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Danell Haspel: Free trip to the MN History Center

‘Carnegie libraries of minnesota’ by Kevin Clemens is one of several resources on the state’s history that are available at the Detroit Lakes Library. SUBMITTED PHOTO

If you long to step back into yesteryear, come and join us on our trek to the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Saturday, May 31.

The featured exhibit is “Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. For those interested in family history, the Gale Family Library (within the History Center) is open until 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

History Center admission and transportation is free, courtesy of Minnesota Legacy Funds.  This trip is limited to adults 18 and older. Registration is required.

For more information and to register please call (218) 847-2168, e-mail:, or stop by the library.

“Carnegie Libraries of Minnesota,” by Kevin Clemens.

Between 1902 and 1918, Industrialist Andrew Carnegie provided funds for the construction of 66 libraries in the State of Minnesota.

Author Kevin Clemens visited and photographed the surviving 48 Carnegie Libraries in the state and has combined these photographs with original period postcards and photographs of the surviving and razed structures, with quotes from city and library officials to create an historical record of Andrew Carnegie’s legacy in Minnesota.

“Minnesota Railroads: A Photographic History, 1940-2012,” by Steve Glischinski.

Remarkable photographs, many never before published, take us inside the cab of a monumental steam locomotive, which hauled iron ore from the Mesabi Range, and into the lounge car of the luxurious North Coast Limited streamliner.

We visit the huge shops that worked on massive locomotives and go trackside to witness the morning rush hour at the St. Paul Union Depot.

From the modest St. Charles depot welcoming the Rochester 400 in 1962 to brand-new locomotives speeding container trains west at Hawley in 2009, “Minnesota Railroads” combines thrilling close-ups and an edifying long view, fine details and a full history.

Traveling from Winton to Worthington, Noyes to Winona, tracking the transition from steam to diesel and the mergers that created today’s mega railroads, “Minnesota Railroads” gives readers a richly textured picture of railroading’s past and future and its impact on life in Minnesota.

Library Happenings

  • Don’t miss the next Library Book Club, on April 22 at 2:00 p.m.; the topic is Book Reviews with Cheryl Mollberg. The May 20 selection will be “One Summer – America 1927,” by Bill Bryson.
  • April is National Poetry Month! Teens are invited to celebrate with us at the Library at the Teen Poetry Party on April 22 from 4 to 5 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to perform original poetry in a slam-style contest. There will also be poetry reading (non-original) and some impromptu poetry writing. There will be snacks and cash prizes too!
  • Children and their caregivers are invited to the library for story time events this week: Preschool Storytime on Thursday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m., and Family Storytime on Saturday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m.

Library Hours

The Detroit Lakes Library is open 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.; and closed Sunday.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave.