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Would you like to be transported to exotic places? Would you like to be teleported to a different time? Would you like to have adventures you never dreamed of having? You can — just pick up a book and read!

Need a book? Visit your local library, where the librarians on staff would be happy to help you find those exotic places, different times, and those adventures.

"The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids," by Sarah MacKenzie.

Connecting deeply with our kids can be difficult in our busy, technology-driven lives. Reading aloud offers us a chance to be fully present with our children. It also increases our kids' academic success, inspires compassion, and fortifies them with the inner strength they need to face life's challenges. As Sarah Mackenzie has found with her own six children, reading aloud long after kids are able to read to themselves can deepen relationships in a powerful way.

"The Enchanted Hour: the Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction," by Meghan Cox Gurdon.

Grounded in the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, and drawing widely from literature, "The Enchanted Hour" explains the dazzling cognitive and social-emotional benefits that await children, whatever their class, nationality or family background. But it's not just about bedtime stories for little kids: Reading aloud consoles, uplifts and invigorates at every age, deepening the intellectual lives and emotional well-being of teenagers and adults, too.

Library Happenings

A Legos at the Library children's event is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Kids of all ages are invited to join us at the library for an afternoon of building with LEGOs! Participate in a LEGO building challenge or make a creation of your choice.

Storytime: Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Thursday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 2 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 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.

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.

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