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LARL Libraries to Close Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day

All Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) branches and LINK sites will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day, with regular hours of operation resuming Tuesday, May 29.

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.

Introducing EXPLORE! Summer Library Experience

This summer, kids, teens and adults are invited to join Lake Agassiz Regional Library on a new adventure! Track your reading progress and earn prizes from June-August with EXPLORE! Summer Library Experience.

Join the Summer Library Experience at your local LARL library to read, learn and have fun all summer long! This program will allow kids, teens and adults to explore their imaginations and their communities with activities, projects and reading challenges. Stop by any location, or visit www.larl.org/explore, to begin your exploration!

Click here to learn more about EXPLORE! The fun begins June 1.

MN Writes, MN Reads Author Project

Libraries are helping local authors get the recognition they deserve for writing great books. Minnesota authors are encouraged to submit their self-published, adult or young adult fiction books for a chance to win a $1,000 prize, sponsored by the Minnesota Library Foundation and BiblioLabs. Use MN Writes, MN Reads to create and publish your book, plus discover the work of other writers.

The winners of this contest will receive:

  • $1,000 each in Adult and Young Adult categories. Prizes sponsored by the Minnesota Library Foundation and BiblioLabs.
  • A write-up in the December print issue of Library Journal.
  • Honors at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Seattle.
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) in Minnesota Public Libraries.
  • A Library Journal Digital Review (Winners + Honorable Mentions).
  • Multiple submissions are welcome.

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Self-published
  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
  • Written by a Minnesota resident
  • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

Enter the contest here.

Submissions accepted until June 30, 2018.

Crookston Public Library Announces Large Book Sale

A large used book sale will be held at the Crookston Public Library (110 N Ash St.) next week. The public is invited to browse the library’s collection of used books and other items available for purchase.

Hundreds of books will be for sale, including a variety of non-fiction, fiction and children’s books. Additional items available for purchase include DVDs, audiobooks and furniture. Customers may fill a bag with items for five dollars (furniture will be priced individually). Proceeds of the sale will be used to support the library’s fundraiser for facility improvements, which is made possible by a grant from the Otto Bremer Trust. The Crookston Public Library is seeking to raise the remaining $8,000 of a $25,000 matching funds initiative sponsored by the Otto Bremer Trust. Donations can be made at the library or at www.larl.org/donate.
The book sale will be held Monday, May 14 through Saturday, May 19 during the library’s open hours. The library is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Calling All Library Supporters! LARL Seeks to Grow Collection

This spring, we’re kicking off a fundraising campaign to raise money to boost ourcollection budget.  While demand is still strong for physical materials, such as books and DVDs, the popularity of downloadable items, such as eBooks and eAudiobooks is drastically increasing.

“We have seen a significant increase in eBook and eAudiobook use during the past five years” said Liz Lynch, Regional Library Director, “And with this demand, plus increasing prices, we’re seeking the community’s generosity to help us bridge the gap.”

From May 1-30, all 22 Lake Agassiz Regional Library locations will invite community members to demonstrate their love for their local library by making a contribution to benefit the collection. A gift will be provided to those who give a minimum of $10.00. All donations are tax deductible and can be made at each library location or by clicking here.

Author Julie Klassen to Visit Detroit Lakes Library

The community is invited to attend a special author event with Midwest Book Award winner Julie Klassen, author of historical fiction novels. Klassen, author of titles such as “The Tutor’s Daughter”, “The Dancing Master” and many others, including the Ivy Hill series, will give a free presentation on Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, located at 1000 Washington Ave.

Coming Soon: LARL Book Sale

A large used book sale will be held in the lower level of the Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St. S. Lake Agassiz Regional Library invites the public to browse its collection of used books and other items available for purchase.

Thousands of books will be for sale, including a variety of non-fiction, fiction and children’s books. Additional items available for purchase include computer monitors, cables and more.  A new selection of books will be added to the sale daily. Customers may fill a bag with items for five dollars (computer equipment priced individually). Proceeds of the sale will be used to support the Lake Agassiz Regional Library collection.

The book sale will be held Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Advocacy Opportunity: Tell Your Legislator Why You Love Your Library!

During the month of March, LARL is asking its loyal customers to advocate for libraries by sending a letter or email – or making a phone call to your local legislator.

See a list of local legislators here: http://larl.org/legislator/

If you contact your legislator, please thank them for their service and for supporting local libraries and ask them to help us move forward with an Increase for Basic Funding for Library Systems (HF1382/SF1033).  This would increase funding from $13.57 million to $16.57 million annually with a corresponding formula change to provide stable funding for all regional public library systems across the state.

If you can give an example of how your local library has helped you as an individual, your customers, or your community, please share it with your legislator.

LARL Presents Music with Siama and Dallas!

This spring, musicians Siama and Dallas will visit libraries across the region to perform interactive music and storytelling for young children and their families, featuring Congolese guitar music. This event is held in celebration of the children who have read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, as part of our initiative to encourage literacy development.

This event is brought to the community free of charge, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Tuesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library
Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fosston Public Library
Wednesday, April 25 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mahnomen Public Library
Wednesday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bagley Public Library
Thursday, April 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the Climax Public Library
Thursday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the McIntosh Public Library
Friday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m. at the Barnesville Public Library
Friday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ada Public Library
Saturday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Moorhead Public Library
Saturday, April 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Breckenridge Public Library
Monday, April 30 at 6:00 p.m. at the Fertile-Beltrami Public School
Tuesday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the Hawley Public Library
Tuesday, May 1 at 6:00 p.m. at the Crookston Public Library