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Danell Haspel: Pick up a book for International Literacy Day

September’s “Holidays and Special Days List” includes “International Literacy Day.” 

The question comes to mind, “How is the world doing as far as literacy?”

According to the Central Intelligence Agency’s website “The Factbook,” Morocco has 76.1 percent of males 15 and over who are literate, and 57.6 percent of females 15 and over who are literate. Pakistan has 68.6 percent of males (same age group), and 40.3 percent of females (same age group).

These are just two examples of low percentages in the list. This makes it obvious there are many people in the world that can’t take literacy for granted like many of us do.

“Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy,” by John Wood. 

The inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive’s quest to build libraries around the world and share the love of books.

People at the highest levels of finance, government, and philanthropy will embrace the opportunity to learn Wood’s inspiring business model and blueprint for doing good.

And general readers will love Creating Room to Read for its spellbinding story of one man’s mission to put books within every child’s reach.

“Close to Famous,” by Joan Bauer. 

When 12-year-old Foster and her mother land in the tiny town of Culpepper, they don’t know what to expect.

But folks quickly warm to the woman with the great voice and the girl who can bake like nobody’s business.

Soon Foster — who dreams of having her own cooking show one day — lands herself a gig baking for the local coffee shop, and gets herself some much-needed help in overcoming her biggest challenge — learning to read…

Just as Foster and Mama start to feel at ease, their past catches up to them.

Thanks to the folks in Culpepper, though Foster and her mama find the strength to put their troubles behind them for good.

Library happenings

  • Tuesday, Sept. 10: Kindle eReader Class, 10:30 a.m. Learn to download books from the LARL Digital Library to your Kindle ereader device. Come prepared with your library card number and you Amazon account password. Class size is limited to 6 people. Call, stop by or e-mail to register.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10: Bart Buch, Puppet Artist, 1:30 p.m. Puppet artist Bart Buch is going to be talking about making puppets and different ways to “animate” them, with a hands-on demonstration for participants!
  • Thursday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 14: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Join us Thursdays and Saturdays for preschool storytime! Includes theme related stories, fingerplays and a simple craft.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17: Library Book Club, 3 p.m. This month’s selection is “The Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Steadman. All are welcome to attend.

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

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