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LARL presents…1,000 Books before Kindergarten

We’re kicking off the New Year by launching 1,000 Books before Kindergarten, a program designed to foster relationship-building and a love of reading while preparing youth for kindergarten. Thanks to the Minnesota Department of Education through a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, LARL is committed to offering this program to the residents of the seven counties it serves, including Becker, Clay, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk, and Wilkin Counties.

This free program encourages parents and caregivers to read to children from birth to kindergarten and beyond. “We are excited to introduce 1,000 Books before Kindergarten to our communities,” said Tammy Thomasson, Branch Manager and Youth Librarian of the Crookston Public Library. “Getting an early start on literacy development is the key to future success in school, and with this program it doesn’t have to cost parents a penny.”

1,000 Books before Kindergarten is a nation-wide movement of parents and caregivers dedicated to getting children ready to read before kindergarten, creating the foundation of a lifetime of learning. According to the Zero to Three Foundation, a child’s brain is producing 700 new neural connections every second from birth until age three. “Language and literacy development begin at birth,” said Jenna Kahly, LARL’s youth service coordinator. “When you sing, talk, and share books together you are not only building a loving relationship with your child, but filling their minds with language. This is a critical time in your child’s brain development and you can make a huge impact by having fun together right now.”

To participate, families can visit a LARL library near them, or visit this page to sign up for the program. Families will receive incentives for each reading log they complete, with a special award for those who complete the program by reading 1,000 times before kindergarten.

“Reading to our children is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to prepare our children for kindergarten and academic success,” said Liz Lynch, the library system’s Regional Director. “The benefits associated with reading include strengthening brain development, increasing vocabulary and comprehension, and laying that vital foundation for problem solving and success. It is so important, and it only requires a few minutes a day.”

Announcing LARL’s Best Books of 2016

Have you ever wondered which books are the most popular with fellow library users? Check out our top reads of 2016. These were the most checked out titles last year.

Books of 2016

  1. 15th Affair by James Patterson
  2. Alert by Michael Ledwidge and James Patterson
  3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  4. Bitter Season by Tami Hoag
  5. Cross Justice by James Patterson
  6. Crossing by Michael Connelly
  7. Extreme Prey by John Sandford
  8. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
  9. Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  10. Guilty  by David Baldacci
  11. Last Mile  by David Baldacci
  12. Make Me  by Lee Child
  13. Murder House by James Patterson
  14. Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  15. Off the Grid  by C.J. Box
  16. Private Paris by James Patterson
  17. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
  18. See Me by Nicholas Sparks
  19. Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich
  20. X by Sue Grafton

 

Hot Reads for Cold Nights Begins Today!

We are thrilled to invite the public to participate in our winter reading program for adults, Hot Reads for Cold Nights.

The rules for the program are simple: read or listen to four books, audiobooks, eBooks, or eAudiobooks for a chance to win prizes.

To participate, simply pick up an official entry form at a local LARL location or fill out the form below. The program will begin on Saturday, January  2 and will end Thursday, February 28. All of Lake Agassiz Regional Library’s 22 locations are offering this program. Prizes include mugs, totes, calendars and more!

Don’t know what to read? Use Next 5 Books, LARL’s recommendation program. Simply enter the titles of books you’ve enjoyed and a librarian will provide you with personalized suggestions! Don’t forget to visit our digital library to browse and download eAudiobooks and eBooks.

Introducing Minnesota Loves Libraries!

profile-larl_2What does your library do for you? We want to know!

“Minnesota Loves Libraries” is a grassroots advocacy campaign set to run throughout the region through February. We are looking for stories that exemplify service, community connections, and individual success.

Library users are invited to stop by their local library to fill out a postcard or visit the website to use the online form.

The purpose is to gather stories of how Minnesotans use the library and the difference library service, programs and staff make in their lives.

LARL to Close for Christmas, New Years

All Lake Agassiz Regional Library branches and LINK sites will be closed on Sunday, December 25 and Monday, December 26, in celebration of Christmas Day, with regular hours of operation resuming Tuesday, December 27. All LARL locations will also be closed at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 31 and will remain closed Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2, with regular hours resuming Tuesday, January 3.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights is Coming Soon!

We are thrilled to invite the public to participate in our winter reading program for adults, Hot Reads for Cold Nights.

The rules for the program are simple: read or listen to four books, audiobooks, eBooks, or eAudiobooks for a chance to win prizes.

To participate, simply pick up an official entry form at a local LARL location or fill out the form below. The program will begin on Saturday, January  2 and will end Thursday, February 28. All of Lake Agassiz Regional Library’s 22 locations are offering this program. Prizes include mugs, totes, calendars and more!

Don’t know what to read? Use Next 5 Books, LARL’s recommendation program. Simply enter the titles of books you’ve enjoyed and a librarian will provide you with personalized suggestions! Don’t forget to visit our digital library to browse and download eAudiobooks and eBooks.

 

Lake Agassiz Regional Library to Close Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving Day

All Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) branches and LINK sites will be closed on Thursday, November 24 in celebration of Thanksgiving Day. Regular hours of operation will resume Friday, November 25. All library locations will also close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23.

LARL’s branch libraries are located in Ada, Bagley, Barnesville, Breckenridge, Climax, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Fertile, Fosston, Hawley, Mahnomen, McIntosh and Moorhead. LARL’s LINK sites are found in Cormorant, Frazee, Gonvick, Halstad, Hendrum, Lake Park, Rothsay, Twin Valley and Ulen.

 

LARL Closed November 11, Veterans Day

All Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) branches and LINK sites, including the Regional Office in Moorhead, will be closed on Friday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Regular library hours will resume Saturday, November 12.