July 2012
Volume 2, Issue 7
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Explore Your Family History!



Have you ever been curious about your family history?  Maybe you'd like to create a family tree or just learn more about your ancestors.  Maybe you are already the family historian but there are some gaps you need to fill in.  East Central Regional Library has just the tool for you:  Ancestry Library Edition.  This subscription database contains valuable information for you as you begin to piece together those details from the past, including census records; birth, marriage and death records; military records; immigration records and so much more.  With this year's release of the 1940 census, there's a whole new wealth of information available to researchers.  (Please note:  the 1940 census is still in the process of being indexed for many states including Minnesota).

Ancestry Library Edition is available in all fourteen of ECRL's branch libraries.  Due to licensing restrictions, it is only available in the library and can not be accessed remotely. 

Want help getting started?  ECRL's own reference librarian, Bob Gray, is currently teaching introductory genealogy classes at several of our branches.  In addition to Ancestry Library Edition, Bob discusses several beneficial online resources in his class including Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com) and the website of the National Archives and Records Administration (www.archives.org).  

A list of remaining classes is below.  Call the branch at least three days prior to sign up.  This is a hands-on class and space is limited.  All participants must have basic computer skills.

North Branch Area Library - Tuesday, July 24 - 6:30 pm - 651-674-8443
Rush City Public Library - Wednesday, August 8 - 6:30 pm - 320-358-3948
Chisago Lakes Area Library - Tuesday, August 14 - 6:30 pm - 651-257-2817
Pine City Public Library - Wednesday, August 22 - 6:30 pm - 320-629-3403

Can't make a class?  A list of recommended Genealogy websites is available on our website at www.ecrlib.org -> Reference Desk  -> Genealogy.  Or stop by any of our branches and check out Ancestry Library Edition. Enjoy finding out more about you!



Welcome Nancy Spooner-Mueller!

East Central Regional Library would like to welcome Nancy Spooner-Mueller to the our library system.  Nancy was hired as the new Legacy Project Funds Assistant for ECRL and began work on Monday, July 9.  Nancy is from the Cambridge area and has a background working with city government as well as being active in a library in southeastern Minnesota before moving to the area.

Nancy will be assisting our Legacy Fund Coordinator, Cortney Walbridge, with programming, marketing and the administration duties of the Legacy Funds. 
Staff Book Recommendations
Book recommendation
*Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer(great beach read)
*Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank (another wonderful beach read)
*Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham  (There are 3 titles now and they are great for YA or adults..really enjoyed them).
*Pure by Julianna Baggott (For fans of Hunger Games....survivors in a post-apocalyptic world, the "pures" who survived in a dome, and the "wretches" who did not.  Gripping)
*Spilled Blood by Minnesota author Brian Freeman (Thriller about two Minnesota towns locked in a deadly feud, and a teenage girl caught in the crossfire.  Hard to put down)!
*Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (Nonfiction, but reads like a novel about the tragedies of life in the slums of Mumbai, India).  

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Upcoming Children & Teen

Legacy Programming



Author Ryan Jacobson Presents
Own the Night, Minnesota Hauntings


Teens & Tweens are invited to join us as Ryan talks about his book of ghost stories followed by a workshop on how to write your very own ghost story.

Princeton Area Library - Tuesday, July 17 - 3:00 pm
North Branch Area Library - Thursday, July 19 - 2:00 pm
Chisago Lakes Area Library - Thursday, July 26 - 2:00 pm


Comedy Juggling Duo In Capable Hands Schedule (for all ages)


Tuesday, July 31
10:00 am - Mille Lacs Lake Community Library
1:00 pm - Aitkin Public Library (program at Aitkin High School Choir Room  - use north entrance)
3:30 pm - McGregor Public Library


Wednesday, August 1
10:00 am - Pine City Public LibraryIn Capable Hands
1:00 pm - Rush City Public Library
3:30 pm - Sandstone Public Library

Thursday, August 2
10:00 am - Princeton Area Library
1:00 pm - North Branch Area Library
3:30 pm - Chisago Lakes Area Library

Friday, August 3
10:30 am - Milaca Community Library
Monday, August 6
10:00 am - Cambridge Public Library
1:00 pm - Mora Public Library 
Tuesday, August 7
10:30 am - Wyoming Area Library
2:00 pm - Hinckley Public Library

Etiquette School for Young Ladies!

Join us for a Victorian manner class taught by staff from the Minnesota Historical Society.  This program is for tweens and teens, however, class size is limited.  So please call the library to register for the class.


Thursday, August 2 - 3:30 pm - Rush City Public Library - call the library at 320-358-3948 to register


Wednesday, August 15 - 1:00 pm - Princeton Area Library - call the lbirary at 763-389-3753 to register


*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.










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:  Louise Erdrich
A member of the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) nation, Erdrich is well-known for her poetry and novels featuring Native American characters.  A Plague of Doves was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2009.  Other novels include Love Medicine , The Beet Queen, and The Painted Drum.  Her latest work, The Round House, again with a Native American theme, will be released in October.  Erdrich lives in Minnesota and owns Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore in Minneapolis. 


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


*Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain
*You Came Back by Christopher Coake
*The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
*The Round House by Louise Erdrich
*Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick
*In Sunlight and in Shadow by Mark Helprin
*Marseille Caper by Peter Mayle
*Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe

New DVDs recently added to the ECRL catalog: 

Search for any of these in the ECRL Online Catalog


*Pandora's Box (1929) starring Louise Brooks
*Pursued (1947) starring Robert Mitchum
*Paper Moon (1973) starring Ryan O'Neal
*The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992) starring Rebecca De Mornay
*Blue Valley Songbird (2010) starring Dolly Parton
*Get the Gringo (2012) starring Mel Gibson
*Hatfields & McCoys (2012) starring Kevin Costner
*Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) starring Emily Blunt

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



*America Again by Stephen Colbert
*Hillbilly Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus
*Legendary Homes of the Minneapolis Lakes by Bette Hammel
*Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? by Rhoda Janzen
*Teach Your Children Well by Madeline Levine
*Custer by Larry McMurtry
*Killing Kennedy:  the End of Camelot by Bill O'Reilly
*Luck or Something Like It by Kenny Rogers

 Celebrate National Ice Cream Month!

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



Children's Picture, Non-Fiction and Juvenile Fiction Books


*Curious George and the Ice *Cream Surprise by Monica Perez
*Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair by Mara Conion
*The Ice Cream King by Steve Metzger
Should I Share My Ice Cream by Mo Willems
*Ice Cream for Breakfast by Erica Farber

*Ice Cream Dreams by Nancy Krulik
*Ice cream Cones for Sale by Elaine Greenstein
*Sundae Scoop by Stuart Murphy

*Ice Scream:  the Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons
*Ice Cream by Elisha Coooper

*Scream for Ice Cream by Carolyn Keene
*Ice Cream Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner