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Metro Arts and Culture Pass Available at Moorhead Branch

In partnership, the Moorhead branch of the Lake Agassiz Regional Library, the Fargo Public Library, and the West Fargo Public Library, and The Arts Partnership are excited to announce a new service: the Metro Arts and Culture Pass. Starting February 3, library cardholders at all three metro-area public libraries are be able to enjoy an array of cultural resources in the community through this new program – a first of its kind for the region.

“Libraries are interested in offering a pass to galleries, museums, or performing arts because connecting people to the world of knowledge doesn’t only happen between the covers of a book; it happens through experiences and we want to provide access to such experiences to all members of the community,” explained Fargo Public Library Deputy Director Beth Postema.

For local arts and culture organizations, the arts pass program provides exposure to new audiences that otherwise might not be able to take advantage of what these organizations have to offer. According to Carrie Wintersteen, Executive Director of Theatre B, “Theatre B is thrilled to be a part of the Metro Arts Pass. With so many fantastic offerings in our community, we hope new audiences will take advantage of them all.”

With coordination from The Arts Partnership, 12 local arts and culture organizations have extended either special offers or free admission to cultural events to local residents who check out one of the limited number of arts passes. Each Metro Arts and Culture Pass checks out for three weeks to residents with a valid library card.

Library cardholders are encouraged to check out a pass from their public library, head over to a museum or concert, and enjoy the art and cultural riches that our area has to offer. For additional information about the Metro Arts and Culture Pass, contact any of the participating public libraries: LARL’s Moorhead branch, the Fargo Public Library, or the West Fargo Public Library, or visit the Arts Partnership website at http://theartspartnership.net/metro-arts-pass.

Participating Metro Arts and Culture Pass Organizations Include:

  • Barestage Theatre
  • Fargo Moorhead Opera
  • Fargo Moorhead Symphony
  • Harwood Prairie Players
  • Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
  • MSUM Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts
  • Music Theatre Fargo-Moorhead
  • Plains Art Museum
  • Rourke Art Museum
  • Red River Zoo
  • Theatre B
  • Tin Roof Theatre

Monthly Storytime Coming to Frazee LINK Site

Lake Agassiz Regional Library is pleased to announce a new, monthly preschool storytime at the Frazee LINK Site. Storytimes will be offered on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. The first event will be held on Wednesday, February 11.

Storytimes are free and open to the public, as well as ECFE and Head Start parents, teachers and children. LINK Site coordinator, Patty Nunn, would also like to encourage child care providers to bring their preschoolers to the LINK for some read-aloud fun.

“Reading aloud is a great way to start children on a life long journey of enjoying books and reading,” Nunn states, “as well as make their own selections of books to check out and take home.” Stories will include award winning titles, classic fairy and folk tales, musical stories and books that are just plain fun.

Lonnie Dupre, Arctic Explorer

DCIM100GOPROLake Agassiz Regional Library is pleased to announce that Lonnie Dupre, arctic explorer and environmental advocate, will present at various LARL branch city venues on February 9, 10, & 11, 2015.

The Grand Marais, Minnesota native Dupre is a veteran arctic explorer and is currently on an expedition to climb Alaska’s Mount McKinley—also called Denali—which is 20,237 feet high. Dupre started his climb on December 19, 2014 after flying from Talkeetna, Alaska, to a glacier at about 7,200 feet high. Real-time footage, pictures, and blog entries of this expedition can be found on Dupre’s website, www.oneworldendeavors.com.

Just weeks following Dupre’s descent from Denali, he will return to Minnesota and present at four northwestern Minnesota cities, hosted by branches of Lake Agassiz Regional Library. Detroit Lakes will be Dupre’s first stop on Monday, February 9, where he will present at the Historic Holmes Theatre at 7 p.m. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Dupre will also visit the Detroit Lakes Middle School and Holy Rosary Catholic School earlier that day.

Lonnie Dupre2On Tuesday, February 10, Dupre will present at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church (basement) in Mahnomen and again at 1:30 p.m. at the Fosston Library Theatre. Durpre’s final stop will be at Bagley High School on Wednesday, February 11 at 9:00 a.m. All presentations are open to the public with free admission, sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.

In addition to discussing his recent Denali climb, Dupre will share stories of his arctic adventures, having traveled over 15,000 miles throughout high arctic and polar regions. He will also discuss global warming and his role in environmental activism. Dupre has authored two books, “Life on Ice: 25 Years of Arctic Exploration,” and “Greenland Expedition: Where Ice is Born,” helped create two documentaries for National Geographic, and was featured in appearances on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in addition to an array of prominent media outlets.

(Photos courtesy of the presenter.)

 

This MN Legacy program is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library, and supported in part or whole with money from The Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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LARL Announces Winter Used Book Sale: January 29-31

Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) will host a used book sale in the lower level of the Moorhead Library, 118 5th St. S., on Thursday, January 29 through Saturday, January 31.

Hundreds of materials will be available for purchase including many adult fiction and nonfiction books, periodicals, audiovisual items, and children’s materials.

Customers may fill a bag with items for five dollars. Proceeds of the sale will be used to support the Lake Agassiz Regional Library collection.

Book sale hours will be: Thursday (1/29) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday (1/30) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday (1/31) 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights Winter Reading Program Begins in January 2015

Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) invites you to snuggle up with a good book this winter and participate in Hot Reads for Cold Nights, a winter reading program for adults. Read (or listen to) four books, audiobooks, eBooks, or eAudiobooks for a chance to win “hot” prizes.

To participate, simply pick up an official entry form at your local LARL location or click here to complete an entry from online for your chance to win. The program will begin on Friday, January 2 and run throughout January, February, and March 2015. You can participate at any of Lake Agassiz Regional Library’s 22 locations.

Food for Fines January Amnesty at LARL!

Bring your overdue library material back to any Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) branch or LINK Site with an unexpired, non-perishable food item and we’ll erase your late fee during the month of January 2015.

Library customers are encouraged to return overdue library materials (books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and Books on CD) and pay overdue fines with donation of non-perishable, unexpired food items that will be gifted to local food banks throughout our Northwest Minnesota region.

LARL will accept “Food for Fines” at all of its 22 locations throughout the month of January during open hours. (All LARL locations will be closed on January 1, New Year’s Day and January 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.)

Support this worthwhile effort regardless of whether or not you have a fine. It is a wonderful opportunity to help those in need and celebrate the many services provided by Lake Agassiz Regional Library. Any donation of unexpired, non-perishable food is welcomed. One non-perishable food item=$2 fine waived. (Not valid for lost items or replacement charges.)

Moorhead Public Library to Reinstate Hours of Operation

On Monday, December 8, 2014 the Moorhead City Council voted to support an additional $20,000 in funding to reinstate some operating hours at the Moorhead Public Library.

Due to a budgetary shortfall, the Moorhead Public Library cut some personnel and hours of operation in early 2014, closing on Sundays and cutting open hours on weekdays. Beginning January 2, 2015 the Moorhead Public Library will reinstate eight hours of operation, allowing patrons to access library services and materials earlier in the day and later on into the evening throughout the most of the week.

“This is great news for residents of Moorhead.  Extending our hours Monday through Thursday will allow greater access to our meeting spaces and in-house resources,” said Megan Krueger, Director of the Moorhead Public Library. “We will also be able to host programs during times that are more convenient.  Community organizations, families, and individuals alike will all benefit from this. Library staff could not be happier.”

All Lake Agassiz Regional Library locations, including the Regional Office, will be closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015, New Year’s Day. Beginning January 2, the Moorhead’s new open hours will be: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Moorhead Public Library will remain closed on Sundays.

Happy Holidays from LARL!

Fosston Library Book TreeCelebrate the season at a LARL branch library near you!

Stop by any of the following Holiday Events or Library Open Houses and join us for festive music, wonderful treats, and good company. We would like to thank all of the patrons and communities in the entire LARL region for your continued support and patronage of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.

Happy Holidays!

 

Holiday Events & Library Open Houses

 

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