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Danell Haspel: Celebrate the Winter Solstice at the DL Library

Do you know what happens when the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun? 

If you guessed the December solstice, you would be right!

This year’s winter solstice falls on Dec. 21, and it traditionally marks the date of the longest night of the season, as well as the time when the sun is located in the southernmost part of the horizon.

Stock up on library materials to fill all those hours of darkness.

“It’s Snowy Today (Lightning Bolt Books),” by Kristin Sterling.

Snow swoops and swirls. It drifts from the sky and blankets the ground. People bundle up by roaring fires. Animals snuggle together to stay warm.

What else happens when the weather is snowy? Read this book to find out! Learn all about kinds of weather in the What’s the Weather Like? series ­— part of the Lightning Bolt Books collection.

With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books bring nonfiction topics to life!

“Winter: Five Windows on the Season,” by Adam Gopnik.

A taste for winter, a love of winter — “a mind for winter” — is for many a part of the modern human condition.

International bestselling author Adam Gopnik does for this storied season what he did for the City of Light in the New York Times bestseller “Paris to the Moon.”

Here he tells the story of winter in five parts: Romantic Winter, Radical Winter, Recuperative Winter, Recreational Winter, and Remembering Winter.

In this stunningly beautiful meditation, Gopnik touches on a kaleidoscope of subjects, from the German romantic landscape to the politics of polar exploration to the science of ice.

And in the end, he pays homage to what could be a lost season — and thus, a lost collective cultural history — due to the threat of global warming.

Through delicate, enchanting, and intricate narrative detail, buoyed by his trademark gentle wit, Gopnik draws us into another magical world and makes us look at it anew.

Library happenings

  • Thursday, Dec. 5: Teen Book Club, 3:45 p.m. Enjoy a snack and talk about the books you’re reading.
  • Thursday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 7: Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m. Join us for preschool storytime!  Includes theme related stories, fingerplays and a simple craft.
  • Friday, Dec. 6: Holiday Open House, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Help us celebrate the holiday season!  Refreshments provided and piano music courtesy of Holly Heisserer.  Sponsored by the Becker County Friends of the Library.
  • Saturday, Dec. 7: Totally Teen Advisory Council, 11:30 a.m. Teens meet over lunch to brainstorm ideas for teen programs and then plan to make them happen.

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