Did you know the signing of the Declaration of Independence did not occur on the Fourth of July? We are actually celebrating the adoption of the Declaration, as most of the 56 signers didn’t add their signature until August 2nd. Maybe we should celebrate both…what do you think? Have a great Fourth!!

“My Fourth of July,” by Jerry Spinelli, is available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Submitted photo)
“My Fourth of July,” by Jerry Spinelli, is available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Submitted photo)

“My Fourth of July,” by Jerry Spinelli

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.

“A Catered Fourth of July: a Mystery with Recipes,” by Isis Crawford, is available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, and can also be downloaded in e-book format from the Lake Agassiz Regional Library website, larl.org. (Submitted photo)
“A Catered Fourth of July: a Mystery with Recipes,” by Isis Crawford, is available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, and can also be downloaded in e-book format from the Lake Agassiz Regional Library website, larl.org. (Submitted photo)

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“A Catered Fourth of July: a Mystery with Recipes,” by Isis Crawford

High noon on July Fourth in the quiet town of Longley, New York, and it’s got to be a hundred degrees. Thankfully, sisters Bernie and Libby are setting up their yummy catering in a shady gazebo for the reenactment of The Battle of Meadow Creek—and not baking in those Revolutionary War uniforms with their fellow townspeople.



After a few cheery exchanges of “Moveth” and “Thou speakest treason,” the muskets are fired and the fake battle is over. But the blood on the notorious town playboy looks very real. Is it possible he’s had his last tryst?

The Library is closed due to the Coronavirus, but our Virtual Hours are 24/7 at larl.org. We are also on Facebook. We have our no-contact curbside delivery available. Go to our website to learn more, or call or email your library location.

Library Happenings

As of Wednesday, July 1, the Detroit Lakes Public Library is OPEN. The library will be offering services while maintaining social distance, sanitation procedures and more based on the following schedule:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The library is closed on Sundays.

While the library building was closed to the public, a number of new services were introduced, including adding wireless hotspots to its collection.

Wireless hotspots are portable internet access devices that allow you to connect to a WiFi network using your computer, smartphone or another device at home or while on-the-go. It supports up to 15 device connections through a built-in wi-fii app. It is compatible with most Wi-Fi-enabled devices including: laptops, digital cameras, game consoles and more.

Customers can check out wireless hotspots the same way they would check out a book or DVD, with a 14-day loan period and two possible auto-renewals if no one else has requested it. To request a device, place a hold on a wireless hotspot in the library’s catalog, or call the library for assistance.

Another addition to the library's services is access to the Hoopla streaming service, allowing cardholders to stream popular movies and TV shows and download eBooks and eAudiobooks. Get started at larl.org/ebooks.

Local library hours may be restricted due to the coronavirus, but Lake Agassiz Regional Library's virtual hours are 24/7 at larl.org. You can also check out the Detroit Lakes Public Library's Facebook page for updates on programs and services. Go to our website to learn more, or call or email your local library location.