October  2011
Issue No. 9
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Have an eReader*? Want to check out eBooks*?


ECRL will soon be offering yet another way to read! You will be able to check out eBooks and read them on your eReader. Think of eBooks as a self-service brought to you by East Central Regional Library. It's you, your eReader, and the Internet - whenever and wherever you get the urge to read.


The process for eBooks is similar to print books. The library buys the books, and makes them available through a website. You will find the book you want online, and if it's available, will be able to check it out and download it to your device. The book will stay on your device for the checkout period (up to 2 weeks), and then it will check itself back in. No overdue fees! If the book is not immediately available because someone else has it checked out, you can place a hold on it with your ECRL library card. For very popular items, you will be added to a hold list. When the book becomes available, an email will be sent, and the book can then be checked out and loaded to your device.


If you're interested in checking out eBooks, here are a few things to remember:

  • You must have your own reading device. eReaders will not be available for checkout -- patrons must have their own device and know how to use it. There is a large variety of devices available. OverDrive is the company that is supplying our eBook service. Visit their Device Resource Center page for information. http://www.overdrive.com/resources/drc/
  • ECRL staff will not be able to help you with problems specific to your own device. There are hundreds of different devices. We suggest that you enlist the help of friends or family to find a technology support person if you need help learning to use your device or troubleshooting should you encounter difficulties.
  • In order to use ECRL's eBook service, you must be a resident of one of ECRL's six counties: Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, or Pine County.
  • You must have a valid ECRL card in good standing as well as a registered email address.
  • eBooks are loaded on most devices through software to be loaded on your own computer. You will not be able to use ECRL's computers to download to your device, because of technology limitations and licensing restrictions.
  • ECRL will be offering hands-on eBook classes in all branches this winter. As an example, the classes will use the NOOKcolor device and will only provide information on the NOOKcolor. It would be impossible for us to cover all devices on the market in training. Because the end result of whichever device you use will be the same (an eBook to read on your device), it is hoped that class attendees will be able to independently transfer information they learn to their own brand of eReader.
  • ECRL will post links to helpful tutorials and FAQs.
  • Watch the library website and FaceBook page for our eBook launch date in mid-November!

*An eBook is a book-length publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, and produced on, published through, and readable on computers or other electronic devices. eBooks are usually read on dedicated eReader devices, such as NOOK, Kindle, iPad or tablet computer, some smartphones, or personal computers.


Legacy Programming Underway!
  Legacy logo
Rhonda Lund Presents
Chinese Ink Brush Calligraphy
Aitkin Public Library
Wednesday, October 26 - 5:00 pm

Rhonda Lund will lead a beginner session on classic Chinese ink brush calligraphy. All supplies provided by the library. Class size is limited.  Pre-register at the library or call
More Than Nikolina
Saturday, October 29 - 2:00 pm
Milaca City Hall
Saturday, October 29 - 7:00 pm
Rusheba Town Hall

Swedish Folk Music and Dance performed by the Twin Cities
area Nyckelharpalag. 


Eye for Color by Bev Proulx 
Rush City Public Library
Thursday, November 3 - 6:00 pm


View an antique and contemporary collection of quilts and then learn how quilters have used color for the past two hundred years.

*These projects are funded in part or in whole with money from
Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.


Upcoming Online Job Search and Resource Classes!

The 90-minute workshop is presented by East Central Regional Library in conjunction with Central Minnesota Jobs & Training Services.  Make sure to contact your local ECRL branch to register and for more information.

There are no fees for the class.  The classes are made possible with an LSTA grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Services.


October Classes
October 19 - Milaca Community Library - 10:30 am
                   Princeton Area Library - 3:00 pm
October 20 - Mora Public Library - 6:00 pm
October 25 - North Branch Area Library - 10:00 am
                   Cambridge Public Library - 2:00 pm
October 27 - Chisago Lakes Area Library - 1:00 pm
                   Wyoming Area Library - 6:30 pm 

November Classes

November 2 - Aitkin Public Library - 10:00 am
November 4 - Sandstone Public Library - 10:00 am

November 8 - Mora Public Library - 2:00 pm
November 10 - Princeton Area Library - 6:00 pm

November 12 - Pine City Public Library - 10:00 am
November 16 - McGregor Public Library - 1:00 pm
November 17 - Cambridge Public Library - 10:00 am

                      Milaca Community Library - 6:00 pm

Happy 25th Anniversary, 

Magic School Bus Series!


Magic school Bus

The Magic School Bus series written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen turns 25 this year.  The first book in the series, the Magic School Bus at the Waterworks, was published in 1986.  The newest title, Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge.
The books tell the story of wacky science teacher Ms. Frizzle, who takes her class on unusual field trips using the transforming Magic School Bus.  The TV series with Lily Tomlin as the voice of Ms. Frizzle has been on the air for 17 years.  The series is published by Scholastic.

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:
Terry Brooks


 "The Sword of Shannara", his first novel, was published to wide acclaim in 1977.   The author of 23 New York Times bestsellers, Brooks is often compared to J.R.R. Tolkien.   His latest novel, "The Measure of the Magic" was published in the summer of 2011.

Other authors of epic "high fantasy" include:

Stephen R. Donaldson
Robert Jordan
George R.R. Martin
J.R.R. Tolkien
And, for children, the "Inheritance" series by Christopher Paolini


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

"The Grief of Others" by Leah Hager Cohen
"The Kingdom of Childhood" by Rebecca Colemon
"End of Days" by Robert Gleason
"The Stranger's Child" by Alan Hollinghurst
"The Taker" by Alma Katsu
"The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt" by Caroline Preston
"I Married You for Happiness" by Lily Tuck

New DVDs recently added to the ECRL catalog: 


"Les Cousins" (1959) starring Jean-Claude Brialy 

"Island of Lost Souls" (1932) starring Charles Laughton

"The Killing" (1956) starring  Sterling Hayden

"Please Don't Eat the Daisies" (1960) starring Doris Day

"Straw Dogs" (1971) starring Dustin Hoffman


New Non-Fiction Titles Available
Search for any of these titles in the ECRL Catalog



*Romantic Revolution: A History by Tim Blanning
*InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives by Joe Ehrmann
*Signing Their Rights Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the United States Constitution by Denise Kiernan
*Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Day of the Soviet Union by Conor O'Clery
*A Woman's Secret for Confident Living: Becoming Who God Made You to Be by Karol Ladd


 Focus on


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



Picture Books


*The 13 Nights of Halloween by Guy Vasilovich

*Halloween Hunt:  a Spot-It Challenge by Sarah Schuette

*Halloween Surprise by Corinne Demas

*Mouse & Mole, a Perfect Halloween by Wong Herbert Yee 

*Night of the Pumpkinheads by Michael Rosen


Juvenile Fiction


*Catwoman's Halloween Heist by Eric Fein

*The Five Masks of Dr. Screem by R. L. Stine

*Gooey Goblins:  Candy Fairies Halloween Special by Helen Perelman

*King of Halloween Castle by Sean O'Reilly

*Night of the Living Dust Bunnies by Erik Craddock


Juvenile DVDs


*Berenstain Bears:  Halloween Treats

*Bug Bunny's Howl-oween

*Eloise's Rawther Unusual Halloween

*Madeline's Halloween and Other Spooky Tales

*Yo Gabba Gabba:  Halloween