Do you know how Holly become associated with Christmas? Pagans believed holly warded off evil spirits, and they hung it on their homes for that reason. It was also a major part of pagan December Festivals, which celebrated the winter solstice, and evolved into the Christian holiday of Christmas. Early Christians continued to hang holly on their homes to keep from drawing attention to themselves, and as the number of Christians grew, it became a Christian Christmas tradition. Enjoy some holly including the library books highlighted below.

“The Corner of Holly and Ivy,” by Debbie Mason.

Many Christmas-themed books like Debbie Mason's "The Corner of Holly and Ivy" can be found at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Courtesy photo)
Many Christmas-themed books like Debbie Mason's "The Corner of Holly and Ivy" can be found at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Courtesy photo)

With her dreams of being a wedding dress designer suddenly over, Arianna Bell isn't expecting a holly jolly Christmas. Instead, her heart feels about three sizes too small. That is until her high school sweetheart Connor Gallagher returns to town and she finds his mere presence still makes her pulse race. But just when she starts dreaming of kissing under the mistletoe, he announces that he will be her opponent in the upcoming mayoral race...

Hot-shot attorney Connor Gallagher has something to prove. He's tired of playing runner-up to his high-achieving brothers. So when the opportunity to enter the campaign comes up, he takes it. Even if it means running against the only woman he's ever loved. But with a little help from Harmony Harbor's local matchmakers and a lot of holiday cheer, Connor and Arianna may just get the happy ever after they both deserve.

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“Holly and Ivy,” by Fern Michaels.

This is one of many holiday-themed books available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Courtesy photo)
This is one of many holiday-themed books available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Courtesy photo)

The flames of memory always seem to glow a little brighter during the holidays. Perhaps that’s why this time of year is so difficult for airline heiress Ivy Macintosh, as she faces thoughts of yet another festive season alone. Since the plane crash that claimed the lives of her husband and two children eight years ago, she’s been submerged in grief.

When eleven-year-old Holly Greenwood knocks on her door, lost and frightened after a forbidden visit to her singing teacher, Ivy’s self-imposed exile is shattered. Holly has an extraordinary voice, and wants nothing more than to perform in an upcoming Christmas musical. Holly’s father, Daniel, doesn’t allow music in their home, refusing to give a good reason why—just as he refuses to talk about Holly’s mother. Ivy has no idea how closely she and Daniel are linked by their tragic pasts, yet she’s drawn to the warmth she senses beneath his gruff exterior. And as Christmas nears, their shared concern for Holly begins to draw Ivy back into the world again . . . and toward a family who may need her just as much as she needs them ...

Library Happenings

Storytime. Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Thursday, Dec. 12th and Saturday, Dec. 14th at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.

Knitting Group meets Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Knitters of all experience levels are invited to join us by bringing new and ongoing projects and sharing experience and inspiration with fellow knitters.

Baby Bounce meets on Friday, Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. There will be lots of songs, stories, flannel board activities, action poems for infants and toddlers plus their caregivers.

Holiday Open House is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Join staff and fellow library lovers for a celebration of the season featuring holiday music, refreshments and delightful conversation.

Book Discussion Group is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Join fellow book lovers in a time of fun discussion on the book “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman. Despite being quirky and somewhat light-hearted, this book touches on harder topics. All are welcome to attend even if you haven’t read the book.

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.

All Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) branches and LINK sites, including Detroit Lakes, will close at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday, with regular hours of operation resuming Thursday, Dec. 26. The following week all locations will close at or before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and will remain closed Wednesday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day, with regular hours resuming Thursday, Jan. 2.

Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) is a consolidated public library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. Besides Detroit Lakes, LARL’s other branch libraries are located in Ada, Bagley, Barnesville, Breckenridge, Climax, Crookston, Fertile, Fosston, Hawley, Mahnomen, McIntosh and Moorhead. LARL’s LINK sites are found in Cormorant, Frazee, Gonvick, Halstad, Hendrum, Lake Park, Rothsay, Twin Valley and Ulen.

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 can also be found online at www.larl.org, as well as via the library’s app, LARL Mobile, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for free download.