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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.

Jazz & MN Jazz History with George Maurer March 7-9!

Jazz Great George Maurer

Performer. Composer. Producer. George Maurer is all three and armed with an uncanny ability to interpret, arrange for, produce and perform numerous musical styles from traditional jazz to bebop, classic to modern rock, country and beyond!

Learn more about George Maurer by visiting his website.

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Be sure to take in Maurer’s jazz combo performance and Minnesota jazz history presentations at the following locations:

Monday, March 7 at Moorhead Library

4 p.m. – The History of Minnesota Jazz

7 p.m. – Jazz Concert

Tuesday, March 8 at Fireside Grill in Bagley

4 p.m. – The History of Minnesota Jazz

Tuesday, March 8 at Fosston Library Theatre

7 p.m. – Jazz Concert

Wednesday, March 9 at Crookston Library

4 p.m. – The History of Minnesota Jazz

Wednesday, March 9 in Kiehle Auditorium (U of M Crookston)

7 p.m. – Jazz Concert

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.

Lonnie Dupre, Polar Explorer Visits LARL February 16-26

Lonnie Dupre has done over 14,000 miles of arctic and polar expedition travel by dog sled, ski, on foot, and by kayak. He recently descended Alaska’s Mt. McKinley (Denali), the highest mountain peak in North America.

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Lonnie Dupre’s inspirational presentation will introduce audiences to the wonders of the Arctic, teach about setting and reaching goals, and what can be done to combat global warming.

Lonnie Dupre is an author and is from Grand Marais, MN. To read more of his bio, click here.

To follow Lonnie on his current trek, visit his blog.

To meet Lonnie in person and be inspired by his incredible journey, join us on the following dates:

Fosston Library – Wednesday, February 16 at 7 p.m.

Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes – Thursday, February 17 at 7 p.m.
(in conjunction with Polar Fest activities)

Breckenridge Library–Tuesday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Twin Valley LINK Site –Wednesday, February 23 at 2 p.m.

Hawley Library–Wednesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Ada Library – Thursday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Moorhead Library – Friday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. (Hot Reads Party)

Barnesville Library – Saturday, February 26 at 1 p.m. (Hot Reads Party)

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.

Rhymin' Simon with CLIMB Theatre January 4-21

CLIMB's Rhymin' Simon Mini-Drama

“Rhymin’ Simon” is CLIMB Theatre’s most popular! Kate Bates loves to skate with her brother Nate who’s always late.

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Tuesday, January 4
2 p.m.- Fosston Library
5 p.m.-McIntosh Library

Wednesday, January 5
11 a.m. Bagley Library
4:30 p.m.-Gonvick LINK Site

Thursday, January 6
3 p.m. Twin Valley LINK Site
5 p.m.-Ada Library

Friday, January 7
10:30 a.m.-Hawley Library
3 p.m.-Barnesville Library

Monday, January 10
11 a.m.-Cormorant LINK Site
3 p.m.-Moorhead Library

Tuesday, January 11
2 p.m.-Detroit Lakes Library
7 p.m.-Lake Park LINK Site

Wednesday, January 12
1 p.m.-Breckenridge Library
4:30 p.m.-Rothsay LINK Site

Wednesday, January 19
10 a.m.-Crookston Library
2 p.m.-Fertile Library

Thursday, January 20
1 p.m.-Frazee LINK Site
3:30 p.m.-Ulen LINK Site

Friday, January 21
10 a.m.-Climax Library
3:30 p.m.-Mahnomen Library

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

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

John Coy
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.

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.

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

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!

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

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.