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

Detroit Lakes Public Library Welcomes Tiny House Enthusiast

tiny house2The community is invited to the Detroit Lakes Public Library for presentations from Tiny House Movement enthusiast Beth Ann Norrgard. Norrgard will share the story of how she made the transition from a traditional way of living to building and living in a hyper-efficient, mobile residence. Admission to this event is free and is open to anyone who wishes to attend. Norrgard will present Monday, August 24 at 6:30 p.m., and will serve as guest presenter at the Library Club Kickoff Meeting, which will take place Tuesday, August 25 at 2:00 p.m. The library is located at 1000 Washington Ave.  To learn more about these events, please call 218-847-2168.

To discover more about Norrgard, visit her website.

Photo Credit: B.A. Norrgard

This Month: Celebrating the Minnesota State Fair

At LARTesla_polyphase_exhibit_at_1893_worlds_fairL, we are getting excited about the the Minnesota State Fair, which will be held this month! We have also enjoyed participating in a variety of local fairs throughout our region – you might say we are fond of fairs of all sizes! To celebrate the Minnesota State Fair, which will be held this month (August 27-September 7), we’ve compiled a list of interesting books that describe another favorite American Fair – the World Fair: Columbian Exposition, which was held in Chicago in 1893. Check these books out at a Lake Agassiz Regional Library branch near you!

Are you headed to the Minnesota State Fair? Don’t forget to participate in Read & Ride Day! Present your public library card for discounted admission at the gate on September 2, 2015. Click here for more information.

Fair Weather by Richard Peck
Award winning author Richard Peck brings the World Fair: Columbian Exposition, which took place in Chicago in 1893, to life in this entertaining and heart-warming book. The book’s protagonist, Rosie Beckett, is thirteen, and has never left home until she and members of her amusing family are invited to spend time in Chicago at the World Fair.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
In this thrilling non-fiction book that is presented in novelist style, Larson combines the true story of two men, the architect behind the 1893 World Fair: Columbian Exposition, and the serial killer who used the Chicago-based World Fair as his hunting grounds.

Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray
As the World Fair draws near, Rosalind desperately seeks answers about her sister’s disappearance. When she is hired as a maid in the house where her sister had been working, Rosalind quickly discovers a house full of secrets, amidst the intrigue that only the Columbian Exposition can bring.


Fractured Land Selected as One Book One Community Title

Basic CMYKIn its fourth year, the One Book, One Community reading project is set to launch in early September. 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.

This year’s selection is a memoir takes an intimate and personal look at what it means to profit from the oil boom in North Dakota. This year’s One Book, One Community project will wrap up with an author visit by Lisa Westerberg Peters set for Tuesday, Oct. 6, starting at 7 p.m. at The Stage at Island Park (333 4th St. S., Fargo). All ages are invited; the event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the author event, and books will be available for purchase from Zandbroz Variety Readers of all ages can take part in the project’s events, which include book discussions, film screenings, and more. Visit any Fargo Public Library location or for a complete line-up of events and related resources. This project is a community effort between the Moorhead Public Library, the Fargo Public and West Fargo Public Libraries and Moorhead Community Education.

LARL Receives Technology Update

We’re excited to announce that we are moving forward with an automation project that will allow us to better serve our customers. LARL is continuing its partnership with Northwest Regional Library in a migration of 374,000 combined items to an open-source integrated library system.  This technical update, which includes the purchase of new servers, is made possible by a $25,000 grant from the Northern Lights Library Network, an organization which coordinates services and resources among all types of libraries in 23 counties of North Central and Northwest Minnesota.

“We are excited to see where this upgrade will take us,” said Liz Lynch, regional director of Lake Agassiz Regional Library. “We are grateful for the support of Northern Lights Library Network and are pleased to continue our partnership with Northwest Regional Library. This project will allow us to continue providing valuable services and resources to our communities.”

Thank you to the Northern Lights Library Network for their assistance with this project.

August’s Database of the Month is…

student-849825Drum roll, please! Lake Agassiz Regional Library’s Database of the Month for August is Learning Express.

Did you know that your library offers many resources and tools to help you succeed? Learning Express is an e-learning tool that helps people achieve their educational and career goals, from computer skills to practice tests to resumes.

To access Learning Express, you must be either in the library (find a LARL location near you!) or log in using your library card through the website. Create a new account using your email address and begin using this tool – it’s that easy!

Access Learning Express here!