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Learn more about Olympics

The world is gearing up for the XXI Olympic Winter Games, which will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) on Feb. 12-28.

If you are one of the lucky who are planning to attend, your library can get you information on Canada, as well as the Olympics, and we provide public use computers so you can book the necessities for your trip.

And if you're not one of the lucky, and you're planning to stay home and watch the televised coverage, your library has a multitude of information on the Olym-pics, Olympic history, past Olympiads and the individual Olympic sports to get you geared up and ready.

Let's not forget the children in your life; this is a great event to use as a teaching tool. The library has children's books about the Olympics and Olympic history. Come to Detroit Lakes Library and make the 2010 Winter Olympics a bonding experience for your family.

n Rome 1960: the Olympics that Changed the World, by David Maraniss. Rome saw the first doping scandal, the first commercially televised Summer Games, the first athlete paid for wearing a certain brand of shoes. Old-boy notions of Olympic amateurism were crumbling and could never be taken seriously again.

In the heat of the cold war, the city teemed with spies and rumors of defections. Every move was judged for its propaganda value. East and West Germans competed as a unified team less than a year before the Berlin Wall. There was dispute over the two Chinas. An independence movement was sweeping sub-Saharan Africa, with fourteen nations in the process of being born. There was increasing pressure to provide equal rights for blacks and women as they emerged from generations of discrimination.

n A Century of Olympic Posters, by Margaret Timmers. As snapshots through time, Olympic posters provide a fascinating record of our world, a lens through which we can explore links between sports and art, politics and place, commerce and culture. A Century of Olympic Posters offers an intensely visual representation of the modern Games, and shows the evolution of the Olympic Games poster as well, from the first official poster for Stockholm in 1912 right up to the present.

n Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics, by Jeremy Schaap. In 1936, against a backdrop of swastikas flying and storm troopers goose-stepping, an African-American son of sharecroppers won a staggering four Olympic gold medals and single-handedly crushed Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy. The story of Jesse Owens at the 1936 games is that of a high-profile athlete giving a performance that transcends sports. But it is also the intimate and complex tale of the courage of one remarkable man.

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.

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The Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL).