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Pete Hautman, Young Adult Author, March 21 & 22

Pete Hautman, Young Adult Author

“Back in the mid-1990s I wrote a time travel mystery called Mr. Was. The main character, for most of the story, was a teenager. When I showed the manuscript to a friend, he said, ‘This is a Young Adult novel.'”

“Oh,” said I. “That’s kind of a stupid name for teen books.”

And then I started thinking about the books I read as a teenager, and how much they had mattered to me, and how vividly I still remembered many of them–both the good and the bad. And then I started remembering other things about being a teenager, and the ideas started coming.

So here I am years later with a dozen YA books, and more to come, and you know what? I still think “Young Adult” is a stupid name for the kind of books I write.

Hautman’s presentation will be about the genre, his process and his works.

Aspiring teen and adult writers encouraged to attend!

Print and share the Pete Hautman, Young Adult Author Event Poster!

Pete Hautman is nominated for a MN Book Award for his 2011 book, The Big Crunch.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21
1 p.m. – Ada Library
4 p.m. – Moorhead Library
7 p.m. – Hawley Library

THURSDAY, MARCH 22
10:30 a.m. – Crookston Library
1:30 p.m. – Climax Library
4 p.m. – Hendrum LINK Site

These events are free and open to all.

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

Anna Dee Olson, Growing Up Amish March 13-15

Anna Dee Olson

An inspirational speaker and author, Olson spent the first 24 years of her life living in an Amish community. She’s seen the best and worst of Amish culture and modern American life, and uses what she has learned to live a more fulfilling life today.

Olson’s motto is : “True forgiveness is a choice we all have.”

She strongly believes in helping people through volunteering, sharing her experiences and inspiring others to understand the secretive life of the Amish culture.

Read Olson’s book, Growing Up Amish, and attend one of her presentations!

Print and share the Anna Dee Olson, Growing Up Amish Event Poster!

TUESDAY, MARCH 13
10 a.m. – Halstad Living Center
2 p.m. – Moorhead Library
7 p.m. – Breckenridge Library

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14
10:30 a.m. – Mahnomen Library
2 p.m. – Bagley Library
7 p.m. – Detroit Lakes Library

THURSDAY, MARCH 15
10:30 a.m.  – Cormorant LINK Site
2 p.m. – Frazee LINK Site
5 p.m. – Barnesville Library

These events are free and open to all.

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

8th Street String Quartet & Soloist Ben Sung March 7-10

8th Street String Quartet

The 8th Street String Quartet performances include a repertoire of classical selections. Solo performances by FM Symphony Concertmaster, Ben Sung, include classical selections and discussions of the violin and its history.

All presenters are musicians with the FM Symphony. Each member of the quartet will share their gift of music with all ages.

Take in a free classical music presentation with your friends and family!

Print and share the 8th Street String Quartet Event Poster!

8th Street String Quartet (without Ben Sung)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7

7 p.m. – Fertile Library

THURSDAY, MARCH 8
6 p.m. – Gonvick LINK Site

Solo Presentation by Concertmaster Ben Sung (without 8th Street String Quartet)
FRIDAY, MARCH 9
6:30 p.m.  – Shelly LINK Site

SATURDAY, MARCH 10
10:30 a.m.  – Mahnomen Library
2 p.m. – Twin Valley LINK Site

These events are free and open to all.

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

Julie Kramer, Mystery Writer February 22 & 23

Julie Kramer, Mystery Writer

Julie Kramer reinvented herself from journalist to novelist. She writes a mystery series set in the desperate world of television news – a world she knows well from her career as a freelance news producer for NBC and CBS. She also ran the WCCO I-Team in Minneapolis, where she won numerous national investigative awards. Her thrillers take readers inside how newsrooms make decisions amid chaos.

An avid reader, she tired of fictional TV reporters always being portrayed as obnoxious, secondary characters who could be killed off whenever the plot started dragging. Her series features reporter Riley Spartz as the heroine.

Learn about Julie’s creative process and visit with her about her mystery series!

Read Stalking Susan, book one in Kramer’s mystery series.

Print and Share the Julie Kramer Event Poster!

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22:
7 p.m. – Fertile Library

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23:
4 p.m. – Ada Library
7 p.m. Climax Library

These events are free and open to all.

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

Sugar Rush, Red River Valley Sugarbeet Industry History February 14 & 15

Niagra Ground Driven Duster

Allan Dragseth and Roger Odegaard are third generation sugarbeet farmers. Together they co-founded the Red River Sugarbeet Museum in Crookston. Allan is the current president and Roger is the vice president. They both had exhaustive collections of memorabilia related to both sugarbeet farming and sugarbeet industry in the Red River Valley, much of which they have donated to the museum. They have acquired many antique and vintage pieces of equipment for the Sugarbeet Museum, and much of it has been restored. In addition, Allan has collected old movies  featuring sugarbeet harvests from the last fifty years and has converted most of them to narrated DVDs for public viewing.

Learn more about our region’s sugarbeet industry history through stories, pictures and video clips with Allan and Roger!

Print and Share the Sugar Rush Event Poster!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14:
10:30 a.m. – Crookston Library
1:30 p.m. – Twin Valley LINK Site
7 p.m. – Lake Park LINK Site

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
10:30 a.m. – Breckenridge Library
1:00 p.m. – Moorhead Library
6:00 p.m. – Halstad Living Center

These events are free and open to all.

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

Skålmusik, Traditional Scandinavian Music February 10 & 11

Founded in 1990, Skålmusik (pronounced Skoalmusik) of Brainerd, Minnesota is a five piece ensemble that performs traditional Scandinavian and Scandinavian/American dance and vocal music. Native Midwesterners often remark that Skålmusik really know how to “put the ‘yump'” in their tunes! They have toured widely in the Midwest and beyond, playing at a variety of events including ethnic festivals, community celebrations, state fairs, and, of course, old time dances.

Print and Share the Skålmusik Event Poster!

Friday, February 10
10:00 a.m. – Climax Community Center
2:00 p.m. – Fertile Library
6:30 p.m. – Shelly LINK Site

Saturday, February 11
10:30 a.m. – Mahnomen Library
1:00 p.m. – Ada Library
7:00 p.m. – Rothsay Community Center

These events are free and open to all.

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

James Wedgwood, Comic Ventriloquist January 24-26

James Wedgwood, Comic Ventriloquist

Like a one-man variety show, James makes virtually everything talk – from wooden “associates” to purses, bottles and even audience members. This and much more are all part of the fun!

Print and Share the James Wedgwood Event Poster!

Tuesday, January 24:
10:00 a.m. – Moorhead Library
2:00 p.m. – Rothsay Community Center
7:00 p.m. – Breckenridge Library

Wednesday, January 25:
11:30 a.m. – Detroit Lakes Library
4:00 p.m. – Cormorant LINK Site
7:00 p.m. – Barnesville Library

Thursday, January 26:
10:30 a.m. – Hawley Library
4:00 p.m. – Hendrum LINK Site
7:00 p.m. – Climax Library

These events are free and open to all.

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

Chris Ward, Harpist/Vocalist January 17-18

Chris Ward, Harpist/Vocalist

Minnesota harp player and vocalist Chris Ward has appeared in numerous movies and television programs. Chris has appeared at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Eisteddfod in Wales, has performed for the Kings of Sweden and Norway and, most recently, for the Prime Minister of Iceland.

Print and Share the Chris Ward Event Poster!

Tuesday, January 17:
2:00 p.m. – Crookston Library
7:00 p.m. – Climax Library

Wednesday, January 18:
10:30 a.m. – Bagley Library
2:00 p.m. – McIntosh Library
7:00 p.m. – Fosston Library

These events are free and open to all.

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

Greg Breining, A Hard Water World January 10-12

Greg Breining

Breining draws on a lifetime of fishing and outdoor experience. He shares his hilarious take on venturing out on first ice, the small cities and lavish ice houses that sprout up on northern lakes, the sometimes controversial sport of ice spearing and odd-ball celebrations such as Walker’s Eelpout Festival. Breining wrote the book, A Hard Water World: Ice Fishing and Why We Do It.

Print and Share the Greg Breining Event Poster!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10:
4:00 p.m. at the Hawley Library
7:00 p.m. at the Moorhead Library

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11:
10:30 a.m. at the Ada Library
3:00 p.m. at the Mahnomen Library
6:30 p.m. at the Fertile Library

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12:
10:30 a.m. at the Barnesville Library
3:00 p.m. at the Frazee LINK Site
5:30 p.m. at the Lake Park LINK Site

These events are free and open to all.

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