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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

2017 One Book, One Community Title

The 2017 One Book, One Community title is Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of friendship, family, and the power of forgiveness.

This year’s One Book, One Community reading project launches in mid-August and features several events including a community book discussion, film screenings, cultural exhibits and other engaging programs. Visit www.1book1community.org for related resources and a calendar of events.

The project will finish with two events with author Jaime Ford. On Tuesday, Oct. 24, Ford will speak at an invitation only, informal “Tea with the Author” event at the Moorhead Public Library in the afternoon. Later that evening, he will take the stage for an author presentation and book signing at the Knutson Campus Center Centrum (901 8th St. S.) on the campus of Concordia College. This event is free and open to the public.

Copies of the book are available for check out in several formats (print and ebook) at each of the participating libraries; book club kits are also available.

Upcoming One Book, One Community Events at the Fargo Public Library:
Film Screening: Beyond the Barbed Wire – Japanese Americans in Minnesota
The Fargo Public Library, in partnership with the West Fargo Public Library, will screen the documentary “Beyond the Barbed Wire: Japanese Americans in Minnesota ” on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at the downtown Main Library as part of the One Book, One Community reading project in our community. This film explores some of the experiences encountered by Japanese Americans in the World War II internment camps. This student-created film will be presented by Ka Wong, associate professor and director of the Chinese Asian Studies Department at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. All ages are welcome at this film screening; however, this movie and discussion is most appropriate for those age 12 and older. For information on this film event or the One Book, One Community series, contact the Main Library Information Desk at 701.241.1492 or visit www.1book1community.org.

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, the Friends of the West Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the Moorhead Library and Moorhead Community Education.

Tiny Concerts at Carlson Library

This fall, residents are invited to join us at the Dr. James Carlson Library (2801 32nd Ave. S.) for more intimate listening room experiences featuring the talents of solo artists and duos from the Fargo-Moorhead area. The 'Tiny Concerts @ Carlson' series starts Sunday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. with a performance by Lonesome Dave Kase. The library is hosting four concerts in this fall series, and performers will play free, one-hour acoustic concerts suitable for all ages. The following groups and artists are set to perform at the Dr. James Carlson Library this fall:

Sunday, Sept. 17 – Lonesome Dave Kase (Roots & Soul) performs at 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 15 – Pat Lenertz (Jam Rock) performs at 2 p.m.
Sunday, November 19 – Jessica Vines and Conor Lee (Jazz) performs at 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 17 – To be announced.

These concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call 701.241.1492

The World in F-M Diversity Photography Exhibit and Gallery Talk

The World in Fargo-Moorhead is a community project designed to raise awareness about the diversity of people living in the FM community. The project consists of photographs and quotes from people who are foreign-born but now live in the FM area. They may be immigrants, refugees, international students or workers on temporary visas. They may have lived here 50 years or one day. This exhibit will be on display in the concourse at the downtown Main Library from September 5 – 30.
A gallery talk is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Contact Lori West at 701.476.5977.or call the Main Library Information Desk at 701.241.1492 for details. This exhibit is part of the Welcoming Week: Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo event series.

Jazz into Fall Concert Series

The Fargo Public Library will again host a series of free concerts on Sunday afternoons during October. This year’s concert line-up features some of our community’s favorites as well as some of the next generation of great local musicians. Come to the Main Library’s community room at 2 p.m. on Sundays in October to hear both familiar standards and new compositions. Groups scheduled to perform are:
October 1: Mary Marshall Trio
October 8: Dave Ferreira Trio
October 15: Kathie Brekke & 42nd Street
October 22: The Jazz Committee, featuring Race Hoglund

This concert series is part of the One Book, One Community series of events. The concert series is free and open to the public. For more information, call 701.241.1492.

Beginner Yoga 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: Sept. 6, 20, and 27 (no Beginner Yoga on Sept. 13)

Thursdays – 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library
Dates: Sept. 7, 14, 21, and 28

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 Children's Services at 701.241.1495.
Upcoming dates:
Thursdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, and 28 – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Main Library