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“Beads on One String” by Dennis Warner first started out as a song, then an illustrated children’s book, and later became the focus of a special elementary school curriculum. Warner will be presenting at the Detroit Lakes Library on Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m. Submitted Photo

Folk/Americana singer and songwriter Dennis Warner blends humor, audience participation, and serious music into a memorable and fun concert for adults and families. 

Warner’s career blossomed a few years ago with the release of his song “Beads on One String” as a children’s book. 

Already into its fourth printing, “Beads on One String” has become a favorite with teachers and parents alike for its powerful, positive message of unity along with its beautiful illustrations. 

Warner will perform at the Detroit Lakes Library on Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m.

This program is supported in part or in whole with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.

“Beads on One String,” by Dennis Warner.

“Beads on One String” started simply as an up-tempo and fun song about how “We’re more alike than we are different.”

Then it became a beautifully illustrated children’s book.

Soon after, a curriculum  was developed for elementary schools.

“It’s a Big World, Little Pig,” by Kristi Yamaguchi. 

Poppy, the adorable, persistent, dreaming-big pig, has a new adventure in store for her: the World Games ice-skating championship in Paris!

Poppy is nervous about meeting so many new people in a new place.

But, ever courageous and supported by her family (Emma, too!), Poppy embarks upon this exciting adventure head-on.

She meets a snowboarding Panda, a Maltese who skies, and two fellow skaters, a Crane and a Kangaroo.

Poppy begins to realize that although these animals look different, act different, and are from different places, they are all the same at heart.

They all smile in the same language!

Library happenings

  • Tuesday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 10: “eReader Help,” 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Tuesday, April 9: “Story Time at Storyland,” 6:30 p.m., Becker County Museum, 714 Summit Ave. A special library storytime at Storyland. Storyland is a traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Children’s Museum which is on display at the county museum in Detroit Lakes until the end of May.
  • Tuesday, April 9: “Root Beer Stands in Minnesota,” 7 p.m., Detroit Lakes Library. Join Minnesota State University Moorhead history professor Steve Hoffbeck as he tells us about the history of root beer stands in Minnesota. Sure to bring back a lot memories of those hot summer days enjoying a cold glass of root beer! This event is free and open to all.
  • Wednesday, April 10: “The Beat Goes On” with Minnesota author and educator Dr. Carroll Engelhardt. Engelhardt, a retired Concordia College professor who taught from 1970 to 2007 in Moorhead, is the author of “The Farm at Holstein Dip” — a reminiscence of his Iowa boyhood, hometown, and a vanished rural way of life. The presentation will appeal to anyone interested in learning about what it was like to live in the rural Midwest in the forties and fifties.
  • Thursday, April 11 and Saturday, April 13: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m.

Library hours

The Detroit Lakes Library, located at 1000 Washington Ave., is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

It is closed on Sundays.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit the website at

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

Article written by Danell Haspel of the Detroit Lakes Library