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'Polar Bear Scientists' is one of several resources on this threatened species that can be found at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Submitted Photo

Celebrating the polar bear

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The polar bear has made the news often since 2008, because they have been considered a threatened species since May of that year.

Any conversation on global warming involves the ice bear, as they are also called, because their frozen habitat is melting from under them.

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To find out more, check out the newer books highlighted below.

"The Polar Bear Scientists," (Scientists in the Field Series) by Peter Lourie.

A government research team flying far out over the ocean ice spots a big male polar bear in search of seal prey.

The helicopter swoops low over the running bear, and a biologist leans out the window, takes aim, and fires a tranquilizer dart.

It is springtime on the southern Beaufort Sea on the North Slope of Alaska, and the U.S. Geological Survey team is gearing up for a new season of polar bear capturing.

"Polar Bears: The Natural History of a Threatened Species," by Ian Stirling.

With this book -- the best ever to be written about polar bears -- we are blessed with the opportunity to benefit from Ian Stirling's extensive knowledge and life-long experience with this magnificent animal.

When he began his study of polar bears more than 40 years ago, knowledge was limited and research methods were crude.

Ian and his many colleagues now use modern techniques, ranging from satellite imagery to telemetry equipment to DNA-analyses.

The outcome is exciting and fascinating.

DL Library Happenings

• Tuesday, Jan. 15: NOOK, Kindle & eReader Class, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Did you get a NOOK, Kindle, iPad or other eReader device for Christmas? Let us show you how to download free library eBooks to your new device. Please call, email, or stop by the library to pre-register. Bring your device and/or laptop to class. Limit: 6 people.

• Tuesday, Jan. 15: Library Book Club, 3 p.m.

Join fellow readers sharing your thoughts and ideas about each month's selection. January selections are "The Klipfish Code" and "Frozen" by Mary Casanova.

• Wednesday, Jan. 16: Christian Book Club, 10 a.m.

All are welcome to attend. January selection is "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers.

• Thursday, Jan. 17: Froggy's "Catch A Good Book" Kick-off Party, 3:45 p.m.

It's a party with a variety of games and activities centered on a frog theme. There will be snacks and door prizes.

• Thursday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 19: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

Library Hours

Regular hours for the Detroit Lakes Library are 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 on Sundays.

For more information, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave.

Information is also available online at www.larl.org.

The Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.

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