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Danell Haspel: Celebrate this country’s independence at library

Here’s some Fourth of July trivia to impress your visiting relatives over the holiday weekend.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in July 1776, 2.5 million was the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.

The estimated population on this Fourth of July is 316.2 million, and we’re hoping every one of them uses their library! 

Have a happy and safe holiday!

“Fourth of July Fireworks,” by Patrick Merrick. 

This children’s book briefly explains the significance of the Fourth of July holiday and the origin and meaning of its celebration with fireworks.

“Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations” by the Editors of Martha Stewart Living.

Let Martha inspire your creativity with the most beautiful crafts.

The 225 handmade projects include cards and greetings, decorations, gifts and gift wrapping, tabletop accents, party favors, and kids’ crafts, as well as more holiday-specific activities, such as egg-dyeing, pumpkin carving, and tree trimming.

Each idea is sure to make the holidays more festive — and memorable.

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 e-mailed 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, July 2: “eReader Help,” 10:30 a.m.  Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Wednesday, July 3: “eReader Help,” 4:30 p.m.  Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Wednesday, July 3: Teen Smoothie Bar and Book Discussion, 3:45 p.m.  Enjoy a smoothie while discussing, “The Fault in Our Stars.”
  • Thursday, July 4: The library will be closed in observance of Independence Day.
  • Saturday, July 6: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 6: Totally Teen Advisory Council, 11:30 a.m.  Join us to brainstorm for future programs!

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.