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2017 Winter Read-A-Thon Continues Through Feb. 26

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 Continues Through Feb. 26

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 All submissions must be original, unpublished, proofread, and edited works.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, Feb. 23 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 2, 16, 23,
and 30 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 6:30 p.m. *
* There is no class March 9
Thursday, April 6, 13, 20, and 27 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 4, 11, 18,
and 25 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 6:30 p.m.

Houseplant Workshop in February

snake plant100Chase away the winter blues by finding your green thumb at the library! Join us for a two hour, hands-on workshop where you will learn how to select the perfect houseplants for your home. Dr. Esther McGinnis and Dr. Janet Knodel from the NDSU Extension Service will provide the resources on how to care for specific types of plants, including how to treat for disease and insect problems. Get your hands a little dirty while learning how to transplant, and take a houseplant home for yourself! All materials are provided. Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register online or call the Information Desk at 701-241-1492 for details.
Saturday, Feb. 18 – Main Library at 10 a.m.

Scandinavian Crime Thrillers Today

Scandinavian Crime100The Fargo Public Library again welcomes Dr. Jim Kaplan, professor emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead, for a session titled “Scandinavian Crime Fiction Today”. These novels are enjoying a world-wide popularity right now as books, on TV, and in films. Featured in the presentation will be Jar City by Icelandic author Arnaldur Indriðason, the television show Occupied by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Swedish author Stieg Larsson. Kaplan’s lecture will also highlight the films made from these works. These crime novels are a fine opportunity to learn about the real lives of Scandinavian people today. For details, contact Steve at 701-241-1492.
Sunday, Feb. 26 – Main Library at 2 p.m.

Colors & Culture of Syria

Syria 100Join us for a special presentation titled 'Colors & Culture of Syria' by Marian Kadrie featuring her family's history and her knowledge of Syrian culture. 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 will be served. This program is in partnership with Cultural Diversity Resources. For details, contact Diane Briggs at 701-241-1492.
Sunday, March 5 – Main Library at 2 p.m.


Sunday Unplugged: a series of tiny concerts at the Dr. James Carlson Library

guitar fret 100Join us at the Dr. James Carlson Library for an intimate listening room experience featuring the talents of solo artists and duos from the Fargo-Moorhead area. Performers will play a free, one-hour acoustic concert suitable for all ages. For details contact the Main Library Information Desk at 701-241-1192. Dates and artists in the series are:
Sunday, March 5 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 2 p.m.
Featured group is The Jenny Coins are a family-friendly folk duo featuring acoustic guitar and accordion.

Sunday, April 2 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 2 p.m.
Featured artist is folk rock musician Tristan Larson who sings and plays acoustic guitar.

Sunday, May 7 – Dr. James Carlson Library 2 p.m.
Featured artist is Kwacian a singer/songwriter who artistically layers instrumental and vocal samples to build a unique sound to accompany his original songs.