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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 first come, first serve. If registration is required, it will be listed in the details for each event.


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"Silent" Reading Party @ Fargo Brewing Co. Set for March 3

B.Y.O.Book or check out a librarian-selected title. Find a cozy spot to read and enjoy a beverage with others who appreciate the same. Librarians will be on hand to provide snacks and reading suggestions, set up library accounts, and check out books.
Note: This is a 21+ event.
This event is free and open to the public and does NOT require a ticket to attend.
If you have questions, contact Sarah at 701.241.8295.
Sunday, March 3 – Fargo Brewing Co. at 2 p.m.

Tea Tasting Events at the Dr. James Carlson Library

Explore some of the many unique teas available. Samples of 4 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 program is recommended for teens(13+) and adults. Pre-registration is required and can be done online. Contact Katrina at kgunderson@fargolibrary.org with any questions.
Tea Tasting events are held on select Saturdays at the Dr. James Carlson Library starting at 10 a.m.
Upcoming dates: March 9 and May 4

Opera Sampler Featuring Young Artists of the Fargo-Moorhead Opera Set for March 9

The Fargo Public Library will be hosting a family-friendly performance by the Young Artists of the Fargo-Moorhead Opera on Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library Community Room. Library visitors of all ages will be able to get a free sample of the rich voices and engaging performances that the Gate City Young Artists program brings to our community each year. This free concert provides a great opportunity to enrich the arts education of young people in our community and provides a close-up, live experience of what the human voice can do. For details, contact Beth P. at 701.241.14192.
Saturday, March 9 – Main Library at 2 p.m.


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Community Game Nights at the Northport Library

Join us for Community Game Night at the Northport Library. A variety of tabletop games will be provided, and participants are also encouraged to bring a favorite game they would like to share. All tabletop gaming experience levels are welcome. Game Nights are scheduled for the 1st Monday of the month. Snacks will be provided. These sessions are recommended for ages 16+ and no registration is required.
Upcoming dates:
1st Mondays at the Northport Library from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
March 4, April 1, and May 6


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Monthly Jigsaw Puzzle Socials at the Main Library

Calling all puzzle lovers! Do you have lots of puzzles just taking up space in your closet? Do you want to meet other jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts? Let's work on a puzzle together while chatting and making friends. We’ll have puzzles available or you are welcome to bring some to swap. No registration is required. These sessions are recommended for adults and teens(16+). Snacks and beverages will be provided. Contact Christina at 701.241.8199 for details.
Select Saturdays at the Main Library at 9 a.m.
March 16, April 20, and May 18


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ND Job Service Provides Monthly Walk-in Help Sessions at the Main Library

ND Job Service staff visits the downtown Main Library on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. to provide job-seeking support, training program information, unemployment assistance, including:
• ND Job Service staff will be available to offer:
• Job seeking assistance
• Veteran's services
• Information on training programs
• Resume building assistance
• Limited unemployment insurance assistance
• Migrant and seasonal farmworker services
Upcoming dates:
March 19, April 16, and May 21

Learn more about the services offered by Job Service North Dakota at https://www.jobsnd.com/

NDSU Presentation Series: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Tech" Set for March 26

New this year, North Dakota State University and the Fargo Public Library are partnering for a speaker series highlighting topics of interest to teens and adults. ​
Topic 2 – Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Tech
Deep fakes, ChatGPT, and other AI are scaring a lot of people. “Helper” devices, such as Alexa, are secretly listening all the time to what is being said, even when we really would not want others to know that information. Presenter Dr. Dennis Cooley, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at NDSU, will discuss technology’s ethical challenges and how we can harness AI for our benefit. This event is for teens and adults interested in the future of technology, ethics, and philosophy. For details, contact Lori West at lwest@fargolibrary.org.
Tuesday, March 26 – Main Library at 6:30 p.m.

NDSU Presentation Series: "Designing to Stop Disaster" Postponed Until April 9

NOTE: This event has been postponed until Tuesday, April 9.
This interactive presentation brings together the collaborative minds of landscape architecture and emergency management faculty at NDSU to showcase the power of design to mitigate the impact of disasters. New this year, North Dakota State University and the Fargo Public Library are partnering for a speaker series highlighting topics of interest to teens and adults. ​
Topic 1 – Designing to Stop Disaster
In a world where natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense, the need for innovative solutions is paramount. This interactive presentation brings together the collaborative minds of landscape architecture and emergency management faculty at NDSU to showcase the power of design to mitigate the impact of disasters. This event is for teens and adults interested in the future of disaster prevention and resilient community planning and design. No registration is required for this event, and all materials will be provided. Contact Lori at lwest@fargolibrary.org for details.
Tuesday, April 9 – Main Library at 6:30 p.m.


2024 FPL Reading Challenge

The 2024 FPL Reading Challenge Runs Through Dec. 31, 2024

The Fargo Public Library is excited to introduce the 2024 Fargo Public Library Reading Challenge! This challenge is designed for adult readers who are looking to add fun, discover a new favorite, or have a little extra motivation for reading during the year. Registration is open and participation starts January 1 in Beanstack. The challenge runs through Dec. 31, 2024. Throughout the year, participants complete any of the 12 reading prompts by keeping track and entering the title of what you read in Beanstack. Participants who complete 10 of the 12 prompts will be entered to win a grand prize drawing at the end of the year. If you need recommendations for the reading prompts, contact the Main Library's Information Desk at 701.241.1492 or email askreference@fargolibrary.org to request title suggestions.

To get started with the 2024 Reading Challenge, visit the Beanstack website. Or, download the Beanstack app:
Apple Store
Google Play


Tech Help at Carlson

Ongoing Adult Events

Tech Help Sessions at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Tuesdays

Tech Help is offered weekly at the Dr. James Carlson Library Branch. Each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. our tech expert staff are available in the Christianson Conference Room for one-on-one assistance with technology issues. Need help with getting connected to ebooks? Can’t quite understand your new “smart” device? Struggling with questions with such programs as Word or Excel? Call the Dr. James Carlson Adult Services Desk at 701.476.5980 to register for a 30-minute session. Drop-ins will be accepted based on availability of staff.
Upcoming Tech Help session dates at the Dr. James Carlson Library (Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.):
March 5, 12, 19, and 26

Tech Help Sessions at the Main Library on Wednesday Afternoons

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, one-on-one, with your technology questions on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 5 p.m. Call 701.241.1492 for an appointment or you may drop in at the Main Library Community Room (if time slots are still available). Please note: When attending Tech Help, please bring your device – laptop, smartphone, eReader, etc. – with you.
Upcoming Tech Help session dates at the Main Library (Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m.):
March 6, 13, 20, and 27

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 most Thursday evenings at 6 p.m., at the Dr. James Carlson Library. Contact Lori W. at 701.476.5977 with questions.
Upcoming dates:
March 7, 14, 21, and 28


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Virtual 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 meet online on the library's Facebook page to discuss all things books. Contact Megan at 701.241.1492 for details.
Upcoming dates:
Thursday, March 21 – ONLINE on Facebook at 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 18 – ONLINE on Facebook at 7 p.m.
Thursday, May16 – 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. Chess Club meets Tuesday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Dawson 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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