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Winter Read a Thon 2019

Adult Programs & Events

Adult Winter Read-A-Thon 2019

Cozy up with a good book and put an end to those winter blahs. Area residents are invited to warm up with some good books during the library’s annual Winter Read-A-Thon reading program which runs from Monday, Jan. 7, through Sunday, March 3. With events and reading opportunities for readers of all ages, the winter reading program can add a little excitement, adventure and mystery to cold winter days; plus it also provides opportunities to win prizes for reading books and attending library programs.

To participate, adults are encouraged to stop by any Fargo Public Library location beginning Monday, Jan. 7, to pick up a reading log. Book logs are also available online and can be printed at home starting Jan. 7. Read books and attend library events to complete the book log and return it to any Fargo Public Library location to claim a slick mug as a prize (while supplies last). Book logs are due on or before Sunday, March 3, 2019 to be eligible for prizes and prize drawings. Prize drawings will be held in early March. For further details about the library’s Winter Read-A-Thon, call the Main Library Information Desk at 701.241.1492.

Check our calendar of events to discover all the great programs we have lined up for readers of all ages this winter.

Food For Fines Program Runs January 7 to March 3

During this year’s Winter Read-a-Thon, readers can bring in a non-perishable food or unused toiletry item. For each item donated, library patrons will receive up to $5 in fine forgiveness (including lost or damaged item fees). In addition, for every completed book log, children can receive up to $5 in fine forgiveness.* Please, no expired or opened/used items. Items will benefit Great Plains Food Bank, Gladys Ray Shelter, and Youthworks of North Dakota. Remember, children’s items no longer receive overdue fines; however, children’s materials can still incur lost or damaged item fees.

*Some restrictions apply. Fine forgiveness applies to current fines only. No credit for future fines will be issued. Accounts that have already been sent to a collection agency are not eligible for fine forgiveness. These same rules apply whether the forgiveness is from donations or completed book logs.


Chicken pot pie

Cooking Healthy with Your Instant Pot

In this class, you will learn basic techniques that will help you to feel more comfortable using your Instant Pot. The instructor from Family Wellness will cover basic terminology and techniques while preparing two delicious and healthy recipes, Skinny Enchiladas and Skinny Pot Pie. This event is recommended for adults. Pre-registration is required; register online or call the Main Library Information Desk at 701.241.1492.
Saturday, Feb. 23 – 10 a.m. at the Main Library


Tea Cup

Tea Tasting Series at the Dr. James Carlson Library

Explore some of the many unique teas available. Samples of four different teas from around the globe will be provided each month, along with brewing tips and relevant information on the background of that month’s selection. Bring a friend so you can sip tea and socialize. This event is recommended for adults. Pre-registration is required; register online or call the Main Library Information Desk at 701.241.1492.
Upcoming dates in the series:
Saturday, Feb. 23 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 10 a.m.
Saturday, March 23 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 10 a.m.
​​Saturday, April 27 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 10 a.m.

Board Games Blowout!

Try out a new game from the library’s board game collection or bring a favorite to play with family and friends. Join us for any of these family-friendly events where we will feature a new game each month as well as having a variety of games available for free play. No pre-registration is required. This event is open to children, teens, and adults of all ages. Call 701.241.1492 for more information.
Upcoming dates:
Saturday, Feb. 23 – Main Library at 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 23 – Main Library at 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 – Main Library at 2 p.m.


Yoga mat

Restorative Yoga Sessions for Adults

Restorative Yoga is a 90-minute yoga class that has benefits to every person, regardless of age, gender, or physical ability. Some benefits to practicing restorative yoga include balancing the nervous system, deep relaxation of your physical body, boosting your immune system, and gentle stretching of muscles for increased flexibility. Props are used in this class for every pose to completely support your body and allow for full relaxation. Poses in this class are held longer to deepen the inward focus and to practice stillness. Bring a yoga mat if you have one or a large towel and wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. These classes are recommended for adults, and no registration is required. For more information, contact Lori W. at 701.476.5977.
Mondays – 6 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library
Upcoming Dates:
Monday, March 4
Monday, April 1
Monday, May 6


Beginner Yoga for Adults 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: Feb. 6, 20, and 27 (no yoga Feb. 13)
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library
Dates: Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28

Learn to Play Go!

Go is a Chinese board game older than chess and arguably more sophisticated, while having very simple rules. Players alternate placing a small stone on a grid and attempt to control space on a board. The library is starting a Go Club and all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the Fargo Public Library’s Go Club! Sessions are held every Wednesday between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. in the Dawson Room at the downtown Main Library. No registration is required. Knowledge of the game is not required. Experienced players are also welcome. For details, contact Steve at 701.241.1492.
Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Main Library
Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27

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 the Main Library Information Desk at 701.241.1492.
Upcoming dates:
Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Main Library
Dates: Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28


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