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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
Artist Reception: Thursday, Sept. 22 – Main Library at 7 p.m.

Documentary Film Screening of Open Season (not rated)
Open Season 100A Hmong immigrant is convicted of killing six white hunters in a violent confrontation during the 2004 deer hunting season in northwestern Wisconsin. This 2011 documentary looks at the root causes and the reverberating impacts of this tragedy.
Friday, Sept. 9 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 1 p.m.

Hm ong Story Cloth Craft for Families
The story cloth depicts life stories and events in images as part of Hmong culture. Learn about Hmong history and culture, and then create a story cloth of your own to take home. This event is open to adults, teens and kids.
Saturday, Sept. 17 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 2 p.m.

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.

Patriot Day Concert

American Flag 100To celebrate Patriot Day, designated as Sept. 11, the library is hosting a concert featuring TheFull Battle Rattle Brass Quintet. The concert will be held in the meeting room at the downtown Main Library. Hear all-time favorites in honor of those who have served. All ages are welcome; the concert is free and open to the public. Contact the Information Desk at 241-1492 for details. Call 701-241-1492 or email for more information.
Sunday, Sept. 11 – Main Library at 2 p.m.

Culture and Colors of India

India 100Join us for a special presentation titled 'Harmony in Diversity – Glimpses of Incredible India' by Mr. Ganesh Suryawanshi featuring the history and culture of India. This session will include images of the country along with a presentation about the festivals, art, languages, religions and traditions of this diverse country. Light snacks and Chai (tea) will be served. This program is in partnership with Cultural Diversity Resources. For details, contact Diane Briggs at 701-241-1492. This event is part of Welcoming Week in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area.
Sunday, Sept. 25 – Main Library at 2 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.