Fairy Tale Retellings

Check out some of these retellings of classic tales!

Book Cover  Cinder by Marissa Meyer

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

Book Cover  Zel by Donna Jo Napoli

Based on the fairy tale Rapunzel, the story is told in alternating chapters from the point of view of Zel, her mother, and the prince, and delves into the psychological motivations of the characters.

Book Cover  Beastly by Alex Flinn

A modern retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.

Book Cover  The Princess Bride by William Goldman

A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts.



Book CoverStardust by Neil Gaiman

The story of young Tristran Thorn and his adventures in the land of Faerie. He has fallen in love with beautiful Victoria Forester and in order to win her hand, he must retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to her.

Book CoverThe Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

When she is cast out of Wonderland by her evil aunt Redd, young Alyss Heart finds herself living in Victorian Oxford as Alice Liddell and struggles to keep memories of her kingdom intact until she can return and claim her rightful throne.

Book CoverBriar Rose by Jane Yolen

Ever since she was a child, Rebecca has been enchanted by her grandmother Gemma’s stories about Briar Rose. But a promise Rebecca makes to her dying grandmother will lead her on a remarkable journey to uncover the truth of Gemma’s astonishing claim: I am Briar Rose. A journey that will lead her to unspeakable brutality and horror. But also to redemption and hope.

Book CoverMirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire

The year is 1502, and seven-year-old Bianca de Nevada lives perched high above the rolling hills and valleys of Tuscany and Umbria at Montefiore, the farm of her beloved father, Don Vicente. But one day a noble entourage – decadent children of a wicked pope – sends Don Vicente on a years-long quest to reclaim a relic of the original Tree of Knowledge, he leaves Bianca under the care of Lucrezia. She plots a dire fate for the young girl in the woods below the farm, but in the dark forest there can be found salvation as well.
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Wings by Aprilynne Pike

When a plant blooms out of fifteen-year-old Laurel’s back, it leads her to discover the fact that she is a faerie and that she has a crucial role to play in keeping the world safe from the encroaching enemy trolls.

Book CoverAsh by Malinda Lo

In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King’s Huntress whom she loves.

Happy Reading!

Make Your Own Cardboard Tube Owls

Start saving up your empty toilet paper tubes to make some fun Fall decorations.  This craft is easy to customize and you can use just about any kind of crafting scraps you’ve accumulated.  Our step by step tutorial is made using the Our Channel Youtube video.

owl1You will need:
> Empty toilet paper tubes
> Glue
> Scissors

> Paint and paint brushes
> Googly eyes, buttons, beads
> Fabric or ribbon scraps
> Patterned or textured paper
> Sequins, feathers, glitter


1.  Crease your paper tube at the top

2.  Fold opposite edges inward to make the shape of the head.

This is the base of your owl.  Now, use your imagination!  You can add all kinds of embellishments to your owl using just about any kind of craft supply scraps.


3.  Paint your owl fancy colors and patterns,
Spread glue over the tube and cover it with pretty paper or fabric.owl8






4.  Cut out two tear drop shapes from another toilet paper tube.  These will be the wings.
Or use feathers for a more realistic look.

Embellish your wings however you’d like!  Paint, paper, glitter, feathers, etc.
Attach the wings to your owl.


5.  Choose which side is the front of owl10your owl and glue on eyes.  You can layer circles of paper, paint them on, or use googly eyes, buttons, or beads.

Don’t forget the beak!  Felt makes for a great beak, but feel free to use
ribbon, paint, or paper.


6.  Make more owls!  Attach a magnet, and let them hang out on the fridge.

Christmas ornament owls, why not? Or just keep them as pets.

Fractured Land Review

Check out what our staff member, Jenny, said about Lisa Westberg Peters’ book:  Fractured Land:  The Price of Inheriting Oil.  The book is our 2015 selection for the One Book, One Community Program.

Fractured Land:  The Price of Inheriting Oil
By Lisa Westberg Peters
Reviewed by:  Jenny

Those who are looking to read about the North Dakota oil boom, or the oil industry in general, be warned: this book is more Midwestern family memoir than a treatise on oil and fracking. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. 

The story begins with the death of Peters’ father, a man who was from and loved North Dakota. After his death, Peters begins to trace her family’s history, touring the Midwest to see the spots that have shaped her family. She starts with her Scandinavian immigrant ancestors in 19th century Iowa and follows them through Minnesota and into North Dakota. 

Peters openly declares herself an environmentalist, and a former hippie of the ’70s, so her future inheritance of mineral rights is an understandably complicated issue. However, if Peters has opinions, she keeps them to herself. Instead, the book comes across as merely a personal investigation, mostly meant to satisfy her own curiosity. 

Peters is an interesting researcher and the book’s major themes of being on the road, heading west, and exploring new terrain really tie together the immigrant history and the investigative reporting that Peters writes so well. As a reader, the book felt more like a road trip, making stops along the way just to explore a family’s old land, or grab a slice of pie with strangers, or, you know, maybe investigate a frac sand mine or oil well. 

All in all, I was surprised by this book. I think it would make a great road trip read if you ever find yourself on a Midwestern highway for a few hours.


One Book, One Community

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?

1.  Reserve your copy of the book today!

“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.

1b1cmap2.  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.

4.  Read what the staff has said about the book.

IMG_20965.  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!

Minnesota Local Fiction

Have you checked out this year’s winners of the Minnesota Book Awards yet?  Read up on the state’s best literature and then keep your Minnesota Pride rolling with these works of fiction set right here in Minnesota!

A Fireproof Home for the Bride by Amy Scheibe

Book Cover“Emmeline Nelson and her sister Birdie grow up in the hard, cold rural Lutheran world of strict parents, strict milking times, and strict morals…Caught in a time bubble between a world war and the ferment of the 1960’s, Emmy doesn’t see that she has any say in her life, any choices at all. Only when Emmy’s fiance shows his true colors and forces himself on her does she find the courage to act–falling instead for a forbidden Catholic boy,…and her sense of the firm rules she grew up under–and their effect–changes completely.”

Book CoverEnchantment Lake:  A Northwoods Mystery by Margi Preus

“Francie, seventeen, leaves summer school and auditions in New York City for Enchantment Lake in the woods of northern Minnesota when her great-aunts call and ask for her help investigating a mystery that centers on a road no one wants built, and on the legendary treasure said to be under enchantment.”

Book CoverTraveling Light by Andrea Thalasinos

“When college teacher Paula Makaikis finds herself with a new dog, a brand-new Ford Escape, and an eight-week leave of absence, she winds up at a wildlife rehabilitation center in northern Minnesota, and her life is changed forever.”

Book CoverFrozen by Mary Casanova

“Unable to speak or remember the events surrounding her mother’s mysterious death eleven years earlier, sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose, the foster child of a corrupt senator in 1920s northern Minnesota, struggles to regain her voice, memory, and identity.”

Book CoverFull Service by Will Weaver

“In the summer of 1965, teenager Paul Sutton, a northern Minnesota farm boy, takes a job at a gas station in town, where his strict religious upbringing is challenged by new people and experiences.”


Book CoverSafe from the Sea by Peter Geye

“Set against the powerful lakeshore landscape of northern Minnesota, Safe from the Sea is a…novel in which a son returns home to reconnect with his estranged and dying father thirty-five years after the tragic wreck of a Great Lakes ore boat that the father only partially survived and that has divided them emotionally ever since. When his father for the first time finally tells the story of the horrific disaster he has carried with him so long, it leads the two men to reconsider each other.”

Whiteout by Brian Duren

Book Cover“American expatriate Paul Bauer, a freelance journalist living in Paris with his French lover, thinks he has it made. And then his mother dies. When he returns for the funeral to a little town in northern Minnesota, he encounters unsettling contradictions to his understanding of his family history and begins a quest into…the very question his family has always wanted to prevent him from asking: What really did happen in that whiteout thirty-five years ago? The answer changes everything.”

Book CoverSaturday Night Dirt by Will Weaver

“In a small town in northern Minnesota, the much-anticipated Saturday night dirt-track race at the old-fashioned, barely viable Headwaters Speedway becomes, in many ways, an important life-changing event for all the participants on and off the track.”

Extra Indians by Eric Gansworth

Book Cover“Every winter, Tommy Jack McMorsey makes the long haul from Texas to northern Minnesota to watch the meteor showers. One cold night, in a moment of kindness, Tommy picks up a deluded Japanese tourist determined to find the buried ransom money from the movie Fargo. When she dies of exposure in Tommy Jack’s care, a media storm erupts, jarring loose pieces of Tommy Jack’s past: the horrors of Vietnam, a love affair, and the suicide of his closest friend.”

Book CoverThe Winter Room by Gary Paulsen

“A young boy growing up on a northern Minnesota farm describes the scenes around him and recounts his old Norwegian uncle’s tales of an almost mythological logging past.”


Book CoverAnd don’t forget to check out our One Book One Community Selection:  Fractured Land:  The Price of Inheriting Oil by Lisa Westberg Peters.  One Book One Community program is a partnership between the Moorhead, Fargo, and West Fargo Public Libraries, inviting community members to events surrounding a book which is read throughout the area.

Happy Reading!