Breckenridge Library Announces Viking Festival Bus Trip

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Join the Breckenridge Public Library for a bus trip to the Viking Festival at the Hjemkomst center in Moorhead, Minnesota! Admission and transportation will be free–provided in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. Meals and incidentals will be the participant’s responsibility.

viking festival foodEach year the festival pays special tribute to Nordic Culture. The festival features musical entertainment, presenters, goods, and food from each of the cultures, as well as the Midwest Viking Festival’s living Viking Village complete with craftsman, music, Viking games, and daily battle reenactments.

This event can accommodate 30 people. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is first come, first serve so call the library today to reserve your seat on the bus!

Join us Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 a.m. Call 218-643-2113 to register!

This MN Legacy program is supported in part or whole with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund and the Nordic Culture Club.

Next Stop, Summer Reading!

At LARL, we offer not one, but two Summer Reading Programs!

For Kids and Teens:
The first is our ever-popular Kids and Teen Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is Read for the Win and we’re looking forward to a winning summer of reading and fun events.


Learn more about Read for the Win here!

NEW! Join our mailing list to stay up-to-date on Kids and  Teens events at your favorite LARL location!


For Adults:
But we don’t stop there! We also offer a Summer Reading Program for adults called Sizzlin’ Summer Reads! Participating is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

sizzlin-summer-2016Here’s how:

1. Read at least four books (eBooks and eAudiobooks count!)
2. Complete an entry form and turn it in at your library. Your name will be entered into a drawing for great prizes!
3. Don’t stop there! Continue submitting new entries for every four books that you read.

Please Note: Sizzlin’ Summer Reads is available only at the following participating branches and LINK sites: Crookston Public Library, Mahnomen Public Library, Moorhead Public Library, Cormorant LINK Site and Frazee LINK Site.

Both Summer Reading Programs will kick off June 1. 

Investment Advisory Services Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) is seeking qualified candidates to provide professional assistance to actively manage the Library System’s investment portfolio on a day-to-day basis and provide investment advice. Qualified applicants will be expected to have expertise and knowledge with the investment of public funds.

The Library System anticipates working with one local investment advisory firm for management of the System’s portfolio.  Included with the RFQ is LARL’s current investment policy which outlines the System’s investment requirements.

Access the Request for Qualifications here!

The Top Audiobooks of 2015, According to LARL’s Customers

top-20Have you ever wondered which books your fellow library fans are listening to? We’re excited to share a list of the audiobooks that were most often checked out by LARL customers. If you’d like to check out or reserve any of these titles, click the links to access them in our catalog.

  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  2. Thirteen Tales of Mystery by Minnesota’s Premier Writers by John Farrell
  3. Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag
  4. Silver Linings (a Rose Harbor Novel) by Debbie Macomber
  5. Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
  6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  7. Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich
  8. Love Letters (a Rose Harbor Novel) by Debbie Macomber
  9. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  10. Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
  11. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
  12. Takedown 20 by Janet Evanovich
  13. Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger
  14. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  15. The Escape by David Baldacci
  16. Caught by Harlan Coben
  17. NYPD Red by James Patterson
  18. Silken Prey by John Sanford
  19. The Target by David Baldacci
  20. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Stay tuned! We will be releasing the lists of the most checked out DVDs and CDs in the next few weeks. Click here to discover which books LARL customers read the most in 2015!

The Top Titles of 2015, According to LARL’s Customers

top-20Have you ever wondered what your fellow library fans are reading? We’re excited to share a list of the books that were most often checked out by LARL customers. If you’d like to check out or reserve any of these titles, click the links to access them in our catalog.

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. Gathering Prey #25 by John Sanford
  3. See Me by Nicholas Sparks
  4. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
  5. Make Me (A Jack Reacher Novel) by Lee Child
  6. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  7. Deadline (A Virgil Flowers Novel) by John Sanford
  8. Memory Man by David Baldacci
  9. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  10. The Escape by David Baldacci
  11. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
  12. X by Sue Grafton
  13. Personal (A Jack Reacher Novel) by Lee Child
  14. Truth or Die by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
  15. The Survivor (A Mitch Rapp Novel) by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills
  16. Wicked Charms (A Lizzy and Diesel Novel) by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton
  17. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
  18. Tricky Twenty-Two (A Stephanie Plum Novel) by Janet Evanovich
  19. Alert (A Michael Bennett Novel) by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
  20. Gray Mountain by John Grisham

Stay tuned! We will be releasing the lists of the most checked out audiobooks, DVDs and CDs in the next few weeks.

Mysteries and Mayhem at the Moorhead Public Library


Join us for a special after hours event to wrap up our Hot Reads for Cold Nights season!

Friday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Moorhead Public Library

Author Ben Welter will discuss his books: “Minnesota Mayhem” and “Minnesota Mysteries”, which focus on bizarre newspaper stories throughout Minnesota’s history. Light refreshments will be provided. This Legacy event is sponsored in part by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.ebooks-mn
Both of these books are ready for you to read right now, using Ebooks Minnesota, an online ebook collection that is open to Minnesota readers. Ebooks Minnesota offers unlimited checkouts on more than 2,000 books, which means that readers don’t have to wait for others to finish reading a book before checking it out.

Ebooks Minnesota is available for AppleKindle and Android devices, using the Biblioboard app.

Join the Big Library Read Featuring American Sniper!

BLR-FB-graphicLARL customers are being granted unlimited access to a popular title through Overdrive’s Big Library Read, the world’s largest global ebook club. From March 17-31, millions of readers around the world will read American Sniper, the New York Times bestselling memoir of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle. This book can be downloaded free of charge using a LARL library card on any major device, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Chromebook and Kindle without worrying about wait lists or holds. The eBook will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

Click here to access this book!

Online Ebook Collection Launched for All Minnesotans

ebooks-mnMinnesota readers can check out more than 2,000 books using Ebooks Minnesota,which allows Minnesota readers to access any book in the collection at any time, without waiting for other readers to return it. This unlimited checkout feature is particularly useful for book clubs and classroom reading projects. The collection is accessible online and via free apps. There is no charge to those who wish to use the collection, and no username or password is required. 

Use the links below to download the Biblioboard Library app while within the borders of Minnesota, and click on the titles you wish to read.

Download the app using Apple, Kindle and Android devices.

Crookston Public Library Hosting March Madness Book Sale


The Crookston Public Library is offering bargains on a great selection of books for all ages at its book sale, which is taking place through Sunday, March 13 during regular library hours. The price is $5 per box or bag of books and all proceeds will support development of the library’s collection of books and other materials.

The Crookston Public Library is located at 110 N. Ash St. and may be reached by calling 218-281-4522.