Drawing Together at Lake Agassiz Regional Library

mascotcontestWe are excited to announce a regional community art and storytelling experience at your local library!

Across our region, we are encouraging artists of all ages to help us imagine and shape a mascot for our library system.

Thank you for your submissions, and stay tuned – an announcement of LARL’s mascot is coming soon!


We Have Your Next Five Books!

n5b-web-sliderAre you looking for a book you can’t put down? We want to help! 

Lake Agassiz Regional Library previously launched a program for teens that allowed them to enter their reading preferences and receive a customized recommendations list from a librarian in the region. Due to the success of the program, we are opening it up to everyone!

Here’s how it works:
1. Visit and complete the Next 5 Books form by listing books you have enjoyed in the past. Sounds easy, right? You bet it is!
2. Within five days, you will be contacted by a librarian with suggestions of the next five books we know you’ll love!

We’re excited to share this program with you. If you have any questions, please contact the library by emailing





Sizzlin’ Summer Reading is Here

Lake Agassiz Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program for adults is now underway! Join us for Sizzlin’ Summer Reads – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! Sun

Here’s how:

1. Read at least four books (eBooks and eAudiobooks count!)
2. Complete an entry form and turn it in at your library. Your name will be entered into a drawing for great prizes!
3. Don’t stop there! Continue submitting new entries for every four books that you read.

Please Note: Sizzlin’ Summer Reads is available only at participating branches and LINK sites. 

Enter to Win Lunch with Lauraine Snelling!

Lorraine SnellingCelebrated author Lauraine Snelling is visiting the Detroit Lakes Library next month! She will be launching her latest book, “Someday Home,” which is the story of three women of various backgrounds who seek a place to grieve, laugh and be renewed (more info about “Someday Home” can be found here). Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of more than 80 books, with sales of more than two million copies.

somedayhomeSMJoin us at the Detroit Lakes Library Friday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. to meet the author and learn more about the book.

Are you a Lauraine Snelling super-fan? You could win the opportunity to have lunch with her and your guest Friday, July 10! To enter, visit the library or fill out the form below.


Crookston Library Hosts Pet Care Class

dog-734689Community members are invited to join Deanna Haagenson from Crown Pet Spa for a Pet Care Class at the Crookston Public Library, which is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library. Haagenson will present on a variety of topics, including instructions for providing general pet care and the importance of holistic health care and good nutrition for pets.

When? Tuesday, June 9
What time? 2:00 p.m.
Where? Crookston Library (110 Ash N., Crookston, MN)

Haagenson will also be answering pet care questions.

Crookston Public Library Welcomes Author Tim Madigan

Tim MadiganThe Crookston Public Library, a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library, is pleased to welcome author Tim Madigan, a Crookston native and well-known author of “I’m Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers.” During his visit to the library, Madigan will discuss his most recent work, his debut novel titled “Every Common Sight.” Madigan’s novel describes the hidden anguish of the Greatest Generation and tells the story of Wendell Smith, a hero of the Battle of the Bulge who came home to Texas with horrible memories of the battlefield, debilitating emotional trauma, and a secret, the one thing about the war he could not confide to the love of his life.

The event will be held Monday, June 1 at 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact the library at (218)-281-4522.

Moorhead Public Library Hosts Second Annual Comic-Con

ComicConCalling all heroes, villains, fans of science fiction and fantasy and comic book lovers! The Moorhead Public Library will be hosting its second annual Comic-Con next Saturday, May 9. The event will be held from 2-5 p.m. and will include speakers, an open discussion panel, trivia, a costume contest and face painting provided by the Minnesota State University Moorhead Illustration Guild!

The Moorhead Public Library Comic-Con event will feature special guests from Paradox Comics-And-Cards, August Moon Anime, and graphic artist Joel “MOjo” Moen. This is an event for all ages that you don’t want to miss! Attendees are encouraged to bring their library cards to check out items from the library’s graphic novel collection.

Once Upon a Reader Program


Lake Agassiz Regional Library is pleased to announce that each of its 13 branch libraries will participate in the 2014-2015 Once Upon a Reader program, a statewide early literacy initiative.

Once Upon a Reader is a one-book program, where chosen book titles have a Minnesota connection and highlight the importance of reading and sharing literature with preschool-aged children.

The 2014-2015 title featured by Once Upon a Reader is “Moo!” written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka. “Moo!” is the winner of the 2014 Minnesota Book Award in Children’s Literature. Free copies of “Moo!” will be distributed by LARL, though the program, to area preschool-aged children and children involved in area Head Start programs.

Lake Agassiz Regional Library branches will host various reading celebration events in coordination with the Once Upon a Reader program in spring and summer of 2015. The feature event, presentation and puppet show by author LaRochelle and illustrator Wohnoutka, will take place on Thursday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. at the Probstfield Center for Education, 2410 14th St. S, Moorhead, MN.

The Book BannerAll area children and their caregivers are invited to this one-of-a-kind presentation featuring Cow, the book’s title character. After interviewing Cow about her travels, LaRochelle and Wohnoutka will share a puppet show retelling of “Moo!” and get everyone dancing with some original music, and follow up with a group storytelling and drawing activity. Suitable for families and groups with children ages 0-6, the presentation lasts approximately 45 minutes. Contact the Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St. S., with questions or for more information: 218-233-7594.

Once Upon a Reader is sponsored by the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA) and funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment.