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Graphic Artist Jay B Jones March 30-April 1

Throughout March, Kids and Teens in Crookston and Gonvick Drew their favorite Marvel comic superhero. Join us as local artist Jay B. Jones Awards prizes to the Winners! Artist Jay B. Jones is a 2D and 3D artist working in Acrylic, Watercolor, Mixed Media and Pen & Ink as well as both welded and assembled sculpture. Stay after the Awards Ceremony to Hear how Jones “Made It” as a fine artist and how you can too!

Wednesday, March 30 at 6 p.m. in Crookston Library
Friday, April 1 at 3 p.m. in Clearbook-Gonvick High School
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Both of 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.


Faces of New America: An Exploration of American Identity March 14-16

Photographer and Filmmaker Jila Nikpay
Faces of New America

The Faces of New America exhibition will be explored as a basis for reflective/interactive activities and lively discussions about new immigrants and the American identity. The photographed have roots in Mexico, Russia, Somalia, Iraq and Tibet.

Activities include learning how to use the descriptive protocol to read a photographic portrait, creating “self-portraits” through drawing and/or writing (depending on the age of the participants) then, sharing their portraits with others and breaking into small groups to brainstorm about what comprises the American identity. Final discussions utilize concepts such as melting pot, mosaic, as well as words the participants invent to describe American identity from their own perspective.

Jila Nikpay explores the themes of cultural memory and belonging through photography and film, drawing from the experience of living between cultures. Her open ended visual language exists at the intersection of contemporary western practices and Iranian mystical poetry.

Faces of New America

Learn more about Jila Nikpay and the Faces of New America project by visiting her website.

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Be sure take part in these free presentations with Ms. Nikpay at the following locations:

Monday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Breckenridge Library

Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Mahnomen Library

Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Moorhead Library

All 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.

Between Two Worlds with Roxana Saberi March 29 in Detroit Lakes

Roxana Saberi
Between Two Worlds

Join us for a book talk and Q & A with journalist and author of Between Two Worlds, Roxana Saberi, hosted by Detroit Lakes Library!

Saberi, a native of Fargo, North Dakota, and a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, made international headlines when she was imprisoned for 100 days and falsely accused of espionage while working as a journalist in Iran in 2009.

Learn more about Roxana Saberi by visiting her website.

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Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m.
Historic Holmes Theatre, 826 Summit Ave, Detroit Lakes, MN

This event is 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.

Growing Up Amish with Anna Dee Olson Feb. 14 & 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 she 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 to help and inspire others, and to help the world understand the secretive life of the Amish culture.

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Monday, February 14
11 a.m.-Fertile Library
2 p.m.-McIntosh Library

Tuesday, February 15
1 p.m.-Crookston Library
3 p.m.-Shelly LINK Site

All 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.

February Felting Series at Moorhead Library

Felted Bird & Sushi Rolls

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Wild & Wooly-Saturday, February 5 from 1-4 p.m.
Youth ages 6 and up, join us for a felting adventure – wrangle some wool fiber into a fuzzy creature and felt paintings using your hands! Each student will leave with small finished pieces. Class will be taught by artist Lynn Cooper from the Textile Center of MN. No experience necessary. Ages 6-9 should be accompanied by an adult. Registration Required 233-7594.

Felted Bag Workshop-Saturday, February 12 from 1-3 p.m.
Owner of Pieces of String and fiber artist, Julie Slaby will demonstrate how to make a bag using felting techniques. Each participant will make their own bag during this two hour class. Ages 12 and up. Registration Required 233-7594.

Felted Jewelry-Saturday, February 19 from 1-4 p.m.
Join artist Lynn Cooper from the Textile Center of MN as she demonstrates the many different ways you can transform wool fibers and fabrics in to one of a kind accessories you can wear. Participants will make felted beads and learn to manipulate three dimensional shapes. No experience necessary. Each student will leave with several small finished pieces. Ages 12 and up. Registration Required 233-7594.

All 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.

Heart of the Writer Patricia Cumbie February 16 & 17

Patricia Cumbie

Whether you want to create fiction, or tell your own story, we’ll discover what it means to find your own voice, develop stories people can relate to, and find the courage to tell them.

Writing is the process of enacting a vision, and we all have experiences that are significant and valuable. Discover more about how to uncover and translate your own powerful stories into literature.

Patricia Cumbie’s writing has been published in many literary journals, and she was nominated for inclusion in the Best New American Voices anthology. She is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and was a finalist for the Rona Jaffe Award. Where People Like Us Live is her first novel. She lives in Minnesota.

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Wednesday, February 16 at Hawley Library
5 p.m.-Writer’s Workshop
7 p.m.-Author Presentation

Thursday, February 17 at Breckenridge Library
5 p.m.-Writer’s Workshop
7 p.m.-Author Presentation

All 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.

Mystery Author Erin Hart & Musician Paddy O'Brien March 14-16!

Erin Hart
Paddy O'Brien

Join award-winning False Mermaid mystery author Erin Hart to discuss the craft of writing. Paddy O’Brien will follow with traditional Irish music played on a button accordion.

Learn more about Erin Hart by visiting her website.

Learn more about Paddy O’Brien by visiting his website.

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CHANGE! Monday, March 14 at 2:30 p.m.
Ulen-Hitterdal School
Barry J. Houglum Auditorium
Ulen, Minnesota

Monday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m.-Moorhead Library

Tuesday, March 15 at 1 p.m.-Barnesville Library

Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.-Breckenridge Library

Wednesday, March 16 at 1 p.m.-Rothsay Community Center

Wednesday, March 16 at 4 p.m.-Hawley Library

Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m.
-Ada Library

All 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.

The Accidental Hero One-Man Play Feb. 22-24

The Accidental Hero
The Accidental Hero

The Accidental Hero is an astonishing, 90-minute, one-man play about history, the reality of war and the mystery of heroes.

Patrick Dewane tells the story of his grandfather, a man whose seemingly goofy CB radio-handle during the 1970s–”The Accidental Hero”–was really a clue to his incredible story as a WWII Czech-American soldier fighting in the forests of his family’s ancient homeland.

Dewane’s grandfather, Matt Konop, rarely talked about the war, but years after his death Dewane was handed a pile of typewritten pages that a family member had discovered in a box in a basement.

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Be sure to take in this play at one of the following locations:

Tuesday, February 22 at 7 p.m.
Gonvick LINK Site
(Community Center)

Wednesday, February 23 at 6 p.m.

Halstad Living Center

Thursday, February 24 at 7 p.m.
Twin Valley LINK Site
(Senior Living Center)

All events are FREE and open to the public.

This program was made possible by a partnership between Minnesota Regional Public Libraries and the Minnesota Historical Society.

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

Jim Haney & Friends Irish Music & History Tour

Jim Haney, Jr.

Jim Haney and Friends seek to illuminate Irish history and culture through five FREE Irish music concerts!

Jim is the frontman for Irish band Poitin (pah-CHEEN). Haney is joined by wife Bonnie
(vocals and bodhran) and Jason Thorstad, a Fargo music educator (Irish tenor banjo and Irish bouzouki).

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Thursday, February 3 at 7 p.m.
Frazee Event Center

Thursday, February 10 at 7 p.m.
Mahnomen Library

Thursday, February 24
3 p.m.-Bagley Senior Center (26 Main Ave., across street from Bagley Library)
7 p.m.-Fosston Library Theatre

Thursday, March 10 at 3 p.m.
Crookston Library

All 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.

Memoir Writing with Will Weaver

Will Weaver

Telling our own stories, writing our own lives. Join us for an evening with Will Weaver, learning his process of writing a memoir.

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Watch Cathy Wurzer’s interview with Will Weaver’s about his memoir The Last Hunter on Almanac (9/24/10)

Thursday, January 20 in Barnesville Library

5 p.m.- Memoir Writing Workshop

6 p.m.-Author Presentation

Friday, January 21 in the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom

Hosted by Detroit Lakes Library

7 p.m.- Memoir Writing Author Presentation and Q & A

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