January 2012
Volume 2, Issue 1
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Introducing Email Pre-Overdue Courtesy Notifications


East Central Regional Library is now offering pre-overdue email notices for all patrons with a valid email address.   Can you remember when your items are due?  Would you like to save on fines and never have overdues again?  In late December 2011, ECRL starting sending patron's courtesy reminders via email 3 days before their items were due.  This gives you time to either find the items and return them or renew them. 


If you are not already receiving these pre-overdue courtesy notices from East Central Regional Library, all we need is a valid email account from you.  Patrons may sign up for this service on the ECRL Online Catalog. Follow the following steps to complete the process: 


1.  Click on My Account. 

2.  Enter your username and password

3.  Click on change email address

4.  Enter your current password and new email address

5.  Click Submit

6.  Click on Account Preferences from the Menu at the top

7.  In the drop down menu under Default Hold Notification Method, choose email only

8.  You will now receive your pre-overdue courtesy notification notice and your hold notices via email. 


Call your local ECRL branch if you need assistance. 

Winter Storytimes Begin
Preschool Storytime - Ages 3-5
Cambridge Public Library - Wednesdays, January 4 thru February 22 at 10:00 am
Chisago Lakes Area Library - Wednesdays, January 11 thru February 29 at 11:15 am
Hinckley Public Library - Fridays, January 6 thru March 30 at 11:00 am
Isanti Link Site - Wednesdays, January 11 thru February 29 at 11:00 am
McGregor Public Library - Wednesdays, February 1 thru February 29 at 11:30 am
Milaca Community Library - Thursdays, January 5 thru March 15 at 10:30 am
Mille Lacs Lake Community Library - Tuesdays, January 17 thru March 6 at 11:00 am
Mora Public Library - Fridays, January 6 thru March 30 at 11:00 am
North Branch Area Library - Wednesdays, January 11 thru February 29 at 10:30 am
Pine City Public Library - Wednesdays, January 4 thru March 21 at 10:00 am
Princeton Area Library - Wednesdays, January 11 thru March 21 at 12:00 noon
Rush City Public Library - Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24; February 14, 21, 28; March 13, 20, 27 at 10:30 am
Sandstone Public Library - Wednesdays, January 11 thru March 28 at at 10:00 am

Lapsit Storytime - Ages 2 and under
Chisago Lakes Area Library - Wednesdays, January 11 thru February 29 at 10:30 am

Toddler Storytime - Ages 18 months to 3
Mora Public Library - Thursdays, January 12, 26; February 9, 23; March 8, 22 at 11:00 am
Princeton Area Library - Fridays, January 13 thru March 23 at 10:45 am

Please call your local ECRL branch for more information!

Legacy logoUpcoming Legacy Programs


Meet the Author II tour

January & February Dates


Journalist & Author Greg Breining

     Hinckley Public Library - Saturday, January 28 at   

     10:30 am

Author Julie Kramer

     Mora Public Library -Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 pm

Author/Illustrator Chris Monroe

     Cambridge Public Library, Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 10:00 am

Author Kathy Jo Wargin & Photographer Ed Wargin

     Wyoming Area Library, Wednesday, February 22 at 6:30 pm

Author Jess Lourey

     Chisago Lakes Area Library- Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:00 pm


Other Upcoming Legacy Programs


Quilter & Presenter Bev Proulx

Bev Proulx presents her program "Quilts Beyond Beauty."  Listen as she investigates the purpose of quilts made during the past 200 years.

     Pine City Public Library - Wednesday, January 25 at 6:00 pm


Roy Rogers: King of the Cowboys

Join us as presenter Dale Blanshan celebrates the 100th birthday of Roy Rogers as we learn about his life.

     Kanabec History Center in Mora - Sunday, Feb.  26 at 3:00 pm


*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


Final Social Networking Classes


Join us a brief introduction and demonstration of Skype, Twitter and LinkedIn followed by a more in-depth look in Facebook in this 90-minute class.  Make sure to contact your local ECRL branch to register and for more information.  Classes scheduled for the month of January are listed below.  Class size is limited, and may already be filled, so please call ahead.


January Classes

January 18 at 1:00 pm @ the Wyoming Area Library

January 19 at 10:30 am @ Hinckley Public Library

January 19 at 6:00 pm @ the Milaca Community Library

January 24 at 10:00 am @ the North Branch Area Library

January 24 at 6:00 pm @ the Princeton Area Library


eBook Classes to Begin


Learn the basics of downloading eBooks from the library's website in this 90-minute class.  We will use the Nook color eReader.  Pre-registration is required.  There are no fees and ECRL will provide eReaders for this class. Contact your local ECRL branch to register.   


January Class
January 30 at 2:00 pm @ Chisago Lakes Area Library

February Classes
February 1 at 3:00 pm @ Princeton Area Library
February 2 at 1:00 pm @ Cambridge Public Library; 6:00 pm @
     Wyoming Area Library
February 4 at 10:00 am @ Sandstone Public Library
February 14 at 1:00 pm @ Mora Public Library
February 15 at 10:00 am @ McGregor Public Library
February 17 at 11:00 am @ Mille Lacs Lake Community Library
February 21 at 10:00 am @ Cambridge Public Library
February 22 at 10:00 am @ Hinckley Public Library; 6:00 pm @ 
     Pine City Public Library
February 23 at 6:00 pm @ Milaca Community Library
February 28 at 10:00 am @ North Branch Area Library; 3:00 pm
     @ Chisago Lakes Area Library

March Classes
March 1 at 11:00 am @ McGregor Public Library; 6:00 pm @
     Mora Public Library
March 2 at 10:00 am @ Sandstone Public Library
March 6 at 6:00 pm @ Aitkin Public Library
March 8 at 1:00 pm @ Milaca Community Library; 6:00 pm @
     Princeton Area Library
March 9 at 10:00 am @ Rush City Public Library
March 15 at 3:00 pm @ North Branch Area Library


Both classes 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:
Patrick Ness


The recipient of many awards and accolades, Ness was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 2011.  His latest novel, A Monster Calls, was named the Best Children's Book of the Year by Booklist.  It is a timeless story for all ages - 13-year-old Conor O'Malley struggles with his mother's impending death from cancer.  An extraordinary, deeply moving book.


New Novels in the ECRL catalog:
Search for any of these items in the ECRL Online Catalog:
*Cain at Gettysburg by Ralph Peters
*Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell
*Invisible Ones by Stef Penney
*Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke
*Proof of Heaven by Mary Curran-Hackett
*Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans
*The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak

New DVDs recently added to the ECRL catalog: 

Search for any of these in the ECRL Online Catalog


*Fanny and Alexander (1983) starring Pernilla Allwin

*Hell and Back Again (2011) documentary

*The Ides of March (2011) starring Ryan Gosling

*The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) starring Renee (Maria) Falconetti

*The Rules of the Game (1939) starring Marcel Dalio

*Up from Slavery (2011) documentary

*Wild Strawberries (1959) by starring Victor Sjostrom

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


*Alix and Nicky by Virginia Rounding

*Being George Washington by Glenn Beck 

*Big-Time Sports in American Universities by Charles T. Clotfelter

*The Lion and the Journalist by Chip Bishop

*Real Moms Love to Eat by Beth Aldrich

*Stunned by Grief by Judy Brizendine

*Tuscan Sun Cookbook by Frances Mayes

 Focus on

Valentine's Day

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


Picture Books


*10 Valentine Friends:  a Counting Book

by Janet Shulman

*Giant Crush by Gennifer Choldenko

*No Valentine for Katie by Fran Manushkin

*Thief of Hearts by Karen Barrs

*Very Scary Valentine's Day by Mariah Balaban



 Juvenile Fiction


*February Friend by Rob Roy

*Geronimo's Valentine by Stilton Geronimo 

*Girls in Charge by Debra Moffitt 

*Juliet the Valentine Fairy by Daisy Meadows

*Sweet Treats and Secret Crushes by Lisa Greenwald



 Juvenile Non-Fiction



*175 Easy-to-Do Valentine Crafts by Sharon Umnik 

*All New Crafts for Valentine's Day by Katharine Ross 

*Celebrate Valentine's Day by Carolyn Otto 

*Paper Crafts for Valentine's Day by Randel McGhee

*Valentine's Day Crafts by Arlene Erlbach