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Danell Haspel: July is National Picnic Month; learn about them at 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? 

July is National Picnic Month, so come into your library and check out books such as those below to learn a little more about it.

“A Picnic Adventure (Strawberry Short-cake)” by Lisa Gallo.

Strawberry and her friends hike to a beautiful waterfall for a picnic.

Along the way, they notice all sorts of wonderful things like blooming flowers and cool rocks. But after the picnic, their map blows away!

How will they find their way home now?

 “Good Housekeeping 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.

Library happenings

Detroit Lakes Public Library cordially invites area kids, teens and families to “Dig Into Reading” this summer at the library.

Check out our full schedule of events for all ages!

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.

  • 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!
  • Tuesday, July 9: “eReader Help,” 10:30 a.m. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Wednesday, July 10: “eReader Help,” 4:30 p.m. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Thursday, July 11 and Saturday, July 13: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Theme related stories, fingerplays and a simple craft are all part of the fun.
  • Thursday, July 11: Summer Reading Program-“Digging for Dinos,” 2 p.m.  Archaeologist Robb Larson will bring artifacts and talk about digging for bones (and other things.) There will be some hands on activity and door prizes.

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

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.

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