Fargo-Moorhead 1 Book, 1 Community Title Announced

9781566892018 LatehomecomerIn partnership, the Fargo Public Library,  Moorhead Public Library, West Fargo Public Library, Concordia College Library, Minnesota State University Moorhead Library, and North Dakota State University Libraries are pleased to announce the2016 One Book, One Community selection The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang.

A firsthand account of the immigrant experience from the Hmong perspective, this book chronicles the journey of the author’s family from a refugee camp in Thailand to America. This book addresses the universal themes of family and love while sharing the family’s struggle to adapt in a strange culture while holding onto traditions that are passed down from Yang’s beloved grandmother.

This year’s One Book, One Community reading project launches in September and features several events including a community book discussion centered on immigration, film screenings, a genealogy workshop, and other engaging events and programs. This year’s One Book, One Community project will finish with two author events set for Friday, Oct. 14. First, Ms. Yang will speak at an invitation only, informal “Tea with the Author” event at the Moorhead Public Library in the afternoon. Later that evening, she will take the stage for an author presentation and book signing at the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom (1104 7th. Ave. South) on the campus of MSUM. This event is free and open to the public.

Copies of the novel are available for check out in several formats (print and ebook) at each of the participating libraries; book club kits are also available.

The Latehomecomer is also available as a downloadable ebook through Ebooks Minnesota, in which readers within Minnesota’s borders can access a collection of ebooks without waiting lists or holds. No username or password is required and the collection is accessible at

For a complete list of related events and resources, visit any participating library, or go to

2016 marks the 5th year that the One Book, One Community reading project has been offered in our area. The Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo One Book, One Community reading project centers on the community-wide reading of a single book, and is dedicated to creating a shared conversation and a range of related events and activities for residents of all ages.

All One Book, One Community events are free and open to the public. This project is generously supported by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the West Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the Moorhead Library, and Moorhead Community Education.

LARL Presents Paranormal Minnesota Featuring Chad Lewis

chad2This fall, LARL will welcome a series of fantastic performers as we celebrate the talent and stories of Minnesota, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

First, Chad Lewis, the famed paranormal expert will headline several events at LARL locations. This event, which offers free admission, invites attendees to join a ghostly journey through Lewis’ strangest cases, including alien abductions, haunted places, mysterious creatures, crop circles and more! This program will cover the entire spectrum of Minnesota’s supernatural activity.

mn hauntedFind a presentation near you!
Rothsay LINK Site – Thursday, September 22 at 10:30 a.m.
Gonvick LINK Site – Thursday, September 22 at 4:00 p.m.
Fosston Public Library – Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Ada Public Library – Friday, September 23 at 10:30 a.m.
Detroit Lakes Public Library – Friday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Hawley Public Library – Saturday, September 24 at 10:30 a.m.
Crookston Public Library – Saturday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Climax Public Library – Tuesday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m. (CANCELED)
Barnesville Public Library – Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. (CANCELED)
Moorhead Public Library – Monday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. (CANCELED)


LARL to Close Monday, September 5 for Labor Day

All Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) branches and LINK sites will be closed on Monday, September 5 in observation of Labor Day, with regular hours of operation resuming Tuesday, September 6.

LARL’s branch libraries are located in Ada, Bagley, Barnesville, Breckenridge, Climax, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Fertile, Fosston, Hawley, Mahnomen, McIntosh and Moorhead. LARL’s LINK sites are found in Cormorant, Frazee, Gonvick, Halstad, Hendrum, Lake Park, Rothsay, Twin Valley and Ulen.

Lake Agassiz Regional Library is a consolidated public library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. More information is available at

Detroit Lakes Public Library Announces Book Sale


Next week, the Detroit Lakes Public Library will host the Annual Becker County Friends of the Library Book Sale!

On Tuesday, August 2 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., come to the library (located at 1000 Washington Ave.) and discover amazing bargains on a variety of items, including books for all ages, audiobooks, music, movies and other items.

All proceeds help support programming at the Detroit Lakes Public Library.

Summer Reading Programs Underway!

At LARL, we offer not one, but two Summer Reading Programs!

For Kids and Teens:
The first is our ever-popular Kids and Teen Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is Read for the Win and we’re looking forward to a winning summer of reading and fun events.


Learn more about Read for the Win here!

NEW! Join our mailing list to stay up-to-date on Kids and  Teens events at your favorite LARL location!

For Adults:
But we don’t stop there! We also offer a Summer Reading Program for adults calledSizzlin’ Summer Reads! Participating is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

sizzlin-summer-2016Here’s how:

1. Read at least four books (eBooks and eAudiobooks count!)
2. Complete an entry form and turn it in at your library, or submit an entry form online. 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 the following participating branches and LINK sites: Crookston Public Library, Mahnomen Public Library, Moorhead Public Library, Cormorant LINK Site, Frazee LINK Site and the Ulen LINK Site.


Minnesota in the Civil War with Colin Mustful


ceding contemptWednesday, July 13, 7pm- Barnesville Public Library
Thursday, July 14, 2pm- Mahnomen Public Library
Friday, July 15, 1pm- Crookston Public Library

Self-published author and historian Colin Mustful will discuss his trio of novels, all of which consider the important and complicated history of the Minnesota frontier during and before the U.S. – Dakota War of 1862.

LARL Presents Indian Cuisine in Minnesota

Sherbanoo Aziz 2Join us to learn about Indian culture and cooking in Minnesota.
Local artist and cookbook author Sherbanoo Aziz will demonstrate her famous Indian recipes and discuss the ways Indian culture has become more prevalent in the state since the 70’s. Attendees will be able to experience this cuisine and go home equipped to find and cook the ingredients in her recipes.

Tuesday, June 14 at the Fertile Public Library at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, June 15 at the Barnesville Public Library at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, June 17 at the Ada Public Library at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, June 20 at the Rothsay LINK Site at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 22 at the Hendrum LINK Site at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 23 at the Breckenridge Public Library at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 28 at the Frazee LINK Site at 6:00 p.m.


Introducing 10 Pigs!

Ten Pigs CoverThis summer, each of Lake Agassiz Regional Library’s locations will participate in the 2016 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.

This year’s title is 10 Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure written and illustrated by Derek Anderson. Free copies of this book were distributed to area preschool-aged children and children involved in area Head Start programs.

LARL locations will host various reading celebration events in coordination with the Once Upon a Reader program this summer as well as two Trunk Shows featuring author/illustrator Derek Anderson. Join us Thursday, July 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Crookston Public Library (110 N. Ash St.) and at 3:00 p.m. at the Fertile Public Library (101 Mill St. S.) Kids ages 0-6 and their caregivers are invited to these one-of-a-kind shows! Presentations will last approximately 45 minutes.

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.


Libraries Install New Computers

DSC_0003LARL is in the process of installing new computers in its locations, thanks to a $72,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. The Otto Bremer Foundation assists people in achieving full economic, civic and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities.

“We are so grateful for the support of the Otto Bremer Foundation,” said Liz Lynch, director of Lake Agassiz Regional Library. “Our libraries are proud to offer customers the use of public computers, internet access and printers, which remains a vital service to the community. Many community members rely on this service, and updating the technology is extremely important as we continue to offer these resources.”

Other organizations also contributed to the costs of updating the computers. Cargill Wahpeton granted the Breckenridge Public Library with a $2,500 contribution to the project, and First National Bank gave $250 each to the Mahnomen Public Library and the Twin Valley LINK Site. The Moorhead Public Library’s computers were funded in part by the FM Area Foundation. The Fertile-Beltrami Fund awarded the Fertile Public Library the full cost of the library’s new computers. Lake Agassiz Regional Library is grateful to each of its supporters for their contributions to this project.