Back-To-School with Storyteller and Dancer Karla Nweje August 24-26!

Arts educator Karla Nweje is inspired by the griots and griottes of West African society. Viewed today as entertainers, they were once revered as the gifted keepers of history.

Karla will empower youth to unearth their own unique narrative and paint moving portraits through dance and story to become the griots and griottes of tomorrow!

These events are free and open to all ages. Join Karla August 24-26 in one of the following locations:

Tuesday, August 24
9:30 a.m.-Moorhead Library
12:30 p.m.-Barnesville Library
3 p.m.-Rothsay LINK Site
5 p.m.-Breckenridge Library

Wednesday, August 25
10 a.m.-Hendrum LINK Site
1:30 p.m.-Crookston Library
4 p.m.-Fosston Library Theatre
6:30 p.m.-Fertile Library

Thursday, August 26
10:30 a.m.-Hawley Library
12:30 p.m.-Detroit Lakes Library
3 p.m.-Mahnomen Library
6 p.m.-Bagley Library

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

Kid's Author Visit with Patrick "Packy" Mader June 14-18

Patrick Mader is an elementary teacher and children’s book author who wrote “Oma & Opa Together,” “Oma Finds a Miracle,” and  “Big Brother Has Wheels.” Mader will present a rural and agricultural education program with an authentic milking machine and discuss the writing, illustrating and publishing process. Mr. Mader will be visiting all 13 LARL branch libraries in celebration of summer reading.

His schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 14
10:30 a.m.-McIntosh Library
2 p.m.-Fertile Library
7 p.m.-Climax Library

Tuesday, June 15
2 p.m.-Breckenridge Library
6:30 p.m.-Moorhead Library

Wednesday, June 16
10 a.m.-Bagley Library
1:30 p.m.-Fosston Library
6:30 p.m.-Crookston Library

Thursday, June 17
10:30 a.m.-Hawley Library
2 p.m.-Detroit Lakes Library
6 p.m.-Mahnomen Library

Friday, June 18
10:30 a.m.-Barnesville Library
2:30 p.m.-Ada Library

Minnesota's Greatest Generation Film & Discussion August 23 at Moorhead Library

Join us on Monday, August 23 at 7 p.m. in Moorhead Library to watch a series of short documentary films based on the lives of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation. After the films, join those from the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and Senior Connections for a discussion with members of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation.

Our grandparents, parents and neighbors are part of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation. Yet, we may have never heard their stories. These remarkable people grew up during the Depression and came of age during World War II and lived the post-war boom. They’ve created a lasting legacy that shapes us all.

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

Pirate Storyteller "Captain Jeff" Coming to LARL June 28!

Captain Jeff says,“It’s not what ya look like, it’s what ya arrrrrrre!”

This message is part of his fun and exciting storytelling show. His show was born out of his effort to promote the reading program he developed while teaching second grade. The show includes a beautiful island backdrop, three peppy songs, and FREE magic sea shells for all of the children in attendance. His storytelling show has been captured in his YA novel “A Captain Without A Ship” and is available for purchase after his show,  along with “Read A-way,” a complete reading program through the use of storytelling.

Captain Jeff will give three FREE performances on Monday, June 28.

10 a.m.-Moorhead Library

2 p.m.-Fertile Library

5 p.m.-Hendrum LINK Site

Programming is sponsored by LAKE Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part or in whole by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.

CLIMB Theatre Presents "Anansi the Spider" June 25-26!

CLIMB Theatre

Kids and families will love Anansi’s sly ways!

Join us for a FREE performance of “Anansi the Spider!”

  • Friday, June 25 at 11 a.m. in Crookston Library
  • Friday, June 25 at 3 p.m. in Fertile Library
  • Saturday, June 26 at the Norman County Fair in Ada at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    (Under the White Entertainment Tent on the Fairgrounds!)

Anansi the Spider is a master of trickery. Using a rock that has magical powers, Anansi tricks the Elephant, the Rhino, the Giraffe and even the Lion out of their suppers. But when Anansi tries to trick the clever spotted Deer, the tables are turned…

CLIMB’s theatre artists write, produce and present plays and drama classes on topics like bullying, self-control, respect, friendship, acceptance of differences, methamphetamine-use prevention, and the environment.

Programming is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part or in whole by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.

Douglas Wood Returns July 14-16 to Give 9 Free Concerts!

Author and Musician Douglas Wood

Author and musician Douglas Wood will return to Lake Agassiz Regional Library to give nine FREE concerts in July! His performance schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, July 14
Moorhead Library-10 a.m.
Twin Valley LINK Site-2 p.m.
Hawley Library(with the Wild Spirit Band)-7 p.m.

Thursday, July 15
Barnesville Library-10:30 a.m.
Breckenridge Library-2 p.m.
Rothsay Community Center (with the Wild Spirit Band)-7 p.m.

Friday, July 16
Bagley Library-10:30 a.m.
McIntosh Library-2:30 p.m.
Gonvick Community Center (with the Wild Spirit Band)-7 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 or in whole by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.

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.