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Honoring nation's presidents at library

'Washington: A Life' is one of many resources available to learn more about such iconic U.S. presidents as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. You'll have to wait until Tuesday, though: The library is closed Monday in observance of President's Day. Submitted Photo

Monday, Feb. 18 is Presidents' Day!

Your library has a healthy collection of materials on the subject of Presidents Washington or Lincoln, but President Lincoln's popularity has soared in recent years, thanks to Bill O'Reilly's book (and the controversy surrounding it) and the movie "Lincoln" with Daniel Day-Lewis.

If you missed the movie when it was showing at the local cinema, it's just coming into our library system, so you can get your name on the request list.

The staff at Detroit Lakes Library wishes you all a wonderful Presidents' Day!

"Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever," by Bill O'Reilly.

In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington D.C., John Wilkes Booth -- charismatic ladies' man and impenitent racist -- murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre.

A furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country's most wanted fugitive.

Lafayette C. Baker, a smart but shifty New York detective and former Union spy, unravels the string of clues leading to Booth, while federal forces track his accomplices.

The thrilling chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered executions -- including that of the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government.

"Washington: A Life," by Ron Chernow.

In this groundbreaking work, based on massive research, Chernow dashes forever the stereotype of a stolid, unemotional man.

A strapping six feet, Washington was a celebrated horseman, elegant dancer, and tireless hunter, with a fiercely guarded emotional life.

Chernow brings to vivid life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods.

Probing his private life, he explores his fraught relationship with his crusty mother, his youthful infatuation with the married Sally Fairfax, and his often conflicted feelings toward his adopted children and grandchildren.

He also provides a lavishly detailed portrait of his marriage to Martha and his complex behavior as a slave master.

DL Library Happenings

• Monday, Feb. 18: The Detroit Lakes Public Library will be closed in observance of President's Day.

• Tuesday, Feb. 19: Library Book Club, 3 p.m.

The February selection is "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson.

• Tuesday, Feb. 19: Bookworm Bash, 2 to 4 p.m.

Teen book exchange: bring good condition used books to trade with your friends. There will be snacks and prizes.

• Wednesday, Feb. 20: Hooray for Hollywood, 2 to 4 p.m.

Lighten up winter by celebrating the 85th annual Academy Awards. Come dressed as your favorite movie character and be prepared to take part in a fun movie trivia event. Also participate in a "Predict the Oscar" contest. Prizes and refreshments are all part of this fun event.

• Thursday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 23: Preschool storytime at 10:30 a.m.

• Thursday, Feb. 21: LEGOs @ the Library, 4 p.m.

Basic LEGOs are provided; kids provide the imagination. LEGO creations will be displayed in the library. There will be snacks and door prizes.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call (218) 847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave. Info is also available online at