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Fergus Falls Reads full steam ahead

Published 9:48am Friday, April 5, 2013 Updated 11:50am Friday, April 5, 2013

A few weeks ago I wrote about the One Book One Community read, “A Reading Promise,” by Alice Ozma. Currently all 30-plus copies of the book are checked out from the Fergus Falls Public Library.

If you haven’t had a chance to read “A Reading Promise” yet, you can put a hold on a copy from our website,, or call 218-739-9387.

The Library Book Club will also be discussing the title during its April 8 meeting at the library (205 E Hampden Ave.) from 6:30-7:30p.m. The Fergus Falls Reads Committee has a variety of fun events planned during the month of April to help spread the joy of reading throughout our community, including our first-ever Peeps Diorama Contest.

So far, we have received seven Peeps Diorama entries.

Entries can be submitted through April 10 at the library and, if you’re short on Peeps post-Easter, the Fergus Falls Public Library has Peeps available for use in diorama entries.

Dioramas should include Peeps as the main characters and recreate a scene from the creator’s favorite book from childhood.

We have received diorama entries based on the books, “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Pippi Longstocking” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” just to name a few!

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 diorama. 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.

Additional Fergus Falls Reads events include the public library’s annual Noon Kiwanis Teddy Bear Picnic followed by a Read-a-thon beginning Saturday, April 13, at 10 a.m.

One of Alice Ozma’s, author of The Reading Promise, favorite books is Alice in Wonderland (she is named after the book’s main character).

If you missed the Fergus Falls Middle School’s musical production of “Alice in Wonderland” held this week or if you saw it and are hungry for more Alice, A Center for the Arts (124 W Lincoln Ave) will show two free “Alice in Wonderland” movies on Saturday, April 20.

The Disney 1951 animated version, rated G, of Alice will run at 11 a.m. and the 2010 version directed by Tim Burton will run at 2 p.m.

These showings are free and open to the public. The concluding event for Fergus Falls Reads month is an author visit from Minnesota Book Award winning author Lorna Landvik on Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at Legacy Hall, M State-Fergus Falls (1414 College Way).

Landvik’s visit is funded in part or in whole with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund through a designation from the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators and is co-sponsored by M State-Fergus Falls.

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.

Happy reading.


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


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