June  2011
Issue No. 5
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Congratulations to our new

State Librarian, Nancy Walton!

Benefits of Summer Reading 

It's finally summer in beautiful Central Minnesota. Kids are out of school and they're headed for the playground. While the slides at the playground are fun, there's a summer slide that we want our children to avoid. That's the summer slide that happens in their academic skills they achieved over the past school year.


According to the authors of a November 2002 report from Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning "A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year.... It's common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been spent on teaching new information and skills."


Setting aside time for reading is important and fun. East Central Regional Library has thousands of kids' books to choose from for every interest and reading level. Ask your local Branch Librarian to help find a good book. And while you're there, sign up for the Summer Reading Program.  Exercise those reading muscles and have fun while doing it! 







One World, Many Stories

Outreach Programming


For many people the joy of visiting a public libary may be "out of reach" either due to distance, transportation, location, age or a physical disability.  Outreach Services was created to help serve those individuals where acess to any of ECRL's 14 branch libraries is difficult or impossible.  This includes offering the 2011 Summer Reading Program, One World, Many Stories, to kids that visit the Outreach stops. 

 Brian Richards

Magician, Brian Richards, is visiting the following Outreach sites and Link sites during the month of June. 


Saturday, June 18 - 11:30 am - Onamia Link Site - Onamia Depot

Monday, June 20 - 10:30 am - Askov Community Center

Monday, June 20 - 1:30 pm - Duquette Community Hall

Thursday, June 23 - 9:30 am - Wagner Town Hall - Giese

Thursday, June 23 - 12:00 noon - McGrath Pavillion

Tuesday, June 28 - 10:00 am - Hill City Community Room

Tuesday, June 28 - 1:00 pm - Jacobson Community Center


Call the Outreach Librarian at 763-689-7390x21 for more information. 


These events are funded in part or in whole with funds from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 


Internet Site of the Month: 



American Kennel Club


AKC.org offers information on dog breeds, competition events, club search for training and services, dog ownership and registration. 


Trivia Question of the Month:


What is the "most popular" dog in the United States, based on AKC registration statistics?


Answer to last month's trivia question:

If your request for benefits are denied by unemployment, can you appeal it? 

Yes, you may file an appeal if your application is denied. On the home page of the site, click on "How to File an Appeal" and follow the instructions.


Featured Arts & Cultural Heritage Events

(see our Events Calendar for all ECRL events)


Rose Ensemble

Founded in 1996 and based in St. Paul, Mninnesota, The Rose Ensemble entertains with music that strives to stir the emotions, challenge the mind and lift the spirit.  They will be performing in McGregor and Cambridge this June.  The dates/times of the programs are as follows:


And Glory Shone Around-

Early American Hymns, Ballads and Spiritual Songs

Monday, June 20 at 7:00 pm

McGregor School Auditorium


Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00 pm

Richard G. Hardy Performing Arts Center - Cambridge-Isanti H.S.


The Legacy of Elmer L. Andersen

at the Princeton Area Library


Amy Sabrina

The Legacy of Elmer L. Andersen exhibit consists of a series of ten 16-inch painted and glazed earthenware medallions, created by local artist Amy Sabrina.  The exhibit celebrates the life and contributions of Elmer L. Andersen, whose participation in the Princeton community was instrumental in the creation of the library. 


The exhibit will be unveiled at an open house at the Princeton Area Library on Tuesday, June 21 from 5:00 -7:00 pm with program at 6:00 pm.




Download the updated pdf version of the Legacy Event Calendar listing June events. 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
Deborah Harkness
Discovery of Witches
In "A Discovery of Witches", scholar Diane Bishop discovers an ancient manuscript and begins a journey steeped in history, magic, romance and suspense.
Adult Non-Fiction Titles

Search for any of these items in the ECRL Online Catalog and place a hold!

NEW titles for July 4th: Remembering the Founders!


*Ethan Allen:  His Life and His Times by Willard Sterne Randall

*The Founding Foodies:  How Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin Revolutionized American Cuisine by Dave DeWitt

*Founding Gardners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature and the Shaping of the American Nation by Andrea Wolf

*The Idea of America:  Reflections on the Birth of the United States by Gordon S. Wood

*Inventing George Washington:  America's Founder in Myth and in Memory by Edward G. Lengel

*Johnny Appleseed:  the Man, the Myth, the American Story by Howard Means

*Tories:  Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War by Thomas B. Allen



Upcoming New Adult DVD Titles
SOON to appear in Evergreen, our Online catalog.  Watch for them!
  • The Cazalets
  • My Family and Other Animals
  • A Marine Story
  • The Romantic Englishwoman
  • Written on the Wind

One World

Many Stories

Kids Summer 

Reading Titles


 Picture Books

*Anansi's Party Time by Eric Kimmel

*The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo

*Elizabeti's Doll by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

*Golden Sandal by Rebecca Hickox

*Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett 

*Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller


Juvenile Fiction

*Benny and Omar by Eoin Colfer

*Day of the Pelican by Katherine Patterson

*Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

*Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

*Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything by Lenore Look

*Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman




Juvenile Nonfiction 

*Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road by Priscilla Galloway

*Around the World Art & Activities:  Visiting the Seven Continents through Craft Fun by Judy Press

*Children Just Like Me by Barnabas Kindersley

*Noodlehead Stories:  World Tales Kids Can Read and Tell by Martha Hamilton

*Play With Us:  100 Games from Around the World by Oriol Ripoll

*What the World Eats by Peter Menzel