Danell Haspel, columnist
"Let's Talk Plants," a spring gardening workshop featuring the Becker County Master Gardeners, is planned for this Thursday, March 21 at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to stop by the library to plant an herb, gather planting wisdom from local experts and find a new gardening book to check out. This event is being offered free of charge. Refreshments will be served. More library happenings
Don't forget to spring ahead! Today (Sunday, March 10) is the day we set our clocks forward an hour. This yearly ritual teamed with next week's vernal equinox are sure signs that spring is right around the corner — even if it doesn't feel very spring-like outside right now. There are signs of spring here at the library too. "Let's Talk Plants!" — a free spring gardening workshop — is scheduled for Thursday, March 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the library's main meeting room.
Would you like to be transported to exotic places? Would you like to be teleported to a different time? Would you like to have adventures you never dreamed of having? You can — just pick up a book and read! Need a book? Visit your local library, where the librarians on staff would be happy to help you find those exotic places, different times, and those adventures. "The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids," by Sarah MacKenzie.
There are many theories associated with the origins of St. Valentine's Day, with one thing in common- ancient Rome. One theory involves Emperor Claudius II, who determined that single men made better soldiers, leading him to outlaw marriage. Valentine, a Catholic priest, didn't agree with the emperor and continued performing nuptials. Claudius found out that Valentine disobeyed him, so he ordered him put to death. If you would like to read more on the topic of St. Valentine or Valentine's Day, come and see us at your library. "Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! By Doreen Cronin.
Family photos have been shared with family and friends for decades — bringing a sense of pride to the owner. In an attempt to produce the cutest or most unusual photo, amateur photographers may sometimes go a little too far. There is a book titled "Awkward Family Photos," by Mike Bender, which proves this fact. If you would like to read up on photography, so your photo doesn't end up in a book such as Mr. Bender's, your library can help. The following are two of our newer books on the topic.
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...
Big News: "Look Alive Twenty-Five," Janet Evanovich's 25th book in her Stephanie Plum mystery series, is now available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library.
There is something to be said for the Christmas spirit that invades the whole month of December.
Does kindness matter? YES! In a time when our world needs it more than ever, it's important to emphasize that it's not just the recipient that benefits. According to research done by Dartmouth College, even those who witness the act of kindness have increases in oxytocin, which improves overall heart health, while increases in serotonin also take place, which calms you down and makes you happy.
National Adoption Month has its roots in Massachusetts. Governor Michael Dukakis, in 1976, declared an adoption week. By 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the week National Adoption Week. President Bill Clinton expanded the awareness of adoption to the complete month of November in 1995. That's the history, but let's not forget the children. Of the over 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S., Adoption Network reports, 114,556 cannot be returned to their families, and all these children would like a permanent, loving home.