September 2014
Volume 4, Issue 9
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George McMahon Appointed to 
State Library Consulting Group 

Chisago County Commissioner George McMahon has been appointed to the Libraries and Service Delivery Consultant Group of the Minnesota Department of Education. Commissioner McMahon represents the Association of Minnesota Counties on the Consultant Group and serves as one of three Chisago County appointed trustees on the ECRL Board of Directors. The first meeting of the group was on August 18, 2014.

The 2014 Minnesota Legislature directed the Commissioner of the Department of Education to consult with people knowledgeable about state libraries and service delivery about ways to increase service delivery and collaboration between library governance systems.

The appointed group includes representatives from the Department of Education, regional public library systems, multicounty multitype library systems, metro and greater Minnesota public libraries, Minitex, public school library media specialists, Office of Higher Education, Association of Minnesota Counties, and League of Minnesota Cities.

The Libraries and Service Delivery Consultant Group will review options for changing library procedures and governance systems to ensure equitable and cost-effective access to library services statewide. The legislative charge also asks the group to consider ways to increase access to emerging electronic services.

A final report with recommendations is due by February 1, 2015. The Commissioner of Education must report to the Education Policy and Finance Committees of the Minnesota State Legislature on how to structure library systems to ensure that all Minnesota residents have equitable and cost-effective access to state-supported library services.

Staff Recommendations

The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek (ANF print)

This is a touching true story about a young girl who dreams of becoming a concert pianist. However, she is a Jew during WWII, and when the Germans attack, she is sent to a home that keeps Jewish orphans safe. It is an inspirational story about love and friendship, and even during war and turmoil, one can still follow their dreams.

Chelsea Mellor, Cambridge Branch Aide

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
(J FIC) available in print, Bk on CD, eBook

Interchange Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Mr. Lemoncello and a library and you've got the plot to this story. Interspersed with authors and titles, the Dewey Decimal system and more, students that won an essay contest use their library knowledge to try and escape from the new multi-million dollar out of this world new library built by Mr. Lemoncello. Great fun! It would make a great read aloud!

Vickie Sorn, Youth & Community Services Librarian

The Public Library by Robert Dawson (ANF print)

The book contains an amazing array of photographs of libraries from
across our nation both in the big cities and from some of the most remote rural areas of our nation. Interspersed are short essays from library users and library staff that wonderfully illustrate how important the public library is to our citizens. Both our patrons and staff members will enjoy this book!

Adam Kehn, Cambridge Branch Aide
Upcoming Legacy Programming
(events funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund)


Children's Stories from India

Enter a world of magic and imagination with Indian-born actor and storyteller Zaraawar Mistry from Dreamland Arts, in his retelling of classic myths, historical stories and animal fables from India. These popular and entertaining stories encourage children to learn about Indian culture, wildlife, food and history. Greg Herriges plays live music on guitar and bouzouki (Greek lute).  For ages 3+   They will be appearing at the following libraries on the following dates:

Thursday, September 18 
10:30 am - Milaca Community Library 

Saturday, September 20 
10:30 am - McGregor Public Library 

Wednesday, September 24 
10:30 am - Cambridge Public Library 
2:00 pm - Rush City Public Library 

Friday, September 26
11:00 am - Mora Public Library 

Saturday, September 27
10:30 am - Hinckley Public Library 

East Central Regional Library to Offer Bus Trip to Minnesota History Museum!

Join us as we visit the Minnesota History Museum for their new Toys of the 50's, 60's and 70's exhibit! Gumby. Barbie. Slinky. Mr. Potato Head. Wham-O. Spirograph. Hot Wheels. The names of popular toys from the 1950s, '60s and '70s capture the craziness, the joy, the sheer fun of being a kid. But beneath those nutty names are rich veins of nostalgia, memory and history. The stories of the kids who played with these toys, the adults who bought them, the child-rearing experts who judged them and the people who invented them, reflect the rhythms of American life. Experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life.

The following are the dates and pick up locations:
Thursday, October 2, 2014
7:30 AM Aitkin Public Library
8:10 AM Mille Lacs Lake Community Library
8:40 AM Mora Public Library
9:10 AM Cambridge Public Library

Saturday, October 4, 2014
8:25 AM Sandstone Public Library
9:00 AM Pine City Public Library
9:40 AM Wyoming Area Giese Memorial Library

Call 763-392-0655 and leave a message with the following details:
1. First and last name of each person attending
2. Your phone number with area code
3. ECRL branch pickup location. Please note: there will not be pick-ups at all branch locations.
4. Your registration is not confirmed until you receive a call back from ECRL.
Callbacks will be during office hours Monday-Friday.
5. Only ages 5 and older may attend. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Minnesota Author, William Kent Krueger
Aitkin Public Library
Thursday, October 30 - 7:00 pm                    

Join us to celebrate the newly remodeled Aitkin Public Library with New York Times best-selling author, William Kent Krueger.  
Plus check out all the other activities going on throughout ECRL.  Simply check any of the following spots on our website:  NewsBits at, Google calendar, ECRL Facebook page or follow us on Twitter@ecrlib.
Overdrive Titles
 (Search for any these in the Overdrive catalog)
eBook Titles
*Burn by James Patterson
*Books Can be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay
*Collector by Nora Roberts
*Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo
*For All Time by Jude Devereaux
*Mad River by John Sandford
*Personal by Lee Child
*Sunset Bridge by Emilie Richards
*Swan Point by Sheryl Woods
*Top Secret by Janet Evanonich

eAudio Titles
*Bones Never Lie: Temperance Brennan by Kathy Reichs
*First Family Detail:  Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents by Ronald Kessler
*In Your Corner by Sarah Castillo
*Love Letters by Debbie Macomber
*Mean Streak by Sandra Brown
*Private Down Under by James Patterson
*Unlucky 13 by Janet Evanovich
Forthcoming Print Fiction in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these items in the ECRL catalog:
*Breaking Creed by Alex Kava
*Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke
*Empty Throne by Bernard Cromwell
*First Frost by Sarah A. Allen
*Five Days Left by Julie Timmer
*Insatiable Appetite by Stuart Wood
*Love Gently Falling by Melody Carlson
*Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller
*Steadfast Heart by Tracie Peterson
*Trust No One by Jayne Krentz
Forthcoming Print Non-Fiction in the ECRL Catalog
Search for any of these titles in the ECRL Catalog:

*Farm to Market Handbook by Jane Hurst
*Fierce Urgency of Now by Julian Zelizer
*Gaza:  a history by Jean-Pierre Filiu
*Great Answers, Great Questions for Your Job Interview by Jay Block
*Hilter's War by Jeremy Harwood
*How Google Does It by Eric Schmidt
*McCall's Essential Guide to Sewing by Brigette Binder
*Native American and the Question of Genocide by Alex Alvarez
*Pat & Dick:  the Nixons by Will Swift
*Train to Cyrstal City by Jan Russell
Forthcoming Children's Picture Books to the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these in the ECRL Catalog:
*All Aboard by Rebecca Dotlich
*Baby Love to Boogie by Wednesday Kirwan
*Boom Boom by Sarvider Naberhaus
*Breaking News Bear Alert by David Biedrzychi
*Dinosaur Farm by Frann Preston-Gannon
*Orchestra Pit by Johanna Wright
*Perfectly Messed Up Story by Patrick McDonnell
*Pete the Cat's Super Cool Reading Collection by James Dean
*Sheep Go on Strike by Jean-Francois Dumont
*Tickly Toes by Susan Hood
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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