Community Contributors: Ezzat Haider

Ezzat Haider is a Kurdish Iraqi immigrant of the Yazidi religion who came to Moorhead in 2014. He will discuss why Kurdish and other Iraqi people had to leave their homeland and why Moorhead has become a center of Kurdish families. He will discuss how Kurdish Americans continue to raise awareness about the effects of ISIS on the Yazidi people.

Join us at the Moorhead Public Library Wednesday, September 7 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: Micheal Miller

Micheal Miller.JPGMichael Miller is the Director and Bibliographer of the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection as well as a member of the faculty and staff at the North Dakota State University Libraries since 1967.

Miller’s higher education degrees are Bachelor of Science, (English, Journalism, Library Science) Valley City State University, Valley City, ND; Master of Science and Master of Education, (Library/ Media Education, Secondary Education) University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Miller attended elementary and secondary schools in Strasburg, in south central North Dakota.

At the Valley City State University homecoming events in October 2002, Miller received the Award of Merit from the Alumni Association. In April 2003, Miller donated to the Allen Memorial Library, Valley City State University, a special collection of learning resources about the Germans from Russia including books, maps, and videotapes. In 1990, the Mountain Plains Library Association presented Miller with the Distinguished Service Award

Miller will join Thomas Isern, Distinguished Professor of History, 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.

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.

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