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2019 One Book, One Community Reading Project

2019 One Book, One Community Reading Project

The 2019 One Book, One Community selection is Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All the Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien. Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. While the men were hailed, female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly and deadly pursuit. Keith O’Brien’s book, Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History, tells the suspenseful and little-known story of five of the women who cracked aviation’s glass ceiling in the 1920s and 30s and won the right to race airplanes against the men.

Author Visit with Keith O'Brien is Monday, Oct. 28, at the Fargo Air Museum

An author visit with Keith O'Brien is set for Monday, Oct. 28, starting at 7 p.m. at the Fargo Air Museum (1609 19th Ave. N., Fargo). A book signing will follow; books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

Support for the 2019 One Book, One Community reading project is generously provided by: the Friends of the Fargo Public Library (major sponsor), the Fargo Air Museum, Concordia College Cultural Events, the Friends of the West Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the Moorhead Library, and Moorhead Community Education.


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Live Jazz Returns to the Main Library Sunday, Oct. 6

Building on a tradition that goes back decades, the Fargo Public Library will again be hosting a series of free jazz concerts in October. With our annual Fall Into Jazz series, the library is able to showcase the riches of talent present in our community. Families can also take advantage of this opportunity to introduce this truly American art form to a new generation of listeners. The Sunday afternoon concerts are scheduled for 2 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. All ages are welcome; concerts are free and open to the public. Contact Beth at 701.241.492 for details.
Upcoming concert dates:

  • Sunday, Oct. 6 – The Max Johnk Quartet
  • Sunday, Oct. 13 – The Mary Marshall Trio
  • Sunday, Oct.  20 – KICKS Dixieland
  • Sunday, Oct. 27 – Kathie Brekke & 42nd Street

Want more jazz? Take a look at the wide variety of jazz recordings available to you to check out in our CD collections at all three library locations.

Mental Wellness Education Series Continues Oct. 22 at the Main Library

The library, in partnership with Prairie St. John's, is hosting a 4-part mental wellness education series this fall at the Main Library. No registration is required for these sessions and all materials will be provided. For information about these workshops, contact Lori at 701.476.5977.
Upcoming topics that will be covered at these free workshops:

  • Self-Care: Myths, Strategies, and the Mind
    October is Emotional Wellness Month. In this presentation, Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC, from Prairie St. John’s, will discuss the myths of self-care, how to implement the strategies that truly work, and how our mind and our thinking are the greatest self-care attributes we possess.
    Tuesday, Oct. 22 – 6:30 p.m.
  • QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer for Suicide Prevention
    In this suicide prevention education session with Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC, from Prairie St. John’s, you will learn how to identify facts about suicidal behavior, describe risk and protective factors, and recognize warning signs of suicide risk.
    Wednesday, Nov. 20 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Battling the Winter Blues
    This presentation by Jeana Scheffler, MS, LAPC, Therapist at Prairie St. John’s, focuses on effective ways to manage our emotions during the tough winter months. Learn what signs and symptoms to watch for in yourself and others and discover a more effective way to battle the winter blues.
    Tuesday, Dec. 17 – 6:30 p.m.

Golden Girls Trivia event at Main Oct. 26

Join us for Golden Girls Trivia! Come alone or with a team – all are welcome! Are you a Rose or more of a Sophia? Come dressed up as one of your favorite Golden Girls; the best costume will win a prize. Not into trivia? We will also provide Golden Girl-inspired board games and coloring books during the event. Cheesecake and coffee will be served. No need to register. Contact Sara M. at 701.298.6960 for details.
Saturday, Oct. 26 – Main Library at 10 a.m.

Grow with Google event Oct. 30

Google is coming to the downtown Main Library as part of the tech company’s ‘Grow with Google’ initiative. ‘Grow with Google’ aims to help create economic opportunity in communities across the United States by helping people grow their skills, careers, and businesses. To further this mission, they’ll be hosting day-long digital skills workshops at the downtown Main Library and providing free training, tools, and expertise for North Dakotans.

During this daylong event, Google staff will teach a variety of hands-on workshops to provide local businesses and residents with tools and resources to grow their businesses, find the jobs they want, and advance their careers. Attendees are welcome to pre-register for specific workshops, or drop in and sign up for one-on-one 20 minute training sessions with Google staff for everything from how to set up an email account, to ways they can advertise their business, to help with creating a resume.
Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Main Library from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sessions times and topics:
9:30 a.m.: For Nonprofits – Discover Digital Resources to Empower Your Community
11:30 a.m.: Get Your Business Online
1:30 p.m.: Using Data to Drive Business Growth
3:30 p.m.: Power Your Job Search with Google Tools
Register for the workshops at this free event at: g.co/GrowNorthDakota


Fall Tea Tasting Series 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. Program is recommended for adults. Pre-registration is required and opens for the first session on August 17. Contact Katrina at 701.241.1494 with any questions.
Saturday, Nov. 2 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 10 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 10 a.m.


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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 care of 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: Oct. 2, 9, 16, & 30 (no yoga Oct. 23)
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library
Dates: Oct. 3, 10, & 31 (no yoga Oct. 17 & 24)

More Restorative Yoga Sessions This Fall at the Dr. James Carlson Library

We have more 90-minute Restorative Yoga classes for adults. Restorative yoga has potential benefits to every person, regardless of age, gender, or physical ability. Please bring a yoga mat or a large towel and wear comfortable clothing. This class is recommended for adults and no registration is required. For details, contact Lori at 701.476.5977.
Monday, Oct. 28 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 18 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 6 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 16 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 6 p.m.


Go Club

All ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the Fargo Public Library’s Go Club! Go is a Chinese board game older than chess with very simple rules. Players alternate placing a small stone on a grid and attempt to control space on a board. 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. For more information, contact Steve Hubbard at the Main Library Information Desk at 701.241.1492.
Upcoming dates:
Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Main Library
Dates: Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30

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: Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31


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