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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Fargo Public Library welcomes Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow Thursday, July 24

The Fargo Public Library welcomes acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow to the downtown Main Library on Thursday, July 24, for a special concert starting at 7 p.m. in the community room. Barlow’s unique and skillfully delivered repertoire features favorite traditional pieces as well as his own Celtic-inspired compositions. In concert, Barlow brings the songs alive by sharing the history, legend and humor behind the music. The concert is free and open to the public; all ages are invited to attend. For more information, contact lwest@cityoffargo.com.

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 Libraryand a list of upcoming events, visit www.fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Library’s Annual Talent Show Featuring Area Kids and Teens Set for July 16

What do singers, dancers, instrumentalists, and a ventriloquist all have in common? They are all featured acts in the “Hit the Big Time Talent Show” scheduled for Wednesday, July 16, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Fargo Public Library. Area residents are invited to the downtown Main Library to see talented area teens and kids perform in the library’s fifth annual talent show. The performance will be held in the Community Room at the Main Library; the show is free and open to the public. For details about the “Hit the Big Time Talent Show”, contact Children’s Services at 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 complete list of upcoming events, visit the library’s website, www.fargolibrary.org.

 

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Library presents session on North Dakota’s climate July 12

Do you like the changeable nature of North Dakota’s weather? Join us when Dr. Adnan Akyüz, North Dakota State Climatologist and NDSU Soil Sciences Assistant Professor, presents “North Dakota Beautiful: Climate Perspective” set for Saturday, July 12, starting at 10 a.m. at the downtown Main Library. Dr. Akyüz will discuss the facts, myths, and misconceptions about North Dakota’s climate and its place within climate change. No registration is required. All ages are welcome; however, this event is most suitable for those age 12 and older. For more information, please contact the Main Library Information Desk at (701) 241-1492 or email askreference@cityoffargo.com.

Fargo Public Libraryevents are free and open to the public. For more information about this program or other summer reading program events, call the Fargo Public Library at 241-1472 or visit www.fargolibrary.org.

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Fargo Public Library Presents Worm Day July 8

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a worm? As part of the library’s summer reading program, kids of all ages are invited to learn about worms and all the amazing things they do at the Fargo Public Library’s 2nd annual Worm Day event scheduled for Tuesday, July 8, at the downtown Main Library. A themed storytime titled “Wriggly Worms”, geared for toddlers and preschoolers, will start off the day at 10 a.m. The afternoon will feature worm races starting at 1 p.m.; all materials and worms will be provided for these events. Youngsters will learn all about the lowly earthworm with stories, activities, snacks and crafts.

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 complete list of upcoming events, call the children’s librarian at (701) 241-1495 or visit the library’s website, http://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/Departments/Library/.

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Kids and teens wanted for Fargo Public Library talent show

Do you sing, dance, juggle, do magic tricks, play an instrument, or have some other performance skill? Kids and teens in grades 1-12 are invited to take part in the Fargo Public Library’s 5th Annual “Hit the Big Time Talent Show” where young people with a competitive spirit can let their star shine! The talent show is scheduled for Wednesday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Performers will be judged on quality and presentation. All participants will receive prizes, and trophies will be awarded in three different age groups.

All types of talents are welcome and the time for contestants to secure their spots is now! All participants must register by July 11. New this year, the library has a digital piano for contestants to use. For more details about the talent show or to sign up to be part of the “Hit the Big Time Talent Show”, contact Children’s Services at (701) 241-1495, email askchildrens@cityoffargo.com, or call the Teen Librarian at (701) 476-5978.

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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Library hosts “Invisible Threat” film and discussion event June 28

Do you have questions about vaccines? In partnership, Fargo Cass Public Health and the Fargo Public Library invite area residents for a screening of the documentary Invisible Threat (not rated) which explores the science behind disease and the risks facing a society that is under-vaccinated. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with Dr. Mauriello, Sanford Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist. This film and Q&A event is set for Saturday, June 28, starting at 1 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Contact Nicole at (701) 241-1472 or the Main Library Information Desk at (701) 241-1492 for more information.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. 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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Library hosts “Knit in Public” event Saturday, June 21, at the Main Library

Area knitters and yarn enthusiasts are invited to bring a yarn project or help with a group tree yarn bomb project at the Fargo Public Library’s first “Knit in Public” event set for Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Participants will meet in the green space to the north of the library, weather permitting. Attendees are asked to bring their own knitting and yarn supplies along with a lawn chair, a hat, and a bottle of water. In case of rain, the event will be held in the community room at the Main Library. For further details, visit www.fargolibrary.org, call Lori at (701) 476-5977, or email lwest@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) 241-1472 or visit www.fargolibrary.org.

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