Adult Programs & Events
2018 One Book One Community Reading Project
In its seventh year, the One Book, One Community reading project is set to launch in early September. 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 includes two events with author P.S. Duffy. On Thursday, Oct. 25, Duffy will speak at an invitation only, informal "Tea with the Author Event" at the Moorhead Public Library in the afternoon. Later that evening, she will take the stage for an author talk and book signing at 7 p.m. in the Knutson Center Centrum (901 S. 8th Street) on the campus of Concordia College. This event is 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.
Culture & Colors of Pakistan Event is Sept. 16
Join us for a presentation about Pakistan. Pakistan has a rich history and culture and our presenters, Samina Zaidi and Atif Osmani, will provide some highlights about Pakistan’s traditions, heritage, arts, food, and festivals. Snacks will be served at this all-ages event. This program is in partnership with Cultural Diversity Resources Center as part of Welcoming Week FM 2018. For details, contact the Main Library Reference Desk at 701.241.1492.
Sunday, Sept. 16 – Main Library at 2 p.m.
Author Robert Dodge Visits Main Library Sept. 17
The library welcomes author Robert Dodge this fall for a presentation based on his most recent book Tempest-Tost: The Refugee Experience Through One Community’s Prism. This book centers on the experience of refugees in the Denver, CO, area where Bob now resides. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase. Contact Steve Hubbard or the Main Library Information Desk at 701.241.1492 for details.
Monday, Sept. 17 – Main Library at 7 p.m.
The World in Fargo-Moorhead Photography Exhibit and Gallery Talk at the Main Library
Join us for a gallery talk regarding the photo and storytelling project, The World in Fargo-Moorhead. The event will include a history of the project, introduction of the photographers and storytellers, and information about how to participate. The World in Fargo-Moorhead exhibit will be on display in the Main Library concourse gallery from September 4 to 28. The exhibit features portraits with stories to highlight the diversity of people in the Fargo-Moorhead community. This event and exhibit is part of Welcoming Week FM 2018. Contact Lori West at 701.476.5977 or call the Main Library Information Desk at 701.241.1492 for details.
Sunday, Sept. 23 – Main Library at 2 p.m.
The Legend of the Angel of Mons
Karen Joan Kohoutek will present a program about Welsh author Arthur Machen, his short story The Bowmen, and how this fictional story became the Angel of Mons story—a legend about a group of angels who reportedly appeared at the Battle of Mons during WWI. This event is part of the 2018 One Book, One Community reading project.
Tuesday, Sept. 25 – Main Library at 7 p.m.
George Frein as Erich Maria Remarque
Join us as George Frein, a Chautauqua-style presenter, portrays Erich Maria Remarque, author of All Quiet on the Western Front, an international bestseller that has been called the greatest war novel of all time. This event is funded by Humanities North Dakota. This event is part of the 2018 One Book, One Community reading project.
Thursday, Sept. 27 – Main Library at 7 p.m.
Board Game Night is October 3
Have you ever wanted to try out a new board game and had no idea what or how to play? Or maybe you just need a place to play a game with friends? Stop by the Main Library on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. where we will have several different board games set up for you to try with help from Paradox Comic-N-Cards to walk you through the game. Appropriate for teens and adults. No registration is required. Use the contact form below or call 701.476.5978 for more info.
"What Was So Great About the Great War?" Presentation October 16
Join us for a presentation by John K. Cox, professor of modern East European History at NDSU. He will discuss how World War I threw most of the world off its rails. These 4 1/2 years of ferocious fighting internationalized new ideas and ideologies in modern ways that no one could have predicted. The tremendous death tolls and the collapse of four world empires represent only the starting point of the Great War's balance sheet. Dr. Cox received his PhD from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1995 and writes mostly on Serbia and other Balkan societies in the 20th century. No registration is required for this event. For details contact the Main Library Information Desk at 701.241.1492. This event is part of the 2018 One Book, One Community reading project.
Tuesday, Oct. 16 – Main Library at 7 p.m.
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.
Wednesdays – 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library
Dates: Sept. 5, 19, and 26 (no yoga Sept. 12)
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library
Dates: Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27
New for Fall 2018 – 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: Sept. 5, 12, 19, and 26
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.
Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Main Library
Dates: Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27
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.
The Northern Narratives 2018 writing project is generously supported and made possible by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.