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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Fargo Public Library hosts modular train event Saturday, Nov. 15

November is National Model Railroad month and we are celebrating with trains at the Fargo Public Library. All ages are invited to the downtown Main Library on Saturday, Nov. 15, when the Red River Modules Model Railroad Club visits to display and demonstrate model trains all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the library’s community room. A special train-themed storytime is scheduled for 11 a.m. in the Children’s Room. Area youngsters are also invited to make a themed craft throughout the day. Contact the Children’s Librarian at 241-1495 for details.

Club members will be on hand to answer questions about the trains, the display, and the hobby of modular railroading.Modular Railroading combines modular trains and miniature scenery to make unique track configurations. The library invites people of all ages to stop by and see these fine trains in motion.

Fargo Public Library events 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 celebrates North Dakota’s statehood Sunday, Nov. 9

Local history illustrator Steve Stark will bring his unique storytelling skills to the downtown Main Library on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. as the Fargo Public Library celebrates the 125th anniversary of North Dakota’s statehood. Stark will put charcoal to paper as he entertains with stories of the Red River Valley from riverboat days to the founding of our community. All ages are invited to this family-friendly event. Refreshments will be served. For further details, call the Children’s Librarian at 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, visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Library presents Dust Bowl documentary Nov. 1 and 2

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 screening of Ken Burns’ documentary The Dust Bowl in two parts at the downtown Main Library this weekend. A screening of part one of the film is set for Saturday, Nov. 1, starting at 2 p.m. in the Community Room at the downtown Main Library. Part two of the documentary is set for Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m., also at the Main Library. Free popcorn will be served.

In mid-November, the Fargo Public Library will host a presentation by Professor Steve Hoffbeck of the MSU Moorhead History Department 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 these events, 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 (701) 241-1492 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

Funding for the American Library Association’s “Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone By” travelling exhibit is provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

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Fargo Public Library Presents Checker Tournament Saturday, Nov. 1

Do you like to play checkers? Area residents are invited to be a part of the Greater Fargo Open Checker Tournament at the Main Library on Saturday, Nov. 1. Play will begin at noon and end at 5:30 p.m. The free tournament is open to all ages; registration for the tournament starts at 11:30 a.m. Former ND checker champion Neil Wenburg will facilitate this event. Five rounds of Swiss System will be played; each round will consist of two game matches and will be limited to one hour. For more information, call Children’s Services at (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 complete list of upcoming events, call (701) 241-1472 or visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

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Ghost Stories for Grown-ups Oct. 28 at the Fargo Public Library

Are you a fan of scary stories and scary movies? In celebration of the spookiest night of the year, the Fargo Public Library invites area residents to the library’s annual “Ghost Stories for Grown-ups” adult Halloween event for some sinister tales and eerie legends. This year’s theme is “Don’t Look Behind You!” and the screams begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the community room of the downtown Main Library. Local talent will be scaring up some surprises, along with readings of some classic and original tales. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Refreshments will be served. All ages are welcome; however, this event is most appropriate for ages 12 and up. For more details about this event, contact Karen at 241-1472 or e-mail her at kkohoutek@cityoffargo.com.

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 holds friendship bracelet craft events for kids, teens & adults

Area adults, teens, and school-age kids are invited to share some time with an extra special friend or family member and learn the basics of tying friendship bracelets at the Fargo Public Library this week. Two sessions are scheduled; the first is set for Thursday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library. A second session is set for Saturday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. at the downtown Main Library. Instructions will include the basic half-hitch knot and two different patterns. All materials will be provided. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Register online at www.fargolibrary.org or call (701) 241-1495 or (701) 241-1492 for details.

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

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