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Grow a greener world, with some help from U of M Extension

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This week's Summer Reading Program event is "Grow a Greener World" with guest speaker, Leigh Edwards from Becker County Extension.

Bring your green thumb! Decorate a flower pot, plant a seed, and make the world a little greener. All ages are welcome to attend this event scheduled for Thursday, June 15 at 2 p.m. Participants are encouraged to wear something they can get dirty.

While you're at the library, you can pick up some reading materials on gardening; highlighted below are two of our newer items on the topic.

"National Geographic Kids: Seed to Plant," by Kristin Baird Rattini.

Kids see plants, flowers, and trees around them every day. In this lively and educational reader, they'll learn how those plants grow. Kids will take this magical journey from seed pollination to plant growth, learning about what plants need to thrive and grow with the same careful text, brilliant photographs, and the fun approach National Geographic Readers are known for.

"Straw Bale Gardens Complete," by Joseph Karsten.

Take your straw bale gardening to the next level - in more places, with new products, and even, sometimes, skipping the straw!

"Straw Bale Gardens Complete" contains all of the original information that has set the gardening world on fire. But it also goes much deeper, with nearly 50 pages of all-new advice and photos on subjects such as growing in a tight urban setting, making your straw bale garden completely organic, and using new fertilizers and conditioning products. There is even information on using straw bale techniques to grow veggies in other organic media for anyone who has a hard time finding straw. Fans of the original "Straw Bale Gardens" will not want to miss "Straw Bale Gardens Complete." There is, literally, nothing else like it!

Library happenings

Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Thursday, June 15 and Saturday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.

Library Hours

The Detroit Lakes Public Library is open every 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., holidays excepted. It is closed on Sundays.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your Library at 1000 Washington Ave.

Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL), a consolidated public library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. More information is available at