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Get creative at the library

'Cut the Scraps' is one of several resources to help spur your creativity that can be found at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Submitted Photo

January is "Creativity Month!"

Hobbies can be expensive, so let your library take some of the financial sting out of the creative process.

Libraries are your source for how-to and pattern books and DVDs, all of which are just waiting to be borrowed not purchased!

Come on in to a Lake Agassiz Regional Library branch or LINK Site, and make it easier for the creative juices to get flowing!

"Cut the Scraps!: 7 Steps to Quilting Your Way through Your Stash," by Joan Ford.

All quilters know one thing for sure: a fabric stash is a living thing. It grows imperceptibly at first, but soon takes over your sewing room, and, if you're not careful, your life.

Joan Ford is a quilt designer who recognized a need to clear the clutter among her fellow quilters and came up with a fun and effective way to deal with it.

Enter ScrapTherapy, Ford's feel-good method for organizing the mounds of fabric -- from yards and fat quarters to skinny scraps -- and turning them into quilts and a wide array of accessories.

In this innovative book, Ford offers step-by-step instructions for cutting a fabric stash down to size -- quite literally -- and provides 20 original patterns for quilts, pillows, table runners, and more.

"Wire Art Jewelry Workshop: Step-by-Step Techniques and Projects," by Sharilyn Miller.

"Wire Art Jewelry Workshop" is a comprehensive guide, filled with the basic building blocks of wire jewelry.

From cleaning, straightening, twisting, and coiling wire to cage beads, heart-shaped ear wires and head pins, as well as bead connectors, "Wire Art Jewelry Workshop" teaches how to make solid findings and custom components.

You'll then learn to combine these components into 16 original wire bracelet, earring, and necklace designs.

Sharilyn's detailed instruction continues through the projects showing every step, from plain wire to finished piece.

The projects can be made with classic silver or less-expensive copper wire to match your taste and budget.

DL Library Happenings

• Monday, Jan. 21: Detroit Lakes Library will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

• Tuesday, Jan. 22: Library Club, 2 p.m.

Ron and Sandy Sprafka will discuss their recent cruise from Barcelona, Spain to Egypt, through the pirate-infested waters off Somalia, and on to Singapore. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.

• Wednesday, Jan. 23: NOOK, Kindle & eReader Class, 6:30 p.m.

Did you get a NOOK, Kindle, iPad or other eReader device for Christmas? Let us show you how to download free library eBooks to your new device. Please call, email, or stop by the library to pre-register. Bring your device and/or laptop to class. Limit: 6 people.

• Thursday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 26: 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.