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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the Detroit Lakes Library

“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.”  —Adrienne Cook. 

Even if you aren’t Irish, it’s hard to argue with Adrienne Cook’s sentiment.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the staff at the library, and may spring be right around the corner!

“St. Patrick’s Day Murder,” by Leslie Meier.

'St. Patrick's Day Murder' by Leslie Meier

At the start of Meier’s charming 14th Lucy Stone mystery (after 2006’s Bake Sale Murder), the Pennysaver reporter is on her way to interview the new harbormaster of Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and relishing the unusually warm January day when she stumbles on a beheaded body at the end of the pier.

The victim turns out to be Dan Malone, owner of the local dive bar.

Lucy finds herself not only breaking the story but breaking the news to Dan’s brother, Dylan, a famous Irish actor in town to direct a play for the church’s centennial St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

As Dylan’s daughter encourages Lucy’s little girl to believe in fairies and goblins, Lucy hunts for a very real killer.

Warm and homespun characters, plenty of seaside ambience and a fast-moving plot make this a perfect winter cozy.

“St. Patrick’s Day Shamrocks,” by Mary Berendes. 

This book describes the tiny green plants known as shamrocks, the customs and origins of St. Patrick’s Day, and how the shamrock became the national symbol of Ireland.

Library happenings

• Wednesday, March 13: Christian Book Club, 10 to 11 a.m. The March selection is “The Whole Truth” by James Scott Bell.

• Thursday, March 14 and Saturday, March 16: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m.

• Friday, March 15: “Basic Microsoft Word,” 3 p.m. Learn the basics and practice using copy and paste, formatting text and saving. Basic computer and mouse skills experience is required.

Library Hours

The Detroit Lakes Public Library is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is closed on Sundays.

(Article written by Danell Haspel, Detroit Lakes Library)