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


Hot Reads for Cold Nights Begins Today!

We are thrilled to invite the public to participate in our winter reading program for adults, Hot Reads for Cold Nights.

The rules for the program are simple: read or listen to four books, audiobooks, eBooks, or eAudiobooks for a chance to win prizes.

To participate, simply pick up an official entry form at a local LARL location or fill out the form below. The program will begin on Saturday, January  2 and will end Thursday, February 28. All of Lake Agassiz Regional Library’s 22 locations are offering this program. Prizes include mugs, totes, calendars and more!

Don’t know what to read? Use Next 5 Books, LARL’s recommendation program. Simply enter the titles of books you’ve enjoyed and a librarian will provide you with personalized suggestions! Don’t forget to visit our digital library to browse and download eAudiobooks and eBooks.

Introducing Minnesota Loves Libraries!

profile-larl_2What does your library do for you? We want to know!

“Minnesota Loves Libraries” is a grassroots advocacy campaign set to run throughout the region through February. We are looking for stories that exemplify service, community connections, and individual success.

Library users are invited to stop by their local library to fill out a postcard or visit the website to use the online form.

The purpose is to gather stories of how Minnesotans use the library and the difference library service, programs and staff make in their lives.

LARL to Close for Christmas, New Years

All Lake Agassiz Regional Library branches and LINK sites will be closed on Sunday, December 25 and Monday, December 26, in celebration of Christmas Day, with regular hours of operation resuming Tuesday, December 27. All LARL locations will also be closed at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 31 and will remain closed Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2, with regular hours resuming Tuesday, January 3.