Lake Agassiz Regional Library Announces Winter Book Sale

slider-larl-book-saleLake Agassiz Regional Library will host a used book sale in the lower level of the Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St. S., in early December.

Thousands of books will be available for purchase including a variety of non-fiction, fiction and children’s books. The available selection will be updated each day of the sale.

Customers may fill a bag with items for five dollars. Proceeds of the sale will be used to support the Lake Agassiz Regional Library collection.

Book sale hours will be 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday, December 3 through Saturday, December 5.

Double Your Donation! The Moorhead Public Library is Seeking Matching Funds


The Moorhead Public Library is seeking $10,000 in public donations, all of which will be matched by the Otto Bremer Foundation. The funds will be used to improve the library’s meeting rooms, which are used by community group and organizations for educational and community based projects.

Each donor giving $20 or more will receive a gift as a thank you for the support of the library!

Wondering how to donate?
Submit your donation at the library or donate online here!

We are grateful for the generous support of our community!

Detroit Lakes Library Announces Upcoming Boxcar Children Event

boxcar children2Since 1924, the Boxcar Children series, created by Gertrude Chandler Warner, has charmed children for generations. With more than 100 titles, the books tell the story of four orphaned children who create a home for themselves in an abandoned boxcar in the forest. The children eventually meet their grandfather who offers them a home and allows them to bring their boxcar along with them. The Detroit Lakes Public Library is celebrating this excellent series with a Boxcar Children event! The community is invited to join the library for activities and snacks related to the series.

The event will be held on Thursday, November 19 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

The library is located at 1000 Washington Ave. To learn more about this event, please call 218-847-2168.

Moorhead Public Library Announces Model Railroad Event


The Moorhead Public Library invites the community to celebration National Model Railroad Month. On Saturday, November 21 from 1:00-5:00 p.m., the Red River Valley chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will be at the library with a model railway on display, and to share information about model trains with the public.

The Red River Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society meets monthly on the first Thursday at the Moorhead Public Library. Programs usually include screening a video or DVD on a railroad topic with the occasional guest speaker. The chapter supports regional rail restoration efforts and also provides volunteers to two local groups that operate steam trains and is open to any rail enthusiasts in the area.

Journey Into the Past with HeritageQuest and

family historyWe’re excited to share two databases that are free for you to use, and that will help you learn more about your family history!

Ancestry Library Editions (

Discover your past with! is a genealogical database that has approximately 4,000 databases and records including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records that covers the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, and more. To use this resource for free, you must access it while at a LARL library branch or LINK site. covers a wide range of subjects, including birth, marriage and death records, census records, immigration and travel documents, military, schools, directories, church histories, tax, criminal, land and wills, photos and maps. This content can be searched through the quick links, a home search, or an advanced search. Just remember to enter in as much information as possible such as first and middle name(s), last name, place lived, and birth year.

The site also offers a variety of helpful charts and forms that are downloadable and printable, including ancestral charts, a research calendar, a research extract, a correspondence record, a family group sheet and a source summary sheet.

HeritageQuest Online

HeritageQuest Online is a genealogical database offering a growing collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture that can be use both at any LARL library branch or LINK Site and at home with a LARL library card.

HeritageQuest Online is made up of five subject fields.

  • Books (Genealogy and local history collection of 28,000 books that can be downloaded or copied)
  • Census information (Containing page images for the entire U.S. Federal census from 1790-1930, including name indexes for many years, with the ability to search by name, place of birth, age, ethnicity, and more)
  • PERSI Archive (Subject index that covers 6,600 genealogy and local history periodicals totally 2.3 million articles written from 1800-2009, which allows the user to find out about people and places by search surnames, locations and methodologies or by browsing the journals by title and keyword searches)
  • Freedman’s Bank (Records of the Freedman’s Savings & Trust Company, which was the primary bank for freed slaves from 1865-1874)
  • S. Serial Set (Documents and reports of memorials, petitions, and private relief actions of the U.S. Congress from 1789-1969)

HeritageQuest offers a variety of useful features. Each record contains a detailed citation and is downloadable in PDF format. Users can browse or search publications and census data and then keep track, edit and combine searches using the Search History Function. Finally, the Notebook function provides the ability to save selected results and take notes on findings.

Enjoy your journey into history!

“Twins Platoon” Author to Visit Detroit Lakes Public Library

twins platoonThe Detroit Lakes Public Library is pleased to welcome author Christy Sauro, Jr. to the library for a presentation. In June of 1967, 150 young men and women were inducted into the Marines during a Minnesota Twins game, many of whom went on to serve during the Vietnam War. In his book, Twins Platoon, Sauro, Jr., tells their stories.  During his visit to the library, he will share his experiences, as well as the stories of those who were with him.

The event will be held Monday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. Admission to this program is free, and it is open to the public. For more information about this event, contact the library at (218)-847-2168. This author event is being co-sponsored by the Becker County Friends of the Library and the Detroit Lakes VFW Post 1676.

Detroit Lakes Public Library Welcomes Acclaimed Sculptor Hans Gilsdorf

StatuefromNorthEastThe community is invited to the Detroit Lakes Public Library for a presentation from acclaimed sculptor Hans Gilsdorf. Gilsdorf, who recently finished work on a sculpture located outside the library, will serve as guest presenter at the Library Club Meeting, which will take place Tuesday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m. The library is located at 1000 Washington Ave.  To learn more about these events, please call 218-847-2168.

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.