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Plan a summer trip to a national park!

The National Geographic Kids book ”National Parks Guide U.S.A.” is easy to read and enjoy for both kids and adults. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Did you know there are 84 million acres — within 58 national parks — of the most beautiful land in America set aside for every one of us to explore?

There are national parks even for those who hate crowds.

The three least visited national parks are Kobuk Valley National Park in Alaska, National Park of American Samoa in American Samoa, and Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, also in Alaska.

 Visit the library to find information on America’s treasured parks.

“National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A.,” by National Geographic.

The “National Geographic Kids National Parks  Guide U.S.A.” is more than just a book. It is entertaining, informative and fun.

More than 200 million people visited our national parks in 2009.

National parks are some of America’s most treasured places, and “National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A.” is the perfect way to bring the fun and amazement of these majestic places to kids.

Divided by region, (Northeast & Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West), this guide is both accessible and tons of fun.

Full-color photographs and layering of information make facts jump off the page.

Features include tips on exploration, information about animals, sidebars, checklists, fun facts, maps, cool things to do, and much more.

“Permanent Vacation: Twenty Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks,” edited by Kim Wyatt. 

Millions of people visit our national parks each year, and some never leave.

Meet the biologist who came to know and understand Six, Yellowstone’s charismatic and temperamental elk.

See iconic landscapes through the eyes of bed makers, bridge builders, rangers, and wranglers.

Rip through rapids, disappear inside canyons, and witness personal transformations from petrified forest to permafrost.

Learn what it’s like to ditch the mainstream and make a life in our nation’s best idea.

Library Happenings

The Sizzlin’ Summer Reads adult reading program continues through Aug. 16.

For every four books you read for a chance to win prizes! Contact the library for a reading log or more details.

On Thursday, July 10 at 2 p.m., kids are invited to the library for our next Paws to Read Summer Reading Program event: Service Dogs.

Linda Weidewitsch, a service dog trainer, will bring a dog-in-training and discuss training techniques and the special work they do.

It’s storytime! Thursday Morning Adventures and Saturday Stories will take place from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, July 10 and Saturday, July 12. This week’s theme is “working dogs.”

These events are geared towards preschoolers, homeschoolers and families.

A different theme is explored each week with books, songs, fingerplays, a flannelboard story, puppets and a related craft. Fingerplay sheets and coloring pages are available to take home each week.

Daycares and other larger groups are asked to call ahead to ensure adequate supplies.

Remember that you can Book A Librarian anytime, by appointment, for Individualized computer training.

Available topics include: downloading ebooks to Kindle, Nook, iPad; Microsoft Office; using the LARL catalog; searching with Google; using the library’s genealogy databases – Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest; and more!

Contact the library for more information or to set up an appointment.

Library Hours

The Detroit Lakes 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 on Sundays.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, 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.