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The Cartographer of  No Man's Land

2018 One Book One Community Reading Project

In its seventh year, the One Book, One Community reading project is set to launch in early September. This year’s title is The Cartographer of No Man’s Land by P.S. Duffy, and all three area public libraries have partnered to encourage area residents to unite in reading the selected book and participate in related events. Set during World War I and centered on the themes of family, friendship and sacrifice, Duffy’s book examines how peoples’ lives are forever changed in wartime, whether on the battlefield or at home. Copies of the book are available in several formats (print and ebook) at each of the participating libraries. Book club kits are also available.

An author visit, films, book discussions, exhibits, and historical presentations are planned as part of the event series. Visit any Fargo Public Library location or www.1book1community.org for a schedule of events and related resources. All One Book, One Community partner events are free and open to the public.

The project includes two events with author P.S. Duffy. On Thursday, Oct. 25, Duffy will speak at an invitation only, informal "Tea with the Author Event" at the Moorhead Public Library in the afternoon. Later that evening, she will take the stage for an author talk and book signing at 7 p.m. in the Knutson Center Centrum (901 S. 8th Street) on the campus of Concordia College. This event is free and open to the public.

The 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.

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Jazz Concert Series in October

Love jazz? The library’s annual Jazz into Fall concert series featuring local jazz musicians returns Sunday, Oct. 7. As the leaves turn color and fall, we welcome you to the library for great live jazz in a family-friendly setting. Do you have a child just learning an instrument and would like to show them what they might be able to do some day? Come and listen for free! Would you love to hear the jazz standards of your youth performed live once again? Take an hour on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy the wonderful music. The Sunday afternoon concerts are scheduled for 2 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. All ages are welcome; concerts are free and open to the public. Contact Beth at 701.241.1492 for details.
Sunday, Oct. 7 – Eric Martens Trio featuring Eric Martens on guitar
Sunday, Oct. 14 – The Skipjacks featuring Nat Dickey on Trombone
Sunday, Oct. 21 – John Pederson Jazz Quintet featuring John Pederson on trumpet & flugelhorn
Sunday, Oct. 28 – The MSUM Faculty Jazz Quartet

Sewing 101 for Teens and New Adults

Have you been using a safety pin in place of the button that fell off your shirt? Not anymore! Learn how to make simple repairs to your clothes in this basic hand sewing class. Open to teens and new adults (ages 13-24). All materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required; register online or call 701.476.5978 for more info. Registration opens October 8.
Monday, Oct. 22 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 6 p.m.

Behind the Books: A Library Tour and Murder Mystery

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the library? Be careful, you know what they say about curiosity and the cat! Join library staff for a special, after-hours tour of the library. What could possibly go wrong? Probably nothing, right?! Be ready to solve the mystery, should there be one. This event is for ages 16 and older. Participants must arrive promptly for security reasons. Pre-registration is required. Register online or call 701.241.1492 for details.
Friday, Oct. 26 – Main Library
Session 1 – 5:50 p.m.
Session 2 – 6:50 p.m.


Native American Festival and Educations series

Native American Festival & Education Series

In partnership, the Fargo Native American Commission, Cultural Diversity Resources, the Plains Art Museum, Daughters of the Earth, and the Fargo Public Library are celebrating Native American Heritage Month. The community is invited to experience art, films, poetry, storytelling, crafts, and other events as part of this series:

● Oct. 8 – Nov. 25 at the downtown Main Library
The Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island art exhibit is at the downtown Main Library through Sunday, Nov. 25. The curated traveling exhibit includes 20 original works from 12 visual artists from across the United States and many tribal nations. The art calls attention to the many murdered or missing indigenous women and the #MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) awareness movement. All members of the community are welcome to view this traveling exhibit located in the library's entryway gallery and on the 2nd floor of the library during regular library hours. For details, contact Laura Youngbird at 701. 551.6100 or the Main Library Information Desk at 701.241.1492.

● Nov. 3 at the downtown Main Library
10 a.m. – Introduction and Welcome by Mike Gabbard
Buffalo River Singers will perform
Native American Commission Introductions

11 a.m. – Storyteller Gabe Derosier
1 p.m. – Native American food tasting & sampling prepared by members of the Daughters of the Earth organization

● Sunday, Nov. 4 at the downtown Main Library
2 p.m. – Film screening of Wind River (2017, rated R)
4 p.m. – Panel discussion by area experts on the topic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW).

● Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the downtown Main Library
6:30 p.m. – Film screening of Reel Injun documentary about how Native Americans are depicted in films. Artist Falcon Gott will be on hand to facilitate this screening and lead a brief discussion.

● Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Plains Art Museum
6:30 p.m. – Art & Poetry Workshop with Dr. Denise Lajimodiere. Help create a community collaborative ‘dress’ sculpture for the Native Women Artist exhibit in January 2019.

● Friday, Nov. 9 at the Plains Art Museum
6:30 p.m. – Altered Books Art Project for Veterans with artist & veteran, Sergeant First Class, Joe Williams, Civil Affairs. Veterans, their families, and the community are welcome; free & open to the public.

● Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Plains Art Museum
11 a.m. – Native American Juried Arts & Crafts Festival showcasing Native American artists from Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas; free & open to the public.

All ages are welcome, and all events are free and open to the public.
Additional support for this project is provided by Bell Bank and Knight Printing.

Cooking Made Easy for Teens and New Adults

Move beyond mac & cheese and learn how to make healthy, filling meals using your microwave and Instant Pot. In this class you learn the basics of microwave and Instant Pot cooking, sample a few dishes and take home some delicious, easy to make recipes. Open to teens and new adults (ages 13-24). All materials will be provided. Pre-registration required; register online or call 701.476.5978 for more info. Registration opens October 29.
Thursday, Nov. 15 – Northport Library at 6 p.m.


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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
Dates: Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31

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: Oct. 3, 17, 24, and 31 (no yoga Oct. 10)

Thursdays – 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library
Dates: Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25

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: Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25

Library's Northern Narratives 2018 Book Available

Northern Narratives 2018 is the library’s second publication of poems, essays and short stories produced by local and regional authors. It is available at all three library locations for check out, or it can be read online.


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