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…

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…