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Danell Haspel: DL Library offers document-shredding service

We have a new service for you at Detroit Lakes Public Library! 

MinnKota has provided a secure locked container and will collect and securely shred documents.

You can place all your sensitive documents including paper, folders, staples and paper clips into the secure container located in the library.

Their driver (background checked and wearing a uniform with a badge including a photo ID) will place the documents in secure totes, wheel them out to the truck and shred your sensitive documents on-site.

“I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy,” by Lori Andrews. 

Social networks, the defining cultural movement of our time, offer many freedoms. But as we work and shop and date over the Web, we are opening ourselves up to intrusive privacy violations by employers, the police, and aggressive data collection companies that sell our information to any and all takers.

Through groundbreaking research, Andrews reveals how routinely colleges reject applicants due to personal information searches, robbers use vacation postings to target homes for breakins, and lawyers scour our social media for information to use against us in court.

And the legal system isn’t protecting us — in the thousands of privacy violations brought to trial, judges often rule against the victims.

“The Bellringers,” by Henry Porter.

In Henry Porter’s critically acclaimed novel “The Bell Ringers,” England in the near future is eerily familiar.

There are concerns about terrorism, the press is feisty, and the prime minister is soon to call a general election. But quietly — largely unknown to the public or even most in government — things have become undeniably Orwellian.

Cameras with license-plate recognition software record the movements of every car. A sophisticated top-secret data-mining system known as Deep Truth combs through personal records, identifying violators of minor laws as well as those disposed to “antigovernment” beliefs.

In the interest of security, the divide between private and public has crumbled. Freedom has given way to control.

Library happenings

  • Now through Friday, Aug. 2:  “Sizzlin’ Summer Reads” Adult Reading Program.  To be eligible for the prize drawings, read or listen to 4 books, fill out the reading log and place it in the entry box. Entries may also be emailed to the library. There is no limit to the number of entries any person can make. This program is for adults age 18 and older.
  • Tuesday, June 11: “Intro to Zinio Mags,” 10:30 a.m. You can now read some of your favorite magazines online. Come to this class to learn some tips and tricks for using this great to addition to LARL’s digital offerings. Limit: 6 people. Call, e-mail, or stop by the library to register.
  • Tuesday, June 11: “Intro to LARL’s Digital Library,” 1 p.m. Did you know you can download books from the Library? Learn about searching our digital catalog for ebooks, the various formats we support and the various help options available to help you get started. Limit: 6 people. Call, e-mail or stop by the library to register.
  • Wednesday, June 12: “eReader Help,” 4:30 p.m. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Thursday, June 13 and Saturday, June 15: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 13: Summer Reading Program – “Digging for Worms,” 2 p.m. Get the “dirt” on worms, garbage and “black Gold” with Sandy Gunderson from Becker County Environmental Services. There will be 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.