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Danell Haspel: Focus on human rights

We are bombarded with stories on human rights violations on a daily basis. 

Unfortunately, some of the stories come from within our own country. 

Tuesday, Dec. 10 is Human Rights Day, and your library has materials on the topic.

“Dignity: The Essential Role it Plays in Resolving Conflict in Our Lives & Relationships,” by Donna Hicks.

The desire for dignity is universal and powerful. It is a motivating force behind all human interaction — in families, in communities, in the business world, and in relationships at the international level.

When dignity is violated, the response is likely to involve aggression, even violence, hatred, and vengeance.

On the other hand, when people treat one another with dignity, they become more connected and are able to create more meaningful relationships.

Surprisingly, most people have little understanding of dignity.

“Fit to Serve Reflections on a Secret Life, Private Struggle and Public Battle to Become the First Openly Gay U. S. Ambassador,” by James C. Hormel. 

One man’s gripping memoir of freedom and determination in a heterosexual world.

This is the memoir of James C. Hormel — a man who grew up feeling different not only because his family owned the Hormel “empire” and lived in a 26-bedroom house in a small Midwest town, but because he was gay at a time when homosexuality was not discussed or accepted.

Outwardly he tried to live up to the life his father wanted for him — he was a successful professional, had married a lovely woman, and had children — but as vola-tile changes in the late 1960s impeded on the American psyche, Hormel realized that he could not hide his true self forever.

Library happenings

  • Monday, Nov. 25: Intermediate Genealogy, 3 p.m. Want to intensify your research into your family history?  Come and find out what is available free through your library to help you delve deeper.
  • Thursday, Nov. 28: The library will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving.
  • Saturday, Nov. 30: Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m. Join us 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