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Visit the Amazon rainforest, with help from local library

Your library is well stocked with materials having to do with rain forests ranging from children's DVDs like "Go Diego Go: Rainforest Fiesta!" to Ted Bell's "Spy," which is a work of adult fiction set in the Amazon, and of course the two nonfiction books highlighted below.

"The Last Forest: The Amazon in the age of Globalization," by Mark London and Brian Kelly.

With a landmass larger than the continental U.S. west of the Mississippi and the richest diversity of plant and animal species on earth, the Amazon has always struck its explorers and would-be exploiters as infinite and largely impenetrable.

Recently, proof of centuries-old Amazonian civilizations has been unearthed, shifting perceptions of the inhospitability of the rain forest -- and providing a precedent for human occupation.

Today, as developers and environmentalists clash over the region's future, the seemingly endless forest is fast disappearing in fires, rampant mineral extraction, rogue logging operations, and encroaching urban sprawl.

"A Rain Forest Food Chain: A Who-Eats-What Adventure in South America," by Rebecca Hogue Wojahn and Donald Wojahn.

Welcome to a South American rain forest! As you push your way through the thick, green jungle, you see, hear, and feel the wildlife.

Howler monkeys screech overhead as they munch on leaves.

Antbirds swoop by in search of tasty bugs. Day and night in the rain forest, the hunt is on to find food -- and to avoid becoming someone else's next meal.

All living things are connected to one another in a food chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and insect to animal.

Library Happenings Calendar

• Thursday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 5: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 8: Microsoft Excel Class, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Learn to use this spreadsheet program to track your budget, your collections, your contacts. Class size is limited to six people. Call 218-847-2168 or stop by the library to preregister.

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