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Share the joy: promise to read

Published 10:05am Thursday, March 14, 2013 Updated 12:07pm Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Fergus Falls Public Library’s new winter reading program, Sweet Reads, wrapped up this past Saturday with a live Candyland game at the library.

With at least 260 children and their caregivers in attendance, it was a great way to celebrate reading!

And we’re not done celebrating yet! April is Fergus Falls Reads month. This year the Fergus Falls Reads Committee chose the funny and moving memoir, The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared, by Alice Ozma, as our “one book one community” read. Copies of the book are available for check-out at the Fergus Falls Public Library, Kennedy Secondary School Media Center and for purchase at Victor Lundeens at a special discounted price.

The Reading Promise is all about sharing the joy of reading with those you love and with those you’ve just met.

In order to encourage spreading the joy, author Alice Ozma asks those who have read her book to take a Reading Pledge, promising to read. During April and beyond, the Fergus Falls Reads committee will be asking you to take that pledge too.

We have a variety of fun events planned during the month of April to celebrate and encourage reading, including our first ever marshmallow Peeps Diorama Contest.

We are asking creative types to make a shoebox diorama using a scene from a favorite childhood book and Peeps as the main characters.

The Peeps Dioramas will be displayed in the public library during National Library Week, April 13-20, and community members will be asked to vote on their favorite.

The diorama with the most votes will win the Peep-le’s Choice Award.

Local artists will also judge the Dioramas and choose winners in teen, adult and family categories. Winners will receive a $15 gift certificate to Victor Lundeens, to purchase their next favorite read, and the opportunity to star in their very own READs poster.

Visit for Contest Rules and an Entry form. Entries should be turned in at the library by Wednesday, April 10.

Additional Fergus Falls Reads events include the public library’s annual Noon Kiwanis Teddy Bear Picnic followed by a Read-a-thon on Saturday, April 13; a free Alice in Wonderland Movie Marathon at A Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 20; and an author visit from Minnesota Book Award winning author Lorna Landvik on Friday, April 26 at Legacy Hall, M-State.

Landvik’s visit is funded in part with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund and is sponsored by the Minnesota Book Awards, M State-Fergus Falls and the Viking Library System.

Fergus Falls Reads is sponsored by Fergus Falls Community Education and the Friends of the Fergus Falls Public Library and is brought to you by the Fergus Falls Reads Committee.

Watch for more information about Fergus Falls Reads as April approaches.


Erin Smith is the director of the Fergus Falls Public Library.

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