Did you know pickles made the famous voyage with Christopher Columbus? Sailors had to be careful not to get scurvy, so their diet had to include foods that contained vitamin C. Pickles were perfect for long voyages, because they contain the necessary vitamin c, and their preservation in vinegar makes them long lasting. Coincidently, the man that stocked the Pinta, Nina and the Santa Maria with pickles was Amerigo Vesspucci, who later became an explorer in his own right, and is the source for the name America.

Your library’s collection includes fiction books like the two newer ones highlighted below, and nonfiction books such as recipe books dedicated solely to pickles.

"I Hear a Pickle" by Rachel Isadora is available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Submitted photo)
"I Hear a Pickle" by Rachel Isadora is available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Submitted photo)

I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, Touch, and Taste It Too!), by Rachel Isadora. Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora’s sweet and simple introduction to the five senses is perfect for the youngest children, who will recognize themselves in charming vignettes portraying a wide range of childhood activities. Hearing, smelling, seeing, touching, tasting--our five senses allow us to experience the world in so many ways! With our ears we hear the birds sing; with our nose we smell the stinky cheese; with our eyes we see the moon and stars (and sometimes glasses help us see even better!); with our skin we feel the rain (and learn not to touch the hot stove!); and with our tongue we can taste our favorite foods. Isadora’s lively art reveals the power and delight of each sense.

"Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper" is available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library (Submitted photo)
"Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper" is available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library (Submitted photo)

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“Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper,” by Amy Lillard. Kathryn “Kappy” King is happy being a plain-spoken unmarried odd-woman-out in her Pennsylvania Amish hometown. Her talent is making the special kapps local women use to cover their hair. But her skill at uncovering trouble in this quiet valley is about to be truly tested . . .

At first, young Sally June Esh's tragic death doesn't look like murder. Even in peaceful Blue Sky, collisions between buggies and Englisch cars aren’t unheard of. Still, the Eshes are skilled drivers used to delivering their popular pickles for miles around. And after Kappy notices Sally's buggy was deliberately run off the road, her ex-Amish friend Edie gets strange texts saying the crash was no accident . . .

Library Happenings

Storytime: Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to the Detroit Lakes Public Library for Storytime on Thursday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.

A monthly knitting group meets Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. in the library's main meeting room. Knitters of all experience levels are invited to join us by bringing new and ongoing projects and sharing experience and inspiration with fellow knitters.

A quilting class on beginning paper piecing is set for Saturday, Nov. 16 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the library's main meeting room. Have you ever wanted to learn about paper piecing but had no idea where to begin? Have you looked at paper pieced quilts and thought, “I can’t do that”? Come to the library and learn how easy and fun it is to create beautiful paper pieced blocks and quilts. This class is for beginners and will open up a new quilting arena in your life and give you a solid foundation to explore the wonderful world of paper piecing. Please pre-register by calling 218-847-2168.

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 Public 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, call 218-847-2168 or visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at www.larl.org.