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Explore ‘lands down under’ at Detroit Lakes Library

Do you know what country the following slang words come from: Arvo (afternoon), bounce (a big strong bloke), billy (teapot or container to boil water in), drum (information or tip off)?

If you haven’t a clue, how about g’day (hello)! 

If you guessed the land down under, you would be right. 

Explore the fascinating country of Australia from your armchair.

Your library has many items on the topic just in time for Australia Day, Jan. 26.

“Jimmy the Joey: the True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue” by Deborah Lee Rose and Susan Kelly.

This warm and inspirational photographic picture book for kids is a compelling and uplifting true story, with a sweet message about coping with loss that draws attention to an important and threatened wild animal.

“Mawson: and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott, Shackleton, and Amundsen” by Peter FitzSimons.

Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, was Australia’s greatest Antarctic explorer.

This is the incredible account of an expedition he led on Dec. 2, 1911, from Hobart, to explore the virgin frozen coastline below, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot.

After setting up Main Base at Cape Denison and Western Base on Queen Mary Land, he headed east on an extraordinary sledging trek with his companions, Belgrave Ninnis and Dr. Xavier Mertz.

After five weeks, tragedy struck — Ninnis was swallowed whole by a snow-covered crevasse — and Mawson and Mertz realized it was too dangerous to go on.

Dwindling supplies forced them to kill their dogs to feed the other dogs, at first, and then themselves.

Hunger, sickness, and despair eventually got the better of Ninnis, and he succumbed to madness and then to death.

Mawson found himself all alone, 160 miles from safety, with next to no food.

This staggering tale of his survival, against all odds, also masterfully interweaves the stories of the other giants from the heroic age of polar exploration, to bring the jaw-dropping events of this bygone era dazzlingly back to life.

Library happenings

  • The Detroit Lakes Library will be closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 20.
  • “Hot Reads for Cold Nights,” our adult winter reading program, is now in session. Come by the library to sign up and get your first reading log. For every four books you read or listen to, you will be entered into a drawing for one of our fabulous Hot Reads prizes!

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 library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit the website at

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