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. 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!

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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 lwest@cityoffargo.com.

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: Marian Kadrie

Marian KadrieMarian Kadrie is the daughter of Syrian immigrants who homesteaded North Dakota in the early 1900s. She will talk about why her father chose not to raise a family in Syria and her life on the farm.

Join us at the Moorhead Public Library Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. for this first installment of the Pangaea Series, a collaboration of community voices telling their stories relating to immigration to this area.