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Jacques Cousteau: Champion of our Oceans

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For many of us, our first introduction to the ocean came from television courtesy of an explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher named Jacques Cousteau.

His 115 television films and 50 books opened up the ocean to every household. Even though Mr. Cousteau passed away in 1997, books are still being written in his name- like these on our library system's shelves: "Jacques Cousteau: the Sea King," "Jacques Cousteau and the Undersea World," and "Manfish: the Story of Jacques Cousteau" to name a few. Below you will find some of our newer books about oceans.

"Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean," by Robert Burleigh.

Filled with gorgeous illustrations by acclaimed artist Raúl Colón, this illustrated biography shares the story of female scientist, Marie Tharp, a pioneering woman scientist and the first person to ever successfully map the ocean floor.

Marie Tharp was always fascinated by the ocean. Taught to think big by her father who was a mapmaker, Marie wanted to do something no one had ever done before: map the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Was it even possible? Not sure if she would succeed, Marie decided to give it a try.

"Alone: Lost Overboard In the Indian Ocean," by Brett Archibald.

In April 2013, fifty-year-old Brett Archibald was on board a surf-charter boat, making a night-time crossing of the remote Mentawai Strait off Sumatra, Indonesia. In the middle of a storm, ill with severe food poisoning, he blacked out. When he came to, he found himself in the raging sea, sixty miles from shore. As Brett saw the lights of his boat disappearing into the darkness, it became clear that no one had seen him fall, and that no one would hear his shouts for help. He was alone in the ocean.

It would be eight hours before his friends realized he was missing. At that point a frantic search began for a single man somewhere in thousands of square miles of heaving waves. The rough weather meant that no planes or helicopters could assist in the search. According to the experts, he should have died within ten to fourteen hours.

Library happenings

Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Thursday, June 27 and Saturday, June 29 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, June 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Songs, stories, flannel board, action poems for infants and toddlers plus their caregivers!

Explore! Summer Library Experience Sing-Along with Larry is scheduled for Thursday, June 27 at 2 p.m. Get moving and grooving with special guest Larry Swenson as we sing silly songs from Planet Earth!

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.

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