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It's summer picnic time at the Detroit Lakes Library

"The Great Potluck Cookbook" is available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library.

Sunny summer skies call for a picnic!

Did you know that picnics developed from Medieval hunting feasts and Renaissance country banquets held outside by the wealthy?

Makes one wonder how it ever evolved to a hot dog, chips and potato salad.

To plan your picnics including a little fancier menu than the hot dog, chips and potato salad, come into your library and check out books such as those below.

"Things to Do With Mom: Lots of Fun for Everyone," by Scholastic.

You'll never be bored again when mom's around!

This guide is full of fun and creative ways to spend time with mom, indoors and out. You'll learn how to:

• Treat Mom to a spa day.

• Make a miniature garden together.

• Plan a perfect picnic.

• Create a haunted house... and much more!

"The Great Potluck Cookbook: Our Favorite Recipes for Carry-in Suppers, Brunch Buffets, Tailgate Parties and More!" from the editors of Good Housekeeping.

Good Housekeeping takes the "luck" out of potluck with ten delicious seasonal menus that are always good to go!

Festive menus include:

Mother's Day Brunch * Potluck Patio Party * Family Reunion Picnic * Neighborhood Fourth of July Fun * Dinner on the Lawn Picnic * Fall Tailgate Party * Day After Thanksgiving Dinner Party * New Year's Eve Potluck Party * Super Bowl Shindig * Midwinter Blues Bash.

DL Library Happenings

• Tuesday, July 17: DL Library Book Club, 3 p.m.

All are welcome to attend. July book to be discussed is "Killing Lincoln" by Bill O'Reilly.

• Thursday, July 19 and Saturday, July 21: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

• Thursday, July 19: "Webbed, Winged Dreams," 2 p.m.

Join us for a kid-friendly presentation on bats by wildlife biologist Earl Johnson.

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

The Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.