Steve Stark: Drawn to History March 11-13

stark_polaroidIf it had not been for the original Lake Agassiz, the largest glacial lake in the history of the world, the Red River (and likely all of us) would never have been here. Learn more from Mr. History!

Tuesday, March 11
Moorhead Library – 10:00 a.m.
Mahnomen Elementary School  – 1:30 p.m.
Frazee LINK Site – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 12
Detroit Lakes Library – 10:30 a.m.
Rothsay Community Center – 4:00 p.m.
Barnesville Library – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 13
Hawley Library – 10:30 a.m.
Cormorant LINK Site – 4:30 p.m.


Programming is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.logo_group

Gonvick LINK Site to Close on March 7

Clearwater County Budget Shortfall Prompts Gonvick LINK Site Closing

The Gonvick LINK Site, of the Lake Agassiz Regional Library, will be closing its doors on March 7, 2014 due to a Clearwater County budgetary shortfall.  The last day of services will be on March 6, 2014.

Residents currently using the Gonvick LINK Site can use their library cards at the nearby Bagley Public Library, or at any LARL location. The book drop will be available for use until the 10th of March.

The Zinghoppers reading enrichment program, sponsored by LARL and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, will continue to take place on Monday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m. The Zinghoppers are an Emmy Award winning musical group that specializes in fun, interactive programming for young children and families. The event will be held at the Gonvick Community Center.

One Book, One Community 2014

Each year, the Fargo Public Library, Moorhead Public Library, and West Fargo Public Library team up to promote one book that the entire community reads together, a reading program called “One Book, One Community.”

In 2014, for the first time ever, the title for the One Book, One Community program will be determined by a community vote. Six titles have been chosen by the One Book, One Community Committee. Voting will take place starting February 1 and run through February 28.

Click here to visit the One Book, One Community site for more information, and to cast your vote online!

Shelly LINK Site to Close on January 31

The Shelly LINK Site will close its doors on January 31, 2014 due to a Norman County budgetary shortfall. Patrons of the Shelly LINK Site are encouraged to use nearby Lakes Agassiz Regional Library branches in Climax and Ada, and LINK Sites in Halstad and Hendrum. Three remaining LINK sites in Norman County; Hendrum, Halstad, and Twin Valley—in addition to the Ada Public Library—which will continue to offer regular service and hours.

Shelly LINK Site customers are encouraged to contact one of the LARL locations mentioned above with questions on their account information and instructions on material return: 218-857-2455.

Crookston Library and Agassiz Audubon Society to Present How to Spot and Photograph Owls Program

The Crookston Library and Agassiz Audubon Society will present How to Spot and Photograph Owls, a program free for the public, on Tuesday, February 11 at 6 p.m. at the Crookston Library.

Winter is a great time to look for owls.  Several species, including  Snowy Owls, Northern Hawk-owls and Great Horned Owls, have been spotted in the Red River Valley this winter.

All you need to know is when, where and what to look for.  If you’re willing to be adventurous, you can drive around and spot them from the comfort of your car, or participate in a guided field trip.

Agassiz Audubon Society’s Heidi Hughes has been watching owls for years.  She’ll show you the local owls and how to identify them – and provide the owling “basics.”  She’ll provide tips on how to make your yard “owl friendly,” how to select owl identification books and apps – and how to take a good owl photo with a point and shoot camera.

For more information on this program, contact Dennis Jacobs at the Crookston Library (218) 281-4522.



Budget Shortfalls Prompt Moorhead Public Library Cutbacks and Shelly LINK Site Closing

The Moorhead Public Library and Shelly LINK Site, of Lake Agassiz Regional Library, have been affected by budgetary shortfalls for 2014 fiscal year; resulting in reduced or discontinued services at these locations. Without full funding, these locations cannot afford to maintain current levels of service.

The Moorhead Public Library will be seeing a reduction in hours and staffing, beginning February 1, 2014, due to a City of Moorhead budgetary shortfall. To account for the shortfall, open hours per week will be reduced from 69 down to 56. This reduction includes changes to hours Monday through Saturday and the elimination of Sunday hours.

Moorhead Public Library hours of operation beginning February 1: Monday through Thursday 10 to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 to 6 p.m.; closed on Sundays.

The Shelly LINK Site will be closing its doors on January 31, 2014 due to a Norman County budgetary shortfall.  Nearby LINK Sites in Hendrum, Halstad, and Twin Valley—in addition to the Ada Public Library—will continue to offer service to area residents. Regular hours of operation will continue at these locations. Click here for a complete list of locations and hours of operation.

2014 Reading Resolutions

Stuck in a reading rut? Here are some ideas to crack you out of your cycle and get you back on track. There are too many great books old and new for you to choose from. No matter what your reading history, a new calendar year is upon us and it’s time to get back on the reading wagon!

Read the Movies

MV5BMTYxMzYwODE4OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDE5MzE2MDE@._V1_SX640_SY720_If a movie is worth its salt, it was probably a pretty fab book first.

Before you head to “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” this winter, know if what you’re seeing on the big screen is fact or fiction based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”

Just in time for Valentine’s Day 2015, “Fifty Shades of Grey” promises to bring the first of E.L. James’ erotic trilogy to life on screen. Don’t worry, we have the first installment of the trilogy in physical and digital format so the teenagers in your home don’t have to know what you’re reading.

Finally, a special shout out to actor Shailene Woodley who will star in several books to movies in 2014. She’ll play the main character Tris in Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” (in theatres March 2014) and then will play Hazel (a quick-witted terminally ill teen) in John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” in June 2014.


Read Minnesota

Give your home state some love! Support your fellow Minnesotans by reading what they’ve written.

William Kent Krueger had a new book out in 2013. “Ordinary Grace” explores fictionalizes how a tragic event rocked a small Minnesota community in 2013. Plus, Krueger is a great guy. He recently helped Detroit Lakes Public Library celebrate their centennial and pledged to donate his honorarium to the library. So that makes him a fine upstanding citizen as well as a terrific writer and storyteller.

Erin Hart may not have been born here but she calls Minnesota her home. She is working on book five of the Nora Gavin series. So if you love women archaeologists set in Irish bogs, this is the series for you. Start with “Haunted Ground.”

Now go get it. Start by reading the back of the cereal box in 2014 and by year’s end you’ll be tackling Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.”