Have you noticed a bit of theme in the library lately? It’s September and that means it’s time to prepare for our One Book One Community Reading Program! As a collaboration between the Moorhead, Fargo, and West Fargo Public libraries, its aim is to provide meaningful discussions and events for the entire community to take part in and enjoy. We invite you to pick up a copy of Lisa Westberg Peters’ book, Fractured Land: The Price of Inheriting Oil, and join in on our cooperation of events throughout the community in September and October.
So, where to start?
“What does an environmentalist do when she realizes she will inherit mineral rights and royalties on fracked oil wells in North Dakota? How does she decide between financial security and living as a committed conservationist who wants to leave her grandchildren a healthy world? After her father’s death, Lisa Westberg Peters learns how her grandfather’s land purchases Williston in the 1940s reflect four generations of creative risk-taking in her father’s Swedish immigrant family. She explores the ties between frac sand mining on the St. Croix River and the halting, difficult development of North Dakota’s oil, locked in shale two miles down and pursued since the 1920s. And then there are the surprising and immediate connections between the development of North Dakota oil and Peters’s own life in Minneapolis. Catapulted into a world of complicated legal jargon, spectacular feats of engineering, and rich history, Peters travels to the oil patch and sees both the wealth and the challenges brought by the boom. She interviews workers and farmers, geologists and lawyers, those who welcome and those who reject the development, and she finds herself able to see shades of gray in what had previously seemed black and white.” — Provided by publisher.
2. Visit 1book1community.org to learn about the program, see projects the community has done in the past, and keep up on news and events.
3. Read through our discussion questions, and then mark your calendar for the discussion of Fractured Land. Monday September 28th, 7:00pm at Probstfield Center for Education.
5. Get involved and get inspired.
—Explore the displays inside our libraries.
—Browse similar titles.
—Attend our free events:
> Genealogy Basics with Les Bakke,
> A screening of the film The Overnighters,
> An author visit by Lisa Westberg Peters,
> And many more!
6. Enter our raffle to win prizes!
7. And then patiently wait
for next years selection!
See you around the community!