Oceans of Possibilities – Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will dive into the ocean depths this summer as Northwood City Center Library presents “Oceans of Possibilities” during their summer library program. Activities may include group games, ocean-related crafts, art projects, science and engineering experiments, and more.

The 2022 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, story times, and more. Stop into the Northwood City Center Library during open hours to get registered for “Oceans of Possibilities” and pick up your reading logs, and join us for story time, snack and activities on July 13th and Aug 10th at 10 am.

All programs are free of charge.

Open Hours

Mondays and Thursdays: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Saturdays: 9:00 am – noon


Dr. Daniela Owen series

Author and licensed psychologist Daniela Owen has written a series of three books – Right Now, I Am Fine; Right Now, I Am Kind; and Right Now, I Am Brave – designed for early readers hoping to help children deal with stress and anxiety. These three books are available at the Northwood City Center Library.

Jim Fergus series

Just in at the Northwood City Center Library, a series of three books by Jim Fergus – One Thousand White Women, The Vengeance of Mothers, and Strongheart. This is series about women “who participated in the government’s “Brides for Indians” program in 1873, a program whose conceit was that the way to peace between the United States and the Cheyenne Nation was for One Thousand White Women to be given as brides in exchange for three hundred horses. These “brides” were mostly fallen women; women in prison, prostitutes, the occasional adventurer, or those incarcerated in asylums. No one expected this program to work. The brides themselves thought it was simply a chance at freedom. But many of them fell in love with the Cheyenne spouses and had children with them…and became Cheyenne themselves.”

Ivan Doig series

Looking for a new series to read? Thanks to a very generous donor, the Northwood City Library now has the complete collection of twelve fiction novels written by Ivan Doig available for loan, along with two of his non-fiction books, This House of Sky and Winter Brothers. Ivan Doig was born in White Sulphur Springs, Montana, in 1939 and grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front. Doig was a former ranch hand, newspaperman, and magazine editor. He was a graduate of Northwestern University where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism, and he also held a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington. Diog believed that ordinary people deserve to have their stories told, and he did that in fact and fiction, beginning with This House of Sky, a memoir of his own upbringing in Montana; it attracted a wide readership and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He later wrote a second memoir and another book of nonfiction, but it is for his novels that he became enduringly read. The Two Medicine Country, an imagined region based upon the Montana landscape where he came of age, is the setting for the majority of his novels, including the so-called McCaskill trilogy (English Creek, Dancing at the Rascal Fairand Ride with Me, Mariah Montana) and the New York Times-bestselling The Whistling Season, which debuted a favorite character, the itinerant charmer Morrie Morgan. Charlene Voigt, local avid reader, highly recommends all three series of books – the McCaskill trilogy, the Two Medicine County books (6) and the Whistling Season books (3). “He shows the hardy pioneering spirit of the Scottish immigrants, and gives wonderful descriptions of the beautiful Montana wilderness,” says Voigt. Stop in and check out these and the many other books, DVD’s and audio books available at the Northwood City Library. We are open Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to noon.

Changing Hours | The Black Count

The Black CountAs of the first of October, the library hours will change to  Tuesday through Thursday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, and Monday through Wednesday 4:30pm – 7:30pm.  Sarah Tezel will begin work as our new Library Director. We would like to welcome her to the Northwood City Center Library, and thank her for taking on this responsibility!  


Also beginning on October first, Kid’s Reading Hour and Storytime for Children will be cancelled until further notice.  Thank you so much to those of you who have been attending! We hope you continue to visit regularly; we love to see you here at the library, and there are many, many more books just waiting to be discovered!


This week our featured books are  Founding Fathers, by K.M. Kostyal, and  The Black Count, by Tom Reiss.


Founding Fathers, a National Geographic publication, gives us an informative and beautifully illustrated look at the lives of our founding fathers, as well as other important historical figures who were influential during the Revolutionary War.  

Kostyal weaves a coherent narrative of the war and the events that preceded and followed it, making it easier to understand the incredible story of the birth of our nation.  

Many of you have probably heard of Alexandre Dumas’s classic novel, The Count of Monte Cristo.  However, did you know that the titular count was inspired by Dumas’s own father, Alex Dumas?  

In The Black Count (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), Tom Reiss details the stunning true-life story of the man who inspired not only the Count of Monte Cristo, but also parts of The Three Musketeers.  Alex Dumas, the son of a Haitian mother and French nobleman, was first sold into slavery, then educated as a gentleman.  His rise from pauper to celebrated hero aroused the ire of Napoleon himself, which eventually lead his own friends to betray and imprison him.   Readers everywhere have found themselves wondering how they never heard of him before!

 “Triumphant…Reiss directs a full-scale production that jangles with drawn sabers, trembles with dashing deeds and resonates with the love of a son for a remarkable father.”
—The Herald (U.K.)


And our online resource of the week is   Ancestry.com, Library Edition: a great way to get started on tracing your ancestry, especially if you don’t have an account of your own.  Only available through schools and public libraries, so come to the Northwood City Center Library to check it out!

Paradox | Universal Class

ParadoxThe phone number for the Northwood City Center Library has been discontinued.  If you wish to contact the library via phone, call the City Office at 701-587-6301, and the employees there will pass on the message.  Otherwise you can get in touch with us through our email, facebook page, website, or you can stop by to see us during our open hours and ask your questions there!


Our featured book this week is Paradox, the latest novel by New York Times best-selling author  Catherine Coulter.

In Paradox, agents Sherlock and Savich set out on a desperate chase for the escaped mental patient who attempted to kidnap their five-year-old son Sean.  Meanwhile, when dragging a lake in search of a victim of a recent murder, investigators find dozens of human bones in an underwater burial ground.  It isn’t long before they discover a frightening connection between the bones and the attempted kidnapping.

Savich and Sherlock soon find themselves dealing with a bizarre Jekyll-and-Hyde scenario, and  if they do not unravel it, it will only be a matter of time before they too find themselves at the bottom of a lake….

“Pulse-pounding… Coulter fans will have a tough time putting this one down.” — Publishers Weekly


This week we’d like to bring to your attention a resource made available to us through the state library:  Universal Class- an online educational service that offers over 500 courses! Interested in writing? Law? Alternative medicine and health?  Universal class has these and many, many more. To make an account and start learning, visit us at the Northwood City Center Library, or go to www.universalclass.com .