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Danell Haspel: Celebrate the presidents at the DL Public Library

Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

The third Monday in February is Presidents Day, and it has been since 1971. During Richard Nixon’s presidency, President Washington and President Lincoln’s birthdays were combined into one national holiday. The fascination with the lives of these two presidents continues today as is evident by the recurrent release of materials such as those highlighted below.

“Lincoln” directed by Steven Spielberg

Capturing the danger and excitement of political intrigue, Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” chronicles the final four months in the life of the man commonly regarded as America’s greatest president. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, the untold story focuses on a defining moment in Abraham Lincoln’s life as commander-in-chief of a country in chaos; as a husband and father afraid of losing his own son to the war; and as a man guided by his conscience to end slavery. With the Civil War nearing conclusion, President Lincoln fights to convince a fractious Congress to pass a constitutional amendment that will change the course of history. Facing fierce opposition, he wages a battle of strategy, persuasion, and political muscle to build a coalition out of his team of rivals.

“Being George Washington: The Indispensable Man, as You’ve Never Seen Him” by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe

This is the amazing true story of a real-life superhero who wore no cape and possessed no special powers — yet changed the world forever. His life reads as if it were torn from the pages of an action novel: bullet holes through his clothing, horses shot out from under him, unimaginable hardship, disease, and even spies and double-agents. While we celebrate his great heroism and character, we discover he was also a flawed man. It’s those flaws that should give us hope for today. Understanding the very human way he turned himself from an uneducated farmer into the indispensable (yet imperfect) man is the only way to build a new generation of George Washingtons who can take on the extraordinary challenges that America is once again facing.

Detroit Lakes Library Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights, our adult winter reading program, runs until the end of March. So, come by the library to sign up and get your first reading log, or log it online at For every four books you read or listen to, you will be entered into a drawing for one of our fabulous weekly ‘Hot Reads’ prizes, as well as the grand prize drawing!

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call (218) 847-2168 or visit your Library at 1000 Washington Ave.  Information is also available online at Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.