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2016 One Book, One Community Project

1b1c logo orange 183In partnership, the Fargo Public Library, Moorhead Public Library, West Fargo Public Library, Concordia College’s Carl B. Ylvisaker Library, Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Livingston Lord Library, and North Dakota State University Libraries are pleased to announce the 2016 One Book, One Community selection The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang. A firsthand account of the immigrant experience from the Hmong perspective, this book chronicles the journey of the author’s family from a refugee camp in Thailand to America. This book addresses the universal themes of family and love while sharing the family's struggle to adapt in a strange culture while holding onto traditions that are passed down from Yang’s beloved grandmother.

The Latehomecomer 100All area residents are encouraged to unite in reading The Latehomecomer in preparation for the upcoming One Book, One Community related events to be held at area public libraries and participating organizations starting in September. Events include a community book discussion centered on immigration, film screenings, cultural exhibits, and other engaging programs. All One Book, One Community events are 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. The Latehomecomer is also available as a downloadable ebook through Ebooks Minnesota, in which readers within Minnesota’s borders can access a collection of ebooks without waiting lists or holds. No username or password is required and the collection is accessible at     

This year, 2016, marks the fifth year of the One Book, One Community reading project in our community. This reading project centers on the community-wide reading of a single book, and is dedicated to creating a shared conversation and a range of related events and activities for residents of all ages.

The following events are happening at the Fargo Public Library as part of the 2016 One Book, One Community series:

Photog raphy Exhibit "The World in Fargo-Moorhead"
An exhibit of photos and stories designed to raise awareness about the diversity of people living in the Fargo-Moorhead community.
Exhibit: Tuesday, Sept. 6 to Friday, Oct. 28 – Main Library gallery 
Author Visit with Kao Kalia Yang
Kao Kalia Yang 100Join us for a visit with Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer and The Song Poet. Doors open at 6 p.m. Seating is limited; this event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.
Friday, Oct. 14 – MSUM Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom (615 14th St. South, Moorhead, MN) at 7 p.m.

One Book, One Community events are free and open to the public. Call 701-241-1492 for more information about any of the above events at the Fargo Public Library. Find additional events, resources, and information about the One Book, One Community reading project at

The One Book, One Community reading project is generously supported by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library.

Author Visit with Robert Dodge

Catherine Cator cvr 100Join us for an author visit and presentation titled "Catherine Cater: An Elegant Rise Above Race and Gender as Scholar and Professor" by writer Robert Dodge starting at the downtown Main Library. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase. A book signing will follow the event. For more information, contact Steve Hubbard at 241-1492.
Tuesday, Sept. 27 – Main Library at 7 p.m.


Voter Information Session

Vote button 1002016 is an election year! Join us for ian nformational session to answer residents' voter-related questions. This session will cover topics such as: where to vote, who can vote, what are the acceptable forms of identification when going to vote, how to obtain an absentee ballot, and the primary election voting rules. This event is in partnership with The League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley. For details, contact Diane at 701-241-1492.
Thursday, Sept. 29 – Main Library at 7 p.m.

Celebrating 50 Years of Star Trek

Join members from the local branch of the Star Trek fan club "Starfleet International" as they help you celebrate Star Trek's 50th anniversary. Explore how Gene Roddenberry's creation continues to thrive in several forms of media, influences world culture, and still entertains millions of fans of all ages. This event is suitable for all ages, contact Lori at 476-5977 or email for details.
Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Main Library at 6:30 p.m.