May 2019 | Volume 13 | Issue 9
Special Events This Month
Grand Forks Public_ Anniversary Celebration
May 18th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Grand Forks Public Library has been serving our community since May 2 nd , 1900. We’re celebrating our 119 th Anniversary with carnival games, library history trivia, a bouncy house, a book sale, raffle prizes, and cake cutting ceremony (at noon). Join us in celebrating this milestone and everything the library has to offer.

May 4th & 5th, 1pm - 3pm

May the 4th be with you and Revenge of the 5th. Costume contest, photobooth, crafts, free lightsabers, and lightsaber classes with Ludosport Academy... you don't want to miss this weekend.

May 19th, 2pm - 3pm

We drink and we know things.
Mocktails, trivia, fan social hour, and an Iron Throne. If you love the show then you want to attend this event!

May 17th, 10am - 11am

Yahtzee, Boggle, Bingo, crafts, door prizes, refreshments, oldies (but goodies) music, and a free large print book for each guest in attendance! .

Library News
Celebrating 119 Years!
On May 2nd, 1900 Grand Forks City Council established the library levy and appointed the first library board. 

The library opened to the public three days later on May 5th and was in the Odd Fellows Temple. Three years later in 1903, after receiving a donation in 1901, and purchasing land in 1902, the library opened in downtown Grand Forks in the Carnegie building. On May 22nd of 1972, the Grand Forks Public Library opened in our current building.

This year marks 119 years of serving our community and we couldn’t be more proud of our journey and continued innovation to be the best library that we can be for Grand Forks & Grand Forks County! We invite everyone to join us on May 18th from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM to celebrate this milestone!!
Library Closed for Memorial Day
The Grand Forks Public Library will be closed Saturday May 25th, Sunday May 26th, and Monday May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.

Adventure Kits Now Available!
Are you an adventurer, bold, imaginative, or maybe just looking for something new?

We invite you to step into the worlds of Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition), and Pathfinder.

Each kit includes everything you need to start your adventure, including Master Guides, Handbooks/Rule Books, Character Sheets, Dice Sets, and additional manuals specific to each game. Both now available at the library. Stop in today and check one out!
Online Library Card Sign Up
In mid-April we launched Online library card sign up. Currently we are testing it out to create a seamless system. This will allow those who can’t make it to the library or prefer to use only Online materials to sign up for a card and gain access to our large digital collection without having to leave the comfort of their home! 

Senior Social Hour
A new program is coming to the Grand Forks Public, specifically created for senior citizens. Senior Social Hour will kick off on May 17th at 10:00 AM, it will include activities such as Yahtzee, Boggle, Bingo, crafts, door prizes, refreshments, oldies (but goodies) music, and a free large print book for each guest in attendance!
Home Daycare Outreach & Early Literacy Kits
Over the last several months the Grand Forks Public_ has been establishing outreach programs. These programs are designed to bring library resources out into the community.

We are excited to announce we have openings in our home daycare outreach program. As part of the program our outreach team will visit your home daycare on a monthly basis to do at 30 minute story time with crafts and music. To sign-up for the outreach rotation or find out more about it please email

Coming in June as part of our outreach program, home day cares can check out one of our Early Literacy Kits, these kits include books, games, puppets, instruments and other resources to use for your own story times.

Each kit can be checked out for a month and we will delivery and pick them up for you! Each kit has a theme, those available will be Colors, Numbers, ABCs, Shapes, Music, Food, Farm Animals, Eric Carle, Seasons, and Transportation. While they are not available until June, we encourage you to email to be put on our hold list. 
Coming in June - A Universe of Stories
Summer is right around the corner and that means we are gearing up for our annual summer reading program! This year's theme is "A Universe of Stories". As with every year we have a full line up of over 100 programs that will take place in June and July. In addition to our Children's programs, we've added several new teen and adult programs including painting parties, escape rooms, and more!

There will be reading challenges for children, teens, and adults. We'll even have a fitness challenge, challenging those participating to count their weekly steps, and we're going to walk to the moon!

Registration opens on June 1st, keep an eye out for a special Summer Reading Program Edition of our newsletter coming out at the end of this month!
Grand Forks Public Friends Events
Mini Spring Book Sale
May 18th - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
We know you’re itching for new books now that spring has sprung! The Friends will host a mini spring book sale on May 18th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the main lobby of the library. Titles will be limited to adult fiction, adult mystery, and adult romance. The sale will include the always popular bag sale for $5 a bag. You can also pick up one of the Friends’ new book totes for $10.
GF Public Book Clubs
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