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The Lake Agassiz Regional Library Sugarbeet Series is about
the story of us.

Each exciting event brings us closer as a region by celebrating who we are and how we
got here. These events showcase our culture, and our ties to agriculture.

Our valley has rich soil and a rich history. The marriage of land and those

who work it dates back as far as our first settlers. From humble roots, the Red River
Valley has grown into a region characterized by its quirks and kindness.

Lake Agassiz Regional Library proudly supports our rural Minnesota communities.
Our libraries and LINK Sites serve as gathering spaces where anyone can pick up
a book and discover new worlds, or where neighbors can immerse themselves in
the stories of their own back yard.

Each Sugarbeet Series Event is free and open to the public. Bring your family, your
friends, your elders and your children. Experience our legendary region through music,
history, writing, poetry, photography, comedy and magic.

Like the sugarbeets that tie us all together, we hope you emerge with new knowledge,
grow with new experiences and harvest the sweet rewards the arts and our Minnesota
cultural heritage provide.

Be sure to pick up an entire Sugarbeet Series Event Booklet at any of Lake Agassiz Regional Library's 23 locations!

Thank you,

Lake Agassiz Regional Library

The Beat Goes On, So On with the Series!
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Programming is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported
in part or in whole with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.
March 2012 Divider 

8th Street String Quartet 8th Street
String Quartet

and Soloist Ben Sung

The 8th Street String Quartet performances include a repertoire of classical selections.  

Solo performances by FM Symphony Concertmaster, Ben Sung, include classical selections and discussions of the violin and its history.


All presenters are musicians with the FM Symphony. Each member of the quartet will share their gift of music with all ages.


Take in a free classical music presentation with your friends and family!

8th Street String Quartet (without Ben Sung)  


7 p.m. - Fertile Library



6 p.m. - Gonvick LINK Site


Solo Presentation by Concertmaster Ben Sung
(without 8th Street String Quartet)


6:30 p.m.  - Shelly LINK Site


10:30 a.m.  - Mahnomen Library
2 p.m. - Twin Valley LINK Site


Anna Dee Olson Anna Dee Olson
Growing Up Amish

An inspirational speaker and author, Olson spent the first 24 years of her life living in an Amish community.   


She's seen the best and worst of Amish culture and modern American life, and uses what she has learned to live a more fulfilling life today.


Olson's motto is : "True forgiveness is a choice we all have."


She strongly believes in helping people through volunteering, sharing her experiences and inspiring others to understand the secretive life of the Amish culture.


Read Olson's book, Growing Up Amish, and attend one of her presentations!

10 a.m. - Halstad Living Center
2 p.m. - Moorhead Library
7 p.m. - Breckenridge Library


10:30 a.m. - Mahnomen Library
2 p.m. - Bagley Library
7 p.m. - Detroit Lakes Library

10:30 a.m.  - Cormorant LINK Site
2 p.m. - Frazee LINK Site
5 p.m. - Barnesville Library

Pete Hautman Pete Hautman
Young Adult Author 

"Back in the mid-1990s I wrote a time travel mystery called Mr. Was. The main character, for most of the story, was a teenager. When I showed the manuscript to a friend, he said, 'This is a Young Adult novel.'"


"Oh," said I. "That's kind of a stupid name for teen books."


And then I started thinking about the books I read as a teenager, and how much they had mattered to me, and how vividly I still remembered many of them-both the good and the bad. And then I started remembering other things about being a teenager, and the ideas started coming.


So here I am years later with a dozen YA books, and more to come, and you know what? I still think "Young Adult" is a stupid name for the kind of books I write.


Hautman's presentation will be about the genre, his process and his works.


Aspiring teen and adult writers encouraged to attend!


Pete Hautman is up for a MN Book Award for his 2011 book, The Big Crunch.  

1 p.m. - Ada Library
4 p.m. - Moorhead Library
7 p.m. - Hawley Library

10:30 a.m. - Crookston Library
1:30 p.m. - Climax Library 
4 p.m. - Hendrum LINK Site

Jerry FrasierJerry Frasier
Comic Magician 

Jerry is impressive, unique and unforgettable. His interactive, comedic style brings audience participation to a new level.  


With a distinctive voice and energetic personality, Jerry positively embraces the audience with anything-can-happen clean comedy. His show is fun, tight, fast-paced, well-planned and seamlessly routined.  


A hard working, polished professional, Jerry is a top-notch comic magician.    

Jerry's show is appropriate for all ages!

9:30 a.m. - Halstad Living Center
4 p.m. - Fosston Library
7 p.m. - McIntosh Library

10:30 a.m. - Bagley Library
3 p.m. - Gonvick LINK Site 
7 p.m. - Fertile Library
10 a.m. - Lake Park LINK Site
2 p.m. - Hawley Library 
7 p.m. - Breckenridge Library  
LARL Staff Picks

Learn what LARL staff are reading! 


 112263 11/22/63 by Stephen King-James
"King mixed elements of science and historical fiction with a storyline of slowly building tension and paranoia as Jake Epping, an English teacher from the present day travels into the past to prevent the Kennedy assassination. King taps into his vivid vision of "the good old days" with Epping's journey to the past that evokes both nostalgia and disgust at the dark social undercurrents of the times that reminds me of King's novel It, one of my favorites."



Ready Player One by Ernest Cline-Josh
"I enjoyed the geeky quests in the virtual reality of the 80s and nostalgic references to Monty Python and Ferris Beuller's Day Off!"

Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed by Carl Zimmer-Sharon
"I learned so much about science from reading the sections on why the people got the tattoos!"

 Visible Man The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman-Shane
"In this, his second novel, the pop culture critic and Fargo native gives the classic Invisible Man trope a postmodern update: the story is related through e-mails and transcripts of conversations between the so-called 'visible man' and his therapist. Klosterman's nameless main character is able to observe others undetected, and what he sees forces the reader to ask themselves how, in our increasingly isolated and compartmentalized world, we determine which of our 'selves' is real."

The Help by Kathryn Stockett-Kristen
"I love historical fiction and I'm half-way through this book and it's awesome! I'm waiting to see the movie. I'm sure the book is better!"

One Hundred Names for Love: a Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing by Diane Ackerman-Janet
"My mother had a stroke and my father is in a similar caregiving role. This is a very powerful read!"

Divergent by Veronica Roth-Janelle
"This book is much like the Hunger Games trilogy which were impossible for me to put down they were so good! I'm reading Hunger Games 'read-alikes' in anticipation of the premiere of the Hunger Games movie March 23!





The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen-Jeanne

"I really enjoy Scandinavian crime novels. This one was set in Denmark!"  


Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley-Deb

"These books are charming and humorous murder mysteries. Plus, the heroine is an 11-year-old aspiring chemist who works with poison!"  


Embassytown by China Mieville-Rachel

"This book was a propulsive, involving sci-fi about alien races, human colonizers, lingustics, and the woman who finds herself caught in the midst of approaching disaster!"  


How Would You Move Mount Fuji?

Microsoft's Cult of the Puzzle--How the World's Smartest Companies Select the Most Creative Thinkers

by William Poundstone-Phil (read on Kindle) 

"I learned about how Microsoft and other corporations use riddles and puzzles to make sure their workers are creative thinkers and problem solvers!" 


New Content in Digital Library Collection

Checkout these great titles in LARL's Digital Collection


Romance eBooks 



50 Harbor Street by Debbie Macomber

Kid's eBooks 
 James in a Mess and Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories by Rev. W. Awdry

Thumbelina by Mary Man-Kong

Young Adult eBooks

Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Top Three Circulated LARL Kindle eBooks
(February 1 through February 22, 2012) 




3.The Help by Kathryn Stockett 

Top Three Circulated LARL MP3 Audiobooks
 (February 1 through February 22, 2012)

1.The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

2.Across the Universe by Beth Revis 


3.Amethyst Dreams by Phyllis A. Whitney

Top Three Circulated LARL WMA Audiobooks 
(February 1 through February 22, 2012)
Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

2.The Help by Kathryn Stockett

3.Nightwoods by Charles Frazier 
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