National Adoption Month has its roots in Massachusetts. Governor Michael Dukakis, in 1976, declared an adoption week. By 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the week National Adoption Week. President Bill Clinton expanded the awareness of adoption to the complete month of November in 1995.

That's the history, but let's not forget the children. Of the over 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S., Adoption Network reports, 114,556 cannot be returned to their families, and all these children would like a permanent, loving home.

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The following are two of our newer books on the subject of adoption.

"My Adopted Family (My Family)," by Claudia Harrington.

"My Adopted Family" is the story of a normal day in Adam's life. When classmate Lenny visits his home, he discovers Adam is adopted. Who makes him do his homework? Mom! Who makes Dinner? Dad! Who tucks him in? Mom and Dad! Lenny realizes love makes a family. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Looking Glass Library is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO.

"To Save the Children of Korea: the Cold War Origins of International Adoption," by Arissa H. Oh.

"To Save the Children of Korea" is the first book about the origins and history of international adoption. Although it has become a commonplace practice in the United States, we know very little about how or why it began, or how or why it developed into the practice that we see today.

Korean adoption served as a kind of template as international adoption began, in the late 1960s, to expand to new sending and receiving countries. Ultimately, Oh demonstrates that although Korea was not the first place that Americans adopted from internationally, it was the place where organized, systematic international adoption was born.

Library Happenings

Preschool Storytime: Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Thursday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.

Baby Bounce is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library, featuring songs, stories, flannel board, and action poems for kids, infants through preschool age (i.e., 0-18 mos.), and their caregivers. Program runs about a half hour, followed by playtime and chatting with other caregivers.

Also this month, the library's Book Club will meet to discuss "A Higher Loyalty" by James Comey. All are welcome to join the friendly discussion on Nov. 20 at 3 p.m.

Library hours

The Detroit Lakes Public Library will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12 in observance of Veteran's Day. The 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, and the library's app, LARL Mobile, is available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for free download.