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Danell Haspel: Sewing your summer away

Did you know there is a “Sewing Machine Day” every June?

Talk about extremely funny, the people who come up with the bizarre and unique holidays found a number of days designated to honor this very important invention.

September and March also have days set aside as “Sewing Machine Day.”

Maybe someone realized sewers need lots of days to get projects done.

“Me and My Sewing Machine: A Beginner’s Guide,” by Kate Haxell.

This helpful sewing manual covers much more than its name implies.

“Me and My Sewing Machine: A Beginner’s Guide” by Kate Haxell for C&T Publishing introduces all the basic sewing techniques.

While quilting and patchwork are only mentioned briefly, this is a great beginning resource for the new sewer in your life. Includes patterns for seven simple projects and a useful glossary.

“The Sewing Machine Classroom: Learning the Ins and Outs of Your Machine,” by Charlene Phillips.

Join author Charlene Phillips as you learn all about your new best friend — your sewing machine!

From fabric to feet to finished product, you’ll be guided through techniques for mastering your machine and using it to perform basic to advanced stitching tasks.

Whether you’ve been sewing for years or just gotten the itch, you’ll find invaluable information inside for using your sewing machine to its maximum potential.

Library happenings

  • Now through Friday, Aug. 2:  “Sizzlin’ Summer Reads” Adult Reading Program. To be eligible for the prize drawings, read or listen to 4 books, fill out the reading log and place it in the entry box. Entries may also be emailed to the library. There is no limit to the number of entries any person can make. This program is for adults age 18 and older.
  • Tuesday, June 18: “eReader Help,” 10:30 a.m. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Tuesday, June 18: Library Book Club, 3 p.m. This month’s title is “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. All are welcome to attend.
  • Wednesday, June 19: “eReader Help,” 4:30 p.m. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Wednesday, June 19: Christian Book Club, 6:30 p.m. This month’s title is “One Tuesday Morning” by Karen Kingsbury. All are welcome to attend.
  • Thursday, June 20 and Saturday, June 22: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 20: Summer Reading Program – Concordia Science Academy, 2 p.m. Join Dr. Wyllie for his favorite experiments that are weird, gross, colorful, and just plain awesome!

Library hours

The Detroit Lakes Library, located at 1000 Washington Ave., is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

It is closed on Sundays.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit the website at

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