Adult Programs & Events
We welcome adults of any age to join us for author events, instructional classes, and more. Anyone is able to participate, even if you don't have a Fargo Public Library card. Some programs and events require registration, and others are just first come, first serve. If registration is required, it will be listed in the details for each event.
2022 Winter Reading Program Is January 3 – March 6
This winter, the Fargo Public Library wants you to "get smitten with reading" and take part in the 2022 Winter Reading Program .
The winter reading program starts Monday, Jan. 3 and runs through March 6, 2022. It is free and open to readers of all ages, from babies to adults. Everyone is encouraged to read, discover, and learn this winter with our "Get Smitten With Reading! winter reading program.
The adult portion of the winter reading program is designed for adults age 18 and up to encourage life-long reading and learning habits. Adults can complete the challenge by reading books or ebooks, or listening to audiobooks. We encourage adults to read every day and log their reading in Beanstack.
We are using Beanstack, an online service designed for readers of all ages to log the days and time you spend reading and earn prizes for your efforts. The adult prize for completing the winter reading program is a mug.
Author Visit and Creative Writing Workshop with Jessie Veeder
Author, singer/songwriter, and Forum weekly columnist Jessie Veeder has written her first children’s book, Prairie Princess, and will be visiting the Main Library to share her story. She will also conduct a writing workshop for kids, teens and adults as part of her presentation. Learn more about book publication and the creative process Veeder experienced to bring about her vision, then take part in a writing and art exercise focused on how nature can inspire art. Veeder will explain how we can use poetry and art as a way to tell our story, help others understand our backgrounds and where we come from, and to learn what is important to us. No pre-registration is required. Contact Childrens Services at 701.241.1495 for further details.
Sunday, Jan. 30 – 2 p.m. at the Main Library
Writing Workshop with Marcie R. Rendon Set for Feb. 5
Join us for a hands-on workshop with author Marcie R. Rendon. Participants will be asked to think and write from their own experiences, following the adage of ‘write what you know’. Ms. Rendon will also discuss the process of writing within the context of your own culture and life experience with the goal of being published. This event is recommended for Northern Narratives participants, adults and teens(13+). Participants should bring a laptop or notebook to write in. Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Register online or contact Melisa at 701.476.4076.
Yoga for Beginners at the Dr. James Carlson Library
Yoga for Beginners is geared for those who haven’t tried yoga before or who want a refresher. Along with gentle stretching, this class will teach breathing exercises to provide calmness. Bring a yoga mat if you have one or a large towel and wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. This program is for adults. Fall classes are held Thursday evenings at 6 p.m., at the Dr. James Carlson Library. Contact Lori W. at 701.476.5977 with questions.
Thursday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m.
Chess Club at the Main Library
All area kids, teens, and adults are invited to be part of the library's Chess Club. Whether you are an expert or are new to the game, chess players of all ages and abilities are invited to join the Fargo Public Library’s Chess Club. Starting Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, Chess Club will meet Tuesday evenings from from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fercho Conference Room at the downtown Main Library. Newcomers and novice chess players are welcome. Local chess expert Joe McNamara will facilitate and lead the sessions. The library’s Chess Club is free and open to all ages; registration is not required. Adults must accompany children under 10 years old. For more information about this or any other Fargo Public Library program, please call Lori West at 701.476.5977.
Go & Grow Houseplant Events for Winter
Dig deep into the joy of keeping houseplants with Go & Grow, a unique program where you can grow a houseplant of your own! All levels of plant experience are welcome to participate, from the first time gardener to the advanced collector. Register to pick up a starter houseplant at the downtown Main Library. Plant types will be announced each month. Supplies are limited; and pre-registration is required. This program is recommended for teens and adults. For details, contact Drea at 701.241.1472.
Upcoming Go & Grow Houseplant dates:
Monday, Feb. 14 – Sunday, Feb. 20
Go & Grow Houseplant Video Series
An introductory Go & Grow: Plant Care Basics video is available here to get you started.
Our second video Go & Grow: How to Revive a Sad Plant is available here to help you when your plant isn't thriving like it should.
Online Book Parties
It’s like a book club, but you can read whatever you want! Chat about the books you've been reading recently. Or, find out what our librarians recommend. No registration is required. We will meet online on the library'sFacebook page to discuss all things books. Contact Megan at 701.241.1492 for details.
Thursday, Feb. 17 – ONLINE on Facebook at 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 17 – ONLINE on Facebook at 7 p.m.
Dial-a Story Available
If you ever wish you could have a story, a poem, or even a Shakespearean monologue read to you at any time, day or night, now you can. Call the Library’s Dial-A-Story line at 701.298.6927 anytime to listen to a short story, poem, Shakespearean monologue, or children's story. New recordings are available every Monday. Selections are recorded by Library Outreach Staff and are 3 to 5 minutes in length. Dial-A-Story can be accessed from any phone.
'Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask' the 2021 One Book, One Community Title
An essential and engaging book of questions and answers for Native and non-Native readers, Treuer’s book Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask answers questions with solid information, humor and compassion while building a foundation for true understanding and positive action. A professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji (Minn.) State University, Treuer is a racial equality advocate and the acclaimed author of 20 books. His equity, education and cultural work has put him on a path of service across the region, the nation and the world.
Copies of the book are available for checkout in several formats (physical and digital) at each of the participating libraries; book club kits are also available. For a list of related events and resources, visit any participating library’s website for in-person or virtual events or visit www.1book1community.org. All One Book, One Community events are free and open to the public. Some events require pre-registration to attend.
Event Recording of One Book, One Community Author Visit with Anton Treuer
Writer Anton Treuer recently visited Concordia College as part of the 2021 One Book, One Community event series. View a video recording of his Oct. 26, 2021, author visit and presentation here. Learn more at www.1book1community.org.
Event Recording of One Book, One Community Panel Discussion: "Missing and Murdered Indigenous People – A Community Conversation"
A recent community discussion about the local state, and federal efforts to combat the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People epidemic was presented by panelists Representative Ruth Buffalo, Lissa Yellowbird Chase, Whitney Fear, and Amanda Strauss. Part of the 2021 One Book, One Community event series, view a video recording of the Nov. 3, 2021, Missing and Murdered Indigenous People – A Community Conversation panel discussion here.
Event Recording of One Book, One Community Panel Discussion: "American Indian Boarding Schools and the Doctrine of Discovery"
A recent community discussion about how federal policy and religious doctrine have served to advance religion as an expression of free market capitalism at the expense of Indigenous communities in the United States was presented by panelists Joseph McNeil, Rev. Karen Van Fossan, and Dr. Hollie Mackey. Part of the 2021 One Book, One Community event series, view a video recording of the Sept. 28, 2021, American Indian Boarding Schools and the Doctrine of Discovery panel discussion here.
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