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Meet Mark Twain and others [UPDATED]

Published 10:01am Friday, January 27, 2012 Updated 12:02pm Friday, January 27, 2012

Last week, I introduced the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain as the chosen “One Book One Community Read” for Fergus Falls during the month of February, “I Love to Read” month.

This week, I would like to share all of the great coordinating events and book discussions the Fergus Falls Reads Committee has planned. All of the events are free and open to the public unless indicated otherwise.

An evening with Mark Twain at the Otter Tail County Historical Museum kicks-off the month. On Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m., Bill Cosgrove, a retired NDSU professor, will present his one-man Mark Twain show.

During this family-friendly event, Mr. Cosgrove will introduce the audience to Mark Twain as a 70-year-old gentleman. Cosgrove has been portraying Mark Twain for almost 30 years and has more than 120 performances under his belt.

This show will provide audience members with insight into the author and the era during which his books are set.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, the Committee is offering two Huck Finn related events. Families are encouraged to explore the Mega Mississippi during a fun and educational program at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center at 3:30 p.m. Later in the evening, we are offering an opportunity for those reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to attend a Panel Discussion of local educators who will share their thoughts and insights on the issues and themes addressed in the book. The panel discussion will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Legacy Hall at M State-Fergus Falls.

A book discussion will also be held at the Fergus Falls Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

This discussion, guided by a librarian, will provide readers with an opportunity to discuss the book in an informal setting.

For a “taste” of the book, register for the Southern Louisiana Cook Class offered through Fergus Falls Community Education on Thursday, Feb. 23. There is a fee charged for this class.

Register online at by clicking on the Quick Links tab and choosing the Student Store.

On Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m., the 1993 Disney movie, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” will be shown at A Center for the Arts.

The movie is rated PG and families are encouraged to attend. Rounding out the events calendar, a discussion of Otter Tail County’s Military Past with a focus on Mark Twain and the Civil War will be held at the Otter Tail County Historical Museum on Monday, March 5, at noon.

Copies of the book are available for check out at the Fergus Falls Public Library and at the Kennedy School Media Center or you can purchase your own copy at the Victor Lundeen Company. Digital copies are also available through the public library’s Digital Downloads catalog on its website:

Hope to see you at the Fergus Falls Reads events.


Erin Smith, Library Director, Fergus Falls Public Library

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