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Adult Programs & Events

We welcome adults of any age to join us for author events, instructional classes, and more. Anyone is able to participate, even if you don't have a Fargo Public Library card. Some programs and events require registration, and others are just first come, first serve. If registration is required, it will be listed in the details for each event.


Author Dawn Quigley

Dawn Quigley Author Visit and Presentation Set for May 21

• Introducing Jo Jo Makoons with Author Dawn Quigley*
Children’s book author Dawn Quigley will read from and discuss her new book, Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-be Best Friend, the first volume of a chapter book series. A citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe in North Dakota, Dr. Quigley will discuss her childhood experiences growing up and not seeing books that represented her Native community. Geared for adults and children ages 5 and up. Books will be available for purchase.
Saturday, May 21 – Main Library at 10 a.m.

• Author Dawn Quigley: Native Representation in Children’s Literature*
Dawn Quigley, Ph.D. and citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, ND, is an assistant professor of Education at St. Catherine University. She has written a number of children’s books, such as the coming-of-age young adult novel, Apple in the Middle, the chapter book series Jo Jo Makoons: The Used to Be Best Friend (book 1), and Native American Heroes. Dr. Quigley will discuss her books, her writing, and her work to amplify Native voices in literature and education. Books will be available to purchase.
Saturday, May 21 – Main Library at 1 p.m.

*Both of these events are part of the NEA Big Read, which is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.


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Spring Plant Swap Set for May 23 at the Dr. James Carlson Library

Join us at the Carlson Learning Garden for this Library-hosted plant swap. This community-minded event is an opportunity to share your love of plants for the home or garden with others. Participants are asked to bring in plants to trade. This could be leftover garden plants, seed packets, divided perennials, houseplants, or propagated plants. Don’t have anything to bring? That’s okay! Everyone will go home with something new. From novice gardeners to green thumb gardeners, all are welcome to come.
Monday, May 23 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 6:30 p.m.


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Tech Help Sessions at the Main Library Every Wednesday Afternoon

Do you have difficulty with your phone, laptop, or tablet? Were computer basics just not taught when you were in school? Our librarians are ready to help you with your technology questions on Wednesday afternoons from 3-6 p.m. Call 701.241.1492 for an appointment or just drop in at the Main Library Community Room (if time slots are still available).
Upcoming Tech Help session dates:
Wednesday, May 18 – Main Library from 3 to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 25 – Main Library from 3 to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June 1 – Main Library from 3 to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June 8 – Main Library from 3 to 6 p.m.

Yoga for Beginners at the Dr. James Carlson Library

Yoga for Beginners is geared for those who haven’t tried yoga before or who want a refresher. Along with gentle stretching, this class will 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 for adults. Fall classes are held Thursday evenings at 6 p.m., at the Dr. James Carlson Library. Contact Lori W. at 701.476.5977 with questions.
Upcoming dates:
Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 26, at 6 p.m.


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Online Book Parties

It’s like a book club, but you can read whatever you want! Chat about the books you've been reading recently. Or, find out what our librarians recommend. No registration is required. We will meet online on the library's Facebook page to discuss all things books. Contact Megan at 701.241.1492 for details.
Upcoming dates:
Thursday, May 19 – ONLINE on Facebook at 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 16 – ONLINE on Facebook at 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 21 – ONLINE on Facebook at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 18 – ONLINE on Facebook at 7 p.m.

Chess Club at the Main Library

All area kids, teens, and adults are invited to be part of the library's Chess Club. Whether you are an expert or are new to the game, chess players of all ages and abilities are invited to join the Fargo Public Library’s Chess Club. Starting Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, Chess Club will meet Tuesday evenings from from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fercho Conference Room at the downtown Main Library. Newcomers and novice chess players are welcome. Local chess expert Joe McNamara will facilitate and lead the sessions. The library’s Chess Club is free and open to all ages; registration is not required. Adults must accompany children under 10 years old. For more information about this or any other Fargo Public Library program, please call Lori West at 701.476.5977.


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Dial-a Story Available

If you ever wish you could have a story, a poem, or even a Shakespearean monologue read to you at any time, day or night, now you can. Call the Library’s Dial-A-Story line at 701.298.6927 anytime to listen to a short story, poem, Shakespearean monologue, or children's story. New recordings are available every Monday. Selections are recorded by Library Outreach Staff and are 3 to 5 minutes in length. Dial-A-Story can be accessed from any phone.


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Event Recording of Red River Valley Kids Read Panel Discussion "Remembering the 1997 Red River Valley Flood"

A recent community discussion about the historic 1997 Red River Valley Flood that happened 25 years ago this month was presented by a panel of speakers who experienced the flood first hand, including City of Fargo staff, television and newspaper reporters and photographers, flood fighters, and those whose homes were affected. Part of the 2022 Red River Valley Kids Read event series, view a video recording of the April 3, 2022, Remembering the 1997 Red River Valley Flood panel discussion here.


Go & Grow Houseplant Video Series

An introductory Go & Grow: Plant Care Basics video is available here to get you started.
Our second video Go & Grow: How to Revive a Sad Plant is available here to help you when your plant isn't thriving like it should.


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