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Make your own maple syrup, with library’s help

‘American Terroir’ by Rowan Jacobsen explores the origins of some of this country’s most iconic foods, with recipes and resources included.

In our world of far too many effected by chronic illness, many of us are searching for healthy foods to eat.

Pure maple syrup has been found to be one of those healthy foods.

According to Dr. Navindra Seeram, of the University of Rhode Island research team, “maple syrup contains a cocktail of polyphenol compounds, several with antioxidant properties and many with well-documented health benefits.”

This is the time of year to find out what it’s all about, and your library can help you find the information economically.

“American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields,” by Rowan Jacobsen.

“American Terroir” shares the best of America’s bounty as it explains why place matters. 

The first guide to the “flavor landscapes” of some of our most iconic foods: apples, honey, maple syrup, coffee, oysters, salmon, wild mushrooms, wine, cheese, and chocolate, it includes recipes and resources for finding place-specific foods.

Ultimately, good eating is about romance, and “American Terroir” finds that romance in the farms, forests, and waters where our great foods live.

“Curious George Makes Maple Syrup,” by H.A. Rey. 

Sunday is pancake day, and no plate of pancakes is complete without maple syrup. But when George runs out of his favorite topping, where will he find more? With the help of his friends Allie and Mr. Renkins, George learns how to turn sap from maple trees into his very own bottle of sweet, delicious syrup!

Library Happenings

  • Want to do some decluttering at your house but not have to take things to the landfill and don’t have enough for a yard sale? Looking for bargains in collectibles, appliances, pets? Let us show you how to buy and sell using Craigslist at our Craigslist Basics Class on Tuesday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Children and their caregivers are invited to the Library for story time events this week: Storytime on Monday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m., Preschool Storytime on Thursday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m., and Family Storytime on Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Library Hours

The Detroit Lakes Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and closed Sunday.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call (218) 847-2168 or visit your Library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at

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