This Month: Celebrating the Minnesota State Fair

At LARTesla_polyphase_exhibit_at_1893_worlds_fairL, we are getting excited about the the Minnesota State Fair, which will be held this month! We have also enjoyed participating in a variety of local fairs throughout our region – you might say we are fond of fairs of all sizes! To celebrate the Minnesota State Fair, which will be held this month (August 27-September 7), we’ve compiled a list of interesting books that describe another favorite American Fair – the World Fair: Columbian Exposition, which was held in Chicago in 1893. Check these books out at a Lake Agassiz Regional Library branch near you!

Are you headed to the Minnesota State Fair? Don’t forget to participate in Read & Ride Day! Present your public library card for discounted admission at the gate on September 2, 2015. Click here for more information.

Fair Weather by Richard Peck
Award winning author Richard Peck brings the World Fair: Columbian Exposition, which took place in Chicago in 1893, to life in this entertaining and heart-warming book. The book’s protagonist, Rosie Beckett, is thirteen, and has never left home until she and members of her amusing family are invited to spend time in Chicago at the World Fair.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
In this thrilling non-fiction book that is presented in novelist style, Larson combines the true story of two men, the architect behind the 1893 World Fair: Columbian Exposition, and the serial killer who used the Chicago-based World Fair as his hunting grounds.

Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray
As the World Fair draws near, Rosalind desperately seeks answers about her sister’s disappearance. When she is hired as a maid in the house where her sister had been working, Rosalind quickly discovers a house full of secrets, amidst the intrigue that only the Columbian Exposition can bring.


Fractured Land Selected as One Book One Community Title

Basic CMYKIn its fourth year, the One Book, One Community reading project is set to launch in early September. This year’s title is Fractured Land: The Price of Inheriting Oil by Lisa Westberg Peters, and all three of the Fargo-Moorhead area public libraries, including LARL’s own Moorhead Public Library, have partnered to encourage area residents to unite in reading the selected book and participate in related events.

This year’s selection is a memoir takes an intimate and personal look at what it means to profit from the oil boom in North Dakota. This year’s One Book, One Community project will wrap up with an author visit by Lisa Westerberg Peters set for Tuesday, Oct. 6, starting at 7 p.m. at The Stage at Island Park (333 4th St. S., Fargo). All ages are invited; the event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the author event, and books will be available for purchase from Zandbroz Variety Readers of all ages can take part in the project’s events, which include book discussions, film screenings, and more. Visit any Fargo Public Library location or for a complete line-up of events and related resources. This project is a community effort between the Moorhead Public Library, the Fargo Public and West Fargo Public Libraries and Moorhead Community Education.

LARL Receives Technology Update

We’re excited to announce that we are moving forward with an automation project that will allow us to better serve our customers. LARL is continuing its partnership with Northwest Regional Library in a migration of 374,000 combined items to an open-source integrated library system.  This technical update, which includes the purchase of new servers, is made possible by a $25,000 grant from the Northern Lights Library Network, an organization which coordinates services and resources among all types of libraries in 23 counties of North Central and Northwest Minnesota.

“We are excited to see where this upgrade will take us,” said Liz Lynch, regional director of Lake Agassiz Regional Library. “We are grateful for the support of Northern Lights Library Network and are pleased to continue our partnership with Northwest Regional Library. This project will allow us to continue providing valuable services and resources to our communities.”

Thank you to the Northern Lights Library Network for their assistance with this project.

August’s Database of the Month is…

student-849825Drum roll, please! Lake Agassiz Regional Library’s Database of the Month for August is Learning Express.

Did you know that your library offers many resources and tools to help you succeed? Learning Express is an e-learning tool that helps people achieve their educational and career goals, from computer skills to practice tests to resumes.

To access Learning Express, you must be either in the library (find a LARL location near you!) or log in using your library card through the website. Create a new account using your email address and begin using this tool – it’s that easy!

Access Learning Express here!



Detroit Lakes Public Library Announces Book Sale

BooksSaleThose looking for a bargain on books for all ages, audiobooks, music, movies and more should look no further than the Detroit Lakes Public Library. The Becker County Friends of the Library is sponsoring a Book Sale at the library next week, on Tuesday August 4 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The library is located at 1000 Washington Ave.

To learn more about this event, please call 218-847-2168. The library will accept items for donation to the book sale until Saturday, August 1, and will resume accepting donations on August 6.

Detroit Lakes Public Library Announces Bus Tour

forest history centerThe Detroit Lakes Public Library is pleased to invite community members to join them on a bus trip to Grand Rapids, Minnesota, to visit the Forest History Center and the Judy Garland Museum.

The bus will leave the Detroit Lakes Public Library parking lot at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, and will return at approximately 7:00 p.m. There is no admission fee for this trip, but participants are encouraged to bring money for incidentals and lunch. Seats are limited, so those interested should call the library at 847-2168 as soon as possible to reserve their spot. This trip is for those 18 and older.

This legacy event is sponsored in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Breckenridge Library is Sending “Books on Tour”

concert-mapDuring the month of August, teens will have the chance to vote for their favorite music-related books, sending them on a “tour” to the locations they are set in. A map of the United States will be on display in the Breckenridge Public Library so that customers can visualize the tour, and three books will be on the ballot each week.

Teens will also have a chance to win a mystery prize each week. The winners will be selected from the ballots submitted for the book tour.

If you have any questions about this fun tour, contact the Breckenridge Public Library at 643-2113.

Crookston Public Library to Host a Book Sale

CRK-Book-SaleThe Crookston Public Library is excited to host a Book Sale next week! Join us and discover amazing bargains on a variety of items, including books for all ages, audiobooks, music, movies and other miscellaneous items.

All proceeds will help support programming at the Crookston Public Library.

The Book Sale will be held Monday, July 27 to Friday, July 31 during regular library hours, which are:

Mon: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Tue: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Wed: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Thu: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Fri: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

We hope to see you at the Book Sale! The Crookston Public Library is located at 110 N. Ash St.


Your Independence Day Reading Recommendations Are Here!


This weekend, LARL is excited to join in the Independence Day celebrations. This holiday is usually associated with patriotism, fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals and baseball games, but we’d like to suggest another additional activity – reading! Why not celebrate the spirit of patriotism with a great book? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Fourth of July reads, all of which are available at your library!

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Hornet’s Nest by Jimmy Carter
In Hornet’s Nest, United States President Jimmy Carter brings to life the Revolutionary War as it was fought in the Deep South. President Carter reminds us that much of the fight for independence took place in that region, and that it was a struggle of great and small battles with neighbor turned against neighbor. The Hornet’s Nest follows a cast of characters and their loved ones on both sides of the violent conflict – including some who are based on the author’s ancestors. 

Daughter of Liberty by J.M. Hochstetler
A beautiful rebel spy and a British officer in whose charm lies her greatest danger fight a war of wits and words—and a love that cannot be denied.

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1776 by David McCullough
In this book, David McCullough tells the story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence—when the entire American cause was riding on their success, without which hope for independence would have been dashed and the ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.

America: The Story of Us
This is a 12-hour television event that tells the extraordinary Moviesstory of how America was invented. With highly realistic CGI animation, dramatic recreations and thoughtful insights from some of America’s most respected artists, business leaders, academics and intellectuals, it is the first television event in nearly 40 years to present a comprehensive telling of America’s history. “America: The Story of Us” will take you into the moments when Americans harnessed technology to advance human progress, from the rigors of linking the continent by transcontinental railroad to triumphing over vertical space through the construction of steel structured buildings to putting a man on the moon. 

Movies for Kids
Liberty’s Kids
This animated series teaches kids about the origins of the United States of America. Celebrity voices, including Sylvester Stalone, Ben Stiller, Annette Benning, Liam Neeson, Whoopi Goldberg and more, lend credence to the characters who formed our free nation. 

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Star Spangled Crafts by Kathy Ross
Learn how to create a variety of patriotic-themed crafts, including a firecracker lapel pin, flag mosaic, Liberty Bell favors and more.

Storyteller by Patricia Reilly Giff
In this dramatic story set during the American Revolution, Elizabeth discovers a portrait of her ancestor, who bears a striking resemblance to her. The past becomes vivid and real as the two girls’ lives are intertwined and Elizabeth walks where battles were won and lost. 

Books for Young Adults
The Year of the Hangman by Gary BlackwoodYoung-Adult-Books
This alternate version of events is set in 1777, the year after the rebellion of the American colonies was crushed. Young ne’er-do-well Creighton Brown has arrived in the colonies and lands a job in the print shop of Benjamin Franklin, whose rebel newspaper has gone underground in the wake of his side’s defeat. With an English general expecting Creighton to spy on his new employer, his loyalties are tested and he must make a choice that could determine the fate of a nation.

The Rifle by Gary Paulsen
In this novel, which is set during the American Revolution, a treasured rifle passed down through generations is the cause of a tragic accident in this timely tale. This tough, thought-provoking novel challenges the idea that firearms don’t become instruments of destruction and murder until they are placed in human hands.

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Fourth of July Mice by Bethany Roberts
The Holiday Mice take part in all the activities that make Independence Day fun, including a parade, a picnic, a baseball game, and even a spectacular fireworks show!


Find all these riveting reads and more at the LARL branch near you!

Learn More About Zinio!

Please Note: LARL no longer offers this service.

zinioHave you read an eMagazine?
Check out Zinio, LARL’s Database of the Month!

Zinio is a tool that allows Lake Agassiz Regional Library customers to checkout digital copies of magazines, using their computer, smartphone or tablet!

How do I get started?
When customers use Zinio for the first time they must create two accounts:

  • A library Zinio account to access the subscriptions that the library has purchased and
  • A Zinio account to read the magazines

When initially making an account, customers will need their library card and email address, but after creating their account they will be able to access Zinio with only their email address and a password. Both accounts should be the same email and password.

Are the magazines I can access through Zinio the same as the physical collection within the library?
The Zinio collection is different from the cataloged collection of magazines that LARL provides. There is some overlap, but not an extensive amount.

How do I access Zinio on my device?
After you open Zinio, you will see links to instructions for different devices and types of computers at the bottom of the page. Magazines can be viewed on computers as well as mobile devices(Tablets, Kindles, iPhones, etc) with the free app.

Why is Zinio awesome?
Once an item is downloaded, it will never expire, nor will it ever need to be returned. Both current and previous issues are available and there is no limit to the number of magazines customers can access at a time. The magazines are fully printable, searchable, and contain active web links throughout the magazines.

We hope you enjoy using Zinio!