April 2015
Volume 5, Issue 4
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Unlimited possibilities @ your library: celebrate National Library Week April 12-18

East Central Regional Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week April 12 - 18th. Libraries have observed National Library Week since 1958, but just as every other organization and business in our culture has changed in the last 57 years, so have libraries. Yes, there are still librarians to help you find what you need and rows of books on shelves in ECRL libraries, but in today's library there is so much more. ECRL has accepted as its mission for 2015-2017 " . . . to strengthen communities by connecting people with resources, spaces, and educational experiences that enrich and empower their lives."

Libraries connect people who walk in through the doors during library open hours and also who connect through the website any time of day or night. You can read an encyclopedia from the shelf, or you can read the online multi-media encyclopedia through the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). You can ask the librarian at the service desk a question, or you can chat online with the librarian on duty through the AskMN network. You can read any number of print magazines displayed on shelves or you can download the latest issue of HGTV Magazine or National Geographic.

People value the spaces in libraries. Some may meet their book club for monthly discussions or students may work on a group project like making a video. There's lots of activity when parents interact with children in the smart-play spots. Less tech savvy people feel comfortable using public Internet computers when guided by knowledgeable staff guides. Someone else may use a study room and wireless access to interview for a job via Skype.
Programs and activities both entertain and educate. People enjoy history programs, author presentations, or gardening programs. Displays in libraries draw together information about various subjects or events.

The 2015 theme for National Library Week this year is "Unlimited possibilities @ your library." Walk in or browse in. See what's there, and let us know what you'd like to experience today.

Barbara Misselt, ECRL Director

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               Upcoming Legacy Programming
  (events funded with money from Minnesota's              Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund)

Old MacDonald Had a Banjo

The children's show, Old MacDonald Had a Banjo, imagines a farm full of songs bursting out entertaining, educating, and in volving the audience in singing, movement, and silliness. Folk musician Paul Imholte plays the part of Old MacDonald as he sings original and classic children's songs.

Old McDonald Had a Banjo program is part of ECRL's celebration of Once Upon a Reader, a statewide literacy initiative program that celebrates Minnesota's rich cultural heritage by bringing the joy of stories, art, and literacy to our state's youngest members through libraries.

Milaca Community Library - Thursday, April 16 - 10:30 am
McGregor Public Library - Saturday, April 18 - 10:30 am
Wyoming Area Library - Tuesday, April 21 - 10:30 am
Hinckley Public Library - Tuesday, April 21 - 2:00 pm
Pine City Public Library - Wednesday, April 29 - 10:15 am

David Ward - Loggin', Legends and Lore!
Rush City Public Library - Wednesday, April 22 - 4:00 pm

Fast, fun and fact filled, exciting and outrageous tales from the Paul Bunyan legend. Actor David Ward recreates characters from Paul's era such as "Ole the Big Swede" and "Hot Bisquit Slim" the camp cook. Kids will love seeing giant recreations of some authentic Paul artifacts such as Paul's baby bottle, toothpick and a giant mosquito from Paul's famous tale of "The Giant Mosquitobees!" Kids will learn about the logging industry, and how that time in history was influential in building our communities in the upper Midwest.

The Looney Lutherans

Cambridge Public Library -Monday, April 27 - 6:30 pm
Pine City Public Library - Tuesday, April 28 - 6:30 pm
IREC (Isle Recreation and Education Center)
Seniors 55+ are welcome to come at noon for soup and pie provided by the East Central Senior Resources Center
Wednesday, April 29 - 1:00 pm (all invited for the presentation)

If you're a f an of the  Church Basement Ladies you'll love The Looney Lutherans! The Looney Lutherans are a team of  professional actresses who have come together in a fun, interactive, family-friendly show. The idea for the "Looney Lutherans" was cooked up in 2006 when the founding members were appearing in the cast of the hit musical CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES at the Plymouth Playhouse in Plymouth, MN.

The Looney Lutherans are a trio of wacky gals on tour promoting their new cookbook and "lifestyle guide" entitled: Use Your Food: A Guide to Healthy Living Inside and Out, From Our Kitchen to Yours, Eat Like a Lutheran! Using music, comedy, and some help from the audience, these gals share some age-old wisdom for living a long and healthy life the Lutheran way.

Bev Proulx - Eye for Color
Wyoming Area Library - Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30 pm

View an antique and contemporary collection of quilts and then learn how quilters have used color for the past 200 years. No pre-registration required.

Bev Proulx - Magnificent Color Play Quilting Workshop
Wyoming Area Library - Saturday, May 9 -10:00- am - 2:00 pm

We will be using different fabrics to discover their potential. We will look at all colors, print types, and possible combinations, and will practice what you learn throughout the class. (This program is for ages 18+, space is limited and this workshop does require pre-registration. Please contact the Wyoming Area Library at 651-462-9001)

Teddy Bear Band
2015 Read to the Rhythm 
Summer Reading Program Kickoff

Summer is quickly approaching and it is time to get ready to hop and bop all summer long.  So plan to join us the Teddy Bear Band celebrates their 30th anniversary as a group.  Bring you favorite stuffed animal or teddy bear along to groove to the music.  
Wednesday, June 3
10:30 - am - Aitkin Public Library
1:30 pm - McGregor School Auditorium
Thursday, June 4
10:30 am - Milaca Community Library
1:30 pm - Pine City Public Library (Elementary School Auditorium)
Monday, June 8
10:00 am - Mille Lacs Lake Community Library
1:00 pm - Mora Public Library
Tuesday, June 9
10:30 am - Wyoming Area Library
1:00 pm - Chisago Lakes Area Library
3:00 pm - North Branch Area Library
Wednesday, June 10
10:00 am - Cambridge Public Library (Cambridge Primary School)
1:00 pm - Princeton Area Library
Thursday, June 11
10:30 am - Sandstone Public Library (East Central School District)
1:00 pm - Hinckley Public Library
3:30 pm - Rush City Public Library

Plus check out all the other activities going on throughout ECRL. 
Simply check any of the following spots on our website:  NewsBits at www.ecrlib.org, Google calendar, ECRL Facebook page or follow us on  Twitter@ecrlib.
Overdrive Titles
 (Search for any these in the Overdrive catalog)
eBook Titles
*At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
*Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
*Code of Conduct by Brad Thor
*Harvest of Hope by Lauraine Snelling
*Last One Home by Debbie Macomber
*Miracle at Augusta by James Patterson
*Never Too Late by Amber Portwood
*Stillwater by Nicole Helget
*Tempted by Robin Carr
*Wild by Cheryl Strayed

eAudio Titles

*As the Crow Flies by Jeffrey Archer
*The Cavendon Women by Barbara Taylor Bradford
*Fifty-Year Silence by Miranda Mouillot
*Isle of Dogs by Patricia Cornwell
*Last One Home by Debbie Macomber
*Patriot Threat by Steve Berry
*Point of Origin by Patricia Cornwell
*The Shadows by J. R. Ward
*When I was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson
*World Gone by Dennis Lehane

eBook & eAudio Teen Titles

*Ask the Dark  by Henry Turner
*Between Sky and Earth by Timothee de Fombelle
*City of Heavenly Fire by Clare Cassandra
*Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page
*Fairest by Marissa Meyer
*Fantasy League by Mike Lupica
*Insurgent by Veronica Roth
*Rebels by Kendell & Kylie Jenner
New DVDs in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these in the ECRL catalog

*Boy Next Door starring Jennifer Lopez
*Drive Hard starring John Cusack
*Fifty Shades of Grey starring Dakota Johnson
*Proposal starring Sandra Bullock
*Racing Hearts starring Jamie Dorman
*Selma starring David Oyelowo
*Stick It starring Jeff Bridges
*Still Alice starring Julianne Moore
*Taken 3 starring Liam Neesom
*Wedding Ringer by Kevin Hart
Forthcoming Print Fiction in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these items in the ECRL catalog:
*14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson
*Baxters Take One by Karen Kingsbury
*Black Widow by Wendy Staub
*Full Scoop by Janet Evanovich
*Hawk by Ronie Kendig
*No One Needs to Know by Kevin O'Brien
*Pretty Ugly by Kirker Butler
*Spool of Black Thread by Anne Tyler
*Tell-Tale Heart by Jill Dawson
*When Love Returns by Kim Sawyer
Forthcoming Print Adult Non-Fiction Books in the ECRL Catalog
Search for any of these titles in the  ECRL Catalog :

*Aging Backwardsd by Miranda Esmonde-White
*Colorful Home by Susan Hable
*Effortless Healing by Dr. Joseph Mercola
*Glory Days by Max Lucado
*My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege
*New Chinese Medicine Handbook by Misha Ruth Cohen
*Plants Have so Much to Give Us, All We Have to do is Ask by Mary Geniusz
*Raising Kids Who Read by Daniel Willingham
*That Happened by Jon Cryer
*Yoga Mind, Peaceful Mind by Mary Nurriestearns

New Easy Picture Books
 in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these in the ECRL Catalog:

*ABC Animal Orchestra by Donald Saaf
*Amelia Bedelia is for the Birds by Herman Parish
*Birthday Mice by Bethany Roberts
*Biscuit Goes Camping by Alyss Capucilli
*Gideon and Otto by Oliver Dunrea
*Hug a Bull by Aaron Zenz
*I Love You Forever by Margaret Park Bridges
*I Scream for Ice Cream by Rob Scotton
*I"m Not Reading by Jonathan Allen
*Littlest Bunny In Minnesota by Lily Jacobs
ECRL's Mission
To strengthen communities by connecting people with resources, spaces, and educational experiences that enrich and empower their lives.


*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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