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Remembering a pivotal historic moment at the DL Library

"UPRISING" BY MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX takss a look at one of the worst workplace fires in American history through the eyes of three young women. Submitted Photo

The fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City took place on March 25, 1911, and was a pivotal moment in American history.

It was one of the most lethal workplace fires in the country until Sept. 11, 2001.

If you would like to read about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and the changes (for workers in America) that were a result of the fire, visit the Detroit Lakes Library and check out the books below.

"Uprising: Three Young Women Caught in the Fire That Changed America," by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Bella and Yetta are at work and Jane is visiting the factory on March 25, 1911, when a spark ignites some cloth and the building is engulfed in fire, leading to one of the worst workplace disasters ever.

Margaret Peterson Haddix draws on extensive historical research to bring the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire to tangible life through her thrilling story of Bella, Yetta, and Jane.

"Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy," by Albert Marrin.

The story of the fire is not the story of one accidental moment in time.

It is a story of immigration and hard work to make it in a new country, as Italians and Jews and others traveled to America to find a better life.

It is the story of poor working conditions and greedy bosses, as garment workers discovered the endless sacrifices required to make ends meet.

It is the story of unimaginable, but avoidable, disaster.

And it the story of the unquenchable pride and activism of fearless immigrants and women who stood up to business, got America on their side, and finally changed working conditions for our entire nation, initiating radical new laws we take for granted today.

DL Library Happenings

• Tuesday, Aug. 14: Kindle/NOOK/eReader Class, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Wondering how to use your Kindle, NOOK, or other eReader device to download books from the library? This class is for you!

No more worrying about due dates or late fees. Check out books anywhere, anytime day or night.

Class size is limited to six people. Please bring your eReader device to class.

If you have a Kindle, please know your Amazon e-mail and password.

• Thursday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 18: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

• Tuesday, Aug. 21: Library Book Club meets at 3 p.m. in the library meeting room.

The August book to be discussed is "Monday Mornings" by Sanjay Gupta, M.D.

• Tuesday, Sept. 4: Training for e-Readers.

Need some help downloading books from our digital library to your ereader?

Call or stop by the library to set up a time for some individual assistance.

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 the library at 1000 Washington Ave.

Information is also available online at

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