Crookston Library and Agassiz Audubon Society to Present How to Spot and Photograph Owls Program

The Crookston Library and Agassiz Audubon Society will present How to Spot and Photograph Owls, a program free for the public, on Tuesday, February 11 at 6 p.m. at the Crookston Library.

Winter is a great time to look for owls.  Several species, including  Snowy Owls, Northern Hawk-owls and Great Horned Owls, have been spotted in the Red River Valley this winter.

All you need to know is when, where and what to look for.  If you’re willing to be adventurous, you can drive around and spot them from the comfort of your car, or participate in a guided field trip.

Agassiz Audubon Society’s Heidi Hughes has been watching owls for years.  She’ll show you the local owls and how to identify them – and provide the owling “basics.”  She’ll provide tips on how to make your yard “owl friendly,” how to select owl identification books and apps – and how to take a good owl photo with a point and shoot camera.

For more information on this program, contact Dennis Jacobs at the Crookston Library (218) 281-4522.



Budget Shortfalls Prompt Moorhead Public Library Cutbacks and Shelly LINK Site Closing

The Moorhead Public Library and Shelly LINK Site, of Lake Agassiz Regional Library, have been affected by budgetary shortfalls for 2014 fiscal year; resulting in reduced or discontinued services at these locations. Without full funding, these locations cannot afford to maintain current levels of service.

The Moorhead Public Library will be seeing a reduction in hours and staffing, beginning February 1, 2014, due to a City of Moorhead budgetary shortfall. To account for the shortfall, open hours per week will be reduced from 69 down to 56. This reduction includes changes to hours Monday through Saturday and the elimination of Sunday hours.

Moorhead Public Library hours of operation beginning February 1: Monday through Thursday 10 to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 to 6 p.m.; closed on Sundays.

The Shelly LINK Site will be closing its doors on January 31, 2014 due to a Norman County budgetary shortfall.  Nearby LINK Sites in Hendrum, Halstad, and Twin Valley—in addition to the Ada Public Library—will continue to offer service to area residents. Regular hours of operation will continue at these locations. Click here for a complete list of locations and hours of operation.

2014 Reading Resolutions

Stuck in a reading rut? Here are some ideas to crack you out of your cycle and get you back on track. There are too many great books old and new for you to choose from. No matter what your reading history, a new calendar year is upon us and it’s time to get back on the reading wagon!

Read the Movies

MV5BMTYxMzYwODE4OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDE5MzE2MDE@._V1_SX640_SY720_If a movie is worth its salt, it was probably a pretty fab book first.

Before you head to “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” this winter, know if what you’re seeing on the big screen is fact or fiction based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”

Just in time for Valentine’s Day 2015, “Fifty Shades of Grey” promises to bring the first of E.L. James’ erotic trilogy to life on screen. Don’t worry, we have the first installment of the trilogy in physical and digital format so the teenagers in your home don’t have to know what you’re reading.

Finally, a special shout out to actor Shailene Woodley who will star in several books to movies in 2014. She’ll play the main character Tris in Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” (in theatres March 2014) and then will play Hazel (a quick-witted terminally ill teen) in John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” in June 2014.


Read Minnesota

Give your home state some love! Support your fellow Minnesotans by reading what they’ve written.

William Kent Krueger had a new book out in 2013. “Ordinary Grace” explores fictionalizes how a tragic event rocked a small Minnesota community in 2013. Plus, Krueger is a great guy. He recently helped Detroit Lakes Public Library celebrate their centennial and pledged to donate his honorarium to the library. So that makes him a fine upstanding citizen as well as a terrific writer and storyteller.

Erin Hart may not have been born here but she calls Minnesota her home. She is working on book five of the Nora Gavin series. So if you love women archaeologists set in Irish bogs, this is the series for you. Start with “Haunted Ground.”

Now go get it. Start by reading the back of the cereal box in 2014 and by year’s end you’ll be tackling Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.”


Beer and Brewing in the Land of Sky Blue Water November 13-15


Minnesota has a long and rich history with beer starting with the first brewery opened in Saint Paul in 1849. Today, beloved family brands like Schell’s produce beer alongside brash upstarts like Surly. This event explores the history of Minnesota’s beer scene, the innovators and home brewers that spurred a new generation of breweries, and the basics of beer brewing. It is sure to be a hoppin’ good time!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

  • 10:00 a.m. at the Hendrum LINK Site
  • 5:00 p.m. at the Rothsay LINK Site

Thursday, November 14, 2013

  • 11:00 a.m. at the Ada Library
  • 6:00 p.m. at the Mahnomen Library

Friday, November 15, 2013

  • 10:30 a.m. at the Bagley Library
  • 4:00 p.m. at the Crookston Library


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

The Rose Ensemble October 6 & 7

roseThe Roots of Bluegrass explores our country’s musical heritage with close vocal harmonies, banjo, guitar, and fiddle. Pick up your free ticket to this event at Moorhead or Detroit Lakes Public Library.

Sunday, October 6, 2013: 7:00 p.m. Minnesota State University Moorhead

Monday, October 7, 2013:  7:00 p.m. First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes

Sean Emery, Funny Guy Jugglin’ Stuff October 7-11

sean_emerySean is an eccentric and talented entertainer, wowing the crowd with jaw-dropping juggling stunts that will have you asking yourself “How does he do that?” Family friendly!

Monday, October 7, 2013

  • 10:00 a.m. at the Gonvick LINK Site
  • 1:00 p.m. at the McIntosh Library
  • 7:00 p.m. at the Climax Library

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

  • 10:00 a.m. at the Moorhead Library
  • 1:00 p.m. at the Barnesville Library
  • 7:00 p.m. at the Breckenridge Library

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

  • 11:00 a.m. at the Ada Library
  • 3:30 p.m. at the Hawley Library
  • 7:00 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Library

Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • 9:30 a.m. at the Lake Park City Center
  • 12:00 p.m. at the Cormorant LINK Site
  • 3:00 p.m. at the Ulen LINK Site

Friday, October 11, 2013

  • 10:30 a.m. at the Bagley Library
  • 1:00 p.m. at the Mahnomen Library

Start Your Bucket List With Mary Shideler October 15-17

kayakGet inspired to follow your dreams. Start your own 101 List of the things you want to do before you die. Hear about Goldie, who at age 80, began her bucket list and has successfully accomplished 70% of her goals. If she can do it, so can you!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • 9:30 a.m. at the Halstad Living Center
  • 1:00 p.m. at the Twin Valley Living Center
  • 6:00 p.m. at the Mahnomen Library

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

  • 10:30 a.m. at the Crookston Library
  • 2:00 p.m. at the Fertile Library
  • 6:30 p.m. at the Shelly LINK Site

Thursday, October 17, 2013

  • 11:00 a.m. at the Cormorant LINK Site
  • 3:00 p.m. at the Ulen LINK Site
  • 7:00 p.m. at the Moorhead Library