Did you know America has 59 National Parks, while closer to home our state boasts 67 State Parks? The best part, they're all waiting for you to visit!

If you need help choosing a summer destination, your library has expert advice from Frommer's, Fodor's, Eyewitness, National Geographic, or Lonely Planet travel guides, to name a few. If you're looking for a National Park picture book, to maybe convince someone to go with you, we have some of those too. The staff at Detroit Lakes Library hopes all your vacations are awesome!

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"National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide USA Centennial Edition: The Most Amazing Sights, Scenes, and Cool Activities from Coast to Coast!" by Sarah Wassner Flynn and Julie Beer.

Happy 100th Birthday, National Parks! Join the centennial celebration by reading all about these greatest of American treasures - from Acadia to Zion - in preparation for a parks visit sometime soon. Filled with color photos, information on animals, fascinating lists, fun facts, maps, cool things to do, conservation tips, and much more - think of this book as your trusted guide to these most majestic of places.

"Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon," by John Clayton.

An evocative blend of history and nature writing that tells the story of Yellowstone's evolving significance in American culture through the stories of ten iconic figures. Yellowstone is America's premier national park. Today Yellowstone is often a byword for conservation, natural beauty, and a way for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors. But it was not always this way. Wonderlandscape presents a new perspective on Yellowstone, the emotions that various natural wonders and attractions evoke, and how this explains the park's relationship to America as a whole.

Whether it is artists or naturalists, entrepreneurs or pop-culture icons, each character in the story of Yellowstone ends up reflecting and redefining the park for the values of its era. For example, when Ernest Thompson Seton wanted to observe bears in 1897, his adventures highlighted the way the park transformed from a set of geological oddities to a wildlife sanctuary, reflecting a nation was concerned about disappearing populations of bison and other species. Subsequent eras added Rooseveltian masculinity, democratic patriotism, ecosystem science, and artistic inspiration as core Yellowstone hallmarks.

Library Happenings

Preschool Storytime: Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Thursday, July 12 and Saturday, July 14 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.

Summer Reading Program: Explore the World of Birds this Thursday, July 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Staff from the Tamarac Wildlife Refuge will be here to help us explore the world of birds! Learn to identify local birds by sight and sound. Get tips for becoming a backyard bird watcher. Hear the story of a special bird that's disappearing in Minnesota, the golden-winged warbler.

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.