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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:

● Through Nov. 26 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. 26. 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.


Yoga mat

New! Restorative Yoga Sessions Starting in November

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.
Upcoming dates:
Mondays – 6 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library
Dates: Nov. 19, Dec. 17, Jan. 7, and Feb. 4

Author Visit with Tom Isern Nov. 27

Join us for a visit by author Dr. Tom Isern for a presentation of his recent book Pacing Dakota. The book documents his travels throughout the area and his observations of the changing landscape. A book signing will follow this event; books will be available for purchase. For more information, contact the Main Library Information Desk at 701.241.1492.
Tuesday, Nov. 27 – Main Library at 7 p.m.

Missoula Book Discussion and Presentation Set for Nov. 29

In conjunction with Jon Krakauer’s author visit to Concordia College on Wednesday, Nov. 14, we will be discussing his 2016 book, Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, at the Fargo Public Library. Cheryl Dunlap, an educator from the Rape & Abuse Crisis Center, will also be on hand to discuss sexual assault in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Contact Lori at 701.476.5977 for a copy of the book (while supplies last), or for more information about the event. This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, Nov. 29 – Main Library at 6:30 p.m.


Go game board

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: Nov. 7, 14, 21, and 28

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: Nov. 14, 21, and 28 (no yoga Nov. 7)

Thursdays – 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library
Dates: Nov. 1, 8, and 29 (no yoga Nov. 15 or 22)

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: Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 29


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 launched in September and continues through December 2018. 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 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.

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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