Please join us to celebrate the many talents of our fellow Minnesotans through art, literature, and music this fall! 


The Beat Goes On series is all about digging deeper to find the truly meaningful Minnesota stories and experiences and sharing them with each other.


Celebrate Minnesota arts and heritage with those in your community at the most comfortable and welcoming place in town...Lake Agassiz Regional Library.


Be sure to pick up a Fall 2012 'The Beat Goes On' Booklet at any Lake Agassiz Regional Library branch library or LINK Site.


Thank you,


Lake Agassiz Regional Library


Programming is sponsored by
Lake Agassiz Regional Library and
supported in part with money
from the Minnesota
Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.

Free Entertainment, Uniquely Minnesotan! 


The Beat Goes On,
So On with the

Curtis & Loretta,
Minnesota Musicians  
Curtis & Loretta 
This entertaining multi-talented musical duo shares Minnesota musical heritage with the songs Minnesotans would have been singing in 1858 like "The Farmer is the Man," and "Lincoln and Liberty."

Tuesday, October 2 

9:00 a.m.  - Norman County West Elementary School
(Open to the public!)
2:00 p.m.  - Climax-Shelly School
(Open to the public!)
6:30 p.m. - Crookston Library


Wednesday, October 3
10:30 a.m.  - Bagley American Legion
1:30 p.m.  - Fosston Library
7:00 p.m. - Hawley Library


Thursday, October 4
10:00 a.m.  - Moorhead Library
2:00 p.m.  - Barnesville Library
7:00 p.m. - Breckenridge Library

Lin Enger,
Minnesota Author 

Lin Enger 

Shakespearean drama in north woods Minnesota?   




In a bold reinvention of "Hamlet," Enger tells the story of a young man trying to hold his family together in a world tipped suddenly upside down.

Monday, October 8 

10:30 a.m. - Cormorant LINK Site
1:30 p.m. - Detroit Lakes Library
6:00 p.m. - Twin Valley LINK Site


Wednesday, October 10
10:30 a.m.  -  Fosston Library
2:00 p.m.  - Fertile Library
6:30 p.m. - Crookston Library


Friday, October 12
10:30 a.m.  - Bagley Library
1:00 p.m.  - McIntosh Library
6:30 p.m. - Shelly LINK Site

Lorna Landvik,
Minnesota Author &
Comic Actress 


Lorna Landvik 
Landvik made her debut as a novelist with "Patty Jane's House of Curl,"  and also wrote the very popular, "Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons." 

She recently self-published her sci-fi novel "Mayor of the Universe" and also works as a comic actress and playwright. She resides in Minneapolis.

Tuesday, October 16 

6:30 p.m. - Crookston Library


Wednesday, October 17
1:00 p.m.  -  Moorhead Library
7:00 p.m. - Detroit Lakes Library

Dorothy Lund Nelson,
Minnesota Historian 


Dorothy Lund Nelson 

Between 1854 and 1929, more than 100,000 children were sent from New York City, via orphan trains, to new homes in rural America. 


Lund Nelson, an acknowledged authority on the Orphan Train Movement and its ties to our region, will share about the fate of the children...from child laborer to accomplished governor.

Tuesday, October 23 

10:30 a.m. - Crookston Library
1:30 p.m. - Climax-Shelly School
(Open to the public!)
6:00 p.m.  - McIntosh Library


Wednesday, October 24
10:30 a.m.  -  Ada Library
1:00 p.m. - Fertile Library
5:00 p.m. - Gonvick LINK Site


Thursday, October 25
11:00 a.m. - Cormorant LINK Site
4:30 p.m. - Lake Park LINK Site
7:00 p.m.  - Moorhead Library

Mary Shideler,
Minnesota Author & Adventurer 
Mary Shideler 

Are you ready for an adventure?


In addition to her adventures in China and Africa, Shideler kayaked over 1,000 lakes in Itasca County and its environs.   


She chronicles the adventure in her book, "The Kayak Lady."

Monday, October 29 

2:30 p.m. - Moorhead Library
6:00 p.m.  - Hendrum LINK Site


Tuesday, October 30
10:00 a.m.  -  Halstad Living Center
1:30 p.m. - Twin Valley LINK Site
7:00 p.m. - Ulen LINK Site


Wednesday, October 31
12:00 p.m. - Breckenridge Library (Brown Bag Lunch)
7:00 p.m. - Detroit Lakes Library

New eBooks!




New eAudiobooks!





Celebrate Banned Books Week Now through October 6

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community -- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types -- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.


By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning.


Banned Books Week 2012 marks its 30th anniversary. Thousands of individuals and institutions across the United States participate in Banned Books Week each year, and it has grown into a premier literary event and a national awareness and advocacy campaign around censorship.


The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.


Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American PublishersComic Book Legal Defense Fund; the Freedom to Read FoundationNational Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; National Association of College Stores; and the PEN American Center.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and Project Censored.


(News Release from American Library Association)

 One Book, One Community October Partnership Launches Today!

Watch today's One Book, One Community press conference!

Inaugural One Book, One Community Press Conference
Inaugural One Book, One Community
Press Conference 10.1.12

In partnership, the Fargo Public Library, Lake Agassiz Regional Library and West Fargo Public Library are launching an inaugural One Book One Community project in October 2012.  Join with the entire community in reading The Giver by Lois Lowry, and participating in a book discussion, a 'Splash of Red' photo contest and more!


"In a utopian community where there are no choices-where everyone has his or her place in the world assigned according to gifts and interests-the time has come for 12-year-old Jonas to become the new Receiver of Memory. He will be the one to bear the collective memories of a society that lives only in the present, where "Sameness " is the rule. But Jonas soon recognizes the losses and discovers the lie that supports his community. He decides he will change his world-but he cannot predict how that change will come about, or what that change will mean for himself and the "newchild" Gabriel, whom he has resolved to protect."
-Random House  


Request a free copy of The Giver from your local library or LINK Site anytime!


For more information about the One Book, One Community event, visit www.fmareaonebook.org.


Photo Contest

The One Book, One Community project will host a photo contest from October 1 - October 25, 2012.



Black and White photographs with a splash of red.


Submission Guidelines:

Entrants must submit photographs digitally - you can bring your photo on a disc (disc will not be returned) to a participating library or email your photo as an attachment to fmareaonebook@gmail.com.


All entries must include the following information:
-Category (youth or adult)
-Photo Title
-Photo Description


Rules:  One entry per person.  Photographs must be the original work of the entrant.  Entrants must fill out the entry form to hand in with their photograph.  Entrants will choose a category on the submission form (Youth - through 18 years of age, and Adult - 18 and older).  All submissions will appear on the FM Area One Book Flicker page and may also appear in print form in participating libraries.


Judges:  Judging for both categories will be conducted by Raul Gomez, Wayne Gudmundson, and John Lamb.


Prizes:  Winners from each category will receive a new Kindle!  Winners will also be featured in an editorial in the High Plains Reader!


"The idea is that the city that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony."
-Mary McGrory, The Washington Post, March 17, 2002

2012 Teen Read Week Bookmark Design Contest

Are you a teen (ages 12-18) living in the seven-county LARL service area? If so,  you are invited to create a bookmark with art inspired by your favorite book!

Submit artwork between October 1-22, 2012.

Winners will be announced November 1.

Click here for official entry form and rules.
Lake Agassiz Regional Library

Lake Agassiz Regional Library

More information about LARL services and programs at www.larl.org.

LARL serves the residents of Becker, Clay, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk and Wilkin counties, with branch libraries in Ada, Bagley, Barnesville, Breckenridge, Climax, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Fertile, Fosston, Hawley, Mahnomen, McIntosh and Moorhead and LINK sites in Cormorant, Frazee, Gonvick, Halstad, Hendrum, Lake Park, Rothsay, Shelly, Twin Valley and Ulen.