Dawn Duncan as Clara Dillon Darrow: Pioneering Woman

duncan_polaroidDr. Dawn Duncan will perform her one-woman show, “Clara Dillon Darrow: Pioneering Woman,” about a historical Red River Valley region woman. From farm wife to political presence, Mrs. Darrow is a model citizen.

Dr. Duncan will follow the performance with a discussion of the historical era and how to use the library to research material for writing. Dr. Duncan is a professor at Concordia College, specializing in post-colonial Irish literature.

Monday, March 17
Moorhead Library 2:00 pm
Breckenridge Library 6:30 pm

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


Jim and Bonnie Haney / Poitin: Irish Music in the Red River Valley

Learn about the heritage and musical traditions of both Irish and local Red River Valley early settlers in this music performance and history presentation by Jim and Bonnie Haney, founding members of the Irish band Poitin.

A Poitin concert performance to follow at Fosston Library Theatre.

Jim & Bonnie Haney
Friday, February 28

Crookston Library – 10:30 am
Fertile Library – 2:30 pm

Friday, February 28

Fosston Library Theatre – 7:00 pm


Steve Stark: Drawn to History March 11-13

stark_polaroidIf it had not been for the original Lake Agassiz, the largest glacial lake in the history of the world, the Red River (and likely all of us) would never have been here. Learn more from Mr. History!

Tuesday, March 11
Moorhead Library – 10:00 a.m.
Mahnomen Elementary School  – 1:30 p.m.
Frazee LINK Site – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 12
Detroit Lakes Library – 10:30 a.m.
Rothsay Community Center – 4:00 p.m.
Barnesville Library – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 13
Hawley Library – 10:30 a.m.
Cormorant LINK Site – 4:30 p.m.


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

Gonvick LINK Site to Close on March 7

Clearwater County Budget Shortfall Prompts Gonvick LINK Site Closing

The Gonvick LINK Site, of the Lake Agassiz Regional Library, will be closing its doors on March 7, 2014 due to a Clearwater County budgetary shortfall.  The last day of services will be on March 6, 2014.

Residents currently using the Gonvick LINK Site can use their library cards at the nearby Bagley Public Library, or at any LARL location. The book drop will be available for use until the 10th of March.

The Zinghoppers reading enrichment program, sponsored by LARL and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, will continue to take place on Monday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m. The Zinghoppers are an Emmy Award winning musical group that specializes in fun, interactive programming for young children and families. The event will be held at the Gonvick Community Center.

One Book, One Community 2014

Each year, the Fargo Public Library, Moorhead Public Library, and West Fargo Public Library team up to promote one book that the entire community reads together, a reading program called “One Book, One Community.”

In 2014, for the first time ever, the title for the One Book, One Community program will be determined by a community vote. Six titles have been chosen by the One Book, One Community Committee. Voting will take place starting February 1 and run through February 28.

Click here to visit the One Book, One Community site for more information, and to cast your vote online!

Shelly LINK Site to Close on January 31

The Shelly LINK Site will close its doors on January 31, 2014 due to a Norman County budgetary shortfall. Patrons of the Shelly LINK Site are encouraged to use nearby Lakes Agassiz Regional Library branches in Climax and Ada, and LINK Sites in Halstad and Hendrum. Three remaining LINK sites in Norman County; Hendrum, Halstad, and Twin Valley—in addition to the Ada Public Library—which will continue to offer regular service and hours.

Shelly LINK Site customers are encouraged to contact one of the LARL locations mentioned above with questions on their account information and instructions on material return: 218-857-2455.

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.