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Gear up for 2012 Olympics at the Detroit Lakes Library

"The World's Greatest Olympians" will help you prepare for the 2012 Games, which get underway Friday in London. Submitted Photo

The Summer Olympics get underway this Friday, July 27 in London.

This Summer Olympics, 205 countries are expected to take part in the 300 events.

The games are a great learning opportunity for kids and adults alike.

One can read up on the games themselves, the host country, participating countries, past Olympics, past Olympians etc.

If your interest has been piqued, come into your library to find such treasures to read as those described below.

"The World's Greatest Olympians," by Michael Hurley.

"The World's Greatest Olympians" looks at great Olympians through the history of the modern Olympics and reasons why these athletes were/are so great.

It also includes Fact Files fact boxes of top athletes and charts and tables to help illustrate their amazing talents and achievements.

"Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World," by David Maraniss.

Rome saw the first doping scandal, the first commercially televised Summer Games, the first athlete paid for wearing a certain brand of shoes.

Old-boy notions of Olympic amateurism were crumbling and could never be taken seriously again.

In the heat of the cold war, the city teemed with spies and rumors of defections. Every move was judged for its propaganda value. East and West Germans competed as a unified team less than a year before the Berlin Wall.

There was dispute over the two Chinas. An independence movement was sweeping sub-Saharan Africa, with fourteen nations in the process of being born. There was increasing pressure to provide equal rights for blacks and women as they emerged from generations of discrimination.

Using the meticulous research and sweeping narrative style that have become his trademark, Maraniss reveals the rich palate of character, competition, and meaning that gave Rome 1960 its singular essence.

DL Library Happenings

• Thursday, July 26 and Saturday, July 28: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

• Thursday, July 26: "Kids! Beautiful Swans," 2 p.m.

Join us for a presentation for kids on swans by Tamarac Wildlife Refuge Biologist Kelly Blackledge.

•Tuesday, Aug. 7: Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Held in conjunction with Detroit Lakes' Crazy Days celebration, the Becker County Friends of the Library Book Sale includes materials for all ages. Get great deals on books, CDs and more.

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.