GUEST COLUMN: Detroit Lakes Public Library to host Earth Day environmental fair April 22
Earth Day will be celebrated in communities across the country this Friday, April 22. In Detroit Lakes, there will be an environmental fair hosted by the public library, starting at 10 a.m.
DETROIT LAKES — Friday, April 22, is Earth Day, and what better day to take stock of how the way you live is affecting the place you live?
In Detroit Lakes, the holiday will be celebrated with an environmental fair at the Detroit Lakes Public Library.
Local organizations, working together to help the environment, will be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to show and discuss their materials with handouts and free stuff to help the environment. A short program will be presented at 1 p.m.
Some of the organizations represented at the event will be the Becker County Soil and Water Conservation District, Becker County Recycling, Detroit Lakes Public Utilities, Friends of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, the Prairie Woods chapter of the Izaak Walton League, Manna Food Co-op, First Lutheran Church Creation Care, Pelican River Watershed District and the Becker County Master Gardeners.
Learn and ask questions of local environmental experts while enjoying treats, refreshments and free stuff to take home — in free, reusable shopping bags.
'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle'
Everyone has heard the phrase, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” but recycling always seems to get the lion’s share of attention even though it is the last-resort option of the three.
People who are curious about the possibility of reusing things can check out the library book, “How to Repair Everything: A Green Guide to Fixing Stuff,” by Nick Harper. With advice on tools, materials and methods, and written in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format, this book that makes it easier to say 'No' to disposables and make a real difference.
In addition to books, the library has lots of movies, and even more can be had through Lake Agassiz Regional Library's reciprocal relationship with Northwest Regional Library.
Check out “Secondhand Lions,” a coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.
Or, if your taste runs more to the classics, check out “All About Eve." The 1950 film stars Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a highly regarded but aging Broadway star, and Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington, an ambitious young fan who maneuvers herself into Channing's life, ultimately threatening Channing's career and her personal relationships. It was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won six.
The library also has many graphic novels. Take a peek at “Everything is Flammable," by Gabrielle Bell. In her 2017 graphic memoir, she returns from New York to her childhood town in rural Northern California after her mother’s home is destroyed by a fire. Acknowledging her issues with anxiety, financial hardships, memories of a semi-feral childhood, and a tenuous relationship with her mother, Bell helps her mother put together a new home on top of the ashes.
There are two Storytime sessions taking place at the Detroit Lakes Public Library this week, on Thursday, April 21, and Saturday, April 23. Both sessions will run from 10:30 to 11 a.m., and include stories, flannel boards, finger plays, songs and more. A different theme is explored each week. Open to preschoolers and their caregivers.
Baby Bounce is set for Monday, April 25 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Children ages 0-3 are invited to wiggle, giggle, sing and play at the Detroit Lakes Library every Monday to interact with other families and chat about early literacy. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. This event is offered free-of-charge.
Also on Monday, April 25, the library will host an Anime & Manga Club meeting from 4 to 5p.m. Anime and manga fans are invited to geek out over their favorite shows and stories. Each month we will talk about a different theme, offer recommendations to watch/read, and enjoy some snacks!
On Tuesday, April 26, The Detroit Lakes Public Library will host a 2 p.m. Library Club meeting featuring a presentation by local residents Marcia and Greg Potvin, who spend part of each year traveling the world. They will be sharing their experiences and thoughts about a recent trip to Iran. Musical entertainment will be provided by Holly Heisserer and Dotz Johnson.
Also on Tuesday, April 26, area teens are invited to join a Book vs. Movie Club at 4 p.m. in the library's main meeting room. This month's book vs. movie debate focuses on "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett, in all of its many adaptations — book, graphic novel, TV shows, and movies.