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One Book, One Community 2015

Fractured Land coverEach year, the Fargo Public Library, Moorhead Public Library, and West Fargo Public Library team up to promote one book that the entire community reads together, a reading program called “One Book, One Community.” This year's selection is Fractured Land: The Price of Inheriting Oil by Lisa Westberg Peters. All One Book, One Community events are free and open to the public. To find out more about the book and events, visit the One Book, One Community website.

  • Friday, Sept. 11 - 1 p.m.
    Dr. James Carlson Library and Northport Library
    A screening of film The Overnighters. Free popcorn!
  • Monday, Sept. 14 - Saturday, October 31
    Main Library Gallery
    Photography exhibit; Sarah Christianson’s photos of the Bakken and western North Dakota will be on display.
  • Thursday, Sept. 17 - 7 p.m.
    Main Library

    Photographer Sarah Christianson will present several of her photographs of western North Dakota.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22 - 7 p.m.
    Main Library
    A screening of the documentary Trafficked with an introduction by award-winning reporter Kevin Wallevand.
  • Thursday, Sept. 24 - 7 p.m.
    Main Library

    A screening of Black Gold Boom and discussion and presentation by Mathew Holding Eagle, an associate producer of the documentary.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29 - 7 p.m.
    Main Library
    Learn about the geology of the Williston Basin and Bakken Formation with North Dakota Geological Survey Geologist and Core Library Director, Julie LeFever.
  • Thursday, Oct. 1 - 7 p.m.
    Main Library

    Presentation by Jason Spiess creator and host of the radio show “The Crude Life” and “Building the Bakken.”
  • Tuesday, Oct. 6 - 7 p.m.
    The Stage at Island Park (333 4th St. S., Fargo).
    An author visit and presentation by Lisa Westberg Peters. Seating is limited and is first come, first served. A book signing will follow Westberg Peters’ presentation.

Jazz Quixote Concert

Join Bill Law and Friends for a concert of music inspired by Quixote. Readings from Don Quixote and jazz inspired by Cervantes’ great work. The concert is free and open to the public. Call the Main Library Information Desk at 241-1492 for details.
Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Main Library 

Foundation Center Training Webinar: "How to Raise Money from Individuals"

This webinar will help nonprofit organizations address the roadblocks in asking for money. Learn how to avoid some common mistakes in fundraising from individuals and learn the facts about who gives away money and who can be asked for a donation. Take away specific language to make a strong ask, which is based on relationship-building and relationships you already have. No registration is required. All materials will be provided. Contact the Main Library Information Desk at 241-1492 for details.
Saturday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Main Library

Colors & Culture of Somalia @ Main

Join us for a special presentation on  by Shire Mohamed and Ibtisaam Mustafa featuring the history and culture of Somalia. This session will include images of the country along with a presentation about the languages and festivals. Light snacks 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. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Main Library


Embroidered Leather Bracelets (Teen/Adult)

Create a fun stitched leather bracelet! All supplies are provided. 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.
Thursday, Sept. 24 at Dr. James Carlson Library at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26 at Main Library at 10:00 a.m


Join us for 2-hour Calligraphy Class taught by local calligraphy artist Anne Kaese. This workshop is set for Saturday, Oct. 3, starting at 10 a.m. at the downtown Main Library. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. This class is adults and teens age 15 years and older. Register online or call 241-1492. Registration for this class opens August 27. For information contact Nicole at 241-1472.
Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Main Library at 10 a.m.

Locker Hooking

Locker hooking is an easy, inexpensive craft. This technique uses a locker needle hook, canvas, and scrap fabric to create anything from area rugs to coasters. You will learn the basics of the craft to start creating your own locker hooked trivet. All materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required and opens Sept 14. Register online or call 701-241-1492 for more information.
Thursday, Oct. 8 at Dr. James Carlson Library at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 10 at Main Library at 10:00 a.m.

Beginning Tangling

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 and opens Sept. 26. Register online or call 241-1492. Contact Jenilee at 241-8123 for more information. 
Saturday, Oct. 17 at Dr. James Carlson Library at 10 a.m.

Witch Finger Pens (Teen/Adult)

 Adults and teens are invited to make their own creepy cute witch finger pens for Halloween! Ages 11- adult. All materials provided. Pre-registration required. Registration opens Oct. 5. Register online or call 476-5978 for details.
Thursday, Oct. 22 at Dr. James Carlson Library at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24 at Northport Library at 10 a.m.

Unraveled Crafters

This is the place for knitters, crocheters, and other fiber lovers of all skill levels to gather. Bring along your projects to work on and projects to show off. Beginners to experienced crafters are welcome to join and no registration is required! For more information, contact Lori at 476-5977 or If you would like to learn how to knit or crochet, please bring along:
Worsted weight yarn (size 4 medium weight)
Crochet hook (size H, I or J)
Knitting needles (size 7 or 8)
Sundays - Dr. James Carlson Library at 1-3 p.m.
Sept. 13 & 27
Oct. 11 & 25
Nov. 8 & 22

Jazz Into Fall

Join us for weekly jazz concerts on Sundays in October at the Main Library. Concerts start at 2 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Call Beth at 241-1492 for details.

  • Sunday, Oct. 4 - The Skipjacks & Nat Dickey
  • Sunday, Oct. 11 - Jazz Nickel
  • Sunday, Oct. 18 - MSUM Faculty Jazz Quintet
  • Sunday, Oct. 25 - Sarah Morrau & Tom Carvell

Joy of Vinyl

Learn about the history, care, handling, and collecting of vinyl records from Dean Sime, a local record collector and organizer of the Fargo Record Fair. Find out why this format has regained popularity in a day and age when most had all but forgotten about it. No registration required. Contact Lori at or 476-5977 for more information.
Tuesday, October 13 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library

Dare to Prepare – Teen Driver Safety Presentation

Are you a teen driver or the parent of a teen driver? "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 to 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.
Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library.

Ghost Stories for Grown-Ups

Ghost Stories for Grown-ups returns with more spooky stories, old and new. We’ll be scaring up some surprises, along with readings of classic and original tales. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public, but it is recommended for ages 12 and over. Contact 241-1492 for details.
Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library