Free Nirmala Rajasekar Concerts May 15-21!

Nirmala Rajasekar

Nirmala Rajasekar is one of the most recognized performers in the world of South Indian Classical (Carnatic) music. She began her training in this art form at age 6 and debuted as a solo performer at age 13 in Bangalore, India. She is a disciple of veteran veena Guru octogenarian Prof. Swaminathan and has had vocal mentoring under Prof.Sitarama Sarma and Prof. T. R Subramaniam.

Since then for three decades now she has become one of its best practitioners taking the music of her veena to many parts of the world with utmost dedication, passion and a deep love for the art. Nirmala’s music is marked by a repertoire which reflects her adherence to rich patanthra (lineage and heritage) of her Gurus. As a fine vocalist Nirmala has performed concerts and has been featured as the lead soloist in many musical productions. She has also showcased the two thousand year old tradition of Carnatic music and performed in collaborative setting playing and singing alongside other forms of music including western classical music and jazz. Nirmala teaches at the ‘Naadha Rasa Center for Music’ and is its artistic director. She serves as an educator on many National and State teaching rosters in the country and abroad.

Ms. Rajasekar is the first Indian classical musician to receive the Bush Artistic Fellowship.

This week, Nirmala received a $25,000 McKnight Artistic Fellowship from the MacPhail Center for Music.

Join us for a FREE concert in your area!

May 15 at 7:30 p.m.-Fosston Library Theatre

May 16 at 2 p.m.-Gonvick Community Center (Gonvick LINK Site)

May 17 at 7:30 p.m.-Fertile Library

May 18 at 7 p.m.-Ada Library

May 19 at 10 a.m.-Twin Valley Senior Center (Twin Valley LINK Site)

May 19 at 1 p.m.-Ulen Senior Center (Ulen LINK Site)

May 20 at 7:30 p.m.-Historic Holmes Theatre Detroit Lakes

May 21 at 7 p.m.-Moorhead Library

For more information about Nirmala, please visit

Programming is supported in part with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

Author and Musician Douglas Wood Giving 3 FREE Concerts May 8!

Author and Musician Douglas Wood

Author and musician Douglas Wood will give three FREE concerts on Saturday, May 8. His performance schedule is as follows:

Mahnomen Library-10:30 a.m.

Ada Library-1:30 p.m.

Cormorant Community Center-7:30 p.m.

Douglas Wood has been called Minnesota’s “renaissance man” — author, artist, musician, naturalist, wilderness guide. As a writer of books for children and adults he has almost two million copies in print, including the classics “Old Turtle” and “Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth.” Among his many honors and awards have been the Christopher Medal, ABBY Award, International Reading Association Book of the Year, Minnesota Book Award, Midwest Publishers Association Book of the Year, Parent’s Choice Award, Barnes and Noble Star of the North, and Story Telling World Award.

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

Welcome to the new!

Welcome to the new! We have been working on updating the way in which we communicate with LARL customers and the public for the past year. We will be continually improving and adding content to this site. We will have several promotions to officially launch the new later this spring so check back often for exciting opportunities to interact with this site!

If you have any suggestions for improvement, please direct them to the Webmaster.

Lise Lunge-Larsen: Storyteller & Dragonslayer at Moorhead Library February 2!

Come to Moorhead Library on Tuesday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. to hear Norwegian storyteller Lise Lunge-Larsen tell stories about trolls, fairies, elves, gnomes and other magical creatures!

Born and raised in Norway, Lise Lunge-Larsen came to the US on a scholarship to attend college. She planned to return to Norway but fell in love, married and remained in the US where, in addition to teaching at the college level, she has become a well-known storyteller and award-winning author. She and her husband have three children and live in Duluth, MN where she is known as “The Troll Lady.”

Lunge-Larsen is the author of “The Hidden Folk: Stories of Fairies, Dwarves, Selkies, and Other Secret Beings” and “The Troll with No Heart in His Body.” Programming is supported in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Truth in Historical Fiction Program March 29 in Moorhead with Author William Durbin!

Author William Durbin will share the craft of writing historical fiction at the Moorhead Library on Monday, March 29 at 7 p.m. He will share how to use people and events from your personal and community history as the basis for writing creative fiction. Durbin will share a collection of archival photos and discuss how he wrote and researched his novels, most of which are set in the Midwest and deal with familiar subjects such as immigration, homesteading, logging, mining, the Great Depression, and war.

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF), which provided support for this program, was created by Minnesotans who approved a constitutional amendment in November 2008 which increased the state sales tax to support Minnesota’s arts history and cultural heritage.

For more information on this and other programs, please call 233-7594 or visit your library at 118 S. 5th St. Information is also available online at Moorhead Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.

2009 LARL Library Legislative Day Video

In an effort to save taxpayer dollars, the LARL Board of Trustees opted to send a video to Minnesota Legislators in 2009 instead of incurring the expenses involved with traveling to the state capital. Click on the video above to view it.