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Brush up on your ice fishing know-how at the local library

'A Hard Water World: Ice Fishing and Why We Do It' is one of several resources on ice fishing available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Submitted Photo

Ever try explaining to a Hawaiian tour guide how we here in Minnesota walk on the lakes?

How about how we drive a vehicle on the lakes? It's a hard sell...yet millions of people do it!

Our Hawaiian tour guide and other people in warm climates will become believers with the help of the books listed below!

"A Hard-Water World: Ice Fishing and Why We Do It," by Greg Breining.

To the uninitiated, ice fishing seems improbable, wacky, and dangerous.

But every winter, more than 2 million hardy northerners go to their place on the lake: literally on the lake.

Kennedy and Breining take readers to fun-filled if bizarre festivals that include "Guys on Ice" in Door County, Wisconsin, and the supremely self-mocking International Eelpout Festival on Minnesota's Leech Lake, which honors a slimy, potbellied, finny critter.

Photos offer peeks inside ice houses that range from a plastic-bag cocoon to an impossibly luxurious Adirondacks ice residence with front porch and wet bar.

Travel to a frozen lake in the Boundary Waters, to ice cities that form and disband overnight, and to the Volga River near Moscow, shadowed by the KGB.

"Ice Fishing: The Ultimate Guide," by Tim Allard.

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, a lone wolf angler or a parent with fish-fanatic youngsters, fishing on ice has lots to offer everyone.

But fishing on ice isn't without its challenges, and that's where this book comes in.

"Ice Fishing: The Ultimate Guide" covers everything you need to know to make your hard water adventures as comfortable, safe, enjoyable and productive as possible.

The first part of the book looks at the equipment that's involved with ice fishing.

The second part of the book takes an in depth look at winter's best sport fish, including walleye, perch, crappie, pike, trout, whitefish, sunfish, catfish, bass and more.

For each species, you'll find detailed information about them, where you can expect to find them, and the different strategies for catching them.

DL Library Happenings

• Tuesday, Jan. 8: 'Appy Hour, 4 to 6 p.m.

Learn about the cool apps you can put on your iPad, your mobile phone and even your home computer. Join library staff, a knowledgeable library supporter and representatives from Verizon and Sprint as they show you some of the neat things your devices can do. No need to pre-register. Just come on in and join us for 'Appy Hour!

• Thursday, Jan. 10 and Saturday, Jan. 12: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

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.