March  2011
Issue No. 2
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Library Books and a Booksale


The Mission of East Central Regional Library is "Connecting and strengthening communities through the power of knowledge." We provide access through a variety of formats - electronic, audio, and print. In the combined catalog of all 14 of our branches, we have 396,765 items (books, CDs, DVDs, tapes). Our annual budget to purchase new items is $321,000 (2011) and we strive to put it to the best use to buy current materials for people to check out, in order to support our mission. We also receive donations and assistance to purchase items from volunteers and Library Friends groups across the region.


As we purchase new materials, we scrutinize the items currently on the shelves to determine their currency and viability. Some things become outdated, others lose their popularity and we don't need as many copies as we once did when the items were hot bestsellers.  If something is no longer needed, we pull it from the shelves to make room for other newer items.


What happens to those excess items? We have a booksale! And the proceeds of that sale allow us to buy new items.


Come to the ECRL booksale at the Cambridge Public Library on March 18, Friday from 9:30-5:00 and on March 19, Saturday, from 9:30-3:00.  A $2.00 bag sale will be held on Saturday ONLY.  Friday prices will be:  hardcover - 50 cents; softcover - 25 cents; and nonprint items - 25 cents. 


Did you know?

Learn more about East Central Regional Library.....


What is MnLINK?


Through MnLINK, you can find a specific book your library no longer owns or recent research information from the University of Minnesota.  MnLINK is the next step, after you've searched Evergreen, ECRL's own catalog. 


MnLINK is a statewide virtual library that electronically links you to Minnesota's rich library resources.  By using MnLINK, you have access to online catalogs from over 20 Minnesota library systems as well as most of Minnesota's colleges and universities. 


You can access MnLINK by simply visiting the ECRL website at and clicking on MnLINK.  You can place interlibrary loan requests with your ECRL card.  There are basic tutorials on how to use the site or stop by your local ECRL branch and staff will be happy to assist you.   


Internet Site of the Month: 

Minnesota Historical Society


"Discover the Real George Washington:  New Views from Mount Vernon" opened February 22nd at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul.


Trivia Question of the Month:


What years are included in the Historical Society's "Minnesota Birth Certificates index?"


Answer to last month's trvia question 

Which actress has the most Oscar nominations? 


Did you guess Meryl Streep? 16 nominations thus far!


Spring has Sprung!

Storytimes at ECRL Branches


Check out the schedule below:


Cambridge Public Library - Wednesdays 10:00 - March 30 thru May 18 - ages 3-5


Chisago Lakes Area Library -Lapsit - Wednesdays 10:30 - March 16 thru May 18 - ages 2 and under; Preschool - Thursdays - 10:30 - March 17 thru May 19 - ages 3-5


Hinckey Public Library - Fridays - 10:00 am - March 4 thru May 27 - ages 3-5


Isanti Link Site - Wednesdays - 11:00 am - April 6 thru May 25 -ages 3-5


Milaca Community Library - Thursdays - 10:30 am - March 24 thru May 26 - ages 3-5


Mille Lacs Lake Community Library - Tuesdays - 11:00 am - March 29 thru May 17 - ages 3-5


Mora Public Library - Ongoing - each Friday - 11:00 am


North Branch Area Library - Wednesdays - 10:30 am - April 6 thru May 25 - ages 3-5


Pine City Public Library - Wednesdays - 10:00 am - Follows the school calendar


Sandstone Public Library - Wednesdays - 10:00 am - March 23 thru May 11


Wyoming Area Library - Tuesdays - 10:30 am - March 29 thru May 17 - ages 3-5



Check with your local ECRL branch for scheduled events such as Community Reads and other exciting programming on ECRL's Online Calendar.  

Featured Arts & Cultural Heritage Event

              Divas Through the Decades

 Divas Through the Decades Legacy Logo

Join us on Sunday, March 27 at 3:00 pm at the Pine City Auditorium for this special legacy event. This is a musical tribute to some of the most influential female vocalists from the 40s up to today!  It features music made famous by The Andrews Sisters, Patsy Cline, Tina Turner, Carrie Underwood, and many more!


Download the updated pdf version of the Legacy Event Calendar listing March and April events along with the Meet the Author tour brochure. All events are funded in part or in whole from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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 counties. 

ECRL also receives state and federal funds.  


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Author of the Month
  Charles Portis  
True Grit  
His novel, "True Grit," is considered a western fiction classic.  John Wayne and Jeff Bridges each played Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 and 2010 film adaptions respectively. 

 Forthcoming Titles

Search for any of these items in the ECRL online catalog and place a hold now!


March is Women's History Month:  Celebrate by checking out the following children's titles:


*Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone


*Benazir Bhutto by Sean Price


*Clara Barton by Susan Hamen


*Extraordinatry Women Explorers by Frances Rooney


*Flygirl by Sherri Smith


*Michelle Obama by David Colbert


*That Book Woman by Heather Henson


*Women in Space by N. B. Grace


Adult Non-Fiction Titles


*Humorists:  From Hogarth to Noel Coward by Paul Johnson 


* Fame:  What the Classics Tell Us Abour Our Cult of Celebrity by Tom Payne


* The Last Good War:  The Faces and Vocies of World War II - Photographs by Thomas Sanders; text by Veronica Kavass


*Perfect One-Dish Dinners:  All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers by Pam Anderson


* Why the West Rules - For Now:  The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future by Ian Morris


*Wicked River:  The Mississippi When it Last Ran Wild by Lee Sandlin


    New Adult DVDs

SOON to Appear in Evergreen, our Online Catalog (watch for them!)


  • All Good Things
  • Capone
  • Country Strong
  • Fair Game
  • A Summer in Genoa
  • The Way Back