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Plan your summer vacation, with library's help

We're in vacation season! If you would like to enlist planning help from experts like Frommer's, Fodor's, Eyewitness, National Geographic, or Lonely Planet travel guides (just to name a few), the library is the place to come. The staff at Detroit Lakes Library hopes all your vacations are awesome!

National Geographic Complete National Parks of the United States by Mel White.

This extensive travel planner covers not just the 58 official National Parks but also the nearly 350 additional properties in the Park Service's domain. The premier Parks are described in detail, but equal attention is given to the National Monuments, Memorials, Preserves, Historic Sites, Battlefields, Cemeteries, and Seashores, not to mention a network of "National Trails" and even the intriguingly referred to "Affiliated Areas."

From Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty, from the hallowed ground of Gettysburg National Military Park to the Pacific waters shrouding Hawaii's U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, this catalog spans American history and territory both, with practical advice on how to reach each park, when to go, and what to do there.

The National Parks: America's Best Idea (DVD) by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns.

The authors recount the adventures, mythmaking, and intense political battles behind the evolution of the park system, and the enduring ideals that fostered its growth.

They capture the importance and splendors of the individual parks: from Haleakala in Hawaii to Acadia in Maine, from Denali in Alaska to the Everglades in Florida, from Glacier in Montana to Big Bend in Texas.

And they introduce us to a diverse cast of compelling characters -- both unsung heroes and famous figures such as John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ansel Adams -- who have been transformed by these special places and committed themselves to saving them from destruction so that the rest of us could be transformed as well.

Detroit Lakes Library

Happenings Calendar

• Thursday, June 30 and Saturday, July 2: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

• Thursday, June 30: Destination China, 2 p.m.

Tour guide Connie Carlson who has been a teacher in China, will bring us story and culture from China.

Library hours

Regular hours for the Detroit Lakes Library are 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.

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