The World in Your Hometown with Larry Swenson is a program filled with music, high energy, culture and movement! It combines lively international children’s songs with cultural information, and a message of respect, tolerance and understanding of people who might look, dress or think differently.
Wednesday, May 18 at 4 p.m. in Ada Library
Monday, May 23 at 6 p.m. in Moorhead Library
Tuesday, May 24 at 6 p.m. in McIntosh Library
In the summertime, Larry works at Fair Hills Resort on Pelican Lake by Detroit Lakes as the musical director, and is in charge of the recreation and entertainment programs for the guests. He started working there as a junior in high school back in 1970, and has been working summers there on and off since then.
Swenson grew up on a small farm south of Lake Park, and now spends his life as a “Road Warrior” living between Mexico City, Mexico, and Minnesota. In 1996 Larry founded Noel International, a training and consulting organization doing team building, cross cultural training, music, and other types of fun programs for people of all ages…from 6 years old up to corporate executives.
Oral historian for the past 30 years, Minnesota author Barbara Sommer will cover the steps involved in carrying out an oral history project.
Learn to preserve your family, community or organizational history from a Minnesota history and oral history expert!
Free, but you must pre-register.
Call 218-233-3757 x120 by May 4 to register for a workshop. (Includes box lunch.)
Monday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Moorhead Library
Tuesday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Crookston Library
Wednesday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Detroit Lakes Library
Barbara W. Sommer, a Minnesota native and an oral historian for thirty years, has spent her career in the field of public history. She has served as historical organization director and director or co-director for numerous oral history projects, has led oral history workshops, and has presented at state, regional, and national, and international conferences. She is a founder of the Oral History Association of Minnesota and the Nebraska Foundation for the Preservation of Oral History and is a long-time member of the Oral History Association where she serves as the liaison to the American Association for State and Local History. Sommer has taught oral history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Sommer holds a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College and a master’s degree in history from the University of Minnesota.
Learn how folk, country, jazz, blues, gospel, classical and other types of music led to the creation of various popular songs today.
Singer-songwriter Zachary Scot Johnson captivates listeners with the lush emotional landscape of his acoustic fusion music. He blends blues and folk, alt-country and pop, and rock-n-roll, creating his signature sound, a distinctive musical flavor unlike any other. Yet it is absolutely accessible and there is nothing cloying or artificial here; only genuine emotions, real impact, heart-on-sleeve emotional honesty. All driven by remarkable talent.
Not an ounce of Johnsons spirit escapes being funneled into his music. He holds himself to high standards. He has recognized in the world of music that the greats are all those who felt music with every fiber of their being and paid music back by putting every part of themselves into the creation of more music. “People whose entire body and being go into a performance inspire me,” he says. “People who have the guts to go out there every night and lay it all out there for the audience to take…they influence me.”
Monday, May 2
4 p.m. – Fertile Library
7 p.m. – Climax Library
Tuesday, May 3
11 a.m. – Crookston Library
4 p.m. – McIntosh Library
6:30 p.m. – Mahnomen Library
Wednesday, May 4
11 a.m. – Bagley Library
4 p.m. – Detroit Lakes Library
6:30 p.m. – Hawley Library
Thursday, May 5
4 p.m. – Barnesville Library
7 p.m. – Breckenridge Library
Friday, May 6
11 a.m. – Ada Library
4 p.m. – Fosston Library
To learn more, visit Zachary Scot Johnson’s website.
These events are free and open to all.
Pomme de Terre, released by North Star Press 2010, tells the story of Serena and Gust Gustafson, a young couple who move to western Minnesota after losing everything in the Sioux Uprising. Though it is supposed to be over, they live in constant danger from renegade raids. It continues the story of Birdie and Ragna Larson, little girls kidnapped by the Sioux during the uprising. It also tells the story of Drumbeater, a Sioux brave, who rescues Birdie and Ragna to honor his uncle’s life and death friend.
Meet Candace Simar!
Mon., May 2 at 7 p.m.-Moorhead Library
Tues., May 3 at 7 p.m.-Ada Library
Mon., May 16 at 6:30 p.m.-Breckenridge Library
Tues., May 17 at 6:30 p.m.-Barnesville Library
Wed., May 18 at 6:30 p.m.-Hawley Library
Candace Simar is a writer and poet from Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, in the heart of Lake Country. As a life-long Minnesotan, the grandchild of immigrants, Candace nurtures a passion for Minnesota History.
To learn more, visit Candace Simar’s website.
These events are free and open to all.
Comedian Scott Novotny is often compared to Red Skelton and Robin Williams! He loves what he does and prides himself on keeping his shows clean and family-friendly. Take in one of Novotny’s comedic routines or attend a comedy writing workshop at one of the library locations near you!
To learn more about Scott Novotny, visit his website.
Tuesday, April 26 2:30 p.m.-Writing Workshop in Mahnomen Library
Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m.-Stand-Up Comedy in Detroit Lakes Library
Wednesday, April 27 at 2 p.m.-Writing Workshop in McIntosh Library
Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m.-Stand-up Comedy in Fosston Community Library and Arts Center Theatre
Thursday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m.-Writing Workshop in Hawley Library
Thursday, April 28 at 2 p.m.-Writing Workshop in Barnesville Library
Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m.-Stand-Up Comedy in Breckenridge Library
These events are free and open to all.
Lake Agassiz Regional Library is sponsoring a two-day residency April 11 and April 12 in creating a mobile with the residents at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile.
A public presentation and dedication of the mobile will be held on Friday, April 15 at 9 a.m. at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home located at 300 Garfield Avenue SE. This event is free and open to the public.
This program is supported in part or in whole with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.
Hoena’s workshop will take characters of the participant’s creation and develop a funny, bizarre, or scary situation to place them into. Create a one-page comic while learning the important elements of creating comics, such as storyboarding, dialogue and sound effects. BANG!
Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at Moorhead Library
Thursday, April 21 at 6:15 p.m. at Ada Library
To learn more about Blake Hoena visit his website.
This event is free and open to all.
There’s almost no truth to the rumor that the members of the Minnesota Crime Wave met because they have the same parole officer…The Minnesota Crime Wave consists of mystery writers Carl Brookins, Ellen Hart and William Kent Krueger. Learn their tips and tricks to writing mystery novels and about publishing their work.
Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. Ada Library
Wednesday, April 13 at 1 p.m. Barnesville Library
Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. Hawley Library
Thursday, April 14 at 2 p.m. Breckenridge Library
Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. Moorhead Library
These events are FREE and open to the public.
Programming is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.
Doug Hoverson, author of Land of Amber Waters: the History of Brewing in Minnesota is associate editor of American Breweriana Journal, an award-winning homebrewer, and a certified beer judge.
Learn about the Minnesota beer industry, discover the cultural influences on the beer industry. Hoverson will share how small town breweries gave way to big, corporate breweries and how small breweries are making a comeback.
Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m.-Fosston Community Library and Arts Theatre
Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m.-Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom in Detroit Lakes
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Learn to live your life backwards! Master storyteller and author of coffee table classic Grandy’s Quilt: A Gift For All Seasons, Reneé shares lessons in history, culture and the art of quiltmaking. ‘Life’s Your Legacy’ is about taking risks, using and sharing your unique gifts, laughing at yourself, celebrating the wisdom of aging and living a life of contentment and abundant joy.
Join us for one of Reneé’s amazing and FREE presentations. You won’t regret it!
Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at Breckenridge High School
Monday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at Ada-Borup High School
Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at Fosston Library Theatre
Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at Detroit Lakes Library
Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at Moorhead Library
Crookston native and International Spokesperson for the ‘Pay It Forward’ program, Reneé Rongen is a wise and witty mom, award winning entrepreneur, author and friend to many. From board rooms to 5th grade class rooms to packing convention centers, she is the International Speaker who has inspired thousands of individuals to “Live Life From the Inside Out.” To learn more, visit Reneé Rongen’s website.
This event is free and open to all. A recent program attendee described Reneé as a combination of “Oprah, Lilli Tomlin and Mother Teresa.” You’ll beg her to stop, but yearn for more. It’s that side ache pain that’s good for the soul.