February 2011
Issue No. 1
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This is the first issue of East Central Regional Library's new E-newsletter. Look for it each month to let you know what's going on at your library. In it we'll tell you about upcoming programs as well as services we provide or items you can check out.  We won't spam you and we won't give our mailing list to anyone else. We will print a copy for anyone who doesn't receive E-mail.


E-Connect with us anytime

 . . . on our website for more information. Check out the calendar of upcoming events in all branches at www.ecrlib.org.

. . . or on Facebook. You don't have to have a Facebook account to read the posts, but if you do, you can talk back to us or even "like" us (see below).


E-communicate with us via E-mail: ecregion@ecrlib.org. I'd love to hear what you'd like from your library.


 Barbara Misselt


Did you know?

Learn more about East Central Regional Library.....

How to get a library card

Any resident in the 6 county East Central Regional Library system  is eligible for a library card at no cost.  It is easy to register! Simply show two forms of identification.  One must have a current mailing address.  Children under age 16 may use a parent/guardian's identification.  You should present your library card each time you borrow materials or use any public access computer. 

Our website

The ECRL website at www.ecrlib.org will provide you with links to the services available at ECRL including branch open hours, web links to reference sites, magazines and databases, MnLink and of course, the catalog.  Simply choose the category that interests you.


*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.

We're Now on Facebook!

We just launched our new Facebook page this month, also.  Visit us at our Facebook page for more up-to-date news, announcements, events and more.

Find us on Facebook

Internet Site of the Month: 

www.oscars.orgAcademy Award

Countdown to the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.  See the complete list of nominations!


Trivia Question of the Month:


Which actress has the most Oscar nominations?

Branch Highlights


Rush City - Proud to announce its new branch librarian, Donna Larson.  Starting out as a library aide in Princeton, Donna was recently promoted to her new position.  Donna's first day in her branch was Saturday, February 5, of which she said, "The people in the community are very welcoming and I think we're off to a grand start!"  If you live in the area, please stop in to say hello to Donna and introduce yourself.
Pine City - Reopened February 1st!  Branch Librarian, Christy Koch, was excited to throw open the doors once again to ECRL patrons.  Staff and local volunteers are very proud of the expanded and renovated branch library.  Pine City is now three times the size it was - and ready for business!  Please stop in and see this beautiful new space!
*Check with your local ECRL branch for scheduled events such as Community Reads, preschool storytime, Hot Reads for Cold Nights and other exciting programming on ECRL's Online Calendar.  Plus remember that your local ECRL branch is your local resource for both Federal and State tax forms. 
Arts & Cultural Heritage Events

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A full slate of events including authors, musicians and more are scheduled for the months of February and March.   


Download the pdf version of theLegacy Event Calendar and the Meet the Author tour brochure.  Keep in mind that we are still in the planning stages for some events, so check with your local ECRL branch for any last minute updates to the calendar.  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.
Author of the Month
  Wendy Webb
 Tale of Halcyon Crane 
Her recent novel, The Tale of Halcyon Crane, has been nominated for a Minnesota Book Award in the "Genre Fiction" category.

 Forthcoming Titles

Search for any of these items in the ECRL online catalog and place a hold now!


Childrens Books


*How to Raise a Dinosaur by Natasha Wing


*How the Sphinx Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland


*Oceans & Seas by Margaret Hines 


*Olivia and the Snow Day by Farrah McDoogle


*Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman



Childrens DVDs


*Barney:  Musical Zoo


*Max & Ruby:  Bunny Tales


*Open Season 3


*Shaun the Sheep:  Spring Shena-a-anigans


*Veggie Tales:  Happy Together


Adult Non-Fiction Books


*The Family Dinner:  Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time by Laurie David


*Kamikaze Attacks of World War II:  a Complete History of Japanese Suicide Strikes on american Ships by Aircraft and Other Means by Robin Rielly


*One Big Table:  a Portrait of American Cooking:  600 Recipes from the Nation's Best Home Cooks, Farmers, Fishermen, Pit-Masters and Chefs by Molly O'Neill


*Outrageous Fortunes:  the Twelve Surprising Trends That Will Reshape the Global Economy by Daniel Altman


*Philosophy Bites:  25 Philosophers on 25 Intriguing Subjects by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton 


New Adult DVDs

SOON to Appear in Evergreen, our Online Catalog (watch for them!)


  • True Grit
  • The King's Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • The Fighter
  • Rabbit Hole
  • Black Swan
  • Blue Valentine