By: Meredith Holt, INFORUM
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Minnesota State University Moorhead Library Director Brittney Goodman is involved in such community events as the Fargo Film Festival, St. Patrick's Day Parade, SantaCon and more. David Samson / The Forum
MOORHEAD – Brittney Goodman spends her days navigating the stacks of the Minnesota State University Moorhead library. But good luck figuring out where to file this spunky librarian.
Goodman, the director of library services at MSUM, is a Southern-born social butterfly who loves Ray Bradbury, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and a fabulously showy Kentucky Derby hat. Oh, and she makes a mean pulled pork.
The 47-year-old Fargo woman critiques films, books guests and hosts Q-and-A’s for the Fargo Film Festival. She helps organize parades, fundraisers and parties. She manages the social media marketing for a handful of them. And she does it all with style.
As a writer, Goodman says poems, essays and short stories come more easily to her than theses, screenplays or novels.
“Perhaps that’s why I like to plan events – there is a beginning and an ending that is finite, and you almost always get to have fun in the planning and the execution,” she says.
Artist friend Kim Jore, who met Goodman shortly after the librarian moved here in 1997, says her outgoing personality, focus and drive are what earned her a reputation as one of Fargo’s go-to planners. Read the rest of this entry →