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Library can help with 'well-rounded' education

Parents through the ages have worried about their's natural. They worry about "simple" things like getting them to eat healthy foods. They worry about more complex things like reading skills, and becoming lifelong readers.

And it's no secret that parents want their children to acquire as many skills as they possibly can, in order to face the adult world. The Library staff feels the same way, and would like to help parents with their goals.

Programs like Story Time, "R.E.A.D.," which stands for "Reading Assistance Education Dogs," and the "Summer Reading Program" are just some of the opportunities for kids at the library. The following books are just a sampling of what are available to help parents meet their goals:

• Raising Bookworms; Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment, by Emma Walton Hamilton. This book offers a fresh and creative approach to discovering the joys and rewards of reading, and includes over 150 creative strategies, resources and tactics to engage even the most reluctant reader. The author has co-authored sixteen children's books with her mother, actress/author Julie Andrews, four of which have been on the New York Times best-seller list.

• 7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child, by Naomi Steiner, M.D. This book helps parents in both monolingual and multilingual families determine and achieve their bilingual goals for their child, whether those goals understanding others, the ability to speak a second language, reading and/or writing in two languages, or some combination of all of these. The authors explain how the brain learns more than one language, explode common myths, address frequently asked questions, and reveal an array of resources available to families. Packed with insightful anecdotes and powerful strategies, this is a one-of-a-kind guidebook for those seeking to provide their children with a uniquely valuable experience.

• 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children, by Abigail Flesch Connors. The perfect book to introduce rhythm instruments to young children. The activities bring music into the classroom and offer ways for children to participate in the music experience, using rhythm sticks, sand blocks, bells, shakers, and more! Children make the sound of the ocean waves using shakers, pretend to be a train using sand blocks, create a rainstorm with rhythm sticks and perform circus tricks with jingle bells. Plus, they learn to play the instruments along with their favorite songs. This book is perfect for parents, early childhood teachers and music teachers who work with toddlers through age six.

The library, located at 1000 Washington Ave., is open Monday, Tuesday and Wed-nesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and closed Sundays. For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please stop by, call 218-847-2168 or visit online.