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Danell Haspel: A Homemade Christmas

'Handmade Scandinavian Christmas' is just one of several resources available at the Detroit Lakes Library to help you create your own homemade Christmas presents. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Let the library help you with homemade Christmas presents this year.

Here are a few titles to get you in the holiday spirit from your library.

“Handmade Scandinavian Christmas: Everything You Need for a Simple Homemade Christmas,” by Hege Barnholt. 

A beautiful collection of over 120 crafty Christmas ideas to achieve the perfect homemade Christmas.

From simple yet beautiful ways to decorate the Christmas tree, to ingenious ways of wrapping your Christmas gifts, this book is bursting with ideas to inspire year after year.

Each project is beautiful but achievable, and accompanied by stunning photographs.

There are easy-to-follow instructions and 100% full size templates.

The book begins by taking you through a woodland walk to collect the perfect ingredients for a rustic Christmas, such as pinecones, berries and leaves, and also features a handy chapter on making beautiful homemade gifts, whether it is for Him, Her, or the children, Handmade Scandinavian Christmas has something to please everyone.

“The Christmas Letters: a Timeless Story for Every Generation,” by Bret Nicholaus. 

The perfect book to share with family and friends year after year, the story of Grandpa’s letters will warm hearts and move us to reflect on the ways, both big and small, our lives have been touched by loved ones.

Let ‘“The Christmas Letters” restore all the joy and wonder of Christmas that we need to remember but too often forget.

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 on library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit the website at

Library happenings

  • Thursday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 14: Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m. Join us for preschool storytime! Includes theme related stories, fingerplays and a simple craft.