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January is National Blood Donor Month

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Hats off to blood donors! January has been known as "National Blood Donor Month" since 1970. According to the American Red Cross, someone needs a transfusion every 2 seconds.

Did you know that one person's donation can save up to three lives? When you go to donate, you're going to want to take a good book to read. Highlighted below are two books on the subject of blood and/or donating.

"Clot and Scab: Gross Stuff About Your Scrapes, Bumps and Bruises," by Kristi Lew. Presents disgusting facts about wounds and bruises, how the body heals them, and how infection can take hold in injured areas.

"A Piece of My Heart (Blessings Georgia)," by Sharon Sala. Welcome to Blessings, Georgia, the best small town in the South. No, there aren't many secrets kept there. And yes, everybody knows your business. But when bad things happen, good people come to your rescue.

Growing up in a troubled foster home, Mercy Dane knew she could never rely on anyone but herself. She's used to giving her all to people who don't give her a second glance, so when she lands in Blessings, Georgia, she's flabbergasted when the town opens its arms to her. She never dreamed she'd ever find family or friends ― or a man who looks at her as if she hung the stars.

Police Chief Lon Pittman is getting restless living in sleepy little Blessings. But the day Mercy Dane roars into his life on the back of a motorcycle, practically daring him to pull her over, he's lost. There's something about Mercy's tough-yet-vulnerable spirit that calls to Lon, and he will do anything in his power to make her realize that home isn't just where the heart is―home is where their heart is.

Library Happenings

An Ebooks Minnesota Class is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 4 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Ebooks Minnesota allows Minnesota readers to access any book in its collection at any time, without waiting for other readers to return it. Learn to access and download free ebooks using this resource. Bring your device to class, plus the passwords needed to add an app.

Baby Bounce is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Songs, stories, flannel board, and action poems for infants through preschoolers and their caregivers. Program runs about a half hour followed by playtime and chatting with other caregivers.

Preschool Storytime: Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Thursday, Jan.11 and Saturday, Jan. 13 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.

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, and the library's app, LARL Mobile, is available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for free download.