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Spokane, Wash., is birthplace of Father’s Day

Buzz Bissinger wrote the book “Father’s Day,” which tells the story of his twins — one of them born with intellectual deficits, the other not. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Happy Father’s Day!

Did you know that Spokane, Washington is the birthplace of Father’s Day?

According to the government website www., 16-year-old Sonora Dodd didn’t think it was fair that mother’s were being honored with Mother’s Day, while fathers had no Father’s Day.

Her own mother had died when she was young, and her father had been raising her.

With the help of her minister, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in June (her father’s birth month) of 1910.

Stop in the library for materials that can help you learn more about fathers and Father’s Day!

“The Berenstain Bears: We Love Our Dad!” by Jan Berenstain and Mike Berenstain.

In “The Berenstain Bears: We Love Our Dad!” the cubs decide to spoil Papa Bear for Father’s Day.

Papa Bear is, after all, the best dad there is. He’s always there for his cubs, but will he let them treat him for a change, on his special day?

This full-color storybook brings another delightful adventure with the Berenstain Bears.

“Father’s Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son,” by Buzz Bissinger.

Buzz Bissinger’s twins were born three minutes — and a world — apart.

Gerry, the older one, is a graduate student at Penn, preparing to become a teacher.

His brother Zach has spent his life attending special schools. He’ll never drive a car, or kiss a girl, or live by himself. He is a savant, challenged by serious intellectual deficits but also blessed with rare talents: an astonishing memory, a dazzling knack for navigation, and a reflexive honesty that can make him both socially awkward and surprisingly wise.

Library Happenings

  • Adults: put on those summer reading shades and join in the Sizzlin’ Summer Reads adult reading program fun! Program runs now until August 16. 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.
  • Book Club will meet on Tuesday, June 17 at 3 p.m. to discuss “Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry,” by Rachel Joyce. Next month’s meeting will be on July 15 to discuss “Testament of Mary,” by Colm Toibin.
  • This week’s Summer Reading Program — Paws to Read — event is “Furry Paws for Felting Fun” on Thursday, June 19 at 2 p.m.

Come to the library to learn from a teacher from the Minnesota Textile Center, a national center for fiber art.

After a fiber art presentation, everyone will have a chance to make some felted fiber art.

This Minnesota Legacy event is support in part through money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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 Library at 1000 Washington Ave.

Information is also available online at

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