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"Top of the Order" by John Coy follows four friends through their summer baseball season, and the trials and tribulations that ensue.

Summer reading programs kicking off at DL Library

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"Dream Big, Read" and "Own the Night" these are this year's summer youth and teen programs' themes.

We kick off the summer with Dream Catchers presented by Ojibwe bead artist, Wendy Roy on Thursday, May 31, at 2 p.m.

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Another fun feature of the summer reading program includes reading (of course) and then logging titles or time spent on a reading log.

Youth and teens are encouraged to read 15 hours or 15 books by Aug. 31 to receive a prize from their local LARL branch or LINK Site.

The reading log can be found online at larl.org/youth/kids or larl.org/youth/teens or you can pick one up at your library.

There is also a Photography Contest this summer. Photographs must tie into the youth or teen Summer Reading Program theme, and only one entry per person.

For more information on all the youth and teen summer fun go to larl.org or contact your library.

"Top of the Order," by John Coy.

Jackson's mom is dating. Gig's dad is going to serve in the Middle East. Isaac might be going to a new school. Diego spends his spare time working.

These four friends lead different lives, but on the baseball field, they're a strong team -- the top of the order.

As their last year of elementary school ends, the boys want to have their best baseball season ever.

But this year, they might not even have enough players to stay in the league. Then a great player volunteers to join the team. But it's a girl! And she plays with a pink glove!

Now the team is coming apart at the seams. Will this end up being the worst season ever?

"Dying to Meet You (43 Old Cemetery Road)," by Kate Klise.

Sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise (creators of the Regarding the... series) launched their lively 43 Old Cemetery Road series in 2009 with "Dying to Meet You," the story of the churlish, child-hating sixty-year-old children's book author Ignatius B. Grumply, who rents an old Victorian mansion in Ghastly, Illinois, for the summer... only to find it already inhabited.

Enter 11-year-old Seymour Hope and the vivacious, "old as dirt" writer-ghost Olive C. Spence.

The ensuing tale of unlikely roommates is cleverly, seamlessly told in letters, newspaper articles, Grumply's work-in-progress "Ghost Tamer" manuscript, and winning illustrations by M. Sarah Klise.

Alternately poignant and side-splittingly funny -- and full of writing and publishing jokes -- this charming title was nominated for nine state book awards and named a Junior Library Guild selection.

Don't miss the next books in the series, including "Over My Dead Body" (Book 2) and "Till Death Do Us Bark" (Book 3).

DL Library Happenings

• Monday, May 28: The Detroit Lakes Library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

• Thursday, May 31 and Saturday, June 2: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

• June 1-Aug. 2: "Sizzlin' Summer Reads" Summer Reading Program for Adults.

To be eligible for end-of-the-month drawings, read or listen to 4 books. Fill out a reading log and place it in the entry box at the library.

You can also email your entry to detroit@larl.org. There is no limit to the number of entries any person can have. Must be 18 or older to participate.

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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