May 2013Volume 3, Issue 5
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Big Library Read 

Sarah Biro, Branch Librarian


East Central Regional Library is participating in the Big Library Read and you are invited to join us!  You've heard of community wide reading programs. How about a worldwide reading program? Join millions of eBook readers around the world participating in the first ever Big Library Read of an eBook.
Big Library Read is a pilot program sponsored by OverDrive (ECRL's eBook vendor) and Sourcebooks (the leading independent publisher) as an opportunity to unite readers and loyal library supporters all over the world in reading a single eBook at the same time: The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone. 
The Four Corners of the Sky is master storyteller Michael Malone's novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of families. Malone brings characters to life as only he can, exploring the questions that defy easy answers: Is love a choice or a calling? Why do the ties of family bind so tightly? And is forgiveness a gift to others...or a gift we give ourselves? (Adult Fiction)
The especially unique aspect about the Big Library Read is that, for the duration of the program, May 15-June 1, 2013, the eBook will not follow the traditional one copy/one user model but will simultaneously be available to all ECRL eBook users to borrow via our Digital Library ( The eBook will be available in the following formats: OverDrive Read, Kindle, Adobe EPUB, and Adobe PDF, thus also guaranteeing it will be accessible for every eBook user on all major devices. 
So join us in reading the eBook The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone via our Digital Library ( from May 15-June 1, 2013.
Dig Into Reading

Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Program


Hey Kids! Dig a little deeper and you'll discover there's a world of interesting things beneath your feet. Join us for East Central Regional Library's 2013 Summer Reading Program, Dig Into Reading. Readers will explore our underground theme with stories, music, crafts, and more. Younger children may have an older child or adult read to them.


Stop by your local East Central Regional Library branch and pick up a flyer that lists the dates of the program, the program guidelines,special programs and contests at each branch.


Teens may also participate in their own summer reading program, Beneath the Surface or Groundbreaking Reads. Each ECRL branch will have more information on the teen program available.


Legacy logo Upcoming Legacy Programming


Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers
Chisago Lakes High School Performing Arts Center
Tuesday, May 21 - 7:00 pm
We welcome you to feel the beat of the drum, experience the hypnotizing power of dance and enjoy the rhythm of the music.  Larry Yazzie is a member of The Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa/Meskawaki and is a two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer. Free & open to the public.


Tonic Sol fa
North Branch High School Auditorium
Wednesday, May 22 - 7:00 pm

Before rock n' roll and jazz there was only one instrument -
the human voice. Join us as this popular and successful
"a capella" quartet entertains. Doors open at 6:30. Free and
open to the public. Limited seating available.


Bill Jamerson, Author, Singer, Filmmaker Presents Dollar-A-Day Boys


Join us for a fun nostalgic look at the 1930s Federal Works Program that gave employment to 3.5 million men.  Hilarious stories, foot tapping songs and a short video makes this a "must see experience."


Wednesday, May 29

1:00 pm - Sandstone Senior Center

4:30 pm - North Branch Area Library


Thursday, May 30

2:00 pm - Cambridge Public Library

7:00 pm - Kanabec History Center


Friday, May 31

1:00 pm - Aitkin Public Library

4:30 pm - Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

Okee Dokee Brothers (Best Children's Album Grammy Award WOkee dokeeinners - 2013 ECRL Branch Summer Reading Kickoff Program)

Tuesday, June 4 

10:00 am - Milaca Community Library
1:30 pm -Aitkin High School Choir Room
4:00 pm- McGregor Public Library

Wednesday, June 5 

10:00 am  -Sandstone: East Central School Auditorium, 61085 State Hwy 23
1:00 pm - Pine City Elementary School Auditorium
3:30 pm - Rush City Public Library

Thursday, June 6 

1:00 pm - Mora Public Library
3:30 pm - Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

Monday, June 10 

10:00 am - North Branch Area Library
1:00 pm - Chisago Lakes Area Library

Tuesday, June 11 

10:00 am - Wyoming Area Library
2:00 pm - Ostrand Fine Arts Center, Hinckley-Finlayson High School

Wednesday, June 12 

10:00 am - Princeton Area Library
1:00 pm - Cambridge Primary School Multipurpose Room 


ECRL Outreach Presents Ventriloquist James Wedgwood


Friday, June 7

Braham (East Central Energy Meeting Room) - 11:00 am

Tuesday, June 11

Hill City Community Room - 10:00 am

Jacobson Community Center - 1:00 pm

Monday, June 17

Isanti Community Center - 2:00 pm

Thursday, June 20

Giese (Wagner Town Hall) - 10:30 am
McGrath Pavillion - 1:00 pm

Saturday, June 22

Onamia Link Site - 11:00 am

Tuesday, June 25

Askov Community Center - 10:30 am
Duquette Town Hall - 1:30 pm 


*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.


Plus there are lots of other activities going on throughout ECRL.  Simply check the NewsBits at or our Google calendar.


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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FUNDING IN DANGER!  Contact your State Senator NOW!


*Legacy funds that fund  ECRL's cultural programming may be reduced by 2/3

*Tell your State Senator about the wonderful programs at your local library and how your community benefits


*Ask your State Senator to

influence his or her colleagues on the conference

committee to agree to the

House appropriation of $3

million in Legacy funds to libraries for the next biennium


*Do it NOW, the Legislative

 session will end May 20th

 *Contact Senators by phone

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Author of the Month: Bill O'Reilly
O'Reilly is the outspoken host of "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel.   He is also a syndicated columnist and controversial political commentator.   Two of his books (written in collaboration with Martin Dugard) were immediate bestsellers - Killing Lincoln in 2011 and Killing Kennedy in 2012.  In September 2013, O'Reilly will publish what is already receiving substantial press and publicity - Killing Jesus.


Forthcoming Print Fiction in the ECRL catalog:
Search for any of these items in the ECRL Online Catalog:


*Dual Inheritance by Joanna Hershon

*The Piper by Lynn Hightower

*Sisters by Patricia MacDonald

*Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller

*Beautiful Fools by R. Clifton Spargo

*Vacationland by Sarah Stonich

*Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock

*Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Forthcoming DVDs to the ECRL catalog: 

Search for any of these in the ECRL Online Catalog



*Call the Midwife: Season Two (2013) starring Jessica Raine
*Identity Thief (2013) starring Jason Bateman
*Into the White (2012) starring Rupert Grint
*Mama (2013) starring Jessica Chastain
*Oz, the Great and Powerful (2013) starring James Franco
*Quartet (2012) starring Maggie Smith
*Stand Up Guys (2013) starring Al Pacino

*True Blood:  Complete Fifth Season (2013) starring Anna Paquin


Forthcoming Print Non-Fiction in the ECRL Catalog
Search for any of these titles in the ECRL Catalog


*These Few Precious Days by Christopher Andersen
*Real History of the Vietnam War by Alan Axelrod
*Brotherhood by Deepak Chopra
*Mortal Sins by Michael D'Antonio
*Minnesota's Bounty by Beth Dooley
*Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly
*Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin, M.D.
*Helga's Diary by Helga Weiss 

Overdrive New ECRL eBook Titles
(Search for any these in the Overdrive catalog)
*American Sniper by Chris Kyle

*The House Girl by Tara Conklin

*12th of Never by James Patterson

*Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

*The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

*The Dog Says How by Kevin Kling

*Starting Now by Debbie Macomber

*The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen

*This Magnificent Desolation by Thomas O'Malley

Inferno by Dan Brown

East Central Regional Library Borrowing Policies Beginning
June 1, 2013
*The loan period for all current books and digital items will increase from 2 weeks to 3 weeks

*Digital item checkout & hold limits will increase from 3 to 6 items

*Items will remain on HOLD for 7 calendar days (decrease from 10 days)

*Reference items will now checkout for 3 calendar days