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Learn all about antiques at the library

Now that the holidays are over, we have time to pursue other interests.

Have you been to a good antiques auction lately? Nowadays you don't even have to leave your home to participate in one. But whichever type you choose, it's important to do your homework before you bid.

Antiques price guides aren't exactly cheap, and become outdated very quickly!

The Detroit Lakes Library can help you with up-to-date information to base your bidding. The Antique Trader and the Antiques & Collecting Magazine (highlighted below) will also provide you with information on upcoming auctions and other collectors and collections.

So come into your library and see what you can find!

n Antique Trader Weekly: Each issue contains articles, columns, and features about antiques and collectibles, a collector Q&A column, serves as a national directory for antique shopping, an antiques show calendar, and an auction calendar.

Book reviews, coverage of industry news and events, and updates including auctions and shows, collector profiles, and dealer profiles.

• Antiques & Collecting Magazine: This magazine brings you the fascinating worlds of architecture, interior design, and fine and decorative arts from the dawn of civilization to the modern era.

Articles on private collections and museum houses around the world highlight the latest trends in collecting and decorating with antiques.

Regular monthly columns include news on current exhibitions and art-world events, notes on collecting, and book reviews.

• Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2010, by Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel: America's leading authority on antiques and collectibles presents the latest, most up-to-date edition of the biggest and best-organized price guide, with 100 percent, all new, actual prices in 700 categories!

Now in its 42nd edition, Kovels' is the only guide that lists actual prices collected from the previous year's sales.

It is the best illustrated -- with 2,500 full-color photographs--most complete, and easiest-to-use guide to finding the value of what every collector, from the casual hobbyist to the antiques professional, owns or discovers.

Kovels' is the only source for the most current, actual prices--no Web site, not even the Kovels' own, has this information.

• Warman's Antiques & Collectibles 2009 Price Guide, by Ellen T. Schroy and edited by Tracy L. Schmidt.

There's more than a kernel of truth to the fact that many things only improve with age. Just like the antiques and collectibles it identifies, the world's longest-running antiques price guide continues to get better with time.

Warman's Antiques & Collectibles 2009 Price Guide boasts a feast of 2,400 color photos, an easy-to-use color-coded catalog format, tens of thousands of detailed listings for furniture, glass, ceramics and toys, a chapter on fakes and reproductions, and exclusive market trend reports written by expert appraisers and collectors.

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.

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The Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL).