3 Communities 2 Books 1 Art Exhibit

images (3)In partnership, the Fargo Public Library, Moorhead Public Library, West Fargo Public Library, and Plains Art Museum are launching the Three Communities, Two Books, One Art Exhibit (3.2.1) project starting Thursday, May 9. All area residents are encouraged to unite in reading either, or both, of the featured novels – Herman Melville’s classic Moby-Dick and Sena Jeter Naslund’s novel Ahab’s Wife. In September, as part of this community read and art project, Plains Art Museum presents the exhibit T.L. Solien: Toward the Setting Sun, featuring new works inspired by these two remarkable novels.

Since it was first published in 1851, Melville’s story of Captain Ahab’s self-destructive obsession has inspired all types of artists with its morality tale about the consequences of blind obsession. Solien’s artwork is inspired by both Melville’s and Naslund’s tales, along with the history of the settlement of the American West, including the settlement of our region.

321guide (1).inddCopies of both novels are available at each area public library location and for purchase at the Plains Art Museum. For a complete list of Three Communities, Two Books, One Art Exhibit (3.2.1) related events and resources, visit any participating public library, Plains Art Museum, or

Ahab's WifeAlong with reading the two novels, readers are encouraged to participate in related events at participating libraries and the Museum during this project. Events include themed book discussions at all three libraries and the Museum over the summer, movie screenings, children’s storytime and arts events, an author visit in mid-October from Sena Jeter Naslund, and many other engaging programs.

This project is generously supported by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the West Fargo Public Library, Plains Art Museum, North Dakota Humanities Council, North Dakota State University, and the Red River Valley Writing Project.

Want More? Get More! Checkout 25 eBooks & Audiobooks at a Time!

Do you feel like you’re tearing through your eBooks and Audiobooks once you check them out from our digital library?

You ipadbookstorejan2010asked for more and now you’re getting it! Instead of being limited to 10 checkouts and 10 holds in the digital library, you’re now able to checkout 25 items at a time and place an additional 25 holds! Start browsing our newly designed digital library now!

The new digital library page redesign is intuitive and visually appealing with eye-catching bookcover art and also offers “See Book: Read Book.” No longer will you have to download special software to read eBooks. Once checked out, the book can be read across a variety of devices instantly.  The filtered search and one-step checkout are added bonuses to the user.

Watch this comprehensive 7-minute video to learn how to navigate the enhanced design and make the most of borrowing eBooks and Audiobooks from Lake Agassiz Digital Library.

Please note this is a redesign of the site to help you access eBooks and Audiobooks seamlessly. The digital library still supports all previous apps and devices. This is an enhancement to the digital library service.

Remember, no late fees ever on digital library items!

Zinio Digital Magazine Newsstand Now Available!

ZinioPoster.pubLARL is proud to debut a new service to its customers today that offers instant access to more than 100 magazine titles on electronic devices.

Interested customers can sign up for Zinio at The service is available 24 hours a day, and includes a range of selections such as National Geographic, Cosmopolitan and Rolling Stone.

The magazines are accessible to an unlimited number of people, which means no wait time.

“Unlike the physical copies you find in the library, every LARL customer who wants to look at these magazines can do it at the same time whenever they want,” said Megan Krueger, Moorhead Hub Supervisor/Electronic Resources Librarian.

Zinio is compatible with Macs, PCs, Androids, iPhones, iPads and other tablet devices, like Kindle and NOOK.

Start reading now at

LARL Board of Trustees Names Liz Lynch New LARL Director

Liz Lynch

The Board of Trustees of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) concluded a regional search by naming Liz Lynch as its new Library Director.   Lynch was selected from a field of five candidates.

“Liz has an impressive track record in library administration and management,” said LARL Director Kathy Fredette, who is set to retire in early March. “Her leadership skills and ability to develop a collaborative working style made her the best choice to lead our rural library system into the future.”

Lynch has worked for LARL since 2001. Prior to that she received her Master’s degree in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with coursework that focused on reference and research methodology and the evaluation and selection of electronic databases.

Lynch previously worked as a Library Assistant at Livingston Lord Library (MSUM), as a Library Assistant for Carlson Library, Clarion, PA, and as a Research Librarian for Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD.   She has served as LARL’s Electronic Resources Librarian, including responsibility for staff training, Moorhead Public Services Supervisor, LARL Youth Services Co-Coordinator, and currently as Moorhead Hub Supervisor.

During January and February of this year, Lynch has worked with Fredette on transition to the new role which will be fully effective in March.

Lynch and her husband Michael have two sons, Finnegan (8), and Sullivan (4).

Tax Information

Lake Agassiz Regional Library locations are happy help you tax resources at all of our branch  and LINK Site locations.

Tax Information

While library staff are happy to help you get the forms you need, we cannot provide advice as to which form you should use, or on how to complete your taxes.  Tax assistance is available at the library in the form of tax help books as well as volunteer tax assistance sessions at many of our branch locations.

*Information on form availability:

The IRS has stated that “The production of some 2012 major tax products, including the Form 1040 and the Instructions for Form 1040, is impacted by the recent passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.  At this time, we do not have an estimate as to when products will become available on or in print.”

See this link on for additional information.

The Beat Goes On: Comic Ventriloquist David Malmberg February 4-6!

When David Malmberg takes the stage, he doesn’t come alone. Using the classic art of ventriloquism, David makes interesting and funny characters come to life. It’s hard to believe these characters aren’t actually talking! David also happens to be an accomplished classical guitarist.

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Monday, February 4
10:00 a.m. – Gonvick LINK Site
1:00 p.m. – McIntosh Library
6:30 p.m. – Crookston Library

Tuesday, February 5
10:30 a.m. – Detroit Lakes Library
3:30 p.m. – Ada Library
6:00 p.m. – Ulen LINK Site

Wednesday, February 6
10:30 a.m. – Bagley Library
2:00 p.m. – Mahnomen Library
7:00 p.m. – Moorhead Library


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

The Beat Goes On: Fingerstyle Guitarist Phil Heywood February 7-9!

Phil Heywood presents a broad range of music revealing the versatility and beauty of steel-string acoustic guitar and the joy of fingerpicking, from blues, folk, ragtime and fiddle tunes to contemporary songwriters and Phil’s original instrumental pieces.

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Thursday, February 7
10:00 a.m. – Lake Park LINK Site
2:00 p.m. – Twin Valley Living Center
(Open to the Public!)
7:00 p.m. – Fosston Library Theatre

Friday, February 8
10:30 a.m. – Climax Library
3:30 p.m. – Fertile Library
6:30 p.m. – Shelly LINK Site

Saturday, February 9
10:30 a.m. – Hawley Library
4:00 p.m. – Moorhead Library


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

The Beat Goes On: Children's Author Mary Casanova February 12 & 13

Mary Casanova is an award-winning children’s author of novels and picture books. Many of her books stem from her life on theMinnesota-Canadian border; yet some of her stories have taken her as far away as France, Norway, and Belize. Whatever the setting for her books, Casanova writes stories that matter-and stories that kids can’t put down.

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Tuesday, February 12
12:00 p.m. – Detroit Lakes Library(Bring a brown bag lunch!)
3:30 p.m. – Barnesville Library
7:00 p.m. – Moorhead Library

Wednesday, February 13
10:30 a.m. – Crookston Library
2:00 p.m. – Mahnomen Library
6:30 p.m. – Fertile Library

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