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Danell Haspel: Let library help prepare for spring cleaning

‘Painting and Wallpapering Secrets’ by “Wall Wizard” Brian Santos can help give your home a fresh look for spring.

It’s that time of the year!!  Time for “spring cleaning” and painting!

Turn the drudgery to something more enjoyable.

You can catch up on some “for fun” reading while you work!

If you have a computer or a tablet, you can download e-audiobooks from our digital library, which is accessible from our website:

If you have any questions the staff at Detroit Lakes Library would be happy to help, so you can begin enjoying your “top to bottom” cleaning.

You can also find information at your library to help you carry out the individual cleaning and painting jobs that make up “spring cleaning.”

“Painting and Wallpapering Secrets from Brian Santos, the Wall Wizard,” by Brian Santos.

Painting is an inexpensive yet impactful way to redecorate a home. But in a down economy, most homeowners can’t afford to hire a pro to do the dirty work. This book represents the best of The Wall Wizard’s previous books, “Painting Secrets,”  “Faux Finish Secrets,”  and “Wallcovering Secrets.” Readers will get helpful, economically mindful tips, advice, and guidance on how to use paint, faux finishes, and wallcoverings that accomplish high-quality, professional-looking results.

“Home By Novogratz,” by Robert and Cortney Novogratz.

In this book, design duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz (stars of HGTV’s Home by Novogratz) give us an inside look at twenty of their favorite projects to show us how to achieve their signature “vintage modern” style.

See how they effortlessly mix contemporary furniture with thrift-store finds, and learn all sorts of tricks for creating a stylish home no matter what the obstacles: seven children, small spaces, or a tiny budget.

From toddler-friendly bedroom for triplets to a beach retreat for two twenty-somethings, from a New Jersey basement to a Palm Beach cabana, “Home by Novogratz” proves that good design is just a book away.

Library Happenings

On Monday, March 17 at 10 a.m., kids and families are invited to the Detroit Lakes 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.

March is the month for “Food for Fines,” the Library’s amnesty program, in which we forgive a $2.00 fine for each non-perishable food item that you donate (not valid for lost or replacement charges). At the end of the month, all the food donations will go to a local food bank.

Library Hours

The Detroit Lakes Public Library, located at 1000 Washington Ave., is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 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 Sunday.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168.

Information is also available online at

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