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Lake Agassiz Regional Library is pleased to announce that each of its 13 branch libraries will participate in the 2014-2015 Once Upon a Reader program, a statewide early literacy initiative.

Once Upon a Reader is a one-book program, where chosen book titles have a Minnesota connection and highlight the importance of reading and sharing literature with preschool-aged children.

The 2014-2015 title featured by Once Upon a Reader is “Moo!” written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka. “Moo!” is the winner of the 2014 Minnesota Book Award in Children’s Literature. Free copies of “Moo!” will be distributed by LARL, though the program, to area preschool-aged children and children involved in area Head Start programs.

Lake Agassiz Regional Library branches will host various reading celebration events in coordination with the Once Upon a Reader program in spring and summer of 2015. The feature event, presentation and puppet show by author LaRochelle and illustrator Wohnoutka, will take place on Thursday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. at the Probstfield Center for Education, 2410 14th St. S, Moorhead, MN.

The Book BannerAll area children and their caregivers are invited to this one-of-a-kind presentation featuring Cow, the book’s title character. After interviewing Cow about her travels, LaRochelle and Wohnoutka will share a puppet show retelling of “Moo!” and get everyone dancing with some original music, and follow up with a group storytelling and drawing activity. Suitable for families and groups with children ages 0-6, the presentation lasts approximately 45 minutes. Contact the Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St. S., with questions or for more information: 218-233-7594.

Once Upon a Reader is sponsored by the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA) and funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment.

Author and Comedian, Lorna Landvik

landvik2Lake Agassiz Regional Library is pleased to announce that Lorna Landvik, Author and Comedian, will present at various LARL branch libraries March 31 through April 1, 2015.

The Minnesota native and bestselling author Landvik will share her wit and writing during author talks at four LARL locations. Landvik will talk about her writing process, her journey toward a successful career in writing and comedy, and insights on her body of written works, including two of her hilariously funny new books, “Best to Laugh” and “Mayor of the Universe.”

On Monday, March 30 Landvik will present at 7 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. On Tuesday, March 31 she will be at the Fosston Library Theatre at 7 p.m.; and on Wednesday, April 1 Landvik will present at 10 a.m. at the Bagley Public Library and again at 6:30 p.m. at the Crookston Public Library. All presentations are open to the public with free admission, sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.

Celebrate Minnesota arts and heritage with those in your community!

This MN Legacy program is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library, and supported in part or whole with money from The Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Reading is Fun-damental with DonB!

donB bowlComedian DonB!, presented by Don Bursell, will be appearing at various Lake Agassiz Regional Library locations on April 14 through April 16, 2015.

DonB! is a “professional goofball” and two time National Unicycle Champion whose one-man show is entertainment that the whole family will enjoy. Lake Agassiz Regional Library invites everyone to attend the Reading is Fun-damental program by DonB!; all of the amazing feats demonstrated in this program are found in books. Attendees will be encouraged to find amazing books related to the program and, on literally every topic in the world!

Performances are open to the public with free admission, sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.

Catch Reading is Fun-damental by DonB! on Tuesday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Climax Public Library, and later that day at 6:30 p.m. at the McIntosh Public Library. On Wednesday, April 15, DonB! will perform at the Moorhead Public Library at 10:30 a.m. and at 2 p.m. at the Crookston Public Library. On Thursday, April 16 see DonB! at the Hawley Public Library at 4 p.m.

Celebrate Minnesota arts and heritage with those in your community!

This MN Legacy program is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library, and supported in part or whole with money from The Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Celtic Musician Todd Menton

Todd MentonLake Agassiz Regional Library is pleased to announce that Celtic/folk musician Todd Menton will perform at various LARL locations April 14 through April 16, 2015.

The Minnesota native Menton is known for his edgy Celtic/eclectic folk and original music. His signature sound features warm, vibrant vocals and sharp playing on guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, and tin whistle. Menton teaches bodhran—an Irish frame drum—for the Center For Irish Music in St. Paul, MN and will be featuring this traditional instrument as well. Audience members will learn about Celtic music while enjoying a unique performance with all the drama and hilarity of traditional tunes, plus the darkly humorous word-play of his original songs delivered with wit and crackling energy.

On Tuesday, April 14 Menton will perform at 1 p.m. and the Twin Valley LINK Site, and again at 7 p.m. at the Fosston Public Library theatre. On Wednesday, April 15, Menton will perform at the Barnesville Public Library at 3 p.m. And, on Thursday, April 16 Menton will be at the Fertile Public Library at 2 p.m. and at the Breckenridge Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Performances will be fun for all ages and open to the public with free admission, sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.

Celebrate Minnesota arts and heritage with those in your community!

This MN Legacy program is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library, and supported in part or whole with money from The Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Change of Hours of Operation at Ada Library

The Ada Public Library is making a change to its hours of operation for a trial period effective March though August 2015.

Beginning March 3, the Ada Library will open earlier, at noon, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ada Library’s new open hours will be: Tuesday and Thursday 12 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Library will be closed Saturday through Monday.

This trial change in hours of operation was in response to popular vote from a community survey held in January 2015. Library customers could vote in person at the Ada Library or online through larl.org. The Lake Agassiz Regional Library would like to thank the community for participating in the survey and for submitting feedback!

Bus Trip from Moorhead to the Minnesota History Center

mn historycenterThe Moorhead Public Library is pleased to announce it will be hosting a bus trip to the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul on Saturday, April 25. The bus will leave the from the Moorhead Public Library at 6 a.m. and return later that evening at approximately 8 p.m.

Transportation and History Center admission are free, supported in part with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. This trip is open to adults over 18. Registration is required, and is on a first come, first served basis; sign up now by contacting the Moorhead Library.

In addition to ongoing activities and exhibits, the Minnesota History Center will be featuring the following exhibits on April 25: We Are Hmong Minnesota and Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison.

We Are Hmong Minnesota celebrates the Hmong migration to Minnesota following the war in Southeast Asia almost 40 years ago. Developed in partnership with the Hmong community, this exhibit will commemorate and celebrate the significant political, social, and economic contributions the Hmong have made to Minnesota and the nation.

The Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison exhibit includes drawings, paintings, prints, and sculpture that bring together concepts of abstraction, landscape, and spiritual reflection of this important 20th-century Native American modernist artist. Visit the Minnesota History Center website for more information on featured exhibits.

Although transportation and admission for the Minnesota History Center Bus Trip are covered, participants are encouraged to bring money for food and incidentals. Contact the Moorhead Public Library for trip information and to register: call 218-233-7594, email moorhead@larl.org, or visit the Library at 118 5th St. S, Moorhead. The bus trip is limited to 50 people; please register by March 23.

This MN Legacy program is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library, and supported in part or whole with money from The Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Photo courtesy www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

Metro Arts and Culture Pass Available at Moorhead Branch

In partnership, the Moorhead branch of the Lake Agassiz Regional Library, the Fargo Public Library, and the West Fargo Public Library, and The Arts Partnership are excited to announce a new service: the Metro Arts and Culture Pass. Starting February 3, library cardholders at all three metro-area public libraries are be able to enjoy an array of cultural resources in the community through this new program – a first of its kind for the region.

“Libraries are interested in offering a pass to galleries, museums, or performing arts because connecting people to the world of knowledge doesn’t only happen between the covers of a book; it happens through experiences and we want to provide access to such experiences to all members of the community,” explained Fargo Public Library Deputy Director Beth Postema.

For local arts and culture organizations, the arts pass program provides exposure to new audiences that otherwise might not be able to take advantage of what these organizations have to offer. According to Carrie Wintersteen, Executive Director of Theatre B, “Theatre B is thrilled to be a part of the Metro Arts Pass. With so many fantastic offerings in our community, we hope new audiences will take advantage of them all.”

With coordination from The Arts Partnership, 12 local arts and culture organizations have extended either special offers or free admission to cultural events to local residents who check out one of the limited number of arts passes. Each Metro Arts and Culture Pass checks out for three weeks to residents with a valid library card.

Library cardholders are encouraged to check out a pass from their public library, head over to a museum or concert, and enjoy the art and cultural riches that our area has to offer. For additional information about the Metro Arts and Culture Pass, contact any of the participating public libraries: LARL’s Moorhead branch, the Fargo Public Library, or the West Fargo Public Library, or visit the Arts Partnership website at http://theartspartnership.net/metro-arts-pass.

Participating Metro Arts and Culture Pass Organizations Include:

  • Barestage Theatre
  • Fargo Moorhead Opera
  • Fargo Moorhead Symphony
  • Harwood Prairie Players
  • Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
  • MSUM Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts
  • Music Theatre Fargo-Moorhead
  • Plains Art Museum
  • Rourke Art Museum
  • Red River Zoo
  • Theatre B
  • Tin Roof Theatre

Monthly Storytime Coming to Frazee LINK Site

Lake Agassiz Regional Library is pleased to announce a new, monthly preschool storytime at the Frazee LINK Site. Storytimes will be offered on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. The first event will be held on Wednesday, February 11.

Storytimes are free and open to the public, as well as ECFE and Head Start parents, teachers and children. LINK Site coordinator, Patty Nunn, would also like to encourage child care providers to bring their preschoolers to the LINK for some read-aloud fun.

“Reading aloud is a great way to start children on a life long journey of enjoying books and reading,” Nunn states, “as well as make their own selections of books to check out and take home.” Stories will include award winning titles, classic fairy and folk tales, musical stories and books that are just plain fun.