidays. Bring your apron, and get ready to roll up your sleeves! Sessions are planned at all three library locations and are set for the following dates and times:

  •  Thursday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library
  • Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. at the downtown Main Library
  •  Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Northport Library

All materials will be provided; participants are asked to bring an apron. These sessions are geared for adults and teens. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Register online or call the Main Library Information Desk at (701) 241-1492 for details.For information on these and other upcoming events at the Fargo Public Library, visit 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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Fargo Library offers free Kindle classes

Do you have a Kindle? Do you want to learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, and online magazines from the Fargo Public Library’s collection to enjoy on your Kindle? Library staff members are teaching a couple of Kindle Basics sessions next week to help get you started. The Fargo Public Library is offering two introductory sessions for new Kindle users. The first hands-on session is set for Monday, Dec. 8, starting at 2 p.m. at the downtown Main Library; a second session is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 10, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library. Participants must bring their own Kindle device and Kindle account information to the sessions. Each 90-minute session will offer basic instruction on how to use your Kindle more efficiently. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Register online or contact the Main Library’s Information Desk at 241-1492. 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, visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Public Library hosts owl ornament craft sessions for teens

Teens are invited to the Fargo Public Library to learn to make owl ornaments out of wooden gift tags this week. The owl ornament craft workshops are intended for both guys and girls. Three sessions are planned. The first session is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 4:30 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library. A second session is set for Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 4:30 p.m. at the Northport Library, and a third session is set for Thursday, Dec. 4, 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 Library events 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 presents Minecraft-themed event for kids and teens Saturday, Nov. 22

Got a Minecraft fan at your house? Youngsters who love the Minecraft game will get a chance to meet up with other fans of the game at our Minecraft IRL (In Real Life) event set for Saturday, Nov. 22, starting at 2 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Put your skills to the test with some great themed activities including an element hunt, crafts, snacks, and more! This program is geared towards kids (ages 8 and up) and teens. All materials will be provided. No registration is necessary. For details, contact Children’s Services at askchildrens@cityoffargo.com or call (701) 241-1495.

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 (701) 241-1472 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Public Library presents environmental chemistry program for teens

Are you a future chemist? Are you interested in science and the environment? Area teens are invited to a workshop full of engaging chemistry experiments at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Thursday, Nov. 20, starting at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Graeme Wylie from the Concordia College Science Academy, will lead the Great Chemistry for Teens! science program. Teen scientists will get a 90 minute hands-on science lab experience which includes a range of cool, safe chemistry experiments with the help of Dr. Wyllie and the Concordia Chemistry Team. 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 hosts Dust Bowl presentation Nov. 18

The drought during the 1930s was one of America’s most disastrous environmental experiences. In conjunction with the American Library Association’s “Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone By” travelling exhibit currently on display at the NDSU Library, the Fargo Public Library will host a presentation by MSUM History Professor Steve Hoffbeck titled “The Dust Bowl in the Northern Great Plains.” Scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, the presentation is an illustrated talk about the drought, dust storms, and heat waves in the Upper Midwest during the 1930s.

Hoffbeck has taught and written about the suffering of Midwesterners during the Great Depression and the lost tales of the era. Hoffbeck is the author of The Haymakers: A Chronicle of Five Farm Families, winner of a Minnesota Book Award; and writes regularly for the “Dakota Datebook” program on Prairie Public Radio. For details about this event, contact Lori West at 701-476-5977 or 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 worst movie series starting Sunday, Nov. 16

Starting Sunday, the Fargo Public Library will host a 3-week film series at the downtown Main Library to celebrate movies that are so bad they are good. “BAD: the Cult Film Series” kicks off with a panel discussion on the cult film phenomenon and the appeal of bad (awful) movies. What separates “so bad it’s good” from “just plain bad”? Find out Sunday, Nov. 16, starting at 2 p.m. at the downtown Main Library with panel participants including Randal Black, mastermind behind the Fargo Theatre’s Grindfest events; Greg Carlson, Director of Film Studies and Media Activities at Concordia College; Paul Franklin, bad movie aficionado; Brittney Goodman, Co-chair of the Fargo Film Festival; and the Fargo Public Library’s own Karen Joan Kohoutek.

Following the panel discussion, there will be a screening of Ed Wood’s 1953 bad movie classic, “Glen or Glenda?” (not rated) at 3 p.m. Other films in the series include:

  • Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. – “The Apple” (1980, PG)
  • Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. – “Troll 2” (1990, PG-13)

Films will be screened at the downtown Main Library; free popcorn will be served at films. Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. Adults must accompany children under 10 years old. Contact Karen at kkohoutek@cityoffargo.com or the Main Library Information Desk at 241-1492 for further details about the film series, or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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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