Announcing the 2017 One Book, One Community 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!

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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.

2016 One Book, One Community Title Selected

9781566892018 LatehomecomerIn partnership, the Fargo Public Library,  Moorhead Public Library, West Fargo Public Library, Concordia College Library, Minnesota State University Moorhead Library, and North Dakota State University Libraries are pleased to announce the 2016 One Book, One Community selection “The Latehomecomer” by Kao Kalia Yang.

A firsthand account of the immigrant experience from the Hmong perspective, this book chronicles the journey of the author’s family from a refugee camp in Thailand to America. This book addresses the universal themes of family and love while sharing the family’s struggle to adapt in a strange culture while holding onto traditions that are passed down from Yang’s beloved grandmother.

This year’s One Book, One Community reading project launches in September and features several events including a community book discussion centered on immigration, film screenings, a genealogy workshop, and other engaging events and programs. This year’s One Book, One Community project will finish with two author events set for Friday, Oct. 14. First, Ms. Yang will speak at an invitation only, informal “Tea with the Author” event at the Moorhead Public Library in the afternoon. Later that evening, she will take the stage for an author presentation and book signing at the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom (1104 7th. Ave. South) on the campus of MSUM. This event is free and open to the public.

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

The Latehomecomer is also available as a downloadable ebook through Ebooks Minnesota, in which readers within Minnesota’s borders can access a collection of ebooks without waiting lists or holds. No username or password is required and the collection is accessible at EbooksMN.org.

For a complete list of related events and resources, visit any participating library, or go to www.1book1community.org.

2016 marks the 5th year that the One Book, One Community reading project has been offered in our area. The Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo One Book, One Community reading project centers on the community-wide reading of a single book, and is dedicated to creating a shared conversation and 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.

Starting a conversation, building a community

The Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo communities are renowned for their shared community spirit, and it is this collaboration and cooperation that sparked an initiative and partnership by F-M Area public libraries.

We enthusiastically encourage all members of our communities to join together in reading the same book, The Giver, by Lois Lowry, and participating in as many events and discussions as possible during the month of October 2012.

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