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Learn about 100 years of change at your local library

There have been more and more stories in the news on people becoming centenarians. Can you imagine the changes these people have seen over their 100 years of life? Inventions are a definite key to these changes, and you can read about them at your library. Highlighted below are two new books on inventions-some ideas brought to fruition and some not!

Ideas that Changed the World: Incredible Inventions and the Stories Behind Them, edited by Camilla de la Bedoyere. . Stunning photography and beautifully written stories work together to give the reader a unique experience. We don't just show you what's ground-breaking about a space suit, we explain its place in history and space exploration, and the other inventions it has influenced. Readers will be struck with wonder by each item and sense the excitement that so many discoveries inspire.

The Wonderful Future that Never Was, by Gregory Benford and the Editors of Popular Mechanics. Between 1903 and 1969, scientists and other experts made hundreds of predictions in Popular Mechanics magazine about what the future would hold. Their forecasts ranged from ruefully funny to eerily prescient and optimistically utopian. Here are the very best of them, culled from hundreds of articles, complete with the original, visually stunning retro art.

Library Happenings

• Monday, Dec. 7: "Remember Pearl Harbor: Life on the Homefront in Minnesota during World War II" with Steve Hoffbeck, 7 p.m. at the Historic Holmes Theatre, 80-6 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

• Wednesday, Dec. 8 (rescheduled): "Genealogy Hacks: Tricks to Crack the Top Genealogy Web Sites" with Rick Crume, 6 to 8 p.m.

• Wednesday, Dec. 8: Wow Wii Wednesday, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 11: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

• Friday, Dec. 10: Holiday Open House, 2 to 5 p.m.

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 library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave.

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