February 2012
Volume 2, Issue 2
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February is I Love to Read Month 


East Central Minnesota loves to read! And that's a really good thing. The Minnesota Commissioner of Education's chief goal is that every child should read well by 3rd grade. Reading is the underpinning of a successful education, a productive career, and a satisfying life.

There are lots of benefits to reading.

*Readers are better informed.

*Reading improves vocabulary, writing, and speaking.

*Reading is travel on the cheap (or free, if the book came from the public library). The reader gets a glimpse into other cultures and a tour of other places.

*Reading is good mental exercise and expands thinking and problem solving skills. It's an active mental process, compared to the passive mental process of observational activities.
*Reading is a stress reliever - it's a respite from digital stimulation and distraction.
Readers who come to ECRL experience books in many different ways. In addition to typical hard-cover publications, we have large print editions and books to listen to on CD. We have books
for kids, teens, and adults. In November 2011 we stepped into the eBook market, providing a digital format similar to print books that readers download to their own Nook, Kindle, smartphone,
tablet computer, or other digital device. Checkout of eBooks is increasing steadily, with an average of 12 new users every day since the first of the year.
And we're raising a region of readers - in 2011 a total of 3,309 children participated in Summer Reading Program. 341
teen-agers signed up for the special teen reading program.

Is reading out of fashion? Are books dead? Not in East Central Minnesota, we're happy to report!

Happy I Love to Read Month. Celebrate with a good book.

New Staff Joins East Central Regional Library

Director Barbara Misselt recently announced thShelly & Carlae addition of two new staff members to the Headquarters staff of East Central Regional Library.   Carla Lydon was named the new Assistant Director and Shelly Anderson was named new Administrative Services Manager.

Carla assumes the Assistant Director position for Nick Dimassis, who left in December for a new position as director of the Carver County library system.  Carla was most recently the Chisago Lakes Branch Librarian, a position she held since June 2008.  Carla worked with several community support groups and developed a thriving volunteer program.  As ECRL Assistant Director she will lead and supervise ECRL's 14 branch libraries located in the
counties of Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine.  Carla will also share administrative duties and be part of ECRL's regional library management team as well as representing ECRL on various statewide committees.

Carla has demonstrated a long commitment to libraries and achieved a broad portfolio in providing information in a
variety of libraries throughout the years.  She started out as a Page at the Howard Miller Public Library in Zeeland, MI.  While pursuing her undergraduate degree in mathematics, she worked at the Van Wylen Library Hope College in Holland, MI.  She received her Master of Library and Information Science degree at the University of South Carolina. 


With her new degree in hand she worked as a Children's Librarian at Charleston County Public Library in South Carolina and as a media specialist for Charleston Public Schools before coming to Minnesota.  In Carla's vision for public libraries, she sees the library as a physical space, a community gathering place, a technology center and information center.  Carla and her husband, Dan, live in Lindstrom, MN.

Shelly Anderson became the new Administrative Services Manager following Shari Wilcox who retired after 38 years
in the position this past December.  Shelly comes to us with numerous bookkeeping and accounting experience. 
As the new Administrative Services Manager, Shelly will oversee the financial operation of ECRL's 3 million dollar budget. 
Shelly lives in Rush City with her husband, David, and her family.  

Legacy logoUpcoming Legacy Programs


Meet the Author II tour

February & March Dates



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

Author Jonathan Friesen

     Pine City Public Library - Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 pm

Author Jess Lourey

     Rush City Public Library - Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm

Author Peg Meier

     Princeton Area Library - Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 pm

Author Greg Breining

     McGregor Public Library - Saturday, March 17 at 1:00 pm

Author Erin Hart

     Cambridge Public Library - Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 pm

Author Ryan Jacobson

     Wyoming Area Library - Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 pm

Author John Reimringer

     Sandstone Public Library - Saturday, March 24 at 10:00 am


Other Upcoming Legacy Programs


In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Making Workshop

Kids in grades K-6 are invited to take part in a puppet making workshop taught by members of the ITHOTB Puppet Theater.  Limited to first 30 kids to register.

     Rush City Public Library - Friday, February 24 - 3:30-5:00 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


Home Free Concert

Come listen to this entertaining a cappella group as they perform a distinctive mix of comedy and music for your enjoyment.

     East Central School Auditorium - Finlayson - Friday, March 9 

     at 7:00 pm 


Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag

Join us for Swedish music and dance performed by the Twin Cities Nyckelpharpalag.

     Kanabec History Center - Sunday, March 18 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 eBook Classes to Be Held


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.  Many classes are already full, so be sure to pre-register.


February Classes
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
Computer Maintenance Digital Immigrants II Class
Just like an automobile, your computer needs to be on a maintenance schedule.  Join us for this 90-minute class to learn about malware, software updates & more! (No, we will not be taking the computer apart)  Pre-registration required.  Please stop by or call your local East Central Regional Library Branch to register.
March Classes
22nd - 1:00 pm @ Chisago Lakes Area Library
25th - 1:00 pm @ Wyoming Area Library
28th - 10:00 am @ Aitkin Public Library
29th - 5:00 pm @ Princeton Area Library
April Classes
11th - 5:00 pm @ Pine City Public Library
12th - 10:00 am @ Cambridge Public Library; 5:00 pm @ Milaca   
     Community Library
13th - 10:00 am @ Sandstone Public Library
18th - 1:00 pm @ Wyoming Area Library
19th - 1:00 pm @ Mora Public Library
20th - 10:00 am @ Mille Lacs Lake Community Library
23rd - 1:00 pm @ Chisago Lakes Area Library
24th - 10:00 am @North Branch Area Library
26th - 10:00 am @ McGregor Public Library
May Classes
1st - 2:00 pm @ Princeton Area Library
2nd - 10:00 am @ Rush City Public Library
3rd - 10:00 am @ Hinckley Public Library
8th - 1:00 pm @ Cambridge Public Library
9th - 10:30 am @ Milaca Community Library
14th - 1:00 pm @ Aitkin Public Library
15th - 1:00 pm @ Mora Public Library
17th - 5:00 pm @ Pine City Public Library
Both classses 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:  Anne Rice


Anne Rice shot to the bestseller lists with the release of Interview with the Vampire in 1976.  After writing numerous sequels featuring the vampire Lestat, Rice segued into soft pornography with The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty in 1983 (under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure).  


The lives of the Mayfair witches were explored in The Witching Hour in 1990.  Rice is now back in top form with The Wolf Gift (werewolves this time!) which will be released this month. 


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

*Available Dark by Elizabeth Hand
*Lost Saints of Tennessee by Amy Franklin-Willis
*Miss Julia to the Rescue by Ann B. Ross
*Obedience by Jacqueline Yallop
*Raylan by Elmore Leonard
*Restoration by Olaf Olafsson
*Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer
*Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

New DVDs recently added to the ECRL catalog: 

Search for any of these in the ECRL Online Catalog


*Belle de Jour (1967) starring Catherine Deneuve
*Doctor in the House (1954) starring Dirk Bogarde
*Fanny and Alexander (1983) starring Pernilla Allwin
*A Night to Remember (1957) starring Kenneth More
*Saving the Ocean (2011) documentary
*Titanic (1953) starring Barbara Stanwyck
*The Virgin Spring (1960) starring Max Van Sydow
*Wild Horses in Winds of Change  (2012) documentary

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


*The 17 Day Diet Cookbook by Mike Moreno

*The Blood of Heroes by James Donovan

*Buy High, Seller Higher by Joe Terranova

*Fairytale Interrupted by Rosemarie Terenzio

*Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage by Hugh Brewster

*My Friend Michael by Frank Cascio

*Shadow of the Titanic by Andrew Wilson

*A Team for America by Randy Roberts

 Celebrate Black History Month

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


Picture Books


*Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
*Bat Boy and the Violin by Gavin Curtis
*Escape of Oney Judge by Emily Arnold McCully
*Henry's Freedom Box by Helen Levine
*Martin's Big Words by Dorreen Rappaport


 Juvenile Fiction &

Non-Fiction Books


 *Black Radishes by Susan Meyer
*Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson
*One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
*With the Might of Angels by Andrea Davis Pinkney
*Wonder of Charlie Anne by Kimberly Fusco


 Teen Books 

*Fire From the Rock by Sharon Draper
*Guardian by Julius Lester
*Last Full Measure by Ann Rinaldi
*Riot by Walter Dean Meyers
*Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon