Announcing the 2017 Title!

We are excited to announce that the 2017 One Book, One Community selection is “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. Centered on the themes of commitment and hope, his book examines the cruelty of racism, the blindness of patriotism, all while set during one of the most conflicted and confusing times in American history.

This year’s One Book, One Community reading project launches in late September and features several events including a community book discussion, film screenings, cultural exhibits and other engaging programs. This year’s One Book, One Community project will finish with two events with the author on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Ford will speak at an invitation only, informal “Tea with the Author” event at the Moorhead Public Library in the afternoon. Later that evening, he will take the stage for an author presentation and book signing at the Knutson Campus Center Centrum (901 8th St. S.) on the campus of Concordia College starting at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Copies of the book are available for check out in several formats (print and ebook) at each of the participating libraries; book club kits are also available.

This is the sixth year of the One Book, One Community reading project in the community. The 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.

All One Book, One Community events are free and open to the public. This project is generously supported by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the West Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the Moorhead Library and Moorhead Community Education.

The World in Fargo-Moorhead Exhibit Comes to the Fargo Public Library!

Pictured: Mahmoud Toumeh, Syrian-American. Photo by Meg Luther Lindholm

The World in Fargo-Moorhead is a community project designed to raise awareness about the diversity of people living in the FM community. The project consists of photographs and quotes from people who are foreign-born but now live in the FM area. They may be immigrants, refugees, international students or workers on temporary visas. They may have lived here 50 years or one day. This exhibit will be on display in the concourse at the downtown location of the Fargo Public Library from September 6th – October 28th.

A reception and photographer’s talk is scheduled for Thursday, September 22 from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Community Room at the downtown Fargo Public Library. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Lori West at

This exhibit is part of Welcoming Week: Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, and the 1 Book 1 Community event series.
Partners for this project include the Fargo Public Library, The Arts Partnership, the New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment, and the North Dakota Humanities Council.

Community Contributors: Darci Asche

Darci Asche,
New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment

Darci AsheResettlement of refugees in the Red River Valley is nothing new.  Learn about the long history of resettlement in the area; where have people come from, how has resettlement changed in the last 70 years?  There are many myths and theories surrounding resettlement.  You will have an opportunity to clear up the misconceptions and misunderstandings of this very complicated humanitarian program.

Join us at the Moorhead Public Library Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. for this installment of the Pangaea Series, a collaboration of community voices telling their stories relating to immigration to this area.

Community Contributors: Kavitha Gundala

Kavitha Gundala is part of the Indian American Association of Great Plains (IAAGP), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create and promote awareness of the cultures of India.

Join us at the Moorhead Public Library Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. for this installment of the Pangaea Series, a collaboration of community voices telling their stories relating to immigration to this area.

Community Contributors: Irma Ciber

Irma CiberIrma Ciber was a young girl in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War when a house fire burned her, her mother and her little sister. They were evacuated to Italy where her mother died, leaving 9 year old Irma to care for her 4 year old sister while her father fought on the battlefield and other family were held in concentration camps. In 1996, the family reunited in Fargo-Moorhead. Irma will tell us her story, why Bosnians had to leave their homeland in the 1990s, and why many of them chose to move to our community

Join us at the Moorhead Public Library Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. for this installment of the Pangaea Series, a collaboration of community voices telling their stories relating to immigration to this area.

Community Contributors: Thomas Isern

Thomas Isern
Photo by James Robichaux

Thomas D. (Tom) Isern is Professor of History at North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota. Born and raised on a wheat farm in western Kansas, he has lived all his life on the plains of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Saskatchewan, and North Dakota (except when abroad, studying the grasslands of New Zealand and Australia).

Isern holds a BA degree from Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, as well as MA and PhD degrees from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma. Prior to coming to NDSU in 1992, Isern served eleven years on the faculty of Emporia State University, Kansas.

Isern’s academic specialty is the history and folklore of the Great Plains of North America, his research and teaching comprising both the American plains and the Canadian prairies. He is the author or co-author of six books, including, most recently, Dakota Circle: Excursions on the True Plains, published by the NDSU Institute for Regional Studies. His particular interest is the story of farming, ranching, and rural life on the plains. He explores this interest in frequent lectures and concerts for public and professional audiences throughout the region. He also writes about it (co-authorship with Jim Hoy) in the weekly (since 1983) newspaper column, Plains Folk, also heard weekly on the statewide public radio service of Prairie Public.

In 1991, as a Fulbright Scholar, Isern investigated the agricultural history of the tussock grasslands of New Zealand; in 1996 he returned for further work in New Zealand under a Programme Development Grant from the NZ-US Educational Foundation; and he returns there frequently to continue a line of research in agricultural and environmental history.

Isern is the founding director of NDSU’s Center for Heritage Renewal, an applied research and service center devoted to historic preservation and heritage tourism on the northern plains.

At NDSU Isern has received the Peltier Award for Innovative Teaching and been named both the Fargo Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Professor as well as the Dale Hogoboom Presidential Professor. In 2007 President Chapman conferred on Isern the title of University Distinguished Professor, one of the first seven such appointments campus-wide.

To a degree unusual among academic historians, Isern is committed to communication and engagement with the regional public. He devotes his research to regional issues; teaches resident and extramural courses dealing with regional history and folklore; serves as an officer and volunteer for state and local organizations; and most of all, speaks and writes for the general public, not only for the academic community. These things flow from his personal affection for the land and people of the North American plains and from his professional devotion to the quality of regional life.

Professor Isern will join Micheal Miller, Director and Bibliographer of the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, for a a presentation on Early Immigrants to North Dakota. They will discuss the experiences of early immigrants to our region on Tuesday, October 4 at 2:00 p.m.