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Danell Haspel: Plan your summer fun at the library

There is still time to plan a summer excursion.

The Minnesota Historical Society’s “Visit Minnesota History” brochures are available at your library. (If you would like one, they’re free.) 

Minnesotans don’t have to go far for beautiful sights and fun activities.

Have you ever seen the Jeffers Petroglyphs, Fort Ridgely, the James J. Hill House, or Split Rock Lighthouse, just to name a few Minnesota historic sites?

How about getting back to nature and camping at one of our state parks?

The following books will help you make plans for an awesome getaway!

“Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota’s State Parks,” by Chris Niskanen.

Minnesota is home to prairies and forests, lakes and rivers, bison and gray wolf — and a treasured system of state parks.

Emblems of natural history, many were created to protect an ecosystem such as the giant hardwood trees at Nerstrand Big Woods, features like the spectacular waterfalls at Gooseberry or limestone caves at Forestville, and historic structures such as the early settlement of Fort Ridgely along the Minnesota River.

Recreational opportunities are equally diverse —  and so are the people who pursue them.

The result is an elegant package of memories for those who frequent the parks — and an invitation to all comers to see Minnesota’s natural world at its best.

“The Last Keeper of Split Rock,” by Mike Roberts.

In 1969, Mike Roberts turned off the light at Split Rock Lighthouse. He was the last duty officer to serve at the iconic landmark.

These are his stories of life at Split Rock, of the great Superior, and of making ends meet on the North Shore.

Library happenings

  • Tuesday, Aug. 13: Intro to Zinio Mags, 10:30 a.m. You can now read some of your favorite magazines online or on your mobile device. Come to this class to learn some tips and tricks for using this great to addition to LARL’s digital offerings.Limit: 6 people. Call, e-mail, or stop by the library to register.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 13: Intro to LARL’s Digital Library, 4:30 p.m. Did you know you can download books from the Library? Learn about searching our digital catalog for e-books, the various formats we support and the various help options available to help you get started. Limit: 6 people. Call, e-mail or stop by the library to register.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 14: eReader Help, 4:30 p.m. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Thursday, Aug. 15 and Saturday, Aug. 17: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Join us Thursdays and Saturdays for preschool storytime! Includes theme related stories, fingerplays and a simple craft.
  • Thursday, Aug. 15: Teen Party at the Pyramids, 3:45 p.m. Teens are invited to a Party at the Pyramids to celebrate the solving of the teen read mystery, “A Pharaoh’s Revenge.” There will be games, prizes, food, and the solution revealed. For more information on these and other upcoming programs, visit or call the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 218-847-2168.

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