The Magic of Beauty and the Beast is Alive at the Detroit Lakes Library

Fans of Beauty and the Beast are invited to the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.) for a Beauty and the Beast Ball on Thursday, March 23 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Come for tea and “grey stuff” (it’s delicious!), spark your creativity with crafts inspired by the tale as old as time, and participate in a costume contest, but donning your favorite Beauty and the Beast themed outfit! This event, offered free of charge, is for children of all ages and their families.

The library’s Book Discussion Group is discussing The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom on Tuesday, March 21 at 3:00 p.m. All are welcome to join the group!

Those interested in learning more about their family trees are invited to the library for a Beginning Genealogy class on Tuesday, March 27 at 2:00 p.m. If you’d like to learn more about your iPhone, attend the iPhone Basics Class on Wednesday, March 29 at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required for both of these classes, which are offered free of charge – call 218-847-2168 to register.

There is still time to enter the drawing for tickets for the library’s upcoming event, An Evening with Garrison Keillor. To enter, visit the library or go online to The event will take place on April 27 and the drawing for tickets will be held Monday, March 27.

Kelly Blackledge, of the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, will headline the next Library Club meeting with a discussion of the hobby of birding. The Library Club will meet on Tuesday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome.

The Detroit Lakes Public Library is a location of Lake Agassiz Regional Library, which 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


Join the Big Library Read Featuring Art of the Pie!

LARL customers are being granted unlimited access to a popular title through Overdrive’s Big Library Read, the world’s largest global ebook club. From March 16-30, millions of readers around the world will read Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott. McDermott shares the secrets to great pie crusts, fabulous fillings, and to living a good life.

This book can be downloaded free of charge using a LARL library card on any major device, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Chromebook and Kindle without worrying about wait lists or holds. The eBook will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

Click here to access this book!

We Need Your Help this Legislative Season!

Do you appreciate the services offered by your public library? Please ask your local representative and senator to support a bill requesting a funding increase and formula change providing rural libraries with funding stability for years to come. We are also seeking the public’s support of a separate bill that will provide continued Art and Cultural Heritage Funding from the Legacy Amendment to regional public library systems.

Please ask your representative to support HF 1382 (funding increase and formula change for library systems) and HF 1308 (Art and Cultural Heritage Funding from the Legacy Amendment).

Please ask your senator to support SF 1033 (funding increase and formula change for library systems) and SF 1134 (Art and Cultural Heritage Funding from the Legacy Amendment).

We appreciate your help!


Win Tickets to “An Evening with Garrison Keillor” at the Detroit Lakes Public Library!

In April, the Detroit Lakes Public Library will welcome Garrison Keillor, an American author, storyteller, humorist, radio actor, voice actor, and radio personality. He is best known as creator of the Minnesota Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion which he hosted from 1974 to 2016.

The library is participating in Keillor’s latest adventure as he embarks on a road trip across the Land of 10,000 Lakes in celebration of Minnesota Public Radio’s 50th Anniversary.

Mr. Keillor reports that he has now reached a certain age when you realize how lucky you are and you stop complaining. Complaint is a mainstay of comedy, so he is now experimenting with a comedy of gratitude, talking about parents, teachers, lucky breaks, dumb things that turned out smart. This is his first experimental tour.

Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Register online using the form below or in person to win tickets to attend this event. One entry per person. Each winner will receive two general admission tickets.  No reserved seating.  Must be 18 or older to enter.

Registration opens today (March 1) and the drawing for winners will be held on March 27 at 5:00 pm. Register below or at the library!


Food for Fines is Back!

We’re once again offering “Food for Fines”, a fine forgiveness program that will be held during the month of March. Bring unexpired, non-perishable food items to an LARL location and watch your overdue balance go down to zero. The food donations will be delivered to local food pantries and for each item donated, two dollars will be waived.

Customers without fines to clear are also invited to bring food donations to the library. “Food for Fines” is not valid for charges incurred because of missing or replaced items.

We will accept donations Tuesday, March 1 through Friday, March 31!

LARL presents…1,000 Books before Kindergarten

We’re kicking off the New Year by launching 1,000 Books before Kindergarten, a program designed to foster relationship-building and a love of reading while preparing youth for kindergarten. Thanks to the Minnesota Department of Education through a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, LARL is committed to offering this program to the residents of the seven counties it serves, including Becker, Clay, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk, and Wilkin Counties.

This free program encourages parents and caregivers to read to children from birth to kindergarten and beyond. “We are excited to introduce 1,000 Books before Kindergarten to our communities,” said Tammy Thomasson, Branch Manager and Youth Librarian of the Crookston Public Library. “Getting an early start on literacy development is the key to future success in school, and with this program it doesn’t have to cost parents a penny.”

1,000 Books before Kindergarten is a nation-wide movement of parents and caregivers dedicated to getting children ready to read before kindergarten, creating the foundation of a lifetime of learning. According to the Zero to Three Foundation, a child’s brain is producing 700 new neural connections every second from birth until age three. “Language and literacy development begin at birth,” said Jenna Kahly, LARL’s youth service coordinator. “When you sing, talk, and share books together you are not only building a loving relationship with your child, but filling their minds with language. This is a critical time in your child’s brain development and you can make a huge impact by having fun together right now.”

To participate, families can visit a LARL library near them, or visit this page to sign up for the program. Families will receive incentives for each reading log they complete, with a special award for those who complete the program by reading 1,000 times before kindergarten.

“Reading to our children is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to prepare our children for kindergarten and academic success,” said Liz Lynch, the library system’s Regional Director. “The benefits associated with reading include strengthening brain development, increasing vocabulary and comprehension, and laying that vital foundation for problem solving and success. It is so important, and it only requires a few minutes a day.”

Announcing LARL’s Best Books of 2016

Have you ever wondered which books are the most popular with fellow library users? Check out our top reads of 2016. These were the most checked out titles last year.

Books of 2016

  1. 15th Affair by James Patterson
  2. Alert by Michael Ledwidge and James Patterson
  3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  4. Bitter Season by Tami Hoag
  5. Cross Justice by James Patterson
  6. Crossing by Michael Connelly
  7. Extreme Prey by John Sandford
  8. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
  9. Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  10. Guilty  by David Baldacci
  11. Last Mile  by David Baldacci
  12. Make Me  by Lee Child
  13. Murder House by James Patterson
  14. Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  15. Off the Grid  by C.J. Box
  16. Private Paris by James Patterson
  17. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
  18. See Me by Nicholas Sparks
  19. Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich
  20. X by Sue Grafton