7 Ways to Nurture Your Mental Health with Grand Forks Public

People come to the library for a number of reasons—to discover something new, to escape with a great story, to meet new people, to simply be a part of the community’s living room. We call ourselves “a playground for curious minds,” and allowing your mind to play is a perfect way to de-stress and give…

40 Top Book & Film Picks for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, our librarians gathered a list of top book recommendations. The following titles are created by and/or about Asian and Pacific Americans. All titles are available at Grand Forks Public. Picture Books 1. Eyes that Speak to the Stars by Joanna Ho, Illustrated by Dung Ho…

Make Kindness the Norm During Random Acts of Kindness Week & Beyond

There’s no sugarcoating how hard the past couple of years have been. But here’s some good news: creating a kinder world starts with us. One small act of kindness has the power to brighten someone’s day and ripple across other lives. There is no limit on the amount of goodness we can put into the…

Celebrate Black History Month with These 31 Picks

It’s always a good time to learn about Black History as a way to educate yourself and expand your knowledge about the contributions of Black people in American history. In celebration of Black History Month in February, our librarians have rounded up 31 books and other resources to guide your learning. Here are several recommendations…

Partners in Creativity: Inspiring Childhood through Art and Stories

“Think of it like the Oscars, but for picture books,” smiles Aaron Stefanich, Children’s Librarian at Grand Forks Public. “Or, like a book club where you talk about the art just as much as the story,” replies Matt Anderson, Director of Education at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Named in honor of nineteenth-century English…

Get to Know Brad Sherwood, Library Board President

For the past seven months, Brad Sherwood has served as the Library Board President. Recently, we sat down with Brad to discover his background and interests. Learn more about Brad and why he’s passionate about Grand Forks Public. Q: Tell us about yourself. A: I come from a long line of music teachers. My grandfather,…

15 Ways the Grand Forks Public Friends Give Back to the Library

Grand Forks Public Friends is a group of enthusiastic volunteers that supports the library by raising funds and promoting library programs and services. In the last five years, the Friends have raised almost $75,000 for the library. Currently over 50 individual and business members contribute annually to the Friends, and many actively volunteer their time…

28 Book Recommendations for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate! ¡Celebremos! National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from September 15 to October 15. During this monthlong celebration, we recognize the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of Hispanic and Latino communities. And what better way to do that than through stories? Here are several book recommendations for kids, teens, and adults—all available at…

8 Reasons to Sign Up for a Library Card

When I moved to Grand Forks over 12 years ago, one of the first things I did was sign up for a library card. I was newly married, newly employed, and newly… bored! We didn’t have kids yet, and up until this stage of life, my nights and weekends had primarily consisted of studying or…

The Power of “NO”

No is a complete sentence. Oprah Winfrey In doing a little research for my writing today, I found a bunch of guides on how to say no. However, I had trouble finding out why we should say no. For much of human history, we have lived in a culture of achievement and busy-ness. Most of…