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Cookie Cookbook Club 12.2020

Online Holiday Cookie Club

We want to know what your favorite cookie recipes are, and challenge you to try a new recipe, or two. We’ll share our cookie adventures with each other through photos, recipes, and reviews during the week of Dec. 6, then assemble the recipes into a mini cookbook. For inspiration, pick up a small baking-related trinket starting Dec. 6. Then, check out one of our holiday cookie cookbooks (also available as ebooks through Hoopla or Overdrive/Libby). Pre-registration is required and opens Nov. 22. Register online, or call 701.241.1492. For details, call 701.241.8295.
Monday, Dec. 6 – Sunday, Dec. 12


Yoga for Beginners at the Dr. James Carlson Library

Yoga for Beginners is geared for those who haven’t tried yoga before or who want a refresher. Along with gentle stretching, this class will 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 for adults. Fall classes are held Thursday evenings at 6 p.m., at the Dr. James Carlson Library. Contact Lori W. at 701.476.5977 with questions.
Upcoming dates:
Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 30, at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 6, at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m.

Online Book Parties

It’s like a book club, but you can read whatever you want! Chat about the books you've been reading recently. Or, find out what our librarians recommend. No registration is required. We will meet online on the library'sFacebook page to discuss all things books. Contact Megan at 701.241.1492 for details.
Upcoming dates:
Thursday, Dec. 16 – ONLINE on Facebook at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 20 – ONLINE on Facebook at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 17 – ONLINE on Facebook at 7 p.m.

Chess Club at the Main Library Wednesday Evenings

Chess Club is back! All area kids, teens, and adults are invited to be part of the library's Chess Club. Whether you are an expert or are new to the game, chess players of all ages and abilities are invited to join the Fargo Public Library’s Chess Club. Join us Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fercho Conference Room at the downtown Main Library. Newcomers are welcome. Local chess expert Joe McNamara will facilitate and lead the sessions. The library’s Chess Club is free and open to all ages; registration is not required. Adults must accompany children under 10 years old. For more information about this or any other Fargo Public Library program, please call Lori West at 701.476.5977.


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Go & Grow Houseplant Events for Fall and Winter

Dig deep into the joy of keeping houseplants with Go & Grow, a unique program where you can grow a houseplant of your own! All levels of plant experience are welcome to participate, from the first time gardener to the advanced collector. Register to pick up a starter houseplant at the downtown Main Library. Plant types will be announced each month. Supplies are limited; and pre-registration is required. This program is recommended for teens and adults. For details, contact Drea at 701.241.1472.
upcoming Go & Grow Houseplant dates:
Monday, Dec. 13 – Sunday, Dec. 19
Monday, Jan. 10 – Sunday, Jan. 16
Monday, Feb. 14 – Sunday, Feb. 20​

Go & Grow Houseplant Video Series

An introductory Go & Grow: Plant Care Basics video is available here to get you started.
Our second video Go & Grow: How to Revive a Sad Plant is available here to help you when your plant isn't thriving like it should.


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Ebook Help Session Jan. 6

Want to download an ebook or listen to audiobooks on your phone or tablet? Our librarians can help answer your questions about our ebook services at this help session set for Thursday, Jan. 6, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. No registration is required. For further information, contact the Adult Services at 701.241.1492.

"Silent" Reading Party at Drumconrath Brewing Jan. 16

B.Y.O. Book or check out a librarian selected title at our "Silent" Reading Party" at Drumconrath Brewing set for Sunday, Jan. 16, starting at 2 p.m. Enjoy a good book and a beverage along with others who appreciate the same. Librarians will be on hand to provide snacks, reading suggestions, and set up library cards and check out books. No registration is required. Please note: this is a 21+ event. For details, contact Sarah N. at 701.241.1492.


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'Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask' Selected as the 2021 One Book, One Community Title

An essential and engaging book of questions and answers for Native and non-Native readers, Treuer’s book Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask answers questions with solid information, humor and compassion while building a foundation for true understanding and positive action. A professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji (Minn.) State University, Treuer is a racial equality advocate and the acclaimed author of 20 books. His equity, education and cultural work has put him on a path of service across the region, the nation and the world.

Copies of the book are available for checkout in several formats (physical and digital) at each of the participating libraries; book club kits are also available. For a list of related events and resources, visit any participating library’s website for in-person or virtual events or visit www.1book1community.org. All One Book, One Community events are free and open to the public. Some events require pre-registration to attend.

Event Recording of One Book, One Community Author Visit with Anton Treuer

Writer Anton Treuer recently visited Concordia College as part of the 2021 One Book, One Community event series. View a video recording of his Oct. 26, 2021, author visit and presentation here. Learn more at www.1book1community.org.

Event Recording of One Book, One Community Panel Discussion: "Missing and Murdered Indigenous People – A Community Conversation"

A recent community discussion about the local state, and federal efforts to combat the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People epidemic was presented by panelists Representative Ruth Buffalo, Lissa Yellowbird Chase, Whitney Fear, and Amanda Strauss. Part of the 2021 One Book, One Community event series, view a video recording of the Nov. 3, 2021, Missing and Murdered Indigenous People – A Community Conversation panel discussion here.


Event Recording of One Book, One Community Panel Discussion: "American Indian Boarding Schools and the Doctrine of Discovery"

A recent community discussion about how federal policy and religious doctrine have served to advance religion as an expression of free market capitalism at the expense of Indigenous communities in the United States was presented by panelists Joseph McNeil, Rev. Karen Van Fossan, and Dr. Hollie Mackey. Part of the 2021 One Book, One Community event series, view a video recording of the Sept. 28, 2021, American Indian Boarding Schools and the Doctrine of Discovery panel discussion here.


Event Recording: "Forum Communications Company: A Narrative History 1980-2018 " with Author Jack Zaleski

The Fargo Public Library recently hosted editor and author Jack Zaleski to discuss his book, Forum Communications Company: A Narrative History 1980-2018 which covers the long and storied history of this local family-owned business. Zaleski worked 30 years as editorial page editor of The Forum and is now on the advisory board of the Northern Plains Ethics Institute at NDSU.

View a video recording of Jack Zaleski's June 10, 2021, visit here.

Dial-a Story Available

If you ever wish you could have a story, a poem, or even a Shakespearean monologue read to you at any time, day or night, now you can. Call the Library’s Dial-A-Story line at 701.298.6927 anytime to listen to a short story, poem, Shakespearean monologue, or children's story. New recordings are available every Monday. Selections are recorded by Library Outreach Staff and are 3 to 5 minutes in length. Dial-A-Story can be accessed from any phone.


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