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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

2017 One Book, One Community Title

The 2017 One Book, One Community title is Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of friendship, family, and the power of forgiveness.

This year’s One Book, One Community reading project launches in mid-August and features several events including a community book discussion, film screenings, cultural exhibits and other engaging programs. Visit www.1book1community.org for related resources and a calendar of events.

The project will finish with two events with author Jaime Ford. On Tuesday, Oct. 24, Ford will speak at an invitation only, informal “Tea with the Author” event at the Moorhead Public Library in the afternoon. Later that evening, he will take the stage for an author presentation and book signing at 7 p.m. in the Knutson Center Centrum (901 8th St. S.) on the campus of Concordia College. This event is free and open to the public.

Copies of the book are available for check out in several formats (print and ebook) at each of the participating libraries; book club kits are also available.

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.

Author Visit with Maureen Anderson Oct. 18

What if you could eat as much as you wanted and never gain weight? No gimmicks; nothing unsafe. Would you let Maureen Anderson, author of The Willpower Workaround, tickle your imagination? Maureen’s a civil engineering graduate turned miserable cubicle dweller turned ridiculously happy—and healthy!—host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show Doing What Works. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Contact the Main Library Information Desk at 701.241.1492 for details.
Wednesday, Oct. 18 – Main Library at 7 p.m.

Jazz into Fall Concert Series

The Fargo Public Library will again host a series of free concerts on Sunday afternoons during October. This year’s concert line-up features some of our community’s favorites as well as some of the next generation of great local musicians. Come to the Main Library’s community room at 2 p.m. on Sundays in October to hear both familiar standards and new compositions. Groups scheduled to perform are:
Oct. 1: Mary Marshall Trio
Oct. 8: Dave Ferreira Trio
Oct. 15: Kathie Brekke & 42nd Street
Oct. 22: The Jazz Committee, featuring Race Hoglund

This concert series is also part of the One Book, One Community series of events. The concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call 701.241.1492.

RIP: Ghost Stories for Grown-Ups Oct. 25

The library’s spooky literary extravaganza is going to its eternal reward. Join us for stories and poems, featuring classic monsters, and everything that goes bump in the night. As always, costumes are encouraged, and the event is free and open to the public. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Refreshments will be served. This event is not a children’s event; it is recommended for ages 12 and older. Contact Sarah at 701.241.1492 for details.
Wednesday, Oct. 25 – Main Library at 7 p.m.

Cyber Security Awareness Workshop Nov. 1

Learn how to protect yourself, your business, and confidential information, and stay safe online with a presenter from the Computer Science Department at North Dakota State University. This presentation is part of NDSU’s Cyber Security Tour visiting locations throughout the state. No registration is required, and all materials will be provided. Contact Lori West at 701.476.5977 for more details.
Wednesday, Nov. 1 – Main Library at 7 p.m.

Tiny Concerts at the Dr. James Carlson Library

This fall, residents are invited to join us at the Dr. James Carlson Library (2801 32nd Ave. S.) for more intimate listening room experiences featuring the talents of solo artists and duos from the Fargo-Moorhead area. The 'Tiny Concerts @ Carlson' series starts Sunday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. with a performance by Lonesome Dave Kase. The library is hosting four concerts in this fall series, and performers will play free, one-hour acoustic concerts suitable for all ages. The following groups and artists are set to perform at the Dr. James Carlson Library this fall:

Sunday, Sept. 17 – Lonesome Dave Kase (Roots & Soul) performs at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 15 – Pat Lenertz (Jam Rock) performs at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19 – Jessica Vines and Conor Lee (Jazz) performs at 2 p.m.

These concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call 701.241.1492

Beginner Yoga at Carlson

This is a class for those who haven’t tried yoga before or who want a refresher. The purpose of this class is to provide a relaxing environment to focus on taking card or YOU! Along with gentle stretching, this class will also teach breathing exercises to provide calmness. Bring a yoga mat if you have one or a large towel and wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. This program is recommended for adults, and no registration is required. Call 701.241.1492 for details.

Upcoming dates:
Wednesdays – 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library
Dates: Oct. 4, 18, and 25 (no Beginner Yoga on Oct. 11)
Nov. 1, 15, 22, and 29 (no Beginner Yoga on Nov. 8)

Thursdays – 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library
Dates: Oct. 12, 19, and 26 (no Beginner Yoga on Oct. 5)

Nov. 2, 9, 16, and 30

Chess Club

All ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the Fargo Public Library’s Chess Club! Meetings are held every Thursday between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. in the Fercho Room at the downtown Main Library. No registration is required. For more information, contact Children's Services at 701.241.1495.
Upcoming dates:
Thursdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26 – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Main Library