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Your local library can help you have a productive fall

"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace, as I have seen in one autumnal face." -- John Donne

This sentiment is shared by many of us Minnesotans and is the answer to the question we ask ourselves all winter, "Why do we live here?"

The changing of the four seasons is so awesome that it can be the sole reason for people returning after a stint living in a milder climate! But of all the seasons, fall is the most breathtaking (just take a look at a maple tree.)

Some would also say it is the busiest time of the year. Tending gardens, whether they are vegetable or flower, is a huge commitment, but you don't have to feel like you're out on a limb.

The Detroit Lakes Library has a number of books available to Fallscaping, highlighted below.

Harvest has always been a major theme of fall and the library has many books on the topic, such as the children's book We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season, also featured below.

As the harvest's crops and produce become available, fall baking takes place, and the staff at the library can help you find those special fall recipes.

Come into the library for all your fall planning needs.

n Fallscaping, by Nancy Ondra, Stephanie Cohen and Rob Cardillo. Why should the joys of puttering in the garden be relegated to spring and summer when autumn has so much to offer?

Enjoyable temperatures and more dependable rainfall in much of the country extend the growing season and allow the gardener to spend more time enjoying the garden and less time watering.

Those final splendid months before winter's chill offer hospitable conditions for an impressive array of flowers, foliage, berries, and seedheads.

n We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season, by Wendy Pfeffer. The fall equinox signals the time of year when we gather our harvests and give thanks for their bounty. With accessible, lyrical prose and vibrant illustrations, this nonfiction picture book explains the science behind autumn and the social history of harvest-time celebrations.

We Gather Together presents a remarkable range of cultural traditions throughout the ages and the world, many of which have influenced our contemporary Thanksgiving holiday.

Simple science activities, ideas for celebrating in school and at home, and a further reading list are included in the back of the book.

n Fall Baking, by Taste of Home. In this Fall Baking Cookbook, you'll discover 197 recipes from great home bakers-many that feature the delectable flavors of autumn. They have all been tasted and reviewed by the professional home economists of the Taste of Home Test Kitchen. You can trust they'll turn out great even the first time you make them.

The book includes recipes for cookies, cakes, pies, cheesecakes, brownies, breads, coffee cakes, muffins and more.

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.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays.

For more information on library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave.

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