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Polar explorer and Minnesota native Ann Bancroft will be speaking at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes on Monday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, as part of the community's Polar Fest celebration. (Submitted photo)3 / 3

Why do we celebrate Valentine's Day the way we do?" American's can thank Esther A. Howland, of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Our most popular activity on Valentine's Day is sending cards, and according to World Book Encyclopedia, Ms. Howland is one of the first U.S. manufacturers of Valentine cards. She got the tradition started for us in 1847, and it's still going strong. Not thinking about cupid yet? A good book or movie is guaranteed to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day, and your library has one for every age.

"A Valentine for Percy (Thomas & Friends) (Step into Reading)," by Random House. Thomas and Percy and their engine friends celebrate Valentine's Day on the Island of Sodor! This Step 2 Thomas & Friends Step into Reading paperback is just right for train-loving boys and girls ages 4 to 6 who are reading with help. And they'll love the train-themed press-out Valentines!

"All Things Valentine," directed by Gary Harvey. A blogger who has had terrible luck on Valentine's days meets a handsome veterinarian. Then she finds out he is the one who has been leaving rude comments on her Valentine's Day articles and she questions if her luck has changed at all.

Library to host Polar Explorer Ann Bancroft

The community is invited to spend an evening with Minnesota-native Ann Bancroft, a world-renowned polar explorer and internationally recognized leader and educator. Through her expeditions, Ann has shattered common stereotypes about women and through the Ann Bancroft Foundation, she encourages girls to reach their highest potential. Her accomplishments include being the first female explorer to cross the ice to both the North and South poles, leading the first female east to west crossing of Greenland, and being the first known woman in history to cross the ice to the North Pole. Audiences will enjoy Ann's stories of her daring adventures and learn about the history of polar exploration. The Detroit Lakes Public Library is thrilled to bring Ann Bancroft to Detroit Lakes free of charge through funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. This event will be held on Monday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Historic Holmes Theater, which is located at 826 Summit Ave. in Detroit Lakes.

Other Library Happenings

The library reading program, "Blind Date with a Book, " will continue through Feb. 21. Here's your chance to have a mystery date with a book you might never have checked out. Choose a wrapped book, read it, rate it and enter a drawing for a prize. You'll never know who you might connect with!

An Intermediate Genealogy class is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Want to intensify your research into your family history? Come and find out what is available free through your library.

A Winter Olympics Bash is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. There will be Olympic-style events, an Olympics-themed craft activity, and snacks, for kids in grades K-5.

Preschool Storytime: Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Thursday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 17 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.