Adult Programs & Events
Summer Reading Program Features "Imagine Your Story" Theme for Adults
This year, we want all residents to imagine their story by participating in the library's annual Summer Reading Program by reading and taking part in inventive programs and engaging virtual events online all summer long. The online program, which runs June 1 – August 15, runs through READsquared and is designed for adults age 18 and older as a way to encourage life-long reading and learning habits. Adults can earn points by reading books or ebooks, or listening to audiobooks! When a person has earned enough points, they will be entered in weekly prize drawings for gift cards to local businesses. Please note: the weekly prize drawings will start after the 2nd summer reading program week is completed.
Here are the businesses featured in each week's prize drawings:
June 15 – Unglued
June 22 – Baker Garden & Gift
June 29 – Game Giant
July 6 – India Palace
July 13 –Nichole's Fine Pastry
July 20 – O'Day Cache
July 27 – Rhombus Guys
August 3 – Carol Widman's Candy Co.
August 10 – Silver Linings/Scoop and Dough
August 17 – Zandbroz Variety
Online Cookbook Club Set for July 24 – August 6
Have you been cooking more often and trying out new recipes lately? Join the library's Cookbook Club and compare notes on what you make. In July we'll be focusing on Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat and Cravings: Hungry for More both by Chrissy Teigen, (available in our print collection, or as an eBook through our Overdrive app), but feel free to post about any new recipes you've tried from our cookbook collection. We'd love to see pictures of what you prepared, and your thoughts on the cooking process and results! Post on our Facebook event page anytime from July 24–August 6.
Virtual True Crime Trivia Event Set for August 12
Do you spend your weekends catching up on your favorite true crime documentaries? Can you name more than 5 serial killers? If you’re obsessed with true crime, this event is for you. Test your knowledge during our Virtual True Crime Trivia happening online on Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Register online. Participants will receive an email the day before the event with details regarding the virtual sign-in. For details, contact Megan at 701.241.1492.
Fargo History Hunt
The Fargo History Hunt is back! All ages are once again invited to learn more about the history of our community on an informational scavenger hunt from June 1 to August 15. Given the circumstances we’re faced with these days, however, we’ve made some changes to the program. Participants will be able to pick up a map with a list of questions to answer at any Fargo Public Library location, or print one from our web page. All history-related destinations will be located outdoors and include some of the markers, monuments and statues around town that help tell the unique story of Fargo. Opportunities are available to earn multiple entries in the grand prize drawing for each member of a group. Participants who complete only the walking portion of the map and answer the corresponding questions receive one entry. Complete the entire route, including the drivable portion, and answer the questions to receive a second entry. Take selfies at the locations and tag the library on social media (#FargoHistoryHunt) to earn yet another entry! The final difference in the program this year is that we will be foregoing the puzzle pieces to avoid contact. Get outdoors this year to find Fargo’s history all around us!
‘The Lager Queen of Minnesota’ Selected as 2020 One Book, One Community Title
In partnership, the Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo public libraries, Concordia College’s Carl B. Ylvisaker Library, Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Livingston Lord Library, North Dakota State University Libraries, Moorhead Community Education, and the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County have selected the national bestseller The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal as the 2020 One Book, One Community selection.
With a cast of lovable yet complicated characters, The Lager Queen of Minnesota vibrantly captures the values and beauty of the Midwest in this multigenerational story of community, love, family secrets, and working class struggles. It is a story of two generations of female brewers who each reckon with a chance to repeat or resolve the mistakes that tore their family apart. Brought together by hardship, the women discover that they are the only people who can help save one another, in life and in the business of beer.
This year’s One Book, One Community reading project launches in August and features several events including community book discussions, film screenings, and other engaging programs. The event series includes an author visit on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Sanctuary Events Center in downtown Fargo. Further details about author J. Ryan Stradal’s visit will be announced at a later date.
Copies of the book are available for check out in several formats (physical and digital) at each of the participating libraries; book club kits will also be available. For a list of related events and resources, visit any participating library’s website for in-person event policies or www.1book1community.org starting August 15.
All One Book, One Community events are free and open to the public. This project is generously supported by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library (major sponsor), Concordia Cultural Events, the Friends of the West Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the Moorhead Library and Moorhead Community Education.
Design-A-Bookmark Contest for All Ages Deadline Extended
Updated 5/1/2020: Due to the CONVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for the Design-A-Bookmark Contest has been extended to August 15.
About the program:
Calling all artists for the library's annual Design-a-Bookmark Contest! Starting March 1, entries will be accepted for all ages, including adults. Because the contest submission deadline due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have combined the entry forms and rules for the adult, teens and kids design contests into one form which can be downloaded here. Entries will be accepted at all three library locations and must be submitted on or before Aug. 15, 2020. (Since the library is closed due to the CONVID-19 pandemic, we are extending the deadline date to August 15.)
For the adult contest: Two winners will be selected. Adults can submit up to two designs and all entries will be displayed at the Dr. James Carlson Library. Library staff will vote to determine the winners of the contest. Winning bookmark designs will be printed and distributed at all three library locations and various library events. For further information, call Jenilee at 701.241.8123.
Suspended: Project English Classes at the Dr. James Carlson Library
Updated 3/17/2020: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Project English classes at the Dr. James Carlson Library are suspended until further notice.
About the classes:
Project English classes meet Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library Community Room. Sessions are free and open to the public. Call the Dr. James Carlson Library Information Desk at 701.476.5980 for more information.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.
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