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Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday in English) is March 4 this year.  Fat Tuesday is always the day before Ash Wednesday, and the tradition is to eat hearty before the fasting of the Lenten season begins.  Whether you just want to know more about Mardi Gras, or you are planning a Fat Tuesday party, your library can help you find more information and recipes.


“Fodor’s New Orleans 2014, (Full Color Travel Guide),” by Fodor’s

This guide describes New Orleans as an incredible, vibrant, bursting at the seams, melting pot of a city.

Whether you’re visiting for the music, the food, to get to the know people, or to just party all night long (or all of the above), “Fodor’s New Orleans 2014” is the guidebook that makes every trip the trip of a lifetime.

Fodor’s travel guide includes, “Illustrated Features,” a Mardi Gras feature section, including a parade schedule, and helps revelers plan their time.

A feature on New Orleans music provides basics about making the most of your Jazz Fest experience and how to best enjoy local music year-round.

Neighborhood food spotlights, as well as features on New Orleans cuisine and cocktail culture identify the best eats and drinks.

“Meet Marie-Grace, American Girl (American Girls Collection),” by Sarah M. Buckey.

This is a story about Marie-Grace Gardner, who has just arrived in New Orleans, and hopes she never has to move again. The lively city is unlike any other place Marie-Grace has lived.

When she meets Mademoiselle Océane, a talented opera singer, Marie-Grace longs to take lessons. She loves to sing, and she would like to get to know Cécile Rey, the confident girl who is Mademoiselle’s student. But Marie-Grace is shy, and starting school reminds her how hard it is to make friends and fit in. Can an unexpected adventure help her feel as if she belongs in New Orleans?

Library happenings

Be sure to mark your calendars for “Lake Agassiz: Drawn to History” on Thursday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Detroit Lakes Library. 

This exciting art and history program by “Mr. History,” Steve Stark, will highlight the history of the state of Minnesota in story format on giant rolls of paper.

Fun for all ages, this Legacy program is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library, and supported in part or whole with money from The Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

On Monday, March 17 at 10 a.m., kids and families are invited to the library for “The Magic of Dr. Seuss,” a fun-filled magic show celebrating reading and the world of Dr. Seuss.

This Legacy program is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library, and supported in part or whole with money from The Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Library hours

The Detroit Lakes Library, located at 1000 Washington Ave., is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.

For more information, please call 218-847-2168 or visit the website at