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Get into the Thanksgiving spirit at the library

It is soon time to take a break from our busy lives, and stop and reflect on what we are thankful for!

Yes, Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Your library has numerous works of Thanksgiving fiction; some by such featured authors as Mary Janice Davidson and Janet Evanovich.

"Pardon That Turkey: How Thanksgiving Became a Holiday," which is highlighted below, is just one of many works of children's fiction available.

And James W. Baker's book, also highlighted below is a work of adult nonfiction.

The staff at Detroit Lakes Library would like to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving!

"Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday," by James W. Baker.

In this, the first in-depth study of the most American of holidays, James Baker sweeps away lingering myths and misconceptions to show how this celebration day was born and grew to be an essential part of our national spirit.

"Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday" opens with an overview of the popular mythos of the holiday before discussing its possible religious and cultural precedents.

This classic Yankee holiday is examined in historical and contemporary detail that embraces everything from proclamations, sermons, and local and regional traditions to family reunions, turkey dinners, and recipes.

"Pardon That Turkey: How Thanksgiving Became a Holiday," by Susan Sloate.

Everyone knows about the pilgrims' "first Thanksgiving."

But do you know how Thanksgiving became a national holiday or why the president pardons a turkey every year?

Read along to find out about the woman who saved Thanksgiving, the first pardon, and more!

DL Library Happenings

• Monday, Nov. 21: LARL Catalog and MnLINK Computer Class, 2:30 p.m.

Learn how to search for materials by title, author, subject/keyword and limit by location and /or material type.

You will also learn how to place a request on an item. Basic mouse and computer skills are required to get the most out of this class.

Class size is limited, please pre-register.

• Tuesday, Nov. 22: MS Word Computer Class, 10:30 a.m.

Just in time to get out your annual Christmas letter!

Learn how to set up documents, copy, cut, and paste, insert clip art and pictures.

Basic mouse and computer skills are required to get the most out of this class.

Class size is limited, please pre-register.

• Thursday Nov. 24: Library closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

• Saturday, Nov. 26: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

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. Information is also available online at

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