April 2013Volume 3, Issue 4
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Char Kramersmeir, Legacy Committee Chair, poses with Sherlock, ECRL's new mascot

ECRL Names New Mascot


The new East Central Regional Library mascot was introduced to the ECRL Board at their Monday, April 8 board meeting and he has a name!  Library patrons of all ages suggested a variety of names for our fox.  A committee made up of East Central Regional Library staff and a board member met to scour over the over 160 names submitted as possible names for the mascot.  Narrowing the list down to the top ten, then down to the top 5 and to the final winner was not an easy task. 


North Branch patron, Pete Boelter, picked the winning name of our new mascot- Sherlock!  Not only is Sherlock interesting, but inquisitive and wise.  The new East Central Regional Library mascot, Sherlock the Fox, will be making appearances throughout its six counties (Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine) in the upcoming months.  Check your local ECRL branch, our website (www.ecrlib.org) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ecrlmn) for information about any of Sherlock's upcoming appearances.  


Happy National Library Week, April 14-20!

Meet the ECRL Board of Directors
Each of ECRL's 6 Counties is represented by a County Commissioner and 2 citizen appointees. The Board meets the 2nd Monday of the month.
  ECRL Board 2013
Seated (name and county): Karen Lee, Isanti; Char Kramersmeier, Mille Lacs;  Margery Swanson, Pine;  Carol Goddard, Pine;  Commissioner Don Niemi, Aitkin
Standing: Audrey Misiura, Isanti;  Jim Raisanen, Aitkin; Linda Hommes, Aitkin; Tom Sauer, Mille Lacs; Wayne Zaudtke, Kanabec;  Commissioner Genny Reynolds, Mille Lacs; Keith Carlson, Chisago; Sharon Weaver, Kanabec; Commissioner Gene Anderson, Kanabec; Commissioner Mike Warring, Isanti;  Commissioner Steve Chaffee, Pine; Director Barbara Misselt; Commissioner George McMahon, Chisago. Not pictured, Ray Henderson, Chisago

Legacy logo Upcoming Legacy Programming



Mascot Mania

Join us at the library for a short storytime and meet and greet with your favorite Children's Book Character.  Don't forget to bring your camera!  




Wednesday, April 17

4:00 pm - Rush City Public Library


Llama Llama

Thursday, April 18

10:30 am - Milaca Community Library



Tuesday, April 30

6:30 pm - Wyoming Area Library


Curious George 

Wednesday, May 1

10:30 am - Cambridge Public Library



Saturday, May 11

11:00 am - Mille Lacs Lake Community Library


Civil War Interactive Experience for Youth
Saturday, April 20 - 10:30 am
Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

 Civil war

See what it was really like to be a soldier in the Civil War through artifacts, uniforms, equipment and drills.  The program is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society.


Minnesota Book Awards Mini-Gala
Thursday, May 9 - 7:00 pm
North Branch Area Library


Celebrate 25 years of the Minnesota Book Awards with an evening with four well-known Minnesota authors, Catherine Friend, William Kent Krueger, Kevin Kling and Julie Klassen.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the North Branch Area Library, Friends of the Cambridge Library, Friends of the Wyoming Giese Memorial Library, Rush City Friends of the Library and the Chisago Lakes Area Friends of the Library.

Minnesota Comic Workshop
Pine City Public Library
Saturday, May 11 - 1:00 pm


Pre-teens and teens are invited to join us for the Minnesota Comic Workshop at the library.  Participants will learn about Minnesota cartoonists and apply techniques from a professional cartoonist to their very own mini-comics.  Pre-registration is required.

"Sing, Play, Learn"
McPhail Center for Music
Wednesday, May 15
      10:00 am - Chisago Lakes Area Library
      11:30 am - North Branch Area Library

Children ages birth to 5 years are invited to join us for a special program.  Join us for this early childhood music class as your child will explore musical concepts through songs, rhymes, instrument exploration, creative movement and dramatics.


*All events are free and open to the public!  


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



Plus there are lots of other activities going on throughout ECRL.  Simply check the NewsBits at www.ecrlib.org or our Google calendar.


New ECRL eBook Titles
(Search for any these in the Overdrive catalog)
*Betrayal of Trust by J. A. Jance
*Coolidge by Amity Shlaes
*Family Affair by Debbie Macomber
*Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
*Highway 61 by David Housewright
*Lost Woman of Lost Lake by Ellen Hart
*Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore
*Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock


Author of the Month: F. Scott Fitzgerald
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
A native of St. Paul, Fitzgerald wrote his first novel, This Side of Paradise, while living in his parents' home on Summit Avenue.  After marrying the tempestuous Zelda Sayre, he traveled extensively in Europe and eventually published The Beautiful and Damned (1922) and Tender is the Night (1934).  The Great Gatsby, his masterpiece, was only a moderate success in 1925 but is now considered a literary classic that captures the essence of the Roaring Twenties and the "Jazz Age".
On May 15th Baz Luhrmann's highly anticipated film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will open the 66th Festival de Cannes on the French Riviera.


Forthcoming Print Fiction in the ECRL catalog:
Search for any of these items in the ECRL Online Catalog:


*Please Don't Tell by Elizabeth Adler
*Return to Oakpine by Ron Carlson
*Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Lee
*Sleight of Hand by Philip Margolin
*The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
*Hidden Order by Brad Thor
*A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
*Capital Punishment by Robert Wilson 

Forthcoming DVDs to the ECRL catalog: 

Search for any of these in the ECRL Online Catalog


*The Country Girl (1954) starring Grace Kelly
*Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) starring Kirk Douglas
*Oliver Twist (1982) starring George C. Scott
*Sling Blade (1996) starring Billy Bob Thornton
*Jack Reacher (2012) starring Tom Cruise
*Promised Land (2012) starring Matt Damon
*Silver Linings Playbook (2012) starring Jennifer Lawrence
*Side Effects (2013) starring Jude Law 

Forthcoming Print Non-Fiction in the ECRL Catalog
Search for any of these titles in the ECRL Catalog


*JFK's Last Hundred Days by Thurston Clarke
*Heart of a Tiger by Herschel Cobb
*Hidden Lives of Wolves by Jim Dutcher
*Create Your Own Employee Handbook by Lisa Guerin
*Anne Frank by Melissa Muller
*Exposing Myths about Christianity by Jeffrey Burton Russell
*Train Your Dog Positively by Victoria Stilwell
*Matthew Brady:  Portraits of a Nation by Robert Wilson


Juvenile Author Highlight - Stephan Pastis
Some of you may be familiar with the comic strip Pearls Before Swine.  The creator of the comic strip has written his first children's book entitled Timmy Failure:  Mistakes Were Made.  This new series is published by Candlewick Press and is about a young boy named Timmy and his 1500 pound business partner, a polar bear named Total.  Together they run the Total Failure Detective Agency.  Could this be the next Wimpy Kid?
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*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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