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Danell Haspel: Score points by using your local library

It’s football season!

No doubt, fair weather Viking fans are having a hard time right now, they need to focus on the Bison for a pick-me-up!

Watching sports at the professional and college level is certainly entertaining, but not even close to watching at the peewee level.

Everyone has to start somewhere acquiring the skills to play the game.

Engage the beginners; come to your library for books on how-to play the game, and while you’re at it, pick up any of the numerous adult books on the subject.

“Little Football (Little Sports),” by Brad Herzog.

Now even the smallest of fans can enjoy a book about their favorite sport.

Rhyming riddles accompanied by colorful artwork help introduce the game’s simplest, most basic elements.

“Home Team: Coaching the Saints and New Orleans Back to Life,” by Sean Payton.

In the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, no symbol of disaster was more potent than New Orleans’ Superdome: it became a horrific shelter of last resort where the utterly desperate rode out the storm.

Four years later, in that very stadium, the New Orleans Saints won the NFC championship and earned their first-ever trip to the Super Bowl, where they defeated the favored Indianapolis Colts 31-17.

This is the inspirational true story of a city recovering from disaster and a team with a history of heartbreak, as seen through the eyes of the coach who would help elevate them both to long- forgotten greatness.

Library happenings

  • Monday, Oct. 7: Rose Ensemble, 7 p.m. The Roots of Bluegrass program explores our country’s musical heritage with close vocal harmonies, banjo, guitar, and fiddle. Pick up your free ticket to this event at Detroit Lakes Public Library. This event will be held at the First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8: Kindle eReader Class, 4:30 p.m. Learn to download ebooks from LARL’s digital Library to your Kindle. Have your library card and your Amazon account information available. Limit: 6 people. Call, stop by or e-mail to register.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9: Sean Emery, “Funny Guy, Jugglin’ Stuff,” 7 p.m. Sean is an eccentric and talented entertainer, wowing the crowd with jaw-dropping juggling stunts that will have you asking yourself “How does he do that?” Family friendly!
  • Thursday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 12: Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m. Join us Thursdays and Saturdays for preschool storytime! Includes theme related stories, fingerplays and a simple craft.

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