Looking for indoor projects for the winter months? The art of quilting is perfect for those long winter days.

Does making a quilt seem daunting to you? There are many smaller quilting projects for you to start with. You'll find patterns for those in books like: "Mini Quilts: Fresh, Fun Patterns to Quilt in a Snap," by Jodie Davis and "Fresh from the Clothesline: Quilts and Small Projects with Vintage Appeal," by Darlene Zimmerman. Your library's collection can help if you are a beginner or if you are just looking for inspiration. Here are a few more resources for you...

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"Nine-Patch Revolution: 20 Modern Quilt Projects," by Jenifer Dick and Angela Walters.

Popular pattern designer Jenifer Dick and expert quilter Angela Walters have teamed up to provide 20 modern, diverse projects reinterpreting the Nine-Patch block. Nine-patches are easy to piece, aesthetically pleasing, and versatile, making it an ideal beginner's block, but also a favorite of more experienced quilters. Projects use a wide variety of techniques, from basic piecing and improv to paper piecing and wonky piecing. Each project includes detailed, step-by-step instructions for piecing plus quilting!

"Rulerwork Quilting Idea Book: 59 Outline Designs to Fill with Free-Motion Quilting, Tips for Longarm and Domestic Machines" by Amanda Murphy.

Quilting rulers have long been used by longarm quilters to make uniform shapes, but now, with the advent of the domestic ruler foot, domestic quilters can join in on the fun, too! Amanda starts with how to use 6 basic shapes of machine quilting ruler to lay a foundation for your quilting, then moves on to executing 59 different designs. Finish up by following Amanda's suggestions for filling in background space with free-motion quilting.

Library happenings

The library's Book Discussion Group will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 in the main meeting room. Join us for a lively conversation around one of the "Great American Reads" series' best-loved novels, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. All are welcome to attend the discussion, including those who haven't yet read the book. Next month's discussion will focus on the book "Virgil Wander" by Leif Enger.

The library will host a special "Drive-in Movie" event this Thursday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited to make their own vehicle out of cardboard and enjoy a movie, drive-in style! Supplies provided.

Storytime: Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to the library for Storytime on Thursday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 19 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 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.

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 www.larl.org, 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, please call 218-847-2168 or visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 1000 Washington Ave.