Danell Haspel, columnist
Tree planting festivals have been taking place since the beginning of civilization to honor the role trees play in our lives. In the United States, the formal Arbor Day holiday began in 1872 in Nebraska. Even though we look back on the history of the celebration, Arbor Day is the one holiday that's celebration looks to the future. Every year on the last Friday in April, millions of trees are planted to observe the day. If you would like to read about the topic, come to your local library and check out these books as well as the many other resources available.
This month, the Detroit Lakes Public Library is bringing popular children's musician Siama to the library to perform interactive music and storytelling for young children and their families, featuring his trademark Congolese guitar music. This event is held in celebration of the children who have read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, as part of the library's initiative to encourage literacy development.
Daylight savings time has us spring ahead today, March 11, which always helps a bit with the "winter blahs", and next week the spring equinox will take place, putting us squarely in the season of spring! We have officially made it through another winter! If you would like library materials concerning spring, your library has numerous items such as the two new titles highlighted below. "Spring for Sophie," by Yael Werber. From snowy days to gray skies, a little girl watches and waits and wonders, will spring ever come? And then one day...
Why do we celebrate Valentine's Day the way we do?" American's can thank Esther A. Howland, of Worcester, Massachusetts. Our most popular activity on Valentine's Day is sending cards, and according to World Book Encyclopedia, Ms. Howland is one of the first U.S. manufacturers of Valentine cards. She got the tradition started for us in 1847, and it's still going strong. Not thinking about cupid yet? A good book or movie is guaranteed to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day, and your library has one for every age.
Did you know the first modern Olympic Games took place in Athens in 1896? The Games have definitely evolved since then. We all know the first place winner earns a gold medal, while second place is awarded silver and third place receives the bronze medal. This was not exactly the case in 1896, when first place winners were awarded a gilt silver medal, a branch of laurel and a diploma. Your library has materials on the Olympic Games, and the athletes that have participated. "Nadia: the Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still," by Karlin Gray.
Did you know the first legislation to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth was introduced just months after his assassination in 1968? And did you know that the first official holiday was observed on the third Monday in January, 1986?
Hats off to blood donors! January has been known as "National Blood Donor Month" since 1970. According to the American Red Cross, someone needs a transfusion every 2 seconds. Did you know that one person's donation can save up to three lives? When you go to donate, you're going to want to take a good book to read. Highlighted below are two books on the subject of blood and/or donating.
Most of us are going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. We're heading toward the winter solstice, which lands this year on Dec. 21. The solstice takes place because the northern hemisphere is angled farthest away from the sun on that day. Your library's collection contains numerous titles relating to winter such as those highlighted below. Have a great shortest day of the year! "Winter (Seasons)," by Julie Murray.
Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese on December 7, 1941, propelling Americans into World War II. The conflict turned the world upside down, bringing 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 were astounding. There were stories to be chronicled in every corner of the world, and some are still being written. Your library's collection of World War II materials is extensive, with two of our newer items listed below.
November is National Diabetes Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control, statistics from 2017 show there are 30.3 million people in the United States with diabetes. Unfortunately, 7.2 million people out of the 30.3 million are undiagnosed. To learn more about symptoms of the disease and how to approach a suitable diet, check out your local library for materials such as those highlighted below. "Healthy Makeovers for Diabetes: Simple Ways to Transform Your Cooking," by Diabetic Living Editors.