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…

Taking Flight & Writing a Book at Grand Forks Public

It’s 2 p.m. on a rainy Saturday in 2019. Dr. Brandon Wild settles into a cozy cubicle in the Grand Forks Public Library for the next four hours, pops in some earbuds playing his favorite rock music, and gets to work writing his next book. “I didn’t plan to be an author,” Brandon reflects. “I…

Celebrate Freedom with Juneteenth Resources at Grand Forks Public

June 19, otherwise known as Juneteenth or Emancipation Day, is a holiday commemorating the freedom of enslaved people in the United States in 1865. Here are several resources at Grand Forks Public to learn more about Juneteenth. Adult Books: Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain The Warmth of Other Suns…

4 Ways We’re Celebrating Pride Month at Grand Forks Public

At Grand Forks Public, we celebrate our differences. We bring people together. We encourage curiosity. All are welcome here. During Pride Month, we take a moment to recognize the impact LGBTQ+ people have had in the world. Here are four ways we’re celebrating #PrideMonth at the library. 1. Waving the rainbow and wearing the rainbow….

From Library Program Participant to Regional Science Fair Champion

Amaa Wijetunga, a fifth-grader at Discovery Elementary School, loves to participate in activities provided by Grand Forks Public_, especially the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities offered on school early out days. While participating in these activities, Library STEM coordinator, Delores Clark, recognized Amaa’s curiosity and…

26 Book Recommendations for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Did you know the first Japanese immigrants came to the United States on May 7, 1843? In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, our librarians gathered a list of top book recommendations. The following books are created by and/or about Asian and Pacific Americans. All titles are available at Grand Forks Public….

9 Reasons to Celebrate 121 Years of Sparking Curiosity in Grand Forks

Did you hear? We have a BIG birthday right around the corner. Grand Forks Public is turning 121 years old, and we’re celebrating with a Birthday Party & Grand Reopening on May 21 from 3-5 p.m. We’ll kick off the party with a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m., followed by an outdoor storytime at 4 p.m….

The Mystery and Magic of the Library

Have you ever wondered what it takes to get your book from the dropbox to the shelf? Or how exactly the books are categorized? Is it alphabetical or numerical? Does the library offer more than just books? These are the questions I had as a patron of the library and now that I am an…