April 2012
Volume 2, Issue 4
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You belong @ your library

April is the celebration of all things library. The American Library Association proclaimed this year's theme to be: You belong @ your library.

School Library Month - all of April
National Library Week - April 8-14
Library Workers Day - April 10
Bookmobile Day (we call it Outreach) - April 11
Teen Literature Day - April 12
Money Smart Week (promoting financial literacy)- April 21-28
Preservation Week - April 22-28
National Library Legislative Day - April 23-24
Childrens Day/Book Day - April 30

Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for activities for children or a student searching for your next favorite book, You belong @ your library.


ECRL's 14 branch libraries and 9 Outreach sites help level the socio-economic playing field by making information affordable, available and accessible to all people. Libraries provide materials in print and electronic formats, job seeking resources, special classes and many other creative and resourceful programs.


Libraries have historically served as our nation's great equalizers of knowledge. The strength of libraries has always been the diversity of their collections and commitment to serving all people. This April, join our nation's libraries and librarians by celebrating the place where we all belong.


"Today's libraries provide a wide range of opportunities for people with diverse needs and interests," says Barbara Misselt, ECRL's director. "That means providing communities with collections and services for people of different interests, backgrounds, abilities and technological skills."


East Central Regional Library is celebrating by introducing a brand new patron library card. This is the first revision of the card since the library automated in 1996. Don't have a library card? It's easy to get and it's free at any ECRL branch or Outreach site! First you must be a resident of ECRL (Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine counties) to obtain a card. Then simply produce two forms of identification (one with your mailing address), fill out a registration form and the card is yours! Children under age 16 may use their parent's identification.


If you already have an ECRL card and would like to get your hands on one of our new cards, simply stop at your ECRL branch and pay $1.00 for a new one.


New Outreach Librarian

We would like to introduce you to our new Outreach Librarian, Tim Olson.  As Outreach route librarian Tim brings library service to small ECRL communities including Askov, Braham, Duquette, Giese,
Hill City, Jacobson, and McGrath.  Tim also serves as the librarian at the Onamia Link Site.  Tim also works as part-time custodian for the Cambridge Public Library.



Legacy logoUpcoming Legacy Programs


Meet the Author II tour

March & April Dates


Author John Reimringer
Chisago Lakes Area Library - Monday, April 16 at 7:00 pm
Author Julie Klassen
Milaca Community Library - Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 pm

Author Jill Kalz

North Branch Area Library - Wednesday, May 2 - 10:30 am

Author Nancy Carlson

Princeton Area Library - Thursday, May 3 - 4:30 pm

Author Cathy Wurzer

Mille Lacs Lake Community Library - Saturday, May 5 - 10:30 am

Author David Housewright

Mora Public Library - Thursday, May 10 - 6:30 pm

Authors Rae Katherine Eighmey and Deborah Miller

Rush City Public Library - Tuesday, May 15 - 6:30 pm

Authors Rae Katherine Eighmey and Deborah Miller

Milaca Community Library - Thursday, May 17 - 6:30 pm

Author Betsy Bowen

Princeton Area Library - Thursday, May 17 - 6:30 pm

Author Steve Thayer

Aitkin Public Library - Tuesday, June 12 - 6:30 pm


Other Upcoming Legacy Programs


Magician/Comedian Tim Gabrielson
Minnesota's own Tim Gabrielson will definitely "keep it funny" and magical at this evening presentation.
North Branch High School Auditorium - Tuesday, April 17 at
7:00 pm

Learn about Mosaics with Sharra Frank
Join us for a lecture and learn all about creating art with mosaics with artist, Sharra Frank.
Princeton Area Library - Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 pm

Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen
The Cambridge Community Wide Read culminates with a visit from Minnesota's #1 poet.
Anoka Ramsey Community College - Rm G202 - Cambridge -
Friday, April 20 at 7:00 pm


Hall of Famer & Former Twin, Bert Blyleven

Bert BlylevenFrom Little League to Legion baseball to the major leagues, baseball has played an important part in Minnesota's cultural heritage.  Former Minnesota Twin and Hall of Famer, Bert Blyleven, will be making appearances in Cambridge and Aitkin to talk, share stories and meet with fans.


Tuesday, May 1 - 7:00 pm

Richard G. Hardy Performing Arts Center - Cambridge-Isanti High School, Cambridge, MN.


Tuesday, May 22 - 7:00 pm

Aitkin High School Auditorium - Aitkin High School

*All programs funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Call your local ECRL branch for more information on each program.


IMLSDigital Immigrant Classes Continue


Computer Maintenance Digital Immigrants II Class
Just like an automobile, your computer needs to be on a maintenance schedule.  Join us for this 90-minute informational class to learn about malware, software updates & more! (No, we will not be taking the computer apart)  Pre-registration required.  Please stop by or call your local East Central Regional Library Branch to register.
April Classes
18th - 1:00 pm @ Wyoming Area Library
19th - 1:00 pm @ Mora Public Library
20th - 10:00 am @ Mille Lacs Lake Community Library
23rd - 1:00 pm @ Chisago Lakes Area Library
24th - 10:00 am @North Branch Area Library
26th - 10:00 am @ McGregor Public Library
May Classes
1st - 2:00 pm @ Princeton Area Library
2nd - 10:00 am @ Rush City Public Library
3rd - 10:00 am @ Hinckley Public Library
8th - 1:00 pm @ Cambridge Public Library
9th - 10:30 am @ Milaca Community Library
14th - 1:00 pm @ Aitkin Public Library
15th - 1:00 pm @ Mora Public Library
17th - 5:00 pm @ Pine City Public Library
Due to popular demand several additional Digital Immigrant classes have been added.  See the schedule below and contact your local ECRL branch to preregister and for more information. 
Extra April & May eBook Classes
April 24 - 5:00 pm @ Pine City Public Library
April 27 - 10:30 am @ Mille Lacs Lake Community Library
May 7 - 10:30 am @ Aitkin Public Library
May 10 - 1:00 pm @ Wyoming Area Library
May 11 - 10:00 am @ Sandstone Public Library
May 21 - 1:00 pm @ Chisago Lakes Area Library
May 22 - 11:00 am @ Cambridge Public Library
May 24 - 6:30 pm @ Pine City Public Library
Extra Social Networking Class
May 4 - 10:00 am @ Sandstone Public Library
Classses are made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Library and Museum Services.
ECRL's Mission
Connecting and strengthening communities
through the power of knowledge.


*East Central Regional Library is funded by the counties of Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine. 

ECRL also receives state and federal funds.  


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 Author of the Month:  E. L. James

 Search for any of these items on the ECRL Online Catalog: 


Fifty Shades of Grey was published quietly by The Writers' Coffee Shop, a small independent Australian publisher, in June 2011.   Within months, it shot to the top of The New York Times Best Sellers List (where it remains), appeared on the March 21st cover of Entertainment Weekly, and was discussed on "Good Morning America".  The film rights have been sold to Universal Pictures and Focus Features.  

In Fifty Shades of Grey and its sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, Anastasia Steele, a virginal college student, can't say no to dashing 27-year-old Christian Grey.  In their first sexual encounter, Grey unveils his silver tie and binds her wrists together.  Steele then does as she is told.  Interest in the work of E.L. James continues to grow in the ECRL service area.


New novels soon to appear in the ECRL catalog:

*Death of a Kingfisher by M.C. Beaton
*Guns in the Gallery by Simon Brett
*Mission to Paris by Alan Furst
*Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
*In One Person by John Irving
*Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
*I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
*Derby Day by D.J. Taylor


New DVDs recently added to the ECRL catalog:

*Albert Nobbs (2011) starring Glenn Close
*Cinema Verite (2011) starring Diane Lane
*A Dance to the Music of Time (1997) starring Miranda Richardson
*The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011) starring Daniel Craig
*Joyful Noise (2012) starring Dolly Parton
*Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) starring Tom Cruise
*War Horse (2011) starring Jeremy Irvine
*We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) starring Tilda Swinton

New Nonfiction soon to appear in the ECRL catalog:
*Fishing with Dad by John Bryan
*Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley
*Six Husbands Every Wife Should Have by Steven Craig
*It Worked for Me by Colin L. Powell
*150 Best Jobs for Your Skills by Laurence Shatkin
*Long Road to Antietam by Richard Slotkin
*Baseball Dads by Wayne Stewart
*Swedish Desserts by Cecelia Vikbladh
New Easy Books for Children
*The Bump by Mij Kelly
*The Bunny's Night-Light by Geoffrey Hayes
*Mighty Mike Builds a Library by Kelly Lynch
*Night Knight by Owen Davey
*No Bears by Meg McKinlay
New Juvenile Fiction Books for Children
*Barn Boot Blues by Catherine Friend
*Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce
*Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
*Muncle Trogg by Janet Foxley
*Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk by Megan McDonald
New Juvenile Non-Fiction Books for Children
*Big Book of Science Experiments
*Butterflies by Seymour Simon
*Everything Weather by Kathy Furgang
*Eyewitness Prehistoric Life by William Lindsay
*How Cooking Works by DK Publishing