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What Does Your Birth Record Reveal? FREE Genealogy Series @ Ada Library Begins October 7!

Speaker, writer and genealogist Rick Crume began researching his family history at the age of 14.

His quest yielded answers.

“A brother of my ancestor was last recorded in the 1880 census. For years, I wasn’t able to find any record of him-it was like he vanished!” shared Crume. “When newspaper records went online, I found him again! He could be traced from Minnesota to California to Central and then finally to South America,” Crume continued. “Turned out he had married four times…without necessarily divorcing the previous spouse. He was on the run and made big headlines!” he added.

Join Rick Crume along with the Norman County Genealogical Society for a free genealogy series beginning Thursday, October 7 at Ada Library to learn more about yourself and your family’s past.

“There’s a very good chance that genealogy websites like Ancestry and HeritageQuest have information on your family, but finding information on your ancestors can be hit or miss. In these presentations, you’ll learn tips and tricks to save time and search these sites effectively,” Crume concluded.

Beginner’s Guide to Online Genealogy with Rick Crume

Thursday, October 7 at 7 p.m.

Rick will guide you through the best online destinations for beginning genealogists.

Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest @ your Library with Rick Crume

Thursday, October 14 at 7 p.m.

Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest bring the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resources to your library. Unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

Finding German Immigrant Ancestors with Rick Crume

Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m.

Tracing your German ancestry is challenging-name changes, foreign language records and more. You needn’t be intimidated by German genealogy-Rick is here to help!

Resources of the Norman County Genealogical Society

Thursday, October 28 at 7 p.m.

Learn about the many resources available locally including census records, city directories, land records, tax records, World War I Alien Registration forms and much more.

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

MN Author Expo Kicks-Off 10.27 & 28 with William Durbin in Crookston & Climax

william durbin 150x150 MN Author Expo Kicks Off 10.27 & 28 with William Durbin in Crookston & Climax The Lake Agassiz Regional Library Minnesota Author Expo, “7 Authors in 7 Months” kicks off October 27 & 28 with William Durbin!

Discuss the research, writing and publishing process with author William Durbin. Learn how to start a story with a “Bang!” to immediately engage readers and create realistic, compelling characters.

Wednesday, October 27 in Crookston Library
5 p.m.-Writing Workshop
6 p.m.-Author Presentation

Thursday, October 28 at 7 p.m. in Climax Library

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November Author: Catherine Thimmesh
December Author: Ron Gamer
January Author: Will Weaver
February Author: Patricia Cumbie
March Author: John Coy
April Author: Blake Hoena

Carpool to meet them all! (Visit www.larl.org for details about dates and locations.)

Programming is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part or in whole with money from the Minnesota Arts Cultural Fund.

“The Making of the Slave Class” Book Talk with Local Author Jerry Carrier 10.26 & 11.4

JerryCarrier “The Making of the  Slave Class” Book Talk with Local Author Jerry Carrier 10.26 & 11.4Join local author and Mahnomen City Administrator Jerry Carrier as he discusses the American class culture and the debilitating consequences that make the American slave class. Carrier wrote the book, “The Making of the Slave Class.”

Tuesday, October 26 at 7 p.m. in Mahnomen Library

Thursday, November 4 at 7 p.m. in Moorhead Library

Click here to read a Barnes & Noble synopsis of Carrier’s book and read his biography.

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Autumn Leaves Quilting Workshops with Susan Stein October 25 through 28!

susanstein 1 150x150 Autumn Leaves Quilting Workshops with Susan Stein October 25 through 28!Quiltmaster and MN Textile Center instructor Susan Stein will present a set of four FREE contemporary quilting workshops October 25 through 28 in Lake Agassiz Regional Library!

Where traditional quilts are often created with function as a primary design element, contemporary quilting allows students to express themes and ideas in an artistic way, while building on the traditions of contemporary techniques focus on the art and aesthetics of a piece. Instead of letting pre-printed fabrics or repeating blocks guide the design, students will use surface design techniques to design and create their own custom blocks. The four contemporary quilting workshops will have a common theme of “Autumn Leaves”, but will each focus on a different surface design technique. A quilted wall hanging will be shown that incorporates all four projects and printed directions will given out to students so they can do the finishing at home. Students will make several sample pieces in each class and can choose a favorite for the wall hanging or use all of them together for an expanded project.

Monday, October 25 in Moorhead Library
(For Adults and Students 16+. Pre-registration required by calling 218-233-7594.)
9 a.m. to Noon- Image Transfer Techniques
1 to 4 p.m.- Gelatin/Monoprinting
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Tuesday, October 26 in Breckenridge Library
(For Adults and Students 16+. Pre-registration required by calling 218-643-2113.)
9 a.m. to Noon- Paintstiks on Fabric
1 to 4 p.m.- Dye-Na-Flow Paints
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Wednesday, October 27 in Shelly Senior Center
(For Adults and Students 16+. Pre-registration required by calling 218-886-7056.)
9 a.m. to Noon- Image Transfer Techniques
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Wednesday, October 27 in Halstad Cafe
(For Adults and Students 16+. Pre-registration required by calling 218-456-2162.)
(117 3rd St. W in Halstad)
2 to 5 p.m.- Gelatin/Monoprinting
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Thursday, October 28 in Fosston Library
(For Adults and Students 16+. Pre-registration required by calling 218-435-1320.)
9 a.m. to Noon- Paintstiks on Fabric
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Thursday, October 28 in Gonvick Community Center
(For Adults and Students 16+. Pre-registration required by calling 218-487-6220.)
2 to 5 p.m.- Dye-Na-Flow Paints
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Workshop Descriptions

Image Transfer Techniques- Use high and low tech methods to transfer photos onto fabric. Printing onto treated fabric, iron-on transfer printing, and transparency transfer will be covered so you can create a piece totally your own, whether it be home dec items, a quilt, or a garment. Instructor’s images will be used in class but you will be able to make your own photo transfer projects in the future using simple home or office equipment.

Gelatin/Monoprinting- Have fun making original prints on fabric using hard and soft surfaces for paint manipulation. Using readily available metallic fabric paint, beautiful prints can be made quickly, even two or three prints from the same set-up so you’ll have related designs to use for a project. This is a great technique for all ages.

Paintstiks on Fabric- These big “crayons” are great for making all kinds of designs on fabric using stencils, rubbings, and direct applications. The paint is permanent once it is dry and heat set and can be used for bold or very transparent effects. Matte and iridescent colors give you many options and a paintstik motif added to an already finished quilt has saved many a mediocre project.

Dye-na-Flow Paint- Sun printing (weather permitting), painting fusible web, and using resists are some of the methods we’ll do with Dye-na-Flow paint, a watercolor type fabric paint that looks like dye but is so much easier to use. You’ll splash and puddle on fabric for serendipitous results that will allow you to make your own fabric for any effect you want.

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

FREE Genealogy Series @ Barnesville Library Begins October 6!

Speaker, writer and genealogist Rick Crume began researching his family history at the age of 14. His quest yielded answers.

“A brother of my ancestor was last recorded in the 1880 census. For years, I wasn’t able to find any record of him-it was like he vanished!” shared Crume. “When newspaper records went online, I found him again! He could be traced from Minnesota to California to Central and then finally to South America,” Crume continued. “Turned out he had married four times…without necessarily divorcing the previous spouse. He was on the run and made big headlines!” he added.

Join Rick Crume along with Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County Archivist Mark Piehl for a free genealogy series beginning next Wednesday at Barnesville Library to learn more about yourself and your family’s past.

“There’s a very good chance that genealogy websites like Ancestry and HeritageQuest have information on your family, but finding information on your ancestors can be hit or miss. In these presentations, you’ll learn tips and tricks to save time and search these sites effectively,” Crume concluded.

The Family History Center Portal: Free Access to Top Genealogy Sites
Wednesday, October 6 at 5 p.m.
Rick Crume will guide you through genealogy’s best-kept secret!

Genealogy Hacks: Tricks to Crack the Top Genealogy Web Sites
Wednesday, October 13 at 5 p.m.
Rick Crume will get you out of your genealogy search rut! Finally find your ancestors with by learning these clever “hacks.”

Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest @ Your Library
Wednesday, October 20 at 5 p.m.
Rick Crume will show you the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resources are at your library! Unlock your family story by accessing census information, vital records, immigration records, legal docs, photos and more!

Genealogical Resources of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County with Mark Piehl
Wednesday, October 27 at 5 p.m.
Learn about the many resources available locally including school census records, city directories, land records, tax records and WWI Alien Registration Forms.

Sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part or in whole with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.

FREE Suitcase Science Workshop in Moorhead Library October 4!

suitcase FREE Suitcase Science Workshop in Moorhead Library October 4!All ages are invited to Moorhead Library on Monday, October 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. for a free Suitcase Science workshop presented by a team from the Science Museum of Minnesota. The workshop hopes to foster a connection between objects and community. Please pre-register by noon on Monday, October 4 by calling 218-233-7594.

Suitcase Science is a community-inspired theatre piece and exhibit that highlights many scientific disciplines: anthropology, geology, chemistry, sociology and material culture.

The workshop will involve creative exercises, games, and conversations designed to elicit stories through the use of objects. All participants will be asked to bring two objects that have meaning, significance, or value to him or her. Any type of object will work, and objects will be needed for workshop purposes only. We will not be collecting the objects, only the stories they inspire. We will be documenting the objects themselves with video and/or still photography.

The Science Museum of Minnesota’s team will utilize the community stories as inspiration to create the show and exhibit. We will not use any stories or video without consent, and we will respect anyone’s wish to remain anonymous.

smmbw FREE Suitcase Science Workshop in Moorhead Library October 4!All participants will receive free general Science Museum of Minnesota admission, and snacks and beverages will be provided during the workshop.

The exhibit component will have a presence in community centers, libraries, theaters, museums and senior centers throughout the state.

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




SuitcaseScience FREE Suitcase Science Workshop in Moorhead Library October 4!
Suitcase Science Workshop


Life's Your Legacy…LIVE IT! with Reneé Rongen in Crookston October 11

ReneeLogo Life's Your Legacy...LIVE IT! with Reneé Rongen in Crookston October 11Learn how to live your life backwards! Reneé shares legacy lifters in her masterfully told stories of life and the lessons learned along the way on Monday, October 11 at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium at the U of M in Crookston. Learn what is to be treasured in this lifetime and how to pass that on to future generations. 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.

Crookston native and 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.

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

Mentalist and Magician Robert Halbrook Reveals Dark Tales of Mystery and Intrigue for Teens October 4-7!

darktalesweb Mentalist and Magician Robert Halbrook Reveals Dark Tales of Mystery and Intrigue for Teens October 4 7!Watch antique relics transform before your eyes and learn some eerie connections between the lives and writings of Stephanie Meyer, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker and more! Experience interactive theatre at its best when illusionist and magician Robert Halbrook spins a web between authors and stories past and present. Halbrook will inspire you to pick up and read a classic to see if you can discover the same strange phenomena!

“I have found many fascinating associations between today’s popular writers and those of long ago…but you’ll have to come to the show to learn more,” remarked Halbrook. “For example, the Fox Sisters gained reputations as psychics far before Alison Dubois! Did you know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini were friends? They were! Join me for Dark Tales and I’ll share why their friendship ended,” added Halbrook.

Monday, October 4 at 7 p.m.-Crookston Library

Tuesday, October 5 at 7 p.m.-Fosston Library Theatre

Wednesday, October 6 at 7 p.m.-Detroit Lakes Library

Thursday, October 7 at 7 p.m.-Moorhead Library

These events are free and are geared toward teens 12 to 18 years old, but the show appeals to all ages.

“Reading made me an excellent magician and problem solver. The more I read, the better equipped I am to solve mysterious puzzles! Come to Dark Tales and learn how reading prepares you to solve mysteries great and small,” concluded Halbrook.

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

FREE Genealogy Series @ Moorhead Library Begins October 5!

Speaker, writer and genealogist Rick Crume began researching his family history at the age of 14. His quest yielded answers.

“A brother of my ancestor was last recorded in the 1880 census. For years, I wasn’t able to find any record of him-it was like he vanished!” shared Crume. “When newspaper records went online, I found him again! He could be traced from Minnesota to California to Central and then finally to South America,” Crume continued. “Turned out he had married four times…without necessarily divorcing the previous spouse. He was on the run and made big headlines!” he added.

Join Rick Crume along with Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County Archivist Mark Piehl for a free genealogy series beginning next Tuesday at Moorhead Library to learn more about yourself and your family’s past.

“There’s a very good chance that genealogy websites like Ancestry and HeritageQuest have information on your family, but finding information on your ancestors can be hit or miss. In these presentations, you’ll learn tips and tricks to save time and search these sites effectively,” Crume concluded.

Beginner’s Guide to Online Genealogy with Rick Crume
Tuesday, October 5 at 7 p.m.
With so many genealogy resources online it’s hard to know where to start. Rick will point you to the best online destinations for beginning genealogists.

From the Revolutionary War to Vietnam with Rick Crume

Tuesday, October 12 at 7 p.m.
Rick will point you to the best websites for U.S. military records, ranging from Revolutionary War pension files to World War II draft cards.

Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest @ your Library with Rick Crume
Tuesday, October 19 at 7 p.m.
Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest bring the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resources to your library. Unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

Genealogical Resources of the Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County

Tuesday, October 26 at 7 p.m.
Join Archivist Mark Peihl as he discusses some of the many genealogical resources available at the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County’s archives, including school census records, city directories, land records, tax records World War 1 Alien Registration forms and much more.

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

FREE Genealogy Series with Rick Crume @ Breckenridge Library Begins September 20!

AncestryLogo FREE Genealogy Series with Rick Crume @ Breckenridge Library Begins September 20!Join Genealogist, Writer and Speaker Rick Crume at Breckenridge Library to learn how to research your family history!

Rick Crume is a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine and he has also written for Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, Discovering Family History and the National Genealogical Society’s NewsMagazine. The author of “Plugging Into Your Past: How to Find Real Family History Records Online,” he specializes in online research, genealogy software and British genealogy. He also created the Genealogical Library Master Catalog, the largest union list of genealogical books, manuscripts and microfilms. Since he began researching his family history at age 14, Rick has traced his ancestry back to the 1600s and earlier in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany and the Netherlands.

All events are free!

Beginner’s Guide to Online Genealogy-Monday, September 20 at 7 p.m.
With so many genealogy resources online it’s hard to know where to start. Rick will point you to the best online destinations for beginning genealogists.

10 Best New Web Tools of the Past 10 Years-Monday, September 27 at 7 p.m.
The Internet has dramatically transformed genealogy over the past decade. Today genealogists rely on tools that weren’t even around ten years ago, but have already become indispensable. If you’re not taking advantage of these tools, it’s time to get with the program.

Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest @ Your Library-Monday, October 4 at 7 p.m.
Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest,the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resources are at your library! Unlock your family story by accessing census information, vital records, immigration records, legal docs, photos and more.

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