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Fargo Public Library's 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program

To participate in the 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program from June 2 to August 9, simply pick up a bookmark book log at any of our library locations beginning on June 2nd. Write down the books you read or Fargo Public Library adult programs you attend and turn in the book log by August 9 and you’ll be entered in our Summer Reading Program prize drawing! Check out the great events and programming we have scheduled for the summer below.  

Design an Element

For scientists and non-scientists alike, the periodic table is instantly recognizable; it's the arrangement of all known elements based on their properties, a common sight in just about every chemistry lab across the globe. Russian Chemist, Dmitri Mendeleev, published the first version of what is recognized as the modern periodic table almost 150 years ago. This summer, young and old scientists alike will be able to take part in a community project blending science and art to create a unique periodic table which will be displayed at the Main Library.

The Periodic Table: History, Elements and Anecdotes

Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library
Dr. Graeme R. A. Wyllie, chemistry professor at Concordia College, will describe what the periodic table is and how it came to be, as well as highlighting the history, properties and providing some interesting anecdotes on selected elements. Dr. Wyllie will also spend some time on how certain elements have been featured both in books and in films. This talk will provide some background for the Design an Element Project. For more information, please contact Lori at lwest@cityoffargo.com.

Design an Element Workshops

Come and decorate a square depicting one of the elements on the periodic table which will then be incorporated into our massive periodic table display. If you can't make it to one of our sessions, you can sign up for an element, decorate it at home, and then drop it off for inclusion in our large-scale periodic table.

  • Northport Library on Thursday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Dr. James Carlson Library on Monday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Main Library on Saturday, June 28 at 10 a.m. 
     Mystery books

Sherlock and the Slayer in the Stacks

Solve the mystery and find the killer! On June 7, at 2 p.m. at the Main Library, channel your inner Sherlock Holmes - decipher codes and follow clues around the library to catch the killer before he can strike again. Afterwards, join us for tea and a 221B inspired photo opportunity. Adults, teens and families are welcome. No registration is necessary. Contact Jenilee at 241-8123 or jkanenwisher@cityoffargo.com with questions.

MicroscopeGenetically Modified Plants – Facts, Fallacies, and Issues: The Science behind GMOs

For centuries, people have worked to improve crop plants through selective breeding and hybridization—the controlled pollination of plants. Modern plant biotechnology is an extension of this traditional plant breeding with one huge difference. Learn more about the facts and fallacies of genetically modified plants with Dr. Andrew “Mazz” Marry, MSUM assistant professor of bioscience, on Thursday June 12 at 7 pm at the Main Library. No registration required.

 

Flag Day Concert

On Saturday, June 14 at 4 p.m. at the Main Library, the Fargo Public Library presents a Flag Day Concert with The 188th Army Band Brass Quintet. The concert will be held on the green space north of the library so bring blankets or chairs for seating. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Main Library Community Room. No registration required.

Telescope 1How to Enjoy the Summer Night Sky

On Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library take advantage of the warm summer nights and stargaze! Learn how to read a star map and what's up in the current night sky with NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, Scarlet Gray Bernard. Bernard will also provide an introduction to constellation apps and resources. No registration required.

Bath Salts

 

Crafts for Adults: DIY Spa

Make your own fizzy bath bombs and soothing bath scrub. Saturday, June 21 at 10 a.m. at the Carlson Library or Monday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library. All materials will be provided. Program is recommended for adults but is open to crafty teens. Pre-registration is required. Register online or call 241-1492. Contact Jenilee at 241-8123 or jkanenwisher@cityoffargo.com with questions.

  

Knit in Public Day

Bring your own yarn project or help with our group tree yarnbomb project! We will meet in the green space on the north side of the Main Library on Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Along with your yarn accoutrements, bring a chair, hat, and a bottle of water. If the weather is not yarn friendly, we will meet in the community room of the Main Library.  All yarny crafts are welcome, so don’t hesitate to bring your crochet hooks, spindles, looms, whatever. No registration is required. For more information, contact lwest@cityoffargo.com

Book GermsInvisible Threat film and discussion

Join us for a screening of Invisible Threat (not rated) on Saturday, June 28 starting at 1 p.m. at the Main Library. This film explores the science behind disease and the risks facing a society that is under-vaccinated. A Q & A with Dr. Mauriello, Sanford Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, will follow. No registration is required. For details, call the Main Library Information Desk at 241-1492 or Nicole at 241-1472.

Crafts for Adults: Upcycled Woven Basket

Learn a simple weaving technique while making a basket out of re-purposed paper. Thursday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library or Saturday, July 12 at 10 a.m. at the Northport Library. All materials will be provided. Program is recommended for adults but is open to crafty teens. Pre-registration is required. Register online or call 241-1492. Contact Jenilee at 241-8123 or jkanenwisher@cityoffargo.com with questions.

North Dakota Beautiful: Climate Perspective ND Climate

If there’s one thing North Dakotans love talking about, it’s the weather. Dr. Adnan Akyüz, North Dakota State Climatologist and NDSU Soil Sciences Assistant Professor, will discuss facts, myths, and misconceptions about North Dakota’s climate and its place within climate change. Saturday, July 12 at 10 a.m. at the Main Library. No registration is required.

Books and bulbBlue Plate Special: Storytime for Grown-ups

On Wednesday, July 16 at 12:15-12:45 p.m. at the Main Library, bring your lunch and listen to stories so sizzling they could spark a reaction! Iced tea will be served. No registration is required.

 

Celtic Guitarist Jerry BarlowJerry Barlow

Join us for a special concert at the Main Library on Thursday, July 24 at 7 p.m. with acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist, Jerry Barlow. Barlow's unique and skillfully delivered repertoire features favorite traditional pieces as well as his own Celtic-inspired compositions. In concert, Barlow brings the songs alive by sharing the history, legend and humor behind the music. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact lwest@cityoffargo.com. No registration is required.

Yoga Basics

Yoga PoseSaturday, July 26 at 10 a.m. at the Main Library
A great class for those who haven't tried yoga before or who might want a refresher. This class will offer an introduction to (asanas) basic poses and breathing techniques. Pre-registration is required. Registration opens July 1. Register online or call 241-1472.  Contact Jenilee at 241-8123 or jkanenwisher@cityoffargo.com with questions.

Power Yoga

Saturday, July 26 - 2 p.m. at the Main Library 
This class will emphasize balance, flexibility, and strength as you work through vinyasas (a sequence of poses). Some yoga experience may be helpful. Pre-registration is required. Registration opens July 1. Register online or call 241-1472.  Contact Jenilee at 241-8123 or jkanenwisher@cityoffargo.com with questions.   

Crafts for Adults: Simple 3 Tier Necklace

Make a fun bead and chain necklace and learn some basic jewelry techniques. Thursday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library or Saturday, August 2nd at 10 a.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library. All materials will be provided. Program is recommended for adults but is open to crafty teens. Pre-registration is required. Register online or call 241-1492. Registration opens July 1. Contact Jenilee at 241-8123 or jkanenwisher@cityoffargo.com with questions.