Greece has a double holiday this Wednesday, March 25: The commemoration is both historical and religious.

The historical component is the beginning of the war of independence from the Ottoman Turks in 1821. The religious aspect commemorates the day the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Archangel Gabriel’s visit to the Virgin Mary letting her know she would become the mother of Jesus Christ. The celebration includes parades (though most of those have been canceled this year due to COVID-19 concerns) and fried codfish. If you would like to read more about Greece, your library can help.

“Ancient Greece,” by Sara Green. Ancient Greece was the birthplace of democracy! This and many other ancient Greek creations are still important to our world today. Starting with an engaging opening narrative, this fact-filled title explores the daily lives and innovations of ancient Greeks. Using special features such as profiles of gods and leaders, a cause and effect graphic, a time and place matrix, and a timeline, readers of this book will walk away with a good idea of what life was like in ancient Greece!

“Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters,” by Nikita Gill. With lyrical prose and striking verse, beloved poet Nikita Gill (Fierce Fairytales, Wild Embers) uses the history of Ancient Greece and beyond to explore and share the stories of the mothers, warriors, creators, survivors, and destroyers who shook the world. In pieces that burn with empathy and admiration for these women, Gill unearths the power and glory of the very foundations of mythology and culture that have been too-often ignored or pushed aside.

Library closed, but online resources still accessible

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The Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) is closely monitoring information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and in effort to protect staff, customers and our communities, all of its locations — including Detroit Lakes Public Library — were closed to the public until further notice on Tuesday, March 17.

During this time period, no fines will be charged for late materials. Library staff asks customers to keep the materials they have borrowed at home until the libraries are able to reopen.

While the building is closed, the library is still offering a number of virtual resources which can be accessed at home. Also, its wireless Internet is available for public use outside the building and in the parking lot at 1000 Washington Ave. from 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily. Visit larl.org for details.

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