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Danell Haspel: It’s s’more season at the library

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The weather is finally nice enough for camping!  There are many types of this outdoor activity such as survivalist, historical, social and glamping to name a few, and the equipment required for these types is just as varied.  The two books highlighted below may help with your camping adventures, and the staff at Detroit Lakes Library hopes you enjoy your smores. 

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“The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventure and Connect Kid’s to Nature,” by Helen Olsson.

Whether you’re a first-time camper or a veteran backpacker befuddled by the challenges of carting a brood — and all the requisite gear — into the great outdoors, here you’ll find all the tips and tools you need to plan the perfect nature adventure with your family. Humorous and irreverent, yet always authoritative, this guide to camping with kids, from babies through pre-teens, is filled with checklists, smart tips, recipes, games, activities, and art projects.

“Building Outdoor Gear:  Easy-To-Make Projects for Camping, Fishing, Hunting, and Canoeing,” by Gil Gilpatrick.

Outdoor people don’t make their own gear to save money. The fly fisherman who ties his own flies or makes her own rods will readily admit, if they are honest, that they have more money tied up in inventory and tools than they would ever have spent on store-bought flies or fly rods. Economy isn’t the objective; it is the satisfaction of making something and then seeing it do what it was designed to do. And, they will argue, what they make is better than what they can buy. They are right!

Library happenings

  • Now through Friday, Aug. 2:  “Sizzlin’ Summer Reads” Adult Reading Program.  To be eligible for the prize drawings, read or listen to 4 books, fill out the reading log and place it in the entry box. Entries may also be emailed to the library.  There is no limit to the number of entries any person can make. This program is for adults age 18 and older.
  • Tuesday, June 25: “eReader Help,” 10:30 a.m.  Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Wednesday, June 26: “eReader Help,” 4:30 p.m.  Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Thursday, June 27 and Saturday, June 29: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 27: Summer Reading Program – “Digging for Rocks,” 2 p.m.  A Summer Reading Program for kids: The Lake Agassiz Rock Club will lead us in “digging for rocks” including hands on activities. There will be door prizes.

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