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Do you know how John Adams thought our Independence Day should be celebrated? He wrote to his wife saying, "It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

So... you heard the man, let's get after it! Cover all your bases, stock up on library materials just in case it rains over the long holiday weekend.The staff at the Detroit Lakes Library wishes you all a fun and safe Fourth of July!

"My Fourth of July," by Jerry Spinelli.

Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli and award-winning illustrator Larry Day join forces to celebrate America's birthday, the Fourth of July.

A responsible little boy who's eager to do his part wakes up joyful and ready to celebrate his favorite day of all. But there's a lot of work to do--pies to be baked, deviled eggs to be filled — and the boy has lots of jobs to complete before he can enjoy the fun... the world's best picnic! Face painting! A band concert! And then, after what seems like the longest wait ever... he can kick back and enjoy the fireworks with the rest of the country.

This delicious and spirited book celebrates small town America and is full of nostalgia for times gone by, yet absolutely of the moment.

"Independence Day," by Ben Coes.

Cloud, the code name of a high-level Russian hacker, has acquired a nuclear weapon. It's an older bomb from the USSR's Cold War arsenal with the power to devastate a major city. Fueled by a dark and personal vendetta, Cloud has put it onto an anonymous trawler, piloted by jihadists, headed straight to America.

Dewey Andreas, a former Delta working as an agent for the CIA, is still grieving the murder of his fiancée. He's lost his focus, his edge ― and the confidence of his superiors. But when an overseas mission to capture Cloud goes awry, Dewey becomes America's last hope of putting a stop to the bomb. Now it's up to Dewey to put his past behind him and risk everything to find one of the world's most elusive enemies...or witness a terrorist attack timed to coincide with the country's biggest holiday: Independence Day.

Library happenings

The Detroit Lakes Public Library will be closed for Independence Day on Thursday, July 4, so there will be no Thursday Storytime.

Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Saturday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead. Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Saturday, July 6th 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.