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Let DL Library help you slow down clock

"Pretty Neat" is one of several books available at the DL Library to help with organization and time management.

Ever feel as though life is passing you by, like your life is all work and no play? You'd like to do more, but you have no time to fit it in. February is "National Time Management Month." Let the library help you take control of the time you have.

"168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think," by Laura Vanderkam.

There are 168 hours in a week. This is your guide to getting the most out of them.

Vanderkam shows that with a little examination and prioritizing, you'll find it is possible to sleep eight hours a night, exercise five days a week, take piano lessons, and write a novel without giving up quality time for work, family, and other things that really matter.

"Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way to Get Organized & Let Go Of Perfection," by Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch.

Negative self-image. Fantasy-induced overspending. Marital tension. A new kind of airbrushed concoction is wreaking havoc on homes and psyches, and Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore have a name for it: org porn.

It's in magazines, coffee table books, advertisements, and TV shows, promoting a perfect -- and entirely imaginary -- world in which everything is always pristine, serene, and flawlessly organized.

"Pretty Neat" is a handbook that embraces the chaotic reality that lies beneath org porn's glossy veneer, offering pithy anecdotes and candid advice from experts and real women alike on tackling organizational inertia.

Funny, irreverent, entertaining, and helpful, the book covers all facets of clutter-control, from tried-and-true tips for conquering to-do lists and wrangling family schedules to ideas on excavating inboxes, eliminating excuses, and delegating housework.

Most importantly, "Pretty Neat" insists that women need to stop holding themselves to impossibly high standards, and focus instead on defining their own, realistic organizational goals.

DL Library Happenings

• Tuesday, Feb. 26: Library Club, 2 to 4 p.m.

The Sutter Brothers, Barton and Ross, will sing, tell stories and recite poetry. Refreshments will be served.

• Wednesday, Feb. 27: Intermediate Genealogy, 3 p.m.

Want to intensify your research into your family history? Come and find out what is available free through your library to help you delve deeper.

• Thursday, Feb. 28: Share a Story, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Family literacy event adding to the fun of the regularly scheduled Story Time.

There will be stories, displays, a free book for each child, a demonstration of LARL website early literacy tools, and a visit from Curious George. (bring a camera) Prairie Public-PBS kids Ready to Learn, Mahube-Otwa, Detroit Lakes ECFE and Detroit Lakes Public Schools are all planning partners for this event.

• Saturday, March 2: Preschool storytime, 10 a.m.

• Saturday, March 2: totally Teen Advisory Council, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Teens meet to brainstorm ideas for programs and projects, and then help make them happen. Hang out, imagine possibilities, make plans, (and eat, of course).

Library Hours

The Detroit Lakes Public Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed Sunday.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your Library at 1000 Washington Ave.

Information is also available online at Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.