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 first come, first serve. If registration is required, it will be listed in the details for each event.
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Write-In Sessions Planned
Join us for a series of NaNoWriMo Write-Ins at the downtown Main Library. Bring your pens, pencils, laptops, notebooks, headphones and a snack to the downtown Main Library's Fercho Conference Room to take part in NaNoWritMo (National Novel Writing Month) and start/ finish your novel. No registration is required for these free sessions. Contact Lori at 701.476.5977 for details.
Three informal writing sessions are planned:
Saturday, Nov. 19 – Fercho Conference Room at the Main Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 26 – Fercho Conference Room at the Main Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3 – Fercho Conference Room at the Main Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Spice Club Take & Make Featuring Ground Mace
Looking to spice up your holiday cooking? Sign up to pick up a sample spice packet, brief background information, and suggested resources for recipes. There will be a discussion board at discord.com if you want to share your cooking experiences and/or gain insight from others. Packets are limited; one packet per household. Pre-registration is required and opens Nov. 28. Packet pick-up starts Monday, Dec. 12. Once registered, you will receive information on how to pick up the spice packet and connect virtually. Contact Sarah at 701.241.8295 for details.
Dec. 12: Ground Mace
Fall Go & Grow: Houseplants
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. Register to pick up a starter houseplant at the Main Library. Plant types will be announced each month. Supplies are limited; pre-registration is required. Registration will open one week before each plant pick-up day. Recommended for teens and adults. Contact Drea at 701.241.1472.
Wednesday, Dec. 14 – Main Library
ND Job Service Provides Monthly Walk-in Help Sessions at both the Main Library and the Dr. James Carlson Library
ND Job Service staff visits the Fargo Public Library on certain days to provide job-seeking support, training program information, unemployment assistance, and more to the library patrons. These walk-in sessions will be available to the general public at two both the Main Library and the Dr. James Carlson Library.
• ND Job Service staff will be at the Dr. James Carlson Library from 2 to 4 p.m. on the 1st Tuesday of each month.
Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Dr. James Carlson Library from 2 to 4 p.m.
• ND Job Service staff will be at the Main Library from 2 to 4 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Tuesday, Dec. 20 – Main Library from 2 to 4 p.m.
• ND Job Service staff will be available to offer:
• Job seeking assistance
• Veteran's services
• Information on training programs
• Resume building assistance
• Limited unemployment insurance assistance
• Migrant and seasonal farmworker services
Learn more about the services offered by Job Service North Dakota at https://www.jobsnd.com/
Ongoing Adult Events
Tech Help Sessions at the Main Library on Wednesday Afternoons
Do you have difficulty with your phone, laptop, or tablet? Were computer basics just not taught when you were in school?
Our librarians are ready to help you, one-on-one, with your technology questions on Wednesday afternoons from 3-6 p.m. Call 701.241.1492 for an appointment or you may drop in at the Main Library Community Room (if time slots are still available). Please note: When attending Tech Help, please bring your device – laptop, smartphone, eReader, etc. – with you.
Upcoming Tech Help session dates:
Wednesday, Nov. 30 – Main Library from 3 to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Main Library from 3 to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14 – Main Library from 3 to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 21 – Main Library from 3 to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 28 – Main Library from 3 to 6 p.m.
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, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 29, at 6 p.m.
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's Facebook page to discuss all things books. Contact Megan at 701.241.1492 for details.
Thursday, Dec. 15 – ONLINE on Facebook at 7 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. Chess Club meets 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.
One Book One Community 2022
In its 11th year, the One Book, One Community reading project centers on the community-wide reading of a single book and is dedicated to creating a shared conversation along with a range of related events and activities for residents of all ages. This year's selected title is Louise Erdrich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Night Watchman.
Copies of the book will be available for checkout in several formats (physical and digital) at each of the participating libraries; book club kits will also available. For details and a list of related events, resources, program partners, and program sponsors, visit www.1book1community.org.
This year’s One Book, One Community reading project features several events including community book discussions, cultural presentations, exhibits, films and other programs. All One Book, One Community events are free and open to the public. Some events do require pre-registration to attend.
One Book, One Community Reading Challenge on through Nov. 30
Take on the 2022 One Book, One Community Reading Challenge by reading and completing activities related to this year's book in Beanstack, an online service designed for readers of all ages to log the days and activities related to this challenge. Free and open to readers ages 14 and older, the reading challenge runs from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30. By completing the challenge, participants will earn entries into a drawing for prizes that support Native and Indigenous businesses. Visit fargolibrary.beanstack.org/reader365 to get started.
Or, download the Beanstack app:
• Apple Store
• Google Play
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.
Library Program Evaluation
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