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Exploring the world’s oceans

‘Beyond the Blue Horizon’ is available at the Detroit Lakes Library. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Did you know that 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by ocean and that 97 percent of our planet’s water comes from the oceans? 

The shocker is that 95 percent of the underwater world remains unexplored. 

June 8 is World Oceans Day, which is the perfect excuse for doing some sea exploration of your own. 

Visit your library for ocean related materials like the following.

“Beyond the Blue Horizon: How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Ocean,” by Brian Fagan.

In “Beyond the Blue Horizon,” archaeologist and historian Brian Fagan tackles his richest topic yet: the enduring quest to master the oceans, the planet’s most mysterious terrain.

We know the tales of Columbus and Captain Cook, yet much earlier mariners made equally bold and world-changing voyages.

From the moment when ancient Polynesians first dared to sail beyond the horizon, Fagan vividly explains how our mastery of the oceans changed the course of human history.

“Oceanography: The Study of Oceans,” by Susan H. Gray.

Whether you’re interested in weather, oceans, or even the prehistoric world, earth science covers it all.

The fascinating facts and fun activities in these titles help the budding earth scientist in you explore the fields of geology, meteorology, ecology, and more.

Library Happenings

  • Adults — put on those summer reading shades and join in the Sizzlin’ Summer Reads adult reading program fun, beginning June 1!  Fill out an entry form for every four books you read for a chance to win prizes! Monthly prize drawings will be held. There is no limit to the number of entries a person can make. No need to register, just turn in each reading log at the Library. Participants must be 18 or older.
  • Kids — Don’t miss our Youth Summer Reading Program event “Paws at the Zoo: All Things Connected” on Thursday, June 5 at 2 p.m.  The Minnesota Zoomobile is coming to the Detroit Lakes Library with some real live zoo animals!  Using a variety of animals, props, and activities, the Zoomobile naturalist will show the relationships that connect all life on earth.
  • Children and their caregivers are invited to the Library for story time events this week: Preschool Storytime on Thursday, June 5 at 10:30 a.m., and Family Storytime on Saturday, June 7 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.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Sunday.

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

Information is also available online at

Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.