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  • March 13, 2023 2:12 PM | Anonymous member

    Two things! 

    1.  Chester Fritz Library (CFL) hosted the inaugural Randy Rasmussen Memorial Lecture on January 26th. This was the first lecture in a series formed to honor Randy’s life and legacy. CFL intends to reinvigorate the library as a place for academic and community engagement by holding events with guest lecturers as well as showcasing the talents of scholars around the greater Grand Forks community and the region. Randy Rasmussen, a beloved and longtime staff member at CFL, had an affinity for film and many of his intellectual pursuits revolved around film studies. In addition to film, Randy also had a passion for fine arts, fantasy and science fiction, fan/popular culture, military history, meteorology, libraries and institutions of memory, and publishing.

      During the inaugural lecture, CFL hosted Brain Urlacher, chair of the Political Science department at UND, for a reading and discussion of his new book, The Library of Chester Fritz, which recasts the career of CFL's namesake as a globetrotting dark adventurer. William Caraher from the Digital Press at the University of North Dakota - which published The Library of Chester Fritz - and Patrick Henry from the Department of English joined him for a panel discussion of their plans to advance scholarly and literary publishing at UND in a changing publishing landscape.

      A community of people who share a love for Randy, a passion for communicating research, and an intellectual curiosity for alternate history and literary publishing came together to make a successful event. We hosted 70 people that night, with 50 in person and 20 on Zoom. A recording of the presentation will be available on the UND Scholarly Commons.

      The next lecture will take place on April 13th at 4:30pm. CFL will welcome UND Provost Eric Link to present on “Understanding Science Fiction.” In this illustrated talk, Link will introduce audiences to the field of science fiction film and literature. More information can be found on the Randy Rasmussen Memorial Lecture Series webpage.

    2.  Last August, Mobile Library Coordinator, Tori Lee of the Williston Community Library in Williston, North Dakota wrote a grant to the Robert E. Herman Family Foundation for the amount of $10,000 for the purchase of early literacy kits. We were awarded the grant in December 2022 and are so very excited to get started putting these together for access to our community. The Robert E. Herman Foundation has been a tremendous supporter of our library for the past six years and we are so grateful to them. With the addition of these early literacy kits, we are going to be able to serve families, daycare facilitates, and preschools with emerging readers in so many different aspects all across Williams County.

  • December 05, 2022 8:47 PM | Anonymous member

    The One Post! 

    Please consider contributing YOUR Good Stuff in the next issue of NDLA's newsletter!

    Williston Community Library was awarded $2600 through the North Dakota State Library for Memory Connection Kits. Administrative Assistant Lisa Webb, who has been with the library for over eight years, has been trying to find a way to connect our most vulnerable patrons with their most cherished memories ever since she attended a seminar on the topic in 2020. When the opportunity for a grant to enhance our Library of Things collection came about, Webb knew this was her chance. She got to work right away, researched the parts and pieces and began writing her first grant. When she got the news her grant was accepted, she was over the moon and thrilled with the opportunity. Purchasing materials will begin the first week of November, with hopes of Memory Connecting Kits becoming available in January 2023.

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  • May 31, 2022 8:23 AM | Anonymous member

    Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library presents Families Around the World

    The Bismarck Veteran Memorial Public Library’s 3rd annual Families around the World event embraced the diversity in our community and celebrated the unique cultures we share. The evening hosted lively music and dancing presentations, guest exhibitors at information tables, hands-on activities and craft projects, and tasty food samples from local purveyors. The Library presented Families around the World in partnership with Global Neighbors, Bismarck Public Schools, and the Bismarck Library Foundation, Inc.

    Americans and the Holocaust traveling exhibition at Bismarck Library

    Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library was one of 50 U.S. libraries selected to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that examines the motives, pressures, and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war, and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. The touring library exhibition — based on the special exhibition of the same name at the Museum in Washington, D.C. — will travel to U.S. libraries from 2022 to 2024.

    We are honored to be selected from a pool of more than 250 applicants and chosen as the only library in North Dakota to host Americans and the Holocaust,” said Library Director Christine Kujawa. “We encourage citizens to experience this powerful exhibit. We are eager to connect with community partners to offer informative programs, as well. The exhibit will challenge people not only to ask ‘what would I have done?’ but also, ‘what will I do?’” Americans and the Holocaust was on display at the Library along with a series of related special events through May 3, 2022.

    The Bismarck Library Foundation Annual Fundraiser

    The Bismarck Library Foundation held its Art of Books “fun”raiser on April 29, 2022. This sold-out event welcomed 150 guests to Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library afterhours, with a silent art auction, refreshments, trivia, and a live auction that generated over $1,000. Proceeds from the event support Bismarck Library Foundation and its funding of library programs


    Please consider contributing YOUR Good Stuff in the next issue of the NDLA newsletter!

  • March 08, 2022 12:49 PM | Anonymous member

    New Programming Ideas From the DPL

    By Paul Amberg, Outreach Librarian, Dickinson Area Public Library

    To better serve our adult and late teen patrons, the DPL is trying some new programming starting in March. The first of which, Crime Club, has already started and was received well. Crime Club is promoted with the hook, “WANTED! True crime junkies who think they could help solve a crime or would just like to talk about them with like-minded people. Each month will center on a specific crime or criminal. Read up on or research the topic and come for the discussion.” The idea is to put your fascination with true crime to work. Who knows what someone might think of. Examples: March is the Zodiac and April the Black Dahlia.

    Another new program for adults and teens is Based on the Book. With Based on the Book, participants will discuss both the book and the movie or TV adaptation of the book. Some clips of the adaptation will be shown to help the discussion along. Participants do not have to have read or seen either but reading or seeing one of the versions will probably help. A popcorn bar will be set up as well. The idea is that people may not come to a book club because they have only seen the film or skip a showing of a film because they prefer the book as it is. This gives a chance for people to not have to have done one or the other but still get to talk about the work.

    Finally, the DPL is taking a program not just out of the library but to another small local community. The DPL has been successful with our Books & Brew program, which is hosted at the De Porres House of Barbing, Lounge & Coffeehouse. This event has been successful enough that we have added another morning version at the same location for the coffee crowd. Now we will be hosting a chapter of Books & Brew at the Cup and Cake coffee shop in Belfield, ND. Each month Books & Brew participants will discuss a book while enjoying a coffee, or tea. We will meet one Saturday a month at Cup and Cake and copies of the book will be available to checkout at Cup and Cake. Even if participants have not read the book, you are still invited. If this chapter goes well, we will look at hosting events in other small local communities in the area. 


    Women’s History Month Panel / Grand Forks Public Library Five local women leaders will share what they’re passionate about and involved with in our community. This event will take place Saturday March 19, 2-3 p.m.


    Red River Valley Kids Read Project Happening in April

    by Melisa Duncan, Fargo Public Library

    This spring, in partnership with several other regional libraries along the Red River – both on the North Dakota side and the Minnesota side – the Fargo Public Library is offering an inaugural project of a new literature-based program for kids that includes author visits at all participating libraries, along with book giveaways. Five libraries are partnering together for the first time on a project to tie our communities together, up, and down the Red River Valley, through storytelling and quality literature for children. North Dakota partner libraries include the Fargo Public, Grand Forks Public, Leach (Wahpeton) Public, and West Fargo Public. The Moorhead Public Library in Minnesota is our fifth partner. The project is titled Red River Valley Kids Read, and we hope to build a sense of place and belonging in our diverse communities by remembering a disastrous event that brought neighbors, friends, families, and strangers together 25 years ago. 

    The historic Red River Valley Flood took place in 1997 and deeply affected the towns in which all our partner libraries reside. Throughout the ordeal, acts of selflessness, generosity, bravery, determination, and kindness helped keep people from giving up the flood fight that ultimately destroyed so much. It brought out the good in people in so many ways, as the hard work solidified a purpose and brought communities together in a mission to save as much as possible. In these days of division, our project will remind people what can be accomplished when we all work together.

    The Red River Valley Kids Read project will focus on author Elizabeth Raum’s new middle grade novel Storm Warning, a novel which takes place in Ada, MN during the 1997 flood. It’s the story of a 12-year-old boy who is left at home with his little sister when disaster hits. He must summon his wits and courage to save not only her, but their great-grandmother as well. This story is beautifully written and includes many references to area institutions, organizations, and media personalities. Raum lived in Fargo during the time of the 1997 flood. All library partners are promoting the reading of this book and have planned several events related to the story and to the remembrance of the 1997 Red River flood. In addition, each library is also hosting in-person author visits with Elizabeth Raum. Related events such as book discussions, photo exhibits, panel discussions, and activity/online reading challenges are planned as part of the event series.

    The communities of Fargo, Grand Forks, Wahpeton and West Fargo, ND, and the community of Moorhead, MN are all beneficiaries of this project. This activity is primarily directed toward child participants in these communities, but teens and adults will also be served by viewing or participating in some of the scheduled all ages activities related to the book.

    This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    The Red River Valley Kids Read project highlights the cooperative nature of our regional public libraries, and truly creates a movement to foster community through reading. 

  • December 15, 2021 4:21 PM | Anonymous member

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