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DL Library can help with last minute Christmas shopping

The December edition of BookPage, which (according to the cover) is America's book review, has arrived at the Detroit Lakes Library.

Not only is it an excellent resource for finding something good to read, but it may help you breeze through your holiday shopping.

The exclamation "Give books, gifts they'll open again and again," graces the cover along with "Great gifts for: sports junkies, foodies, art lovers, bibliophiles, style mavens, history buffs, music fans, and young readers."

As you can see by all those interests, BookPage may get you a long way toward a completed Christmas list.

Stop into the library and pick up your complimentary copy, or go to The books highlighted below are reviewed in the December issue.

"The Christmas Shoppe," by Melody Carlson.

The small town of Parrish Springs is not ready for Matilda Honeycutt. A strange older woman with scraggly gray hair and jewelry that jangles as she walks, Matilda is certainly not the most likely person to buy the old Barton Building on the town's quaint main street.

When it becomes apparent that her new shop doesn't fit the expectations of Parrish Springs residents, a brouhaha erupts. After all, Christmas is approaching, and the last thing the town needs is a junky shop run by someone who looks and acts like a gypsy. But as townsfolk venture into the strange store, they discover that old memories can bring new life and healing.

"Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas," by Jane O'Connor.

Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles -- and who could forget the tree?

After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la!

This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come.

But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?

DL Library Happenings

•Thursday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 17: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 15: Holiday Crafts for Kids, 4 p.m.

Materials will be provided for kids to make holiday decorations.

Eat snacks and make some holiday crafts to take home!

Library hours

Regular hours for the Detroit Lakes Library are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It is closed on Sundays.

For more information, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave.

Information is also available online at

The Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.