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2017 Winter Read-A-Thon Starts Jan. 3

Winter Read100Put an end to those winter blahs and warm up with some good books during the library’s annual Winter Read-A-Thon reading program for kids, teens, and adults. With events and reading opportunities for readers of all ages, the winter reading program can add a little excitement, adventure and mystery to dreary winter days; plus it also provides opportunities to win prizes for reading books. To participate, stop by any Fargo Public Library location beginning Tuesday, Jan. 3, pick up a book log, and start reading. Book logs are available online and can be printed at home. All readers are encouraged to read to earn chances to enter prize drawings. Book logs are due on or before Sunday, Feb. 26, to be eligible for prizes and prize drawings. Prize drawings will be held in early March. For further details about the library’s Winter Read-A-Thon, call the Main Library Information Desk at 701-241-1492.

Library's Winter Writing Contest Opens Jan. 3

writing pen2 100READY. SET. WRITE. The Fargo Public Library is seeking submissions for our first winter writing contest for adults & 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 Jan. 3 – Feb. 26, 2017. Submissions will be accepted at See the rules & guidelines for further information. Contact Sunny at 701-241-1472 or Zach at 701-476-4026 with questions.

Selected material will be announced and printed in April. All submissions must be original, unpublished, proofread, and edited works. All entries are final, and stories will not be returned. The selection committee reserves the right to withhold publication at their own discretion. Chosen selections shall be subject to “first rights” copyright. Any future publication, unrelated to the Fargo Public Library, shall require appropriate attribution. The contest categories are:

  • Fiction or Nonfiction Short Stories: 3,000 – 6,000 words
  • Essays: 1,000 – 2,000 words
  • Poems: less than 750 words

Beginner Yoga at Carlson

Yoga stretchesThis is a class for those who haven't tried yoga before or who want a refresher. The purpose of this class is to provide a relaxing environment to focus on taking card or YOU! Along with gentle stretching, this class will also 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 recommended for adults. Call Lori at 701-476-5977 or email with questions.
Upcoming dates: 
Thursday, Jan. 5, 12, 19, & 26 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 2, 9, 16, & 23 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 6:30 p.m.

Historic Blizzards of the Plains

blizzard vintage100Almost everyone has heard of “Tornado Alley,” but did you realize there is also a “Blizzard Alley”? The Northern Plains and especially the Red River Valley record more blizzards than anywhere else in the lower 48 states. Join us Sunday, Jan. 22, starting at 2 p.m. at the Main Library for a presentation by Daryl Ritchison, Interim Director of the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network (NDAWN). He will take us back through time to talk about some of the worst blizzards to strike the region, from the days of Laura Ingalls Wilder to the present. Contact Lori West at 701-476-5977 for further details.

Castle on the Hill: Fergus Falls State Hospital in Photos

Fergus Fall Hospital100In the small Minnesota town of Fergus Falls sits one of the largest and most influential psychiatric hospitals ever to exist. For 119 years, the Fergus Falls State Hospital served tens of thousands of mentally ill, disabled, and chemically dependent patients who had nowhere else to go for treatment. Castle on the Hill by Ethan Smith, a photographic book about the State Hospital, spotlights the people that worked and lived in the hospital. Join us for an artist's talk with Mr. Smith set for Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. Smith will discuss his photos along with some of the stories of its employees and clients. Also, Smith’s photographs from this project will be on display during the month of January in the concourse gallery at the Main Library. Contact Lori West at 701-476-5977 for further details.

Musician Amanda Standalone Performs Jan. 29

Amanda Standalone100Join us for a one-of-a-kind concert featuring singer-songwriter Amanda Standalone, a native of the Fargo-Moorhead area. Her unique acoustic performance includes a washtub bass to accompany her smooth mellow voice. Inspired by the American folk tradition, Amanda Standalone has performed across the United States including in Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and New York. This free concert is open to all ages. Call the Information Desk at 701-241-1492 for details.
Sunday, Jan. 29 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 2 p.m.