Teen Services Survey
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Teen Programs & Events
Area teens are invited to participate in the Teen Winter Read-A-Thon. Simply fill out a book log and turn in to any Fargo Public Library location between January 7 and March 3, 2019 to win a free book and be entered into the Winter Read-A-Thon grand prize drawing. During this year’s Winter Read-a-Thon, readers can bring in a non-perishable, unexpired food or unused toiletry item. For each item donated, library patrons will receive up to $5 in fine forgiveness (including lost or damaged item fees). In addition, for every completed book log, teens can receive up to $5 in fine forgiveness. Please, no expired or opened/used items.
Graphic Novel Meet n’ Greet
You love your favorite graphic novel or comic book series so much, you know everything about it! Now you want to read something new, but you’re not sure what to try. Head to the library and “meet” some new suggested graphic novels to consider while you geek out with other graphic novel fans over snacks and a simple comic book craft. Pre-registration required. Register online or call 701.241.8295 for more info.
Monday, Jan. 14, at 4 p.m. at the Main Library
Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 4 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library
Behind the Books: A Library Tour (and Murder Mystery) “Encore Performance”
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the library? Be careful, you know what they say about curiosity and the cat! Join library staff for a special, after hours tour of the library. What could possibly go wrong? Probably nothing, right?! Be ready to solve the mystery... should there be one. Pre-registration is required. This event is for ages 16 and older. Participants must arrive promptly for security reasons. Questions? Call 701.241.8295
Friday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. at the Main Library
Hygge: A Cozy Evening
Winter got you down? Join us for an evening in the Danish style of cozy contentment. Wear your comfiest sweater and bring a book to read or a craft to work on. We’ll also have some quiet activities prepared if you aren’t sure “how to hygge” yet. Hot beverages and snacks will be provided. Recommended for older teens (15+) and adults. No registration required. Call 701.241.8295 for more info.
Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Main Library
Valentine’s Party/Anti-Valentines Party
Are you a lover or a loner? Are you into sweets, rom-coms, and valentine’s gifts or would you rather wear black, be snarky, and eat chips and dip? Maybe you’re somewhere in-between. Come celebrate with like-minded tweens and teens at our Valentines and Anti-Valentines festivities. Watch a romance or an action movie, eat sweets or eat savories, work on a valentine’s craft for someone special or a special, gloomy craft just for you. Pre-registration required. Register online or call 701.241.8295 for more info.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. at the Main Library
It’s time to beat cabin fever and test your nerf skills. Precision/accuracy practice, strategy, and finally a nerf showdown. Pre-registration required. Register online or call 701.241.8295 for more info
Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library
Thursday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. at the Main Library
Northern Narratives Writing Project for Teens ( & Adults)
Not only is winter a great time to read, it is also a great time to write. The Fargo Public Library is seeking submissions for Northern Narratives, the library’s 3rd annual winter writing project for adults and teens age 13 years and older. This project aims to inspire local writers and to serve as a community heirloom.
Selected submissions will be included in our North Dakota Collection. Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 3, 2018 – March 4, 2019. Material selected for publication will be announced and printed in late spring. All submissions must be original, unpublished, proofread, and edited works. The selection committee reserves the right to withhold publication at their discretion. See the guidelines, rules, and information for the 2019 Northern Narratives Writing Project here.
Participants are required to fit their work into the editable page template available here, before before submitting their piece. Make sure to use the header space in the template to let us know the category you're submitting under.
In addition, participants can view and print a chart of basic standards for the 2019 Northern Narratives writing project here.
Chosen selections shall be subject to “first rights” copyright. Any future publication, unrelated to the Fargo Public Library, shall require appropriate attribution. The program is open to adults and teens, ages 13 years and older.
Short Stories: 1,500 – 6,000 words
Essays: 1,000 – 2,500 words
Poems: less than 750 words
Northern Narratives Open Writing Sessions
Need some additional help with your writing project? We are hosting several open writing sessions to assist you.
Open writing sessions will be held on the following dates. All authors are encouraged to attend a workshop to have their piece reviewed by one of our handy proofreaders. Pre-registration is required and can be done here starting December 3.
Saturday, Jan. 12 – Dr. James Carlson Conference Room from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 24 – Northport Library Community Room from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9 – Dr. James Carlson Conference Room from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 21 – Northport Library Community Room from 6:30 to 8 p.m.