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Get 'decked' out at the Detroit Lakes Library

Now is the time to start planning for a new patio or outdoor space to enjoy during the summer months. The Detroit Lakes Library has a selection of books that can help.

If you weren't able to get away this winter to somewhere tropical, bring the tropics to your house! Picture it... sitting on your new deck or patio sipping your favorite beverage -- or just relaxing in a lounge chair!

Summer is right around the corner, so now is the time to plan your new outdoor space, and be ready for those hot summer days when they get here! The library can help you cement your plans with such books as:

The Complete Guide to Decks by Bryan Trandem, executive editor for Black and Decker. This book is the most comprehensive, useful manual for building and maintaining decks available to homeowners, containing detailed chapters on ideas, planning, repair and maintenance, and accessories. Expanded to 320 pages, this edition now includes complete plans and directions for 10 complete decks, and also includes directions for additional deck accessories, including the installation of low-voltage lighting systems, built-in bench seats, an integrated overhead arbor, wood-sided privacy walls and decorative railings. An all-new idea section gives dozens of new ideas for deck design and accessorizing.

1001 Ideas for Outdoor Spaces, by Brett Martin. This book will inspire readers to upgrade their outdoor living areas. Whether budget allows for a few added accessories and plants or a full landscaping project complete with a deck or patio, this book will offer readers the many options they have to get the perfect outdoor space.

The Complete Guide to Patios: Plan, Build & Maintain, by Philip Schmidt. This book is a comprehensive guide that includes an introduction to the most popular building materials: a fool-proof method for design, planning and layout; detailed step-by-step projects to help readers build any one of 12 different types of patios; instructions for building popular patio accessories and features; and tips for maintaining and repairing all types of patios.

Walks, Walls & Patio Floors, by Jeanne Huber. Looking for a step-by-step guide that will give you ideas and instruction (plus the confidence) to create a new walkway or reinvent an existing garden wall? Then look no further than this new edition of Walks, Walls & Patio Floors. It takes you through the basics, from planning your project to choosing the right materials -- even getting them to your house (which can be one of the biggest challenges!). And, of course, everything you need to know once you get it all home!

Come in to the library and let the staff help you with your plans to bring the tropics to your house! The library is open 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. Library Hours: 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.; closed Sunday.

For more information on library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave. Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL). Information about LARL services is available online at