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Danell Haspel: Be an Olympic expert in time for XXII Winter Games

The world is gearing up for the XXII Olympic Winter Games, which will be held in Sochi, Russia Feb. 7-23. 

Be an expert on all things Olympic in time for the opening ceremonies.

Your library has a multitude of information on the topic, Olympic history, past Olympiads and the individual Olympic sports to get you or your child geared up and ready. 

Come to Detroit Lakes Library and make the 2014 Winter Olympics a bonding experience for your family. 

“How to Watch the Olympics: the Essential Guide to the Rules, Statistics, Heroes and Zeroes of Every Sport” by David Goldblatt and Johnny Action.

Millions of Americans will tune into the Olympic Games, the largest and most popular sporting event in the world.

Yet while it’s easy to be fascinated by agile gymnasts, poised equestrians, and perfectly synchronized swimmers, few of us know the real width of a balance beam, the intricate regulations of dressage, or the origin of those crowd-pleasing legs-in-the-air swimming formations.

Luckily, David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton have created this utterly thorough and always fun guide to the rules, strategy, and history of each sport.

With witty, detailed descriptions and clever illustrations, “How to Watch the Olympics” will help anyone grasp handball, archery, wrestling, fencing, and every other Olympic event like a true pro.

“Great Olympic Moments” by Michael Hurley.

“Great Olympic Moments” looks at great Olympic moments through the history of the modern Olympics and reasons why these moments were so memorable and made such an impact.

It also includes a spread of Olympic records and an Olympic timeline.

Library happenings

  • The new is here! Lake Agassiz Regional Library has launched a redesigned website to better serve you. Of course we kept all of the features you enjoy — digital downloads, electronic newsstand, children and teens pages, and event calendars (just to name a few) — and added great new navigation tools and an optimized catalog search. Log on to today to renew a checkout, read up on library news, Ask A Librarian, or view our recommendations page and find something new to check out!
  • “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