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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.

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Planting Day at the Library Learning Garden Is May 30

It is time to get the seeds and plants in the soil and watered for the growing season! Growing Together, a local community garden group, and the Library are partnering to plant, maintain, and harvest the Library Learning Garden plots located by the Dr. James Carlson Library. No gardening experience is necessary, and all ages are welcome. For more information, contact Lori West at 701.476.5977.
Thursday, May 30 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 10 a.m.

Gardening sessions continue weekly on Thursdays starting at 10 a.m. throughout the summer and early fall. These sessions are a wonderful way to learn about gardening, be active, and experience the many additional benefits of community gardening. All ages are welcome (children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian) and no registration is required.
Thursday mornings – Dr. James Carlson Library at 10 a.m.

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Community Game Nights at the Northport Library

Join us for Community Game Night at the Northport Library. A variety of tabletop games will be provided, and participants are also encouraged to bring a favorite game they would like to share. All tabletop gaming experience levels are welcome. Game Nights are scheduled for the 1st Monday of the month. Snacks will be provided. These sessions are recommended for ages 16+ and no registration is required.
Upcoming dates:
1st Mondays at the Northport Library from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
June 3, July 1, and August 5

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Iced Tea Tasting at the Dr. James Carlson Library

Explore some of the many unique teas available. Samples of 4 different iced teas from around the globe will be provided, along with brewing tips and relevant information on the background each selection. Bring a friend so you can sip tea and socialize. This program is recommended for teens(13+) and adults. Pre-registration is required and can be done online. Contact Katrina at with any questions.
Saturday, June 8 – Dr. James Carlson Library at 10 a.m.

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Ongoing Adult Events

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 most Thursday evenings at 6 p.m., at the Dr. James Carlson Library. Contact Lori W. at 701.476.5977 with questions.
Upcoming dates:
May 23 and 30; June 6, 13, 20, and 27

Tech Help Sessions at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Tuesdays and at the Main Library on Wednesdays

Tech Help is offered weekly at the Dr. James Carlson Library Branch. Each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. our tech expert staff are available in the Christianson Conference Room for one-on-one assistance with technology issues. Need help with getting connected to eBooks? Can’t quite understand your new “smart” device? Struggling with questions with such programs as Word or Excel? Call the Dr. James Carlson Adult Services Desk at 701.476.5980 to register for a 30-minute session. Drop-ins will be accepted based on availability of staff.
Upcoming Tech Help session dates at the Dr. James Carlson Library (Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): May 28; June 4, 11, 18, and 25

Our librarians are ready to help you, one-on-one, with your technology questions at the downtown Main Library on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 5 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, e-book reader, etc. – with you.
Upcoming Tech Help session dates at the Main Library (Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m.): May 22 and 29; June 5, 12, 19, and 26

Monthly Jigsaw Puzzle Socials at the Main Library

Calling all puzzle lovers! Do you have lots of puzzles just taking up space in your closet? Do you want to meet other jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts? Let's work on a puzzle together while chatting and making friends. We’ll have puzzles available or you are welcome to bring some to swap. No registration is required. These sessions are recommended for adults and teens(16+). Snacks and beverages will be provided. Contact Christina at 701.241.8199 for details.
Select Saturdays at the Main Library at 9 a.m.
June 15, July 20, and August 17

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Virtual 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 meet online on the library's Facebook page to discuss all things books. Contact Megan at 701.241.1492 for details.
Upcoming dates:
Thursday, June 20 – ONLINE on Facebook at 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 18 – ONLINE on Facebook at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 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 5 to 8 p.m. in the Dawson 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.

2024 FPL Reading Challenge

The 2024 FPL Reading Challenge Runs Through Dec. 31, 2024

The Fargo Public Library is excited to introduce the 2024 Fargo Public Library Reading Challenge! This challenge is designed for adult readers who are looking to add fun, discover a new favorite, or have a little extra motivation for reading during the year. Registration is open and participation starts January 1 in Beanstack. The challenge runs through Dec. 31, 2024. Throughout the year, participants complete any of the 12 reading prompts by keeping track and entering the title of what you read in Beanstack. Participants who complete 10 of the 12 prompts will be entered to win a grand prize drawing at the end of the year. If you need recommendations for the reading prompts, contact the Main Library's Information Desk at 701.241.1492 or email to request title suggestions.

To get started with the 2024 Reading Challenge, visit the Beanstack website. Or, download the Beanstack app:
Apple Store
Google Play

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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.

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