Lonnie Dupre, Arctic Explorer

DCIM100GOPROLake Agassiz Regional Library is pleased to announce that Lonnie Dupre, arctic explorer and environmental advocate, will present at various LARL branch city venues on February 9, 10, & 11, 2015.

The Grand Marais, Minnesota native Dupre is a veteran arctic explorer and is currently on an expedition to climb Alaska’s Mount McKinley—also called Denali—which is 20,237 feet high. Dupre started his climb on December 19, 2014 after flying from Talkeetna, Alaska, to a glacier at about 7,200 feet high. Real-time footage, pictures, and blog entries of this expedition can be found on Dupre’s website,

Just weeks following Dupre’s descent from Denali, he will return to Minnesota and present at four northwestern Minnesota cities, hosted by branches of Lake Agassiz Regional Library. Detroit Lakes will be Dupre’s first stop on Monday, February 9, where he will present at the Historic Holmes Theatre at 7 p.m. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Dupre will also visit the Detroit Lakes Middle School and Holy Rosary Catholic School earlier that day.

Lonnie Dupre2On Tuesday, February 10, Dupre will present at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church (basement) in Mahnomen and again at 1:30 p.m. at the Fosston Library Theatre. Durpre’s final stop will be at Bagley High School on Wednesday, February 11 at 9:00 a.m. All presentations are open to the public with free admission, sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.

In addition to discussing his recent Denali climb, Dupre will share stories of his arctic adventures, having traveled over 15,000 miles throughout high arctic and polar regions. He will also discuss global warming and his role in environmental activism. Dupre has authored two books, “Life on Ice: 25 Years of Arctic Exploration,” and “Greenland Expedition: Where Ice is Born,” helped create two documentaries for National Geographic, and was featured in appearances on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in addition to an array of prominent media outlets.

(Photos courtesy of the presenter.)


This MN Legacy program is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library, and supported in part or whole with money from The Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.


LARL Announces Winter Used Book Sale: January 29-31

Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) will host a used book sale in the lower level of the Moorhead Library, 118 5th St. S., on Thursday, January 29 through Saturday, January 31.

Hundreds of materials will be available for purchase including many adult fiction and nonfiction books, periodicals, audiovisual items, and children’s materials.

Customers may fill a bag with items for five dollars. Proceeds of the sale will be used to support the Lake Agassiz Regional Library collection.

Book sale hours will be: Thursday (1/29) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday (1/30) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday (1/31) 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights Winter Reading Program Begins in January 2015

Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) invites you to snuggle up with a good book this winter and participate in Hot Reads for Cold Nights, a winter reading program for adults. Read (or listen to) four books, audiobooks, eBooks, or eAudiobooks for a chance to win “hot” prizes.

To participate, simply pick up an official entry form at your local LARL location or click here to complete an entry from online for your chance to win. The program will begin on Friday, January 2 and run throughout January, February, and March 2015. You can participate at any of Lake Agassiz Regional Library’s 22 locations.

Food for Fines January Amnesty at LARL!

Bring your overdue library material back to any Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) branch or LINK Site with an unexpired, non-perishable food item and we’ll erase your late fee during the month of January 2015.

Library customers are encouraged to return overdue library materials (books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and Books on CD) and pay overdue fines with donation of non-perishable, unexpired food items that will be gifted to local food banks throughout our Northwest Minnesota region.

LARL will accept “Food for Fines” at all of its 22 locations throughout the month of January during open hours. (All LARL locations will be closed on January 1, New Year’s Day and January 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.)

Support this worthwhile effort regardless of whether or not you have a fine. It is a wonderful opportunity to help those in need and celebrate the many services provided by Lake Agassiz Regional Library. Any donation of unexpired, non-perishable food is welcomed. One non-perishable food item=$2 fine waived. (Not valid for lost items or replacement charges.)

Moorhead Public Library to Reinstate Hours of Operation

On Monday, December 8, 2014 the Moorhead City Council voted to support an additional $20,000 in funding to reinstate some operating hours at the Moorhead Public Library.

Due to a budgetary shortfall, the Moorhead Public Library cut some personnel and hours of operation in early 2014, closing on Sundays and cutting open hours on weekdays. Beginning January 2, 2015 the Moorhead Public Library will reinstate eight hours of operation, allowing patrons to access library services and materials earlier in the day and later on into the evening throughout the most of the week.

“This is great news for residents of Moorhead.  Extending our hours Monday through Thursday will allow greater access to our meeting spaces and in-house resources,” said Megan Krueger, Director of the Moorhead Public Library. “We will also be able to host programs during times that are more convenient.  Community organizations, families, and individuals alike will all benefit from this. Library staff could not be happier.”

All Lake Agassiz Regional Library locations, including the Regional Office, will be closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015, New Year’s Day. Beginning January 2, the Moorhead’s new open hours will be: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Moorhead Public Library will remain closed on Sundays.

Happy Holidays from LARL!

Fosston Library Book TreeCelebrate the season at a LARL branch library near you!

Stop by any of the following Holiday Events or Library Open Houses and join us for festive music, wonderful treats, and good company. We would like to thank all of the patrons and communities in the entire LARL region for your continued support and patronage of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.

Happy Holidays!


Holiday Events & Library Open Houses


Looking for more? Check out our full Calendar of Events and our handy list of Holiday Hours & Closings.


LARL Closed November 11, Veterans Day

All Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) branches and LINK sites, including the Regional Office in Moorhead, will be closed on Tuesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Regular library hours will resume Wednesday, November 12.

Irish Mystery & Music with Author Erin Hart and Musician Paddy O’Brien

irish comboDon’t miss this unique and fascinating program full of Irish mystery and music, presented by the accomplished and creative husband and wife team of Erin Hart and Paddy O’Brien.

Erin is author of the “Nora Gavin” mystery series, an award-winning series of literary crime novels set in the bogs of Ireland. Paddy, named Ireland’s Traditional Composer of the Year in 2013, plays amazing Irish traditional music on a two-row button accordion; and is the author of “The Road From Castlebranach,” a memoir about growing up in rural Ireland in the 1950s and 1960s.

Learn about Ireland’s history and folklore! Free admission and open to the public:

6:30 p.m.  November 3 – Detroit Lakes Public Library
6:30 p.m.  November 4 – Moorhead Public Library

This MN Legacy program is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library, and supported in part or whole with money from The Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.