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Danell Haspel: Feed your inner artist at the DL Library

October is “National Arts and Humanities Month,” and we have an exhibit for you to appreciate here at the Detroit Lakes Library.

DL native Brian Geihl has a number of screen printings on display in the main floor meeting room. Come and enjoy Brian’s talent.

If you would like to explore your own artistic interests, your library has all aspects covered from art appreciation, art history, artistic technique, etc.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Every artist was first an amateur.” You might surprise yourself!

“The Barnes Collection,” DVD by PBS.

Follow Dr. Albert Barnes on his remarkable rise from a working-class Philadelphia neighborhood to the top of the modern art world.

This unique tale follows Dr. Barnes as he travels the world collecting works of art by some of history’s most famous artists.

The film digs deep into the intricacies of each painting offering a rare look at the priceless collection and at the new Philadelphia museum that now houses it.

“Leonardo’s Lost Princess: One Man’s Quest to Authenticate an Unknown Portrait by Leonardo da Vinci,” by Peter Silverman and Catherine Whitney. 

In late 2010, art collector Peter Silverman revealed that a “German, early 19th century” portrait he had bought for $19,000 was, in fact, a previously unknown drawing by Leonardo da Vinci — an exquisite depiction of Bianca Sforza, rendered 500 years ago.

In “Leonardo’s Lost Princess,” Silverman gives a riveting first-person account of how his initial suspicions of the portrait’s provenance were confirmed repeatedly by scientists and art experts.

He describes the path to authentication, fraught with opposition and controversy.

The twists and turns of this fascinating, decade-long quest lead from art history to cutting-edge science, and from a New York art gallery to Paris, Milan, Zurich, and ultimately a Warsaw library where the final, convincing evidence that the portrait was indeed by da Vinci was found.

Library happenings

  • Tuesday, Oct. 15: Library Book Club, 3 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. 16: Christian Book Club, 6:30 p.m. Discuss “The Sunflower” by Simon Wiesenthal.
  • Thursday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 19: Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m. Join us Thursdays and Saturdays for preschool storytime! Includes theme related stories, fingerplays and a simple craft.
  • Thursday, Oct. 17: Pumpkin Art, 2 p.m. Pumpkins, plus carving and painting tools will be provided. Kids from Kindergarten to teens — come any time between 2 and 4:30 p.m. Pick out a pumpkin, decorate it by carving or painting, and then take the decorated pumpkin home.

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