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Danell Haspell: Summer reading program kicks off at the library

We are all excited to “Dig Into Reading” with you and your family.

It’s that time of year… the 2013 Summer Reading Program at the Detroit Lakes Library will kick off with its first program this Thursday, May 30 at 2 p.m.

Reading logs can be picked up at Detroit Lakes Library starting May 28.

Sticking to our theme of digging, this summer’s programs include: “Digging for Veggies,” “Digging for Worms,” and “Digging for Rocks.”  

Include the library on your list of summer fun, and check out these and many other titles:

“Rosa Loves to Read,” (Rookie Ready to Learn series) by Diane Zuhone Shore. 

Rosa loves to read, but it’s so-o-o noisy when she opens her book. How will she ever be able to concentrate?

“Rookie Ready to Learn” series titles help develop young children’s language and early reading skills as they engage in topic-rich conversations.

“The Out and About: In My Community” subset focuses on fun, safe ways our youngest citizens can participate as engaged members of their own communities, as well as how community workers and helpers contribute to their daily lives.

“What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read With Your Child — and All the Best Times to Read Them,” by Pam Allyn.

Allyn offers parents and caregivers essential advice on choosing appropriate titles for their children — taking into account a child’s age, attention ability, gender, and interests —  along with techniques for reading aloud effectively.

But what sets this book apart is the extraordinary, annotated list of more than three hundred titles suitable for the pivotal moments in a child’s life.

With category themes ranging from friendship and journeys to thankfulness, separations, silliness, and spirituality, “What to Read When” is a one-of-a-kind guide to how parents can best inspire their children to read.

Library happenings

  • Monday, May 27:  The Detroit Lakes Library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.
  • Wednesday, May 29: “eReader Help,” 4:30 p.m. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Thursday, May 30 and Saturday, June 1: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 30: Summer Reading Program Kickoff, 2 p.m. “Professor Marvel’s Amazing Archaeological Adventure” features the magic of books (and some other things), hands on activities and door prizes.

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.