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Most of us are going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. We're heading toward the winter solstice, which lands this year on Dec. 21. The solstice takes place because the northern hemisphere is angled farthest away from the sun on that day. Your library's collection contains numerous titles relating to winter such as those highlighted below. Have a great shortest day of the year!

"Winter (Seasons)," by Julie Murray.

Big changes come in winter from the weather to the activities we do. Pairing very simple text and vibrant pictures of winter, readers will learn what they can expect in this season and all the fun things they can do.

"Winter Solstice (Winter Street)," by Elin Hilderbrand.

It's been too long since the entire Quinn family has been able to celebrate the holidays under the same roof, but that's about to change. With Bart back safe and sound from Afghanistan, the Quinns are preparing for a holiday more joyous than any they've experienced in years. And Bart's safe return isn't the family's only good news: Kevin is enjoying married life with Isabelle; Patrick is getting back on his feet after paying his debt to society; Ava thinks she's finally found the love of her life; and Kelly is thrilled to see his family reunited at last. But it just wouldn't be a Quinn family gathering if things went smoothly. A celebration of everything we love--and some of the things we endure--about the holidays, "Winter Solstice" is Elin Hilderbrand at her festive best.

Library Happenings

Preschool Storytime: Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Thursday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 23 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.

Baby Bounce is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 22 at 10:30 a.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Join us for songs, stories, flannel board, and action poems for infants through preschoolers and their caregivers. Program runs about a half hour followed by playtime and chatting with other caregivers.

One-on-One Classes offered this winter are Shutterfly-Photo books, LARL Mobile app, e-books and e-audio books on android or Apple devices. Call the library at 218-847-2168 and ask for Danell to set up your one-on-one appointment.

Library hours

The Detroit Lakes Public Library's regular hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and all national holidays.

For more information on local 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), 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.