Changes Ahead! We’re Updating Our Online Catalog

Update: LARL’s new catalog is now live! Access it here!

We are making changes to our online catalog to ensure that library customers have a more enjoyable experience while searching for books, placing holds and updating their accounts.

Here is how you may be affected by our transition to a new catalog:
  • You will not be able to access the card catalog, or your account, beginning Friday, October 23 through the evening of Sunday, October 25.
  • Your password will be reset and you will have to select a new password. Until you change your password, you can access your account using the last four digits of your phone number. For more information about changing your password, click here.
  • If you use Lists and Preferred Searches in the current catalog, you will need to save or print them before the migration takes place on Friday, October 23. To learn how to print or save your information, visit your local library or click here for directions. Your Reading History will still be available in the new catalog.
  • During the transition period (October 23-25), self checkout machines will not be accessible, and customers will be required to have their library cards in hand to check out. During this time, library staff members will not be able to look up customers accounts using other information.
  • To ensure a successful transition, the following LARL locations will be closed.
    • Rothsay and Twin Valley LINK Sites – Friday, October 23
    • Crookston Public Library – Sunday, October 25

 Access Frequently Asked Questions about our catalog here!

If you have any questions, please contact LARL at 218-233-3757.

Haunted: The Scariest Locations in Minnesota


The Moorhead Public Library invites the community on a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in Minnesota.

Paranormal researcher Chad Lewis is returning to the library Monday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m., with a presentation complete with photos, case history, eyewitness accounts, ghost lore and directions to haunted locations.

Chad Lewis is a paranormal researcher and author for Unexplained Research. From tracking vampires in Transylvania to chasing the Chupacabras in Puerto Rico, he brings more than 18 years of research experience to the Moorhead Public Library.

October Database of the Month – Academic Search Premier and MasterFILE Premier

Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier is a scholarly, multi-discipline full text database that provides access to journals, magazines, and other resources. Some of the subject areas include: biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion & philosophy, science & technology, veterinary science, and more. This is a helpful database for those conducting research and can be accessed at any LARL branches or LINK Sites as well as from at home by going to the LARL website and entering your LARL library card number.

MasterFILE Premier

MasterFILE Premier is a full text database that provides access to periodicals, reference books, primary source documents, and an image collection of photos, maps, and flags. The subject areas covered in this database include: business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues, and more. This is a great database for those conducting research and for those wanting access to certain publications such as Consumer Reports, Ladies Home Journal, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Variety. It can be accessed at any LARL branch or LINK Site and at home by going to the LARL website and entering your LARL library card number.

Searching the databases

There are three ways to search these databases. A basic search lets the user create a search with limiters, expanders, and Boolean operators. After entering the search terms into the search box, the user can select any of the search options for limiters or expanders (publication, publication type, publication date, image type, etc.). The advance search has the guided style that assists the user in creating a more targeted search. The user enters the search terms in the search boxes, chooses the search fields from the optional ‘Select a Field’ dropdown list (ex. Author, Title, Subject Terms), and then selects the correct Boolean operator (AND, OR, NOT) to combine the find field entries. The user can then select any limiters in the search options. Finally, a publication search allows users to browse the list of publications or search within a specific publication. After clicking the ‘Publications’ link at the top of the screen, users can either browse through the publications by clicking a certain letter or type the publication name in the search box to search for a specific title. After finding the correct publication, click on the title to search for specific issues. Another option is to click the ‘Search Within This Publication’ link on the top left side of the screen to search within a publication letting the user to type additional search terms.

Drumroll, please! We’re introducing our new mascot!

Waving_TransparentThis summer, LARL customers participated in a collaborative project to determine the library’s new mascot! Through a process of submitting artwork and voting, we are thrilled to announce that LARL’s mascot will be an owl!

Stay tuned – we will announe our mascot’s new name soon!

Lake Agassiz Regional Library Closed Monday, October 12 for Staff Training

All Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) branches and LINK sites will be closed on Monday, October 12 for staff training. Regular hours of operation will resume Tuesday, October 13.

 LARL’s branch libraries are located in Ada, Bagley, Barnesville, Breckenridge, Climax, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Fertile, Fosston, Hawley, Mahnomen, McIntosh and Moorhead. LARL’s LINK sites are found in Cormorant, Frazee, Gonvick, Halstad, Hendrum, Lake Park, Rothsay, Twin Valley and Ulen.

 Lake Agassiz Regional Library is a consolidated public library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. More information is available at

Fall Into a Good Book This Autumn


Today, September 23, is the first day of Autumn. To celebrate the arrival of crisp leaves and cooler temperatures, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite reads for this season. Check them out at a LARL location near you!

by Maggie Stiefvater
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf-her wolf-is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: in winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl; and in summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human-or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

The Wreath Recipe Book: Year-Round Wreaths, Swags and Other Decorations to Make with Seasonal Branches
by Alethea Harampolis
From the authors of the widely popular Flower Recipe Book,and in the same successful format, The Wreath Recipe Book provides 100 “recipes” to make with flowering and leafy branches. These aren’t just evergreens for Christmas—the book is organized seasonally, with dozens of projects to make throughout the year.In the spring, a cherry blossom bough gets a touch of whimsy with a colorful ribbon, and a tabletop is adorned with lilacs and olive branches. In the summer, a garland features sage with pomegranates and citrus-colored strawflowers. In the fall, wreaths are created with magnolias, rosemary, and plums, and gourds are used to create an unexpected garland. Winter highlights cedar, pine, and juniper, yielding unexpected table settings and new wreath shapes. There are detailed ingredient lists and hundreds of step-by-step photos as well as chapters covering basic techniques, sourcing, and care information.

October Fest
by Jess Lourey
At Octoberfest, Battle Lake’s premier fall festival, celebrations are kicked off by  a public debate between the two congressional candidates: straight-laced Arnold Swydecker, and slippery incumbent, Sarah Glokkmann. As a reporter for the Battle Lake Recall, Mira James is roped into writing up the word war. But the festive mood sours when a well-known Glokkmann-bashing blogger is found dead . . . and the congresswoman herself meets a gruesome fate. To keep the heat off her best friend’s fiancé—an ex-con reporter—Mira wades through the candidates’ dirty laundry, their unsavory secrets and some murderous mudslinging to expose the killer.

Secret History
by Donna Tartt
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

Surprised by Oxford
by Carolyn Weber
In this memoir, Carolyn Weber explores the intricacies of coming to faith with an aching honesty and insight echoing that of the poets and writers she studied. Rich with illustration and literary references, Surprised by Oxford is at once gritty and lyrical; both humorous and spiritually perceptive. This account follows the calendar year and events of the school year as it entertains, informs, and promises to engage even the most skeptical and unlikely reader.




Crookston Public Library Welcomes Author Eric Bergeson

treasury of old soulsThe Crookston Public Library is pleased to announce the return of celebrated author Eric Bergeson.

Audiences have enjoyed Bergeson’s range of discussion topics, including rural Minnesota history, aging, life on the farm and stories of the ‘good old days’. During this event, which will be held Monday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m., audiences will discover Bergeson’s latest work, A Treasury of Old Souls: Tending, Befriending and Defending the Elderly. The public is welcome to attend this high-energy and entertaining discussion at the Crookston Public Library (110 N. Ash St.) For more information, contact the library at (218)-281-4522.

Moorhead Public Library Announces One Book, One Community Events

Basic CMYKThe One Book, One Community reading project has launched! This year’s title is Fractured Land: The Price of Inheriting Oil by Lisa Westberg Peters, and all three of the Fargo-Moorhead area public libraries, including LARL’s own Moorhead Public Library, have partnered to encourage area residents to unite in reading the selected book and participate in related events.

We’re pleased to announce the following Moorhead Public Library events in relation to this title:

Author Visit and Book Signing
The Stage at Island Park (333 4th St. S., Fargo)
Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a visit with the author! Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and seating is first come, first served. Arriving early is encouraged.

The Overnighters Documentary Screening
Moorhead Public Library
Saturday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m.
povlogo_2Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to North Dakota where the oil business is booming. But instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. The Overnighters tells an electrifying story about the promise of redemption and the limits of compassion. This event is sponsored by PBS POV. 

There will be a series of additional events held throughout the area. Visit the One Book, One Community website to discover more!


September’s Databases of the Month are…

Britannica, Infobits and Student Research Center

Britannica: Kids, are you headed back to school? Britannica is a great place to start your research. The interface is clean, which makes it easy to dig into any listing and find related videos and web links. A built in dictionary and thesaurus are available to look up any new wordpencil-878695_1920s you might encounter in the article. Additionally, with a valid email address, you can sign up to create a Workspace account. This is a great way to track your research and with a convenient way to refer back to it. You can even share with friends, teachers and more.

Kids Infobits is a wonderful, bright and friendly database for kids in grades K-5. You can search for your subject or navigate through the neatly organized sub-headings. When you pick your topic to research, it will connect you to a variety of great sources on the topic and list books, images, magazine articles and current news clips on the topic. This website is easy to navigate and full of great information to get you excited and started on your research!

Student Research Center allows you to dig deeper into any topic. This EBSCO driven search engine allows you to look for info in a variety of formats and also has great features for finding biographical information, country facts and flags and even TV and radio transcripts. You can narrow your search to look for content to fit your reading level. Keep track of your research or share with others by creating an account with a valid email address.

Lake Agassiz Regional Library Closed Monday, September 7 in Observance of Labor Day

 All Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) branches and LINK sites will be closed on Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day. Regular hours of operation will resume Tuesday, September 8.

LARL’s branch libraries are located in Ada, Bagley, Barnesville, Breckenridge, Climax, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Fertile, Fosston, Hawley, Mahnomen, McIntosh and Moorhead. LARL’s LINK sites are found in Cormorant, Frazee, Gonvick, Halstad, Hendrum, Lake Park, Rothsay, Twin Valley and Ulen.

Lake Agassiz Regional Library is a consolidated public library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. More information is available at