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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

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Do you know what the number one killer of babies is? If you guessed premature births, you would be right! According to the March of Dimes website, it also is responsible for birth defects; one in 33 babies born each year in the United States have a birth defect.

January is birth defects prevention month, making it the perfect time to find reading materials on the subject including stories of courageous people who faced their unique challenges. "Miss Jane: A Novel," by Brad Watson.

Since his award-winning debut collection of stories, "Last Days of the Dog-Men," Brad Watson has been expanding the literary traditions of the South, in work as melancholy, witty, strange, and lovely as any in America. Now, drawing on the story of his own great-aunt, Watson explores the life of Miss Jane Chisolm, born in rural, early-20th-century Mississippi with a genital birth defect that would stand in the way of the central "uses" for a woman in that time and place: sex and marriage.

From the highly erotic world of nature around her to the hard tactile labor of farm life, from the country doctor who befriends her to the boy who loved but was forced to leave her, Miss Jane Chisolm and her world are anything but barren.

The potency and implacable cruelty of nature, as well as its beauty, is a trademark of Watson's fiction. In "Miss Jane," the author brings to life a hard, unromantic past that is tinged with the sadness of unattainable loves, yet shot through with a transcendent beauty. Jane Chisolm's irrepressible vitality and generous spirit give her the strength to live her life as she pleases in spite of the limitations that others, and her own body, would place on her. Free to satisfy only herself, she mesmerizes those around her, exerting an unearthly fascination that lives beyond her still. "You Are Made For More! by Lisa Osteen Comes.

This motivating, practical guide opens with Lisa's powerful story of surviving a mail bomb that exploded in her lap, an event that made headlines around the world. "Whatever difficulties you face," she encourages readers, "I believe you are made for more."

Lisa shares from her own life, stories of facing birth defects, limiting labels as a young woman, an unwanted divorce, a criminal attack, infertility, and broken dreams. With every story, in every chapter, she delivers biblical truths and practical help for overcoming hardship and loss.

In a time when more readers face financial peril, uncertain work lives, and feelings of fragility in a fast-paced and overwhelming world, Lisa's message shows how to not only get through a day, but catch a new vision for a bold and bright life.

Library Happenings

Conquer seasonal affective disorder, with the help of your local library! Jeff Leichter, PhD., LP, of Sanford Health in Detroit Lakes will give a free presentation on the topic at the Detroit Lakes Public Library on Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.

The library is also hosting events for children this month. Children and their caregivers are invited to join us for storytimes on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., and for Baby Bounce on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 10:30 a.m. On Thursday, January 19, children are invited to come to the library at 4 p.m. for "Messy Munchkins," a time of sensory play for ages two and up.

The library's Book Discussion Group will meet Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. for a discussion of "The Summer Before the War" by Helen Simonson. All are welcome to attend, whether or not they have read the selected title.

On Monday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m., adults can visit the library for Adult Coloring — an excellent stress reliever including relaxation and friendly conversation, with supplies included.

The Library Club's meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 24 will feature Ruth Solie and her review of new books at 2 p.m.

Those interested in brushing up their technology skills should look no further than the library. Learn to download eBooks and eAudiobooks from Lake Agassiz Regional Library's digital collection using an android device on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 3:00 p.m. Registration is required for this class (call 218-847-2168), and it will focus on the epb format of eBooks and eAudiobooks. The library is also hosting a Beginning Genealogy class on Tuesday, January 31 at 2:30 p.m. With the new year, now is a great time to begin a family research project using online resources available through the library. Call 218-847-2168 to register for this class.Adult Coloring is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Adults coloring? Absolutely! Join us for some stress relief, relaxation and friendly conversation. We will supply the pages and coloring utensils but feel free to bring your own.

Library Club is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Join fellow library supporters in hearing a review of new books by Ruth Solie. All are welcome to attend.

An "E-books and E-audiobooks on iPad" class is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. in the main meeting room in the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Learn how to successfully download e-books and e-audiobooks from LARL's digital library onto your iPad. This class will focus on the epub format of electronic books and audio books. Please register for the class by calling 218-847-2168.

Baby Bounce is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. It's a baby storytime for children birth through 18 months. Help your baby learn and have fun through songs, stories, and play. Guardians must be in attendance. Library Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 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.