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From Idea to Book with Minnesota Author John Coy March 16 & 17!

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John Coy
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Two Old Potatoes

Join Minnesota author John Coy to learn how to turn an idea into a finished book! John will share necessary steps in the writing and publishing process for both picture books and chapter books and show examples of his work.

These are all-ages presentations and John will be more than happy to answer questions about writing.

Wednesday, March 16 at 5 p.m. in McIntosh Library

Thursday, March 17 at 6 p.m. in Mahnomen Library

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John Coy is the author of the picture books Night Driving, Strong to the Hoop, Vroomaloom Zoom, Two Old Potatoes and Me, and Around the World.

John is a member of the NBA Reading All-Star Team as part of the Read to Achieve program. Crackback, his first young adult novel, is about high school football and his second, Box Out, is about high school basketball.

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Eyes on the Goal

He is working on a middle-grade series and the first two books, Top of the Order and Eyes on the Goal, are now out. He lives in Minneapolis and visits schools nationally and internationally.

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Free Genealogy Series at Hawley Library

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.

Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors Online
Tuesday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Join us as Rick tells us why unreliable family traditions, language barriers and name changes often make it hard to trace immigrant origins. Thanks to online records, it’s now easier than ever before to identify when your ancestors immigrated and where they were born.

Genealogical Resources of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County with Mark Peihl
Tuesday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Learn about the many resources available locally including school census records, city directories, land records, tax records and WWI Alien Registration Forms.

Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest @ Your Library
Tuesday, November 16 at 6:30 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!

Genealogy Hacks: Tricks to Crack the Top Genealogy Web Sites
Tuesday, November 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Rick Crume will get you out of your genealogy search rut! Finally find your ancestors with by learning these clever “hacks.”

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

I Love the Library Family Program with Jack Pearson December 1 & 2!

Join musician and storyteller Jack Pearson on December 1 & 2 for his foot-stomping, gotta-get-up-and-dance ‘I Love the Library’ program!

The sheer joy of settling down with a good book shines through this very special family program filled with tunes and tales!

Headstart Partnership Programs (Geared toward Headstart students, open to the public)

Monday, November 29 at 1 p.m. — McIntosh Library (McIntosh Community Center)

Monday, November 29 at 5 p.m. — Fosston Library

Wednesday, December 1 at 10 a.m. — Breckenridge Elementary Small Gym (810 Beede Ave.)

Thursday, December 2 at 1:30 p.m. — Detroit Lakes Library

Public “I Love the Library!” Programs

Wednesday, December 1 at 2 p.m. in Breckenridge Library

Wednesday, December 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Rothsay LINK Site

Thursday, December 2 at 5 p.m. in Moorhead Library

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Jack Pearson Bio:
Hi! I’m Jack Pearson. As long as I can remember I’ve been in love with the meaning of things. I’ve been busy delivering music/story experiences of imagination, spirit, folklore and history full-time for thirty years now. I play guitar, fiddle, 5-string banjo, mandolin, dobro and an assortment of small percussion instruments including my one-and-only amplified toy box lid. I’m a songwriter with one foot in our American folk tradition but the other joyfully lost in the landscape of imagination. I weave music with stories original and traditional and perform for kids, grown-ups and family groups in the Upper Midwest and around the country. I work often with K-6 kids in schools both as a performer and resident artist. I also work closely with churches and faith-based groups helping facilitate worship or doing a concert for the kids or families. Summer finds me as musician-in-residence at Mount Hermon Conference Center near Santa Cruz, California, but I live way up on the upper Mississippi in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I make good pancakes, love to read, and wear suspenders a lot. I’ve been married for over thirty years to Nancy and we have two cool kids: Peter and Kari.

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

MN Author Expo Continues! 'Stir Up a Story' with Ron Gamer December 8 & 9!

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Ron Gamer

The Lake Agassiz Regional Library Minnesota Author Expo, “7 Authors in 7 Months” continues December 8 & 9
with Ron Gamer!

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Writing Workshop- “Alternative Publishing Paths”

Wednesday, December 8 at 1 p.m. in Gonvick LINK Site
Thursday, December 9 at 4 p.m. in Frazee LINK Site

There are many paths that lead to the same destination and this applies to writers who aspire to see their work in print. Discover the pros and cons of several 21st century alternatives to the traditional publishing process.

Author Presentation- Reluctant Young Readers”

Wednesday, December 8 at 5 p.m. in Bagley Library
Thursday, December 9 at 7 p.m. in Cormorant LINK Site

Do you have adolescents who’d rather be out and about on a snowmobile or ATV than perusing the printed page?  Pack them up and motor on down to hear the author share and discuss his north woods outdoor adventure series! Book signing to follow.

Books
The Chance Series:
“Hidden Chance: Secrets of the Hermit’s Hideaway” Adventure Publications, 2007
“Wild Chance: Whitewater Awakening” Adventure Publications, Fall 2005
“Winter Chance: Walking in Wolf Tracks” Adventure Publications, 2003
“One Last Chance: Trapped by a Blowdown” Re-edit release, Adventure Publications, 2007

Ron Gamer Author Bio
“Semi-retired” after thirty-five years in the classroom, Ron has pooled his love of the outdoors, a zeal for the written word, and his understanding of students into an adventure series targeted toward adolescents. Set in Minnesota’s famed BWCWA, the “Travis and Seth” Trilogy was written with a specific objective—the use of universally taught writing skills to create stories of interest for an adolescent audience—including the reluctant readers.

Awards
In 2003, “One Last Chance” was the recipient of a Minnesota Intellectual Property Lawyers Assn. award for contribution to the intellectual community of Minnesota.

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.

Pearl Harbor Program with Steve Hoffbeck at Holmes Theatre December 7

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Dr. Steve Hoffbeck

Join MSUM professor of history Dr. Steve Hoffbeck on Tuesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes as he shares the Minnesotan response and contribution to the war including the sending of soldiers to the battlefronts, enduring shortages and rationing of vital WWII materials like gasoline and sugar.

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More than 300,000 Minnesota men and women went off to WWII:
•6,000 of them perished in combat
•400 died in prison camps
•500 were MIA

Hoffbeck’s father served in the U.S. Navy during the war and survived kamikaze attacks in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.  Learn about this and other stories of Minnesotans.

Dr. Steve Hoffbeck specializes in the regional history of the Upper Midwest. Hoffbeck has written about topics such as the history of aviation, baseball, street pavements, and fishing.  A book that he wrote about farming in Minnesota, entitled “The Haymakers: A Chronicle of Five Farm Families,” won a Minnesota Book Award in 2001.  “The Haymakers” has become a book beloved by its readers for its insights into the trials and joys of farming.

Hoffbeck’s second book, “Swinging For The Fences: Black Baseball in Minnesota,” won the Sporting News/SABR Baseball Research Award for 2005.  Both a chronicle of forgotten baseball teams and a repository of crisp baseball biographies,” Swinging For The Fences” traces the stories of sixteen ballplayers over the last 150 years.  Hoffbeck and a team of writers told the stories of black athletes who tried to overcome the “color line” or their own weaknesses to find fulfillment on the baseball diamonds of Minnesota.  Both books were published by Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Programming is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and the Minnesota Historical Society’s ‘Minnesota’s Greatest Generation’ program and supported in part or in whole with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.

Free Genealogy Series at Detroit Lakes Library

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 for a free genealogy series beginning next Monday at Detroit Lakes 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.

10 Best New Web Tools of the Past 10 Years with Rick Crume

Monday, November 15 from 6-8 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!

10 Space-Saving Tips for Organizing Genealogy Research with Rick Crume

Monday, November 22 from 6-8 p.m.

Most genealogists face the same predicament: How do we stay organized while printed census records, research notes and family tree charts pile up, but our space to store them remains limited? These ten space-saving tips will help you get organized and make the best use of your available space.

Genealogy Hacks: Tricks to Crack the Top Genealogy Web Sites with Rick Crume

Monday, November 29 from 6-8 p.m.
POSTPONED
(Rescheduled for Wednesday, December 8 from 6-8 p.m.)

If you regularly return to the same Web sites and repeat the same old searches without finding much, it’s time to give your search an overhaul. Get out of that rut—and finally find your ancestors—with these “hacks” for effectively mining the Internet’s most-frequented family history stops.

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

This series is offered in partnership with the Heart-O-Lakes Genealogical Society. All classes are free, but kindly pre-register by calling the Detroit Lakes Library at 218-847-2168.

MN Author Expo Continues November 17 & 18 with Catherine Thimmesh in Fertile and Twin Valley

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Writing for Children (for older teens and adults)
A workshop for aspiring authors on the ins and outs of creating and selling a manuscript for the children’s book market. Bring the first page of a manuscript-in-process for feedback from the author.

Wednesday, November 17 at 7 p.m. in Fertile Library

Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m. in Twin Valley LINK Site (Senior Center)

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Catherine Thimmesh is the Sibert Medal-winning author of “Team Moon.” Her newest book, “Lucy Long Ago,” explores the scientific sleuthing that surrounded the famous fossil hominid, Lucy—a key clue in the search for human ancestors. “Madam President,” a New York Times notable book, was recently updated to reflect recent advances for women in politics, including Hillary Clinton’s historic run for the presidency. Catherine’s previous books, “Girls Think of Everything” and “The Sky’s the Limit,” have been translated into Korean and Chinese. “Girls Think of Everything” won the 2001 IRA Children’s Book Award, was a Children’s Book of the Month Best Nonfiction Book 2000, a Minnesota Book Award finalist, and a Smithsonian Notable Book 2000 (amongst other honors). The Sky’s the Limit  won the Minnesota Book Award in 2002, was a Smithsonian Notable Book 2002, and an Outstanding Science and Social Studies Trade Book for Children 2002. The author lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota with her husband and two children.

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.

FREE Minneapolis Guitar Quartet Concerts November 12 and 13

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Back by popular demand, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will perform four FREE concerts November 12 and 13. All Minneapolis Guitar Quartet concerts are open to the public. Their performance schedule is as follows (click the links to view, email or print the event poster):

Friday, November 12 at 11 a.m. in Cornerstone Residence Bagley (30 Sunset Ave. SW)

Friday, November 12 at 3 p.m. in Mahnomen Library

Saturday, November 13 at 2 p.m. in Moorhead Library

Saturday, November 13 at 7 p.m. in Rothsay Community Center

With the passion, style, and musical sophistication borrowing from the best chamber music and string quartet traditions, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has successfully made its case as one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles since its founding in 1986. “Flawless, musical and witty” (Classical Guitar Magazine, England), the MGQ has performed throughout the United States both in recital and with orchestra, balancing a dizzying array of first-rate repertoire ranging from Renaissance and Baroque to Spanish, Latin American and Romantic, to highly imaginative existing and newly commissioned contemporary works.

Maria Kalaniemi Two Finnish Pieces (Hermannin Riili, 3:07)

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

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.