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Cultural Skills

Many of the members of the Reading Circle are working for their pins in Norwegian Literature. There are three levels available.

View the Reading List further down the page to learn about the books we're reading to meet the requirements for each level.

Requirements for Cultural Skills Pins

Level One: Favorites

  • 3 books - non-fiction and fiction
    • 2 Norwegian authors, 1 Norwegian-American author
    • 3 categories
  • Book Report
  • Activity
  • Feedback questionnaire
  • Checklist

Level Two: Fiction

  • 5 books of fiction
    • 3 Norwegian authors, 2 Norwegian-American authors
    • 3 categories
  • Book Report
  • Activity
  • Feedback questionnaire
  • Checklist

Level Three:

  • 5 books of non-fiction
    • 3 Norwegian authors, 2 Norwegian-American author
    • 3 categories
  • Book Report
  • Activity
  • Feedback questionnaire
  • Checklist

Members Completing the Requirements

The following members have completed the requirements for one or more levels:
  • Level One: Christine, Marie
  • Level Two: Christine
  • Level Three: Christine

Mentor Pins

Christine Meloni is working towards mentor pins, which requires her to mentor other members to complete each of the levels. Below is her progress toward each of the levels:
  • Level One (5 members needed): Marie, Carla (committed), Kristin (committed)
  • Level Two (3 members needed):
  • Level Three (1 member needed):

Reading List


Below is a list of books selected by the Reading Circle to fulfill their Cultural Skills requirements.

Level One: Favorites

The Reading Circle selected the following readings: 
  1. Norwegian/Fiction
    Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson - novel by a Norwegian writer
  2. Norwegian/Non-Fiction
    Return to the Future by Sigrid Undset - autobiography by a Norwegian writer (Sigrid Undset was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928)
  3. Norwegian-American/Fiction
    Boat of Longing by O.E. Rolvaag - novel by a Norwegian-American writer

Level Two: Fiction

The Reading Circle selected the following readings: 
  1. Norwegian/Novel
    The Wreath by Sigrid Undset, translation by Tina Nunnally (This the first volume of the Kristin Lavransdatter Trilogy) - historic novel by a Norwegian writer (Sigrid Undset was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928)
  2. Norwegian/Novel
    When the Devil Holds the Candle by Karin Fossum - mystery by a Norwegian writer
  3. Norwegian/Folk Tales
    Norwegian Folk Tales - folk tales by Norwegian writers
  4. Norwegian-American/Mystery
    Hidden Falls by Carla Danziger - mystery by a Norwegian-American writer
  5. Norwegian-American/Novel
    Giants in the Earth - novel by a Norwegian-American writer

Level Three:

The Reading Circle has selected the following readings: 
  1. Norwegian 
    Skis against the Atom by Knut Haukeld - history about Norwegian heroism during the Nazi occupation of Norway
  2. Norwegian
    The Story of Edvard Munch by Ketil Bjørnstad
  3. Norwegian
    The World’s Best Place: Norway and the Norwegians by Solveig Torvik
  4. Norwegian-American
    Borlaug by Noel Vietmeyer - a biography about the Nobel Prize winner who fed millions
  5. Norwegian-American
    Norwegian Lady by William O. Foss - history of the shipwreck of the Norwegian ship on Virginia Beach, VA