ChalkFEST 2010 Featuring Penny & Pals July 28 at Moorhead Library!

Join us on Wednesday, July 28 at 2 p.m. outside Moorhead Library for ChalkFEST 2010!

ChalkFEST 2010 is a celebration of the Arts for the whole family! Come and watch Art in action as local artists create sidewalk murals. Then, get inspired to make your own and help us decorate the sidewalks all around the library.

Penny and Pals will perform at 2 p.m.

This program is free and designed to encourage children to read over the summer months. Studies show that students who read over the summer are better prepared for school success in the fall. The LARL Summer Reading Program “Make A Splash: READ!” makes summer reading more fun with good books, special events and reading incentives.

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

Dr. Dawn Duncan’s “Clara Dillon Darrow: Pioneering Woman” Show June 15-30!

Dr. Dawn Duncan performs her one-woman show, “Clara Dillon Darrow: Pioneering Woman” about a historical Red River Valley region woman. The show explores Ms. Darrow’s passionate pursuit for her right to vote in the late 19th and early 20th century. Clara Darrow, the daughter of Irish immigrants – and cousin to both Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Clarence Darrow, was the President of the regional League for Women’s Voters, a leading citizen in Western Minnesota and the Dakota Territories, and the mother of sons who would become the founders of the Dakota Hospital System. From farm wife to political presence, she remains a model of the responsibly engaged citizen.

Dr. Duncan was commissioned to write this show by Bonanzaville and the Cass County Historical Society. She has performed her one-woman show across the Red River Valley region and at a national Irish Studies Conference hosted at the University of Oregon. Dr. Duncan is a professor at Concordia College in Moorhead where she teaches English and Global Studies and specializes in post-colonial Irish literature. She is the author or editor of numerous books.

Her play is about a half hour long, and she will follow the performances with a discussion of the historical era and how to use the library to research material for inclusion in writing – both prose and plays. In addition to being a lauded professor and writer, Dr. Duncan is also an accomplished actress, and she has performed all over the world.

Click this link to watch a preview of the show!

Dr. Duncan’s performance schedule is below:

Tuesday, June 15 at 10 a.m.-Halstad LINK Site
Thursday, June 17 at 10 a.m.-Lake Park LINK Site
Monday, June 21 at 11 a.m.-Fertile Library
Monday, June 21 at 2 p.m.-McIntosh Library
Thursday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m.-Hawley Library
Friday, June 25 at 11 a.m.-Bagley Senior Center
Friday, June 25 at 2 p.m.-Fosston Library Theatre
Monday, June 28 at 11 a.m.-Cormorant LINK Site
Monday, June 28 at 1:30 p.m.-Frazee LINK Site
Tuesday, June 29 at 10 a.m.-Moorhead Library
Tuesday, June 29 at 1 p.m.-Barnesville Library
Tuesday, June 29 at 3:30 p.m.-Rothsay LINK Site
Wednesday, June 30 at 11 a.m.-Mahnomen Library
Wednesday, June 30 at 2 p.m.-Ada Historical Village

There will also be a special performance on Tuesday, August 24 at 2 p.m. in Detroit Lakes Library.

These programs are FREE and open to all. Programming is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF).

A Felted Library Project in Shelly August 19!

All ages are welcome to stop by the Shelly Senior/Community Center anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 19 to help create a felted and hand stitched banner with the help of the Textile Center of MN to hang in the Shelly LINK Site! Help us construct “A Felted Library” representing books and other library material. Explore what the library means to you through felting!

This project is supported in part or in whole with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

FREE 8th Street String Quartet Concerts September 9-11!

Join us for four FREE 8th Street String Quartet Concerts!

Thursday, September 9 at 7 p.m.
Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes

Friday, September 10 at 7 p.m.
Fosston Library Theatre

Saturday, September 11 at 3:30 p.m.
Prairie Church in the Historic Prairie Village in Ada

Saturday, September 11 at 7 p.m.

Kiehle Auditorium at the U of M, Crookston

The 8th Street String Quartet is the “all-star” ensemble of the principal string chairs of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra: Concertmaster Benjamin Sung and Assistant Concertmaster Jane Linde Capistran, violin; Tim Nelson, Principal Viola, and Elise Buffat Nelson, Principal Cello. The quartet, formed in 2008, performs a wide variety of repertoire that ranges from masterpieces of the Classical and Romantic periods to cutting-edge contemporary works.

Ben Sung, who received his doctoral degree from Indiana University, is a faculty member at Minnesota State University Moorhead and North Dakota State University, and also serves as Artistic Director of the Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series at MSUM.

Jane Linde Capistran is and Assistant Professor at Concordia College, serving as conductor of the Concordia College Symphonia, instructor of violin and viola studio lessons and also a superviser of the string music education majors. Jane also is Music Director of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Senior High Youth Symphony.

Tim Nelson is Director of Orchestras a Fargo South High School, is also Adjunct Professor of Viola at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Tim earned his Master of Music degree in Viola from The Juilliard School. He has performed in orchestras throughout Arkansas, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Elise Buffat Nelson is Adjunct Professor of Music at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and also has developed an extensive private cello studio. She has performed in orchestras throughout the Midwest, and also performs with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera orchestra.

Programming is supported in part or in whole with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.

Multimedia Flamenco Puppet Theater & Café Flamenco in Hawley & Climax June 4 and 5

Tra Ti Ti Tran Tran Toro Puppet Show
Friday, June 4 at 2 p.m. in Hawley Library
Saturday, June 5 at 2 p.m. in Climax Community Center

“Tra Ti Ti Tran Tran Toro” is a multimedia flamenco puppet theater treat for the family! Through traditional flamenco song and dance, you’re introduced to three loveable puppets. A bull, Torito, whose owner Carmencita, is a famous flamenco dancer, meets a Minnesota tourist, Olie Olson Ole, at the Feria (a fair) in Sevilla. They fall in love, marry and move to Olie’s farm in Minnesota. Children will be introduced to the basic elements of flamenco dance, rhythm and song while gaining an appreciation of what it means to immigrate to a new country.

Café Flamenco
Saturday, June 5 at 3:30 p.m. in Climax Community Center

Celebrate the exotic and sultry ambiance of the early 1900s in Spain known as “Café Cantante” when flamenco dancers, singers and musicians performed for clamorous patrons in cabarets!

All events are FREE and open to all.

Programming is supported in part by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF).

Author Visit with Annelee Woodstrom April 29 in Breckenridge High School!

Join us for a FREE book talk with regional author (from Ada) Annelee Woodstrom on Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in Breckenridge High School’s Small Auditorium. Ms. Wooodstrom will discuss “War Child” and her early years as a young person growing up in Nazi Germany.

Questions, discsussion, book sales and refreshments will follow.

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) and the Wilkin County Historical Society.

Preserving Family History: Minnesota’s Greatest Generation Workshop with Bob Herskovitz at Breckenridge Library April 27

Quick Facts

Event: “Preserving Family History: Minnesota’s Greatest Generation” with Bob Herskovitz

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Time: 7 p.m.

Place: Breckenridge Library, 205 N. 7th St.

Cost: Free

Call for more information: (218) 643-2113

Preserving Family History: Minnesota’s Greatest Generation Workshop with Bob Herskovitz at Breckenridge Library April 27

The majority of our nation’s treasures are not found in museums; they are tucked away in our attics, garages and basements, according to Bob Herskovitz, outreach conservator at the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS). On April 27, Herskovitz will show area residents how to care for and preserve these beloved family heirlooms for future generations to learn from and enjoy. The workshop will begin at 7 p.m. at the Breckenridge Library, 205 N. 7th St., Breckenridge.

“Preserving Family History: Minnesota’s Greatest Generation” will teach participants how to preserve and care for different types of memorabilia, give tips on how to organize family papers, photos and other family treasures, and hints on creating a successful oral family history. Participants are encouraged to bring in items that can be safely transported for Herskovitz to answer specific preservation questions.

This event is co-sponsored by MHS, Lake Agassiz Regional Library and the Wilkin County Historical Society. For more information, call the Breckenridge Library at (218) 643-2113 or visit

A Great Generation, A One-of-a-Kind Project

The workshop is presented as part of MHS’s Minnesota’s Greatest Generation project. The members of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation grew up during the Depression, came of age during World War II, participated in the post-war boom and created a lasting legacy that has shaped all of us. The Minnesota’s Greatest Generation project was established to collect, preserve and share the legacy of this remarkable generation for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

The capstone of the project is an interactive, large-scale exhibit that opened at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul on May 23, 2009, and is currently on view. “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, the War, the Boom” features more than 6,000 square feet of artifacts, displays and hands-on elements using multimedia interpretive techniques to reveal the experiences of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation. For more information, visit

The MHS calendar of events is available at The web site also features information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites. To request a free guide to museums and historic sites, call 1-800-657-3773.

About Lake Agassiz Regional Library

LARL serves the residents of Becker, Clay, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk and Wilkin counties, with branch libraries in Ada, Bagley, Barnesville, Breckenridge, Climax, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Fertile, Fosston, Hawley, Mahnomen, McIntosh and Moorhead and LINK sites in Cormorant, Frazee, Gonvick, Halstad, Hendrum, Lake Park, Rothsay, Shelly, Twin Valley and Ulen.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to illuminate the past to light the future. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. For more information, visit

Partnership between Minnesota Regional Public Libraries and the Minnesota Historical Society. Made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.

FREE Minneapolis Guitar Quartet Concerts April 8-10!

Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will perform five FREE concerts April 8 through 10. All Minneapolis Guitar Quartet concerts are open to the public. Their performance schedule is as follows:

Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m. in the Fosston Library Theatre

Friday, April 9 at 10 a.m. in the Valley Pines Senior Center in Twin Valley

Friday, April 9 at 3 p.m. in the Ulen Senior Citizens Center

Saturday, April 10 at 11 a.m. in Detroit Lakes Library

Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cormorant Community Center

With the passion, style, and musical sophistication borrowing from the best chamber music and string quartet traditions, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has successfully made its case as one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles since its founding in 1986. “Flawless, musical and witty” (Classical Guitar Magazine, England), the MGQ has performed throughout the United States both in recital and with orchestra, balancing a dizzying array of first-rate repertoire ranging from Renaissance and Baroque to Spanish, Latin American and Romantic, to highly imaginative existing and newly commissioned contemporary works.

Maria Kalaniemi Two Finnish Pieces (Hermannin Riili, 3:07)

Programming supported in part by the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF).

Attention Dog Sledding Enthusiasts! Alone Across the Arctic with Author Pam Flowers April 6-8

Pam Flowers

“You are never too young to have a dream and never too old to make it come true.” -Pam Flowers

Author and adventurer Pam Flowers will tell tales of her dog sledding adventures in the Arctic and Minnesota April 6 through 8.

The following Pam Flowers presentations are FREE and open to the public!

Tuesday, April 6 at 7 p.m.-Detroit Lakes Library

Wednesday, April 7 at 1 p.m.-Breckenridge Elementary/Middle School

Thursday, April 8 at 1 p.m.-Atkinson Elementary School (Barnesville)

Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m.-Moorhead Library

Pam Flowers is a registered respiratory therapist who currently earns her living by public speaking and writing. In 1996, Pam became the 14th recipient of the “Gold Medal from the Society of Woman Geographers,” following in the footsteps of Amelia Earhart, Margaret Mead, and Jane Goodall. In 1991, Pam was named an “Outsider of the Year” by Outside magazine. She has participated in nine Arctic expeditions, seven by dog team, two by snow machine. Pam has completed the 1049-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race, reached the Magnetic North Pole three times, traveled north over the frozen Arctic Ocean farther than any other solo woman and completed the longest solo dog sled journey on record by a woman.

Pam is the author of Douggie, Big Enough Anna: The Little Sled Dog Who Braved the Arctic and the co-author of Alone Across the Arctic: One Woman’s Epic Journey. She has written many magazine articles including articles for Fur-Fish-Game and Dog World magazines. She also has produced two documentary videos and publishes the Polar Expedition Newsletter.

Pam has spoken to more than 400,000 students at over 650 schools and has spoken at the Smithsonian and the St. Louis Science Center.

Her next goal is to hike the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail.

Programming is supported in part by the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF).

"Minnesota's Ordinarily Unsung Concert" Elisa Korenne to perform five FREE concerts April 5-9!

Minnesota’s Ordinarily Unsung Concert

Elisa Korenne

Folk indie-rock singer, Elisa Korenne will perform five FREE concerts for the public April 5 through 9! Her schedule is as follows:

Monday, April 5 @ 6 p.m.-Shelly Senior Center (Shelly LINK Site)

Tuesday, April 6 @ 6 p.m.-Mahnomen Library

Wednesday, April 7 @ 6 p.m.-Crookston Library

Thursday, April 8 @ 8 p.m.-Gonvick Senior Center (Gonvick LINK Site)

Friday, April 9 @ 7 p.m.-Hawley Library

Listen to Elisa Korenne!
Find My Strength

Along with her rich voice, smoldering live performances, and elegant songcraft, Elisa Korenne brings a rare authenticity to her music. After cutting her teeth in the high-caliber New York City music scene, the preeminent independent music retailer CD Baby hailed Elisa as “one of the best we’ve ever heard” and Singer & Musician magazine said she “belongs on anyone’s must-play list.”

Minnesota’s Ordinarily Unsung Concert

Minnesota’s Ordinarily Unsung Concert is an award-winning concert series about unsung, unique, and unusual people in Minnesota history. Based on stories of real Minnesotans collected by nationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter and educator Elisa Korenne, Minnesota’s Ordinarily Unsung concerts celebrate Minnesota’s 150+ years as a state. There’s sure to be a song or monologue about someone near you written in honor of Minnesota’s Sesquicentennial.

Ms. Korenne is gaining a reputation for her songs about characters and events that aren’t talked about in history class, and she has mastered the art of telling those untold stories from the stage. Since moving to Minnesota from New York City last year, Ms. Korenne has focused her sharp musical storytelling on characters from Minnesota’s past. Minnesota’s Ordinarily Unsung project is the Minnesota version of the national Ordinarily Unsung project createby Ms. Korenne, which has received support from the Jerome Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, the Hedgebrook Foundation, the New York Mills Cultural Center, the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission, and others.

Minnesota’s Ordinarily Unsung concerts are feasts for the ears and the soul. They inspire audiences with musical character studies and narratives that feature Elisa’s warm, rich voice, and they are interspersed with Elisa’s characteristic humor and love for audience participation.

Programming is supported in part by the Arts & Cultural Legacy Fund (ACHF).