Fargo Library to host One Book, One Community events this week


As part of the 2019 One Book, One Community reading project featuring the book “Fly Girls” by Keith O’Brien, the Fargo Public Library will host three related events this week.

“The History of Florence Klingensmith” is Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library. Presented by Mark Peihl, archivist for the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, this event tells the story of Klingensmith, a young woman from Clay County, Minnesota, who found success and fame in aviation at a time when pilots were superstars and women faced unimaginable discrimination. For details about this all-ages event, contact Lori West at 701.476.5977.

The legacy of the Fly Girls lives on today with the running of the 2019 Air Race Classic. This past June marked the 90th year for women’s air racing and a team of young women from UND, also known as “The Frozen Force,” competed. Learn about their racing experience and find out how they became involved in aviation and air racing Saturday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library. All ages are invited to attend; for details, contact Cindy Mason at 701.241.1495.

Learn about North Dakota’s own aviator Carl Ben Eielson when Joy Vaagene and Gary Lillemoen from the Hatton-Eielson Museum present “Carl Ben Eielson’s Story” on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Main Library. Learn how Eielson influenced his small North Dakota hometown and the world with his passion and vision for aviation. All ages are welcome; contact Lori West at 701.476.5977 for more information.