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Let your library guide you on the path to parenthood

The library has great information available to get you and your whole family through all the upcoming transitions of parenthood! To help older siblings with the new arrival, the library has books such as:

- A Baby Sister for Frances, by Russell Hoban. Francis has a new baby sister...and she's not happy about it. With the new addition to the family, no one pays much attention to Frances anymore. At least that's the way it seems to her. So Frances decides to run away. Not too far, though-- just far enough so she can hear how much she'll be missed, even by baby Gloria!

- Babies Don't Eat Pizza, by Dianne Danzig. Featured as "Parents' Press Pick": ...What do babies do? They sleep, they nurse, they have wacky hair - and so did you, Dianne Danzig explains in this charming, kid-friendly book for ages 3-8.

Other great titles include Little Rabbit's New Baby by Harry Horse, Baby Baby Blah Blah Blah! by Jonathan Shipton and Baby Can by Eve Bunting.

The library has a number of titles specifically for the expectant father including the following very humorous book:

- The Caveman's Pregnancy Companion, by David Port and John Ralston. A three-trimester evolutionary crash course to guide the prehistoric papa-to-be through the prenatal, preparental wilderness. Every man should read it! What's a clueless caveman about to become DAD to do?  After all, it's tough carrying a child for nine months -- for him as well as for her. He's just not sure how to behave. But help is on hand, in the form of a reassuring (and hysterically funny) course for the totally perplexed.

Books on fetal development have always been popular, and our library system has many on the shelves, including:

- Pea in a Pod: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth & Beyond, by Linda Goldberg. Up-to-date and complete, this book is a "one-stop-shopping" guide that provides a wealth of pertinent, accurate information for expectant parents. With topics that begin with fertilization and continue through pregnancy, childbirth and baby's first year, this comprehensive work could easily be called "Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding, and the Newborn."

In this day and age, the focus is on going green in every aspect of our lives, so of course pregnancy is included. The following book will walk you through a safe pregnancy.

- The Complete Organic Pregnancy, by Deirdre Dolan and Alexandra Zissu. While being pregnant is thrilling, the responsibility of a growing baby can provoke anxiety about what is and isn't safe. This book addresses how you can minimize your exposure to the invisible toxins that surround us -- in everything from food, cleaning products, and cosmetics to furniture, rugs, air, and water. Step by step, they tell you where dangerous chemicals are lurking, why it's so important to avoid them when pregnant, and what you can do before, during, and after your pregnancy to protect your child.

The library, located at 1000 Washington Ave., is open Monday, Tuesday and Wed-nesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and closed Sundays. For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please stop by or call 218-847-2168. Information is also available online at