Sister Secrets: A Brother’s Reveal

In “Sister Secrets: A Brother’s Reveal”, local author Matthew Valan examines family dynamics and mental illness. Described as a study in regret and hope, “Sister Secrets” tells the tragic stories of Valan’s sisters who were eventually diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. The author will discuss his book and the real family involved in a local tragedy which resulted in the loss and destruction of several lives. These events are offered free of charge thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Moorhead Public Library
Monday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Barnesville Public Library
Thursday, September 20 at 6 p.m.
Detroit Lakes Public Library
Tuesday, September 25 at 2 p.m.
Breckenridge Public Library
Thursday, September 27 at 6 p.m.
Crookston Public Library
Monday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Hawley Public Library
Thursday, October 4 at 4 p.m.
Bagley Public Library
Thursday, October 11 at 2:30 p.m.
Frazee Library LINK Site
Thursday, October 25 at 2 p.m.

Don’t Miss Homemade with Beatrice Ojakangas

The Finnish culture of northern MN will come to life as renowned cookbook author Beatrice Ojakangas shares recipes, anecdotes, and humor from her book, Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food.

This event is brought to the community free of charge thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Detroit Lakes Public Library
Tuesday, August 28 at 2 p.m.
Fosston Public Library
Tuesday, August 28 at 7 p.m.
McIntosh Public Library
Wednesday, August 29 at 10 a.m.
Moorhead Public Library
Wednesday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m.

World War I Nurses of Clay County

From front line field hospitals to schoolhouses converted to emergency influenza wards, nurses risked their lives to save others during World War I and the Spanish Flu pandemic. This presentation by Markus Krueger of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County will follow women from Clay County, Minnesota, who served in the Red Cross, the Army Nurse Corps, and local hospitals in America, France, and Russia a century ago. This event is brought to the community free of charge thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Halstad Living Center,
133 4th Ave E, Halstad, MN
Tuesday, September 11 at 2 p.m.
Hawley Public Library
Wednesday, September 19 at 3 p.m.
Moorhead Public Library
Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Hendrum Library LINK Site
Thursday, October 4 at 3 p.m.


Announcing the Fall Arts + Cultural Heritage Series

We’re thrilled to invite the public to explore the history and culture of Minnesota through legend, love stories, folk tales and music. This fall we’re bringing a series of authors, musicians and entertainers to libraries and community centers throughout northwest Minnesota. All events are offered free of charge, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and will feature guests such as legendary storyteller Lise Lunge-Larsen, Celtic musician Laura MacKenzie and local author of “Sister Secrets” Matthew Valan. A full list of events is available here.

The series will kick off with appearances by renowned cookbook author Beatrice Ojakangas (author of “Homemade with Beatrice Ojakangas” and 30 other cookbooks). Ojakangas will bring the Finnish culture of northern Minnesota to life with recipes, anecdotes and humor from her most recent book.

On with the series! We’re looking forward to bringing these authors, artists and more to communities near you. 

LARL Libraries to Close Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day

All Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) branches and LINK sites will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day, with regular hours of operation resuming Tuesday, May 29.

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.

Introducing EXPLORE! Summer Library Experience

This summer, kids, teens and adults are invited to join Lake Agassiz Regional Library on a new adventure! Track your reading progress and earn prizes from June-August with EXPLORE! Summer Library Experience.

Join the Summer Library Experience at your local LARL library to read, learn and have fun all summer long! This program will allow kids, teens and adults to explore their imaginations and their communities with activities, projects and reading challenges. Stop by any location, or visit, to begin your exploration!

Click here to learn more about EXPLORE! The fun begins June 1.

MN Writes, MN Reads Author Project

Libraries are helping local authors get the recognition they deserve for writing great books. Minnesota authors are encouraged to submit their self-published, adult or young adult fiction books for a chance to win a $1,000 prize, sponsored by the Minnesota Library Foundation and BiblioLabs. Use MN Writes, MN Reads to create and publish your book, plus discover the work of other writers.

The winners of this contest will receive:

  • $1,000 each in Adult and Young Adult categories. Prizes sponsored by the Minnesota Library Foundation and BiblioLabs.
  • A write-up in the December print issue of Library Journal.
  • Honors at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Seattle.
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) in Minnesota Public Libraries.
  • A Library Journal Digital Review (Winners + Honorable Mentions).
  • Multiple submissions are welcome.

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Self-published
  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
  • Written by a Minnesota resident
  • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

Enter the contest here.

Submissions accepted until June 30, 2018.

Crookston Public Library Announces Large Book Sale

A large used book sale will be held at the Crookston Public Library (110 N Ash St.) next week. The public is invited to browse the library’s collection of used books and other items available for purchase.

Hundreds of books will be for sale, including a variety of non-fiction, fiction and children’s books. Additional items available for purchase include DVDs, audiobooks and furniture. Customers may fill a bag with items for five dollars (furniture will be priced individually). Proceeds of the sale will be used to support the library’s fundraiser for facility improvements, which is made possible by a grant from the Otto Bremer Trust. The Crookston Public Library is seeking to raise the remaining $8,000 of a $25,000 matching funds initiative sponsored by the Otto Bremer Trust. Donations can be made at the library or at
The book sale will be held Monday, May 14 through Saturday, May 19 during the library’s open hours. The library is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Calling All Library Supporters! LARL Seeks to Grow Collection

This spring, we’re kicking off a fundraising campaign to raise money to boost ourcollection budget.  While demand is still strong for physical materials, such as books and DVDs, the popularity of downloadable items, such as eBooks and eAudiobooks is drastically increasing.

“We have seen a significant increase in eBook and eAudiobook use during the past five years” said Liz Lynch, Regional Library Director, “And with this demand, plus increasing prices, we’re seeking the community’s generosity to help us bridge the gap.”

From May 1-30, all 22 Lake Agassiz Regional Library locations will invite community members to demonstrate their love for their local library by making a contribution to benefit the collection. A gift will be provided to those who give a minimum of $10.00. All donations are tax deductible and can be made at each library location or by clicking here.