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Be creative at your library

The Summer Reading Program is under way at the Detroit Lakes Library!

Summer reading is very beneficial. Studies show that children score higher on standardized tests at the beginning of summer than at the end. The library staff wants to help kids thwart a learning loss over the summer, and to have fun!

Along with promoting summer reading, we have fun programs in place every Thursday through July 30 at 2 p.m.; they include Tae Kwon Do, creating music, and more! Kids are encouraged to set a reading goal with their parents and keep a log of their progress towards that goal. For some kids, it's hard to pick something to read. The staff at Detroit Lakes Library is more than happy to help with this problem. The following are chapter books for transitional readers. Each is part of a popular series.

• Scooby-Doo Mysteries: Monster Menace, by James Gelsey. The Gang get ready for some serious shopping when they head to the Happy Valley Mega Mall. Daphne, Fred, Velma, and even Scooby and Shaggy want to check out the new store, Dr. Yuckenstein's Make-A-Monster Laboratory where they can make their own customized monster dolls! But- ruh-roh - a mega-sized monster has come to life and is scaring away all the customers! It's a monster of a mystery that only Scooby-Doo and Mystery, Inc. can solve! There are over 30 books in this series so feel free to start at the beginning!

• The Tiara Club at Silver Towers 11: Princess Sophia and the Prince's Party, by Vivian French. Oh, no! The princesses are invited to a ball at the Princes' Academy, but Princess Sophia is having trouble with her dancing lessons. Will she step on the toes of a prince or be the belle of the ball?

• Cam Jansen and the Green School Mystery, by David A. Adler. Cam Jansen's school is going green. For each can or bottle Cam and her classmates bring in to be recycled, the school earns a nickel. But when all the nickels go missing, everyone suspects they were stolen. Can Cam click! and use her photographic memory to solve this mystery?

• Attack on the High Seas, by Brian James. Rotten Tooth has finally decided it's time to teach the pirate kids some real pirating skills! They are overjoyed -- until he begins by showing them how to tie and untie different knots. Boring! But one night while the kids are below deck practicing their knots, the Sea Rat comes under attack by the Filthy Sails, a rival pirate ship! When the intruders overtake the ship, it's up to the kids to sneak around and figure out how to save their crew. Can they save the Sea Rat and its crew?

The 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.