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Tree planting festivals have been taking place since the beginning of civilization to honor the role trees play in our lives. In the United States, the formal Arbor Day holiday began in 1872 in Nebraska.

Even though we look back on the history of the celebration, Arbor Day is the one holiday that's celebration looks to the future. Every year on the last Friday in April, millions of trees are planted to observe the day. If you would like to read about the topic, come to your local library and check out these books as well as the many other resources available.

"Little Tree," by Loren Long.

In the middle of a little forest, there lives a Little Tree who loves his life and the splendid leaves that keep him cool in the heat of long summer days. Life is perfect just the way it is.

Autumn arrives, and with it the cool winds that ruffle Little Tree's leaves. One by one the other trees drop their leaves, facing the cold of winter head on. But not Little Tree — he hugs his leaves as tightly as he can.

Year after year Little Tree remains unchanged, despite words of encouragement from a squirrel, a fawn, and a fox, his leaves having long since turned brown and withered. As Little Tree sits in the shadow of the other trees, now grown sturdy and tall as though to touch the sun, he remembers when they were all the same size. And he knows he has an important decision to make.

"Essential Pruning Techniques: Trees, Shrubs and Conifers," by George E. Brown.

Pruning is an indispensable part of garden maintenance, but it is also one of the most difficult. Successful pruning requires a thorough knowledge of a plant's growth and flowering habits. In Essential Pruning Techniques Tony Kirkham — the head of the arboretum and gardens at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew — shares his decades of knowledge and expertise and expands on the groundbreaking work done by George E. Brown. Step-by-step photographs clearly show the general principles of pruning, and profiles of 379 woody plants include advice on habit, attributes, reasons for pruning, and the best time to prune. "Essential Pruning Techniques" is a must-have reference for home gardeners and professionals.

Arbor Day celebration set May 8 in DL

The City of Detroit Lakes will celebrate Arbor Day on Tuesday, May 8, as part of the Lakes Country Water Festival.

Mayor Matt Brenk will give a short presentation at 11:25 a.m. at the entrance to the Kent Freeman Sports Arena and will recognize the City of Detroit Lakes for receiving the Tree City USA award for the 30th consecutive year.

Area students will help plant trees. Smokey the Bear will be on hand to help. The public

is invited to attend.

Library hours

The Detroit Lakes Public Library's regular hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and all national holidays.

For more information on local library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your Library at 1000 Washington Ave.

Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL), a consolidated public library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. More information is available at www.larl.org, and the library's app, LARL Mobile, is available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for free download.

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