May 2012
Volume 2, Issue 5
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Stop Summer Brain Drain

T- minus 15 days (or so) and counting until the last day of school and endless days of fun and freedom. Let's make sure that the fun includes lots of good stories to read, because freedom doesn't mean a stop to learning. Teachers say that kids who don't read all summer may lose 2-3 months' worth of skills learned during the school year.

One of the best summer traditions is the Library Summer Reading Program. All across Greater Minnesota this year, kids will be reading under the theme "Dream Big - Read!" The teen theme for this year is "Own the Night." All of ECRL's branches and outreach stops will be participating in the summer reading program. Check with your local branch for contests and activities for all ages. 
To kick off Summer Reading Program, the Schiffelly Puppets will appear at each of ECRL's 14 branch libraries. Later in the summer, catch the juggling program, In Capable Hands, at a local branch library. Wendy's Wiggle Jiggle Jam will be at all the outreach locations. Check the ECRL event calendar for times and places -  Admission is free! All three programs are made possible with funds from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  

Welcome Lisa Wagner - Milaca Branch Librarian


ECRL would like to welcome new Branch Librarian, Lisa Wagner.  Lisa replaces longtime Milaca Librarian, Sharon Strack, who left ECRL for the position of Circulation Supervisor at the St. Cloud Public Library.  Lisa began her library career working at Clemens Library at the College of Saint Benedict as a Circulation Desk Assistant.  After graduating from Saint Benedict with a degree in History and Spanish, Lisa began work at the St. Cloud Public Library, working both in the distribution center and in circulation.  It was at this point that Lisa realized her dream was to become a librarian and so she pursued this path and enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue her Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies.  While at the University of Wisconsin, she worked as a Student Assistant on the reference desk.  Lisa completed her studies in December 2011 and graduated with her Master's Degree.  As the new Milaca Librarian, Lisa looks forward to the challenge.  She envisions encouraging the use of new technology and promoting the importance of the library within the Milaca community and beyond.  She will also continue building local ties and seeking support from the library Friends group and volunteers.  Lisa currently resides in St. Cloud.  Lisa will began full-time at the Milaca Library on May 11, 2012.  Please make her feel welcome in her new position.


Legacy logoUpcoming Legacy Programs


May & June Programming


May 20 @ 3:00 pm - Living History Society of MN

     Presents Mid-Nineteenth Century Fashion Show -

     Mora Public Library

May 22 @ 7:00 pm -  Hall of Famer & Former Twin,   

     Bert Blyleven - Aitkin High School Auditorium

June 12 @ 6:30 pm - Author Steve Thayer - Aitkin Public Library

June 23 @ 6:00 pm - Aerialist Laura Ernst - Ostrand Fine Arts

     Center located at the Hinckley-Finlayson Hgih School

June 24 @ 3:00 pm - Barbaray Coast - City Park gazebo next to

     the Mora Public Library (in case of inclement weather, the

     event will be held in the library basement)



Summer Children's Upcoming Legacy Programs


Schiffelly Puppets

(at all ECRL branches)


Tuesday,  June 5
10:00 am  McGregor City Hall

1:00 pm    Aitkin High School Choir Room
Wednesday, June 6
10:00 am  Mille Lacs - Isle City Center Council Chambers
1:00 pm    Mora Public Library
3:30 pm    Milaca Community Library
Thursday, June 7
1:00 pm  Pine City Public Library  

3:30 pm  Rush City Public Library
Monday, June 11
10:00 am  Cambridge Primary School Multi-Purpose Room

1:00 pm    Princeton Area Library

Tuesday, June 12
10:00 am  North Branch Area Library
1:00 pm  Hinckley Public Library
3:30 pm  Sandstone Public Library
Wednesday, June 13
10:00 am  Chisago Lakes Area Library
1:00 pm    Wyoming Area Library 


Wendy's Wiggle Jiggle & Jam

(at all ECRL Outeach and Link Sites)



Friday, June 8 - 11 am - Braham - East Central Energy Room
Monday, June 11 - 3:00 pm - Isanti Community Center
Tuesday, June 12 - 10:00 am - Hill City Community Room
Tuesday, June 12 - 1:00 pm - Jacobson Community Center
Saturday, June 16 - 11:30 am - Onamia Link Site - Onamia Depot
Monday, June 18 - 10:30 am - Askov Community Center

Monday, June 18 - 1:30 pm - Duquette Hall

Thursday, June 21 - 10:00 am - Wagner Town Hall - Giese

Thursday, June 21 - 12:30 pm - McGrath Pavillion


Ventriloquist James Wedgwood

Thursday, June 21 - 2:00 pm - Chisago Lakes Area Library 

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







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: 

Adriana Trigiani 


Ms. Trigiani, author of the novels Lucia, Lucia and Big Cherry Holler among others, is known for her vibrant Italian-American characters and families.   Her latest novel, The Shoemaker's Wife, illuminates the love story of two young immigrants --- from the hills of Tuscany to the Iron Range in Minnesota.


New Novels in the ECRL catalog:
Search for any of these items in the ECRL Online Catalog:


*Tiger's Claw by Dale Brown
*Creole Belle by James Lee Burke
*Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark
*Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow by Juliet Grey
*House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe
*Capital by John Lanchester
*Home by Toni Morrison
*Helen Keller in Love by Rosie Sulton

New DVDs recently added to the ECRL catalog: 

Search for any of these in the ECRL Online Catalog


*Dead of Winter (1987) starring Mary Steenburgen
*Doc Martin:  Series 5 (2011) starring Martin Clunes
*The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) starring Betty Hutton
*A Handful of Dust (1988) starring James Wilby
*King Lear (1984) starring Laurence Olivier
*Sherlock Holmes:  A Game of Shadows (2011) starring Robert Downey, Jr.
*True Blood:  Complete Fourth Season (2012) starring Anna Paquin
*The Woman in Black (2012) starring Daniel Radcliffe

New Non-Fiction Soon to Appear inthe ECRL Catalog
Search for any of these titles in the ECRL Catalog


*Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth
*Giant in the Shadows:  The Life of Robert T. Lincoln by Jason  Emerson
*Homesick and Happy by Michael Thompson
*John F. Kennedy by Alan Brinkley
*Marilyn Monroe:  The Final Years by Keith Badman
*Return to Wake Robin by Marnie Mamminga
*Stuff Every Dad Should Know by Brett Cohen
*Titanic Captain by G.J. Cooper

 Dream Big -READ

Summer Reading Titles

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


Picture Books


*Arthur's Dream Boat by Polly Dunbar
*Bats at the Ballgame by Brian Lies
*Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies
*Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
*Bedtime at the Swamp by Kristyn Crow
*Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime by Myra Wolfe
*Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan
*Fancy Nancy Pajama Day by Jane O'Connor
*Frankie Works the Night Shift by Lisa peters
*Goodnight Angels by Melody Carlson
*Moon Dreams by Ruth Martin
*Pirate Nap:  a Book of Colors by Danna Smith
*Pout Pout Fish in the Big Big Dark by Deborah Diesen
*Red and Yellows Noisy Night by Josh Selig
*Russell and the Lost Treasure by Rob Scotton
*Scaredy Squirrel at Night by Melanie Watt
*Star of the Week by Carol Adderson
*Who's There by Carol Schaefer