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Celebrate Independence Day at library

The book “1775” takes a look at how America’s political climate led toward the Revolutionary War and its eventual independence from Britain. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

Independence Day at your Library!

Here’s some Fourth of July trivia: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in July 1776 the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million.

The estimated population on this Fourth of July is 317 million, and we’re hoping every one of them uses their local library!

Have a happy and safe holiday!

“1775; A Good Year for Revolution,” by Kevin Phillips.

In 1775, iconoclastic historian and bestselling author Kevin Phillips punctures the myth that 1776 was the watershed year of the American Revolution.

He suggests that the great events and confrontations of 1775 — Congress’s belligerent economic ultimatums to Britain, New England’s rage militaire, the exodus of British troops and expulsion of royal governors up and down the seaboard, and the new provincial congresses and hundreds of local committees that quickly reconstituted local authority in Patriot hands — achieved a sweeping Patriot control of territory and local government that Britain was never able to overcome.

Each added to the Revolution’s essential momentum so when the British finally attacked in great strength the following year, they could not regain the control they had lost in 1775.

Analyzing the political climate, economic structures, and military preparations, as well as the roles of ethnicity, religion, and class, Phillips tackles the eighteenth century with the same skill and insights he has shown in analyzing contemporary politics and economics. 

The result is a dramatic narrative brimming with original insights. “1775” revolutionizes our understanding of America’s origins.

“Fourth of July Fireworks,” by Patrick Merrick.

This book briefly explains the significance of the Fourth of July holiday and the origin and meaning of its celebration with fireworks.

Library Happenings

Adults: There’s still time to join in the Sizzlin’ Summer Reads adult reading program fun! The program runs until August 16.

Fill out an entry form for every four books you read for a chance to win prizes! Participants must be 18 or older.

Our next Paws to Read Summer Reading Program event is Thursday, July 3 at 2 p.m.

Kids, don’t miss Paws in the Magic Tree House, where we will make tree house replicas and decorate them to match a “Magic Tree House” book destination.

Thursday Morning Adventures and Saturday Stories on Thursday, July 3 and Saturday, July 6 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

This week’s theme: “magic!” This event is geared towards preschoolers, homeschoolers and families.

A different theme is explored each week with books, songs, fingerplays, a flannelboard story, puppets and a related craft.

Fingerplay sheets and coloring pages are available to take home each week.

Daycares and other larger groups are asked to call ahead to ensure adequate supplies.

The library will be closed on Friday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Regular hours will resume on Saturday, July 5.

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 Sundays.

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.