The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, propelling Americans into World War II. The conflict turned the world upside down with changes virtually everywhere. Americans mobilized an army and everyday citizens did their part on the home front. The chaos closer to the epicenter of the war was astounding. Accounts of the devastation and human costs came from every corner of the world in the form of books and movies. Your library’s collection of World War II materials is extensive, with two of our newer items on Pearl Harbor listed below.

"Pearl Harbor: Real Stories from My Time," is one of several books available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library to learn more about the events of Dec. 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii." (Submitted photo)
"Pearl Harbor: Real Stories from My Time," is one of several books available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library to learn more about the events of Dec. 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii." (Submitted photo)

“Pearl Harbor (An American Girl: Real Stories from My Time)," by Jennifer Swanson. This book features real stories of that fateful Sunday morning in 1941 when Japanese planes executed a surprise attack on the American base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. American Girl Nanea Mitchell shares her own experiences adjusting to the drastic changes to everyday life in Hawaii following the attack.

In "Brothers Down," acclaimed historian Walter Borneman takes readers back to the events of Dec. 7, 1941, as experienced by the many brothers who served aboard the U.S.S. Arizona together. It is available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Submitted photo)
In "Brothers Down," acclaimed historian Walter Borneman takes readers back to the events of Dec. 7, 1941, as experienced by the many brothers who served aboard the U.S.S. Arizona together. It is available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Submitted photo)

“Brothers Down: Pearl Harbor and the Fate of the Many Brothers Aboard the USS Arizona,” by Walter R. Borneman. The surprise attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 remains one of the most traumatic events in American history. America's battleship fleet was crippled, thousands of lives were lost, and the United States was propelled into a world war. Few realize that aboard the iconic, ill-fated USS Arizona were an incredible 79 blood relatives. Tragically, in an era when family members serving together was an accepted, even encouraged, practice, sixty-three of the Arizona's 1,177 dead turned out to be brothers.

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In this book, acclaimed historian Walter R. Borneman returns to that critical week of December, masterfully guiding us on an unforgettable journey of sacrifice and heroism, all told through the lives of these brothers and their fateful experience on the Arizona. Weaving in the heartbreaking stories of the parents, wives, and sweethearts who wrote to and worried about these men, Borneman draws from a treasure trove of unpublished source material to bring to vivid life the minor decisions that became a matter of life or death when the bombs began to fall. More than just an account of familial bonds and national heartbreak, what emerges promises to define a turning point in American military history.



Library Happenings

Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to the Detroit Lakes Public Library for a Special Christmas Family Storytime this Thursday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.

The library's Adult Writers Group meets Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. in the main meeting room. Writers and prospective writers seeking encouragement, feedback and collaboration are welcome to join this group. The group meets regularly to tell their stories, share ideas and discuss writing tips.

Drop-in Gift Wrapping Event: Get a head start on your holiday to-do list by wrapping presents at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. We have the perfect space to wrap your presents away from prying eyes! Drop in with your gifts Saturday, Dec. 7 between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The library will supply some holiday spirit and refreshments, as well as a supply of paper, ribbons, boxes, tape and scissors, or feel free to bring your own supplies.

DIY Stress Relief is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m. in the library's main meeting room. The holiday season can be a busy and stressful time of year. Join us to learn how to reduce stress naturally with Kelsey Juhnke, a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Each attendee will make a roller, bath salt, and heat pack to take home. Please pre-register as the event is limited to 24 people. Register by visiting or calling the Detroit Lakes Lakes Public Library at 218-847-2168.



Library Hours

The library’s regular hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and all national holidays.

Detroit Lakes Public 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, call 218-847-2168 or visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at www.larl.org.