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Fargo Public Library- Adult Services

Stencil Printing Book Bags

Celebrate your love of reading during National Library Week! On Tuesday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Northport Library or Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. at the Carlson Library.
Design and create your own book bag using a freezer-paper stencil. This program is recommended for teens and adults. All supplies are provided. Registration is required. Register online or call 241-1492. Contact Jenilee at 241-8123 for more information.

Civil War History with 5th Minnesota Infantry - Civil War Reenactors

The 5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company D, is a dedicated group of volunteers who show their love of history by living it!  Their presentation on Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. at the Main Library, will focus on Civil War artillery and soldiers’ life at camp. Civil War artifacts, such as uniforms, equipment, weapons, and army rations, both original and reproduction, will be on display. Historically, Company D of the 5th Minnesota Volunteer played an important role in the region as they were detached to Garrison Fort Abercrombie in 1862.

All ages are welcome; children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. For details, contact Lori at 476-5977 or email lwest@cityoffargo.com.

Dare to Prepare: Teen Driver Safety Presentation

Are you a teen driver or the parent of a teen driver? Join us for "Dare to Prepare" event and presentation set for Monday, April 20, starting at 7 p.m. at the Main Library. "Dare to Prepare" is a 60-minute presentation for teen drivers and parents of teen drivers presented by the Fargo Police Department. The session will focus on promoting safe teen driver habits by increasing young drivers’ exposure to traffic safety rules and issues. This session also aims to expand parental involvement in the process as teens learn to drive. This event will also draw attention some of the risks for teen drivers and the state laws that apply to teen drivers. No registration is required. This event is free and open to the public; all materials will be provided. Contact Lori at (701) 476-5978 or visit the library’s website for details.

Backyard Birding

bird on branchAre you interested in trying bird watching as a hobby? Join us for a presentation on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library,  by local birding expert Ron Miller as he covers the basics of backyard bird watching. Learn tips and find out what tools can help you start identifying birds in your own backyard. Find out about the regular visitors you can get to your feeders, birdbaths and birdhouses. Contact Drea at 241-1472 or the Main Library Information Desk at 241-1492 for details.

Steampunk Hat Tutorial (Teen/Adult)

Steampunk HatBe amazed as you learn how to make a steampunk style hat from duct tape and paint. Open to teens and adults. All materials provided. Space is limited. Registration is required. Register online or contact teens@cityoffargo.com or call 476-5978 for more info.
Tuesday, April 28 at the Northport Library at 6 p.m.
Thursday, April 30 at the Dr. James Carlson Library at 6 p.m.

 

It’s All About the Bike!

Great Rides logoMay is National Bike Month, and to celebrate, we’re having Sara Watson Curry from Great Rides Fargo stop by to talk about the many benefits of biking on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m., at the Main Library Community Room. Sara will go over important tips for safe riding plus demonstrate some basic bike maintenance that cyclists of all ability levels should know. She will also provide information on the newly launched bike share in Fargo and what you need to know to utilize it. No registration is required. For details, contact Lori at 476-5977 or email lwest@cityoffargo.com.

Gardening Series!

The library's annual gardening series is set for Tuesday evenings in May starting May 5. Registration is not required for any of the sessions. Contact Drea at 241-1472 or the Main Library Information Desk at 241-1492 for details. Topics for the series are as follows:

Tuesday, May 5 – Main Library at 7 p.m.
Garden Series I: Community Gardens with Jack Wood
Jack Wood, one of the founders of Growing Together (est. 2006), will discuss how the Community Garden program, which started with 8 families and a few volunteers, has grown into an organization serving over 100 families. The garden schedule and harvest sharing will be discussed. Volunteer opportunities are available at the 4 Growing Together gardens as well as other gardens in our community.

Tuesday, May 12 – Main Library at 7 p.m.
Garden Series II: Total Gardening 101 with Ron Smith
"Gardening" involves more than either planting flowers or vegetables; it encompasses the entire landscape setting - trees, shrubs, lawns, as well as the flowers and vegetables that are incorporated into one's property. This presentation will highlight the points to consider in each phase of this undertaking, with color slides and handouts, as well as embellishment from my own experiences. Get prepared to create the landscape you've always wanted!

Tuesday, May 19 – Main Library at 7 p.m.
Garden Series III: New Annuals and Perennials for 2015 with Ester McGinnis
Each year hundreds of new annuals and perennials are introduced in the horticultural trade. Be the first to know about the hottest new plants that are hitting the market. Special emphasis will be placed on award winning plants that have tested well across the country and in NDSU’s trial gardens.

Tuesday, May 26 – Main Library at 7 p.m.
Garden Series IV: Blossom Barter – Come with Plants to Trade!
Blossom barter plant exchange is an opportunity to share your love of gardening with your neighbors. Participants bring leftover, divided, or sprouted bedding plants to exchange with others.

Beginning Tangling

"tangle"Learn to "tangle" on Thursday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m., at the Main Library Community Room or Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m., at the Carlson Community Room. Tangling, or zen doodling, is an easy-to-learn, fun and relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. You don’t need any special artistic skills to enjoy this engaging and relaxing art form. Tangling can even be used as a meditative exercise to increase focus and creativity. However you approach tangling, you will be delighted with the beautiful patterns that you can create with just a pen and a little imagination. This program is recommended for teens and adults. Registration is required. Register online or call 241-1492. Contact Jenilee at 241-8123 for more information.

Kokedama

Come join us on Thursday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m., at the Main Library Community Room or
Saturday, May 30, at 2 p.m., at the Carlson Community Room at the library and make your very own Kokedama, or “moss ball.” We will be using this traditional Japanese art form to make a hanging string garden. This program is recommended for adults. Registration is required. Register online or call 241-1492. Contact Jenilee at 241-8123 for more information.

Unraveled Crafters

Ball of yarnThe "Unraveled Crafters" will meet in the Dr. James Carlson Community Room on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month (Sept - May) from 1 to 3 p.m.

Upcoming dates include:
April 12 & 26
May 10
June 14
July 12
August 9


This is an informal, enthusiastic crafters group for novices and experts alike. If you are new to knitting or crocheting, we can teach you! For novice knitters, bring some worsted weight yarn (size 4 medium weight) and size 7, 8 or 9 knitting needles. For novice crocheters, bring some worsted weight yarn (size 4 medium weight) and one size I, J or K crochet hook. All interested crafters are welcome. Contact Lori West at 476-5977 or email lwest@cityoffargo.com for details.