The fall equinox takes place Monday, Sept. 23. Now is the time to sit back and watch the autumn flora put on its annual show. Whether you do the Explore Minnesota: Rainbow Routes tours or just randomly drive around the country side, fall foliage tours would be great as a “teaching moment” for our kids. Your library has books on the subject to help with that moment! The staff at the Detroit Lakes Public Library would like to wish everyone a gorgeous autumn season.

“Full of Fall,” by April Pulley Sayre. With gorgeous photo illustrations, award-winning author April Pulley Sayre explores the transformation trees undergo in fall.

The book takes readers through the leaves’ initial change from green to red, yellow, and orange, the shedding of the leaves, and the leaves crumbling as winter approaches. Extensive back matter explains the science behind this process to the youngest of budding scientists.

“Through the Autumn Air,” by Kelly Irvin. The mother of ten and a widow of seven years, Mary Katherine is a bundle of energy, always willing to step in and help her friends around her Amish community. Now that her last child is married, she pours her abundant creative spirit into writing stories, even as she speaks aloud to her late husband every day.

Her dream is to open a bookstore with an English friend, but the church elders want this wayward widow to work in an Amish-owned store instead. When her old school friend, Ezekiel, offers her a position as a cook in the restaurant he opened after his wife died, she knows she should accept. But does she really want to spend her time working over a hot stove?

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When a mysterious English stranger breaks into her house to make himself a sandwich one autumn night, Mary Katherine doesn’t call the sheriff. She turns to Ezekiel. They both see that Burke is need of more than a meal, and Ezekiel offers him the job at the restaurant.

As they set out to care for their new friend, Mary Katherine and Ezekiel find themselves often working together. Mary Katherine is drawn to Ezekiel, but she remembers the terrible risk of giving her heart to someone. Can two people in the autumns of their lives and so well-versed in the pain of loss put the past behind them and trust in the hope that comes with each new season?

Library Happenings

Library Club: Author Mary Krugerud is scheduled to speak during the Detroit Lakes Library Club meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Join fellow library supporters for a presentation by Mary Krugerud, author of “Interrupted Lives” and “The Girl in Building C.” Both books are true stories involving the history of tuberculosis treatment in Minnesota. This event promises to be an interesting time, with good conversation and refreshments. All are invited to attend.

Excel for Beginners: This class is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Interested in learning more about Excel? Learn the basics of using spreadsheets, which allows users to easily store, organize and modify spreadsheets, which allows users to easily store, organize and modify data. Discover how to insert text, compute basic formulas, use AutoFill and more. Call the library at 218-847-2168 to register for this class, which is offered free of charge.

Storytime: Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Thursday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 28 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.

Library hours

The library’s regular hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and all national holidays.

Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL), a consolidated public library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. More information is available at, and the library’s app, LARL Mobile, is available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for free download.

For more information on local library services and programs, call 218-847-2168 or visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at