December 2013Volume 3, Issue 12
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ProQuest Historical Newspapers:  Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922)
is a useful tool when you are researching your family history or when working on a "State History Day" project! This digital newspaper archive provides genealogists, researchers, and scholars with online, easily -accessible, and unparalleled coverage of the politics, people, and events of the time period. 
The tool incorporates both the "Minneapolis Morning Tribune" (1909-1922) and the "Minneapolis Tribune" (1867-1908), and includes local, regional, and national news, as well as obituaries (if published). It has both basic and advanced search options. Use quotation marks to search for exact phrases - (just like in Google). Looking for information on Theodore Roosevelt? Be creative! Try "Theodore Roosevelt", "Teddy Roosevelt", or even "President Roosevelt".

You can access this through the ECRL website - select the blue "MnKnows" box near the right center of the page. Select "ELM" then in the tab that says "Databases A-Z" find "ProQuest Historical Newspapers" in the dropdown list. You may be asked to enter your library card number.

ELM is the Electronic Library for Minnesota and is paid for with state funds. It includes subscription sources like newspapers, magazines, and encyclopedias.
Upcoming Legacy Program
(events funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund)
Bev Proulx Presents Grandma Kept it Going
January 18 - 10:00 am 

Pine City Public Library

Using Bev's collection, we'll look at how women kept quilting alive during the tremendous changes of the 20th century.  


Bev Proulx Presents Quilts and Quilters Through Time: 1750-1900 
March 1 - 10:00 am 

Quarry Quilts & Yarns, Sandstone

Bev will talk about the history of quilting including specific quilts and quilters during this specific time period.

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 read our tweets on Twitter.
Social Networking Computer Classes Coming!
In the upcoming weeks the three Mille Lacs County branches of East Central Regional Library (Milaca, Mille Lacs Lake (Isle) and Princeton) will be offering classes on Social Networking. Basic computer skills are required for these classes that will be presented by computer trainer, Barbara Fredrickson. The class will be conducted on library computers, so there is no need to own a computer to participate.
New to Social Networking? Want to get connected? Then join us for one of our Basic Social Networking Classes. Classes will include a brief introduction to various Social Networking tools with a more in-depth demonstration of Skype and Facebook. 
Funds made possible by a Blandin Foundation Community Grant in partnership with Mille Lacs County and East Central Regional Library.
The schedule for the upcoming Internet/email class is below:
Milaca Community Library
320-983-3677 Saturday, January 4
Register by December 31 11:00 am

Princeton Area Library
763-389-3753 Tuesday, January 7
Register by January 4 6:30 pm

Mille Lacs Lake Community Library (Isle)
320-676-3929 Thursday, January 9
Register by January 6 6:30 pm

Mille Lacs Lake Community Library (Isle)
320-676-3929 Saturday, January 11
Register by January 6 11:00 am

Milaca Community Library
320-983-3677 Tuesday, January 14
Register by January 11 6:30 pm

Princeton Area Library
763-389-3753 Thursday, January 16
Register by January 13 6:30 pm

Did You Know?


*The South Pole was discovered on December 14, 1911  

*Gone With the Wind premiered in Atlanta, GA, on December 15, 1939  

*Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775  

*The Boston Tea Party occurred on December 16, 1773  

*A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was published on December 17, 1843

*The Wounded Knee Massacre occurred on December 29, 1890 

New ECRL Overdrive Titles
 (Search for any these in the Overdrive catalog)
eBook Titles
*92 Pacific Boulevard by Debbie Macomber
*And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
*Angels Flight by Michael Connelly
*Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts
*Brother Odd by Dean Koontz
*Divine Justice by David Baldacci
*Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker
*Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
*The Real Enemy by Kathy Herman
*U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton 
eAudio Titles
*Command Authority by Tom Clancy 
*Cross My Heart by James Patterson 
*Death and the Girl He Loves by Darynda Jones 
*Deliver Us From Evil by David Baldacci 
*Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly 
*King and Maxwell by David Baldacci 
*Lost Symbol by Dan Brown 
*Nothing to Lose by Lee Child 
*Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins 
*Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
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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Season's Greetings from East Central Regional Library
The ECRL staff team is committed to carrying out the mission of ECRL: Connecting and strengthening communities through the power of knowledge. The library stands in East Central Minnesota cities as the center of community education and culture. Last year there were over a half million visits to our 14 branches and 9 outreach sites. People came to check out books and DVDs. They also came to use the public computers to look for jobs, visit MnSure, or check out their favorite sports teams. They often asked the expert staff how to use the computers or how to find information they needed. Many more people visited the library online for our eBooks and digital magazines. People even came to experience fun and thought provoking programs sponsored by the library.
Library funding is a collaborative between government entities, volunteer organizations, and private gifts. The counties of Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine provide most of ECRL's basic operating expenses. We also receive funds from state and federal sources as well as some local contracts. Friends of the Library as well as other local library support groups provide financial resources and human assistance for programs. Additionally, we receive many private donations. Thank you to all!

As you make year-end gifts, please consider investing in your library. Together, we will bring you the highest quality library service possible. Make your tax-deductible gift by December 31st to East Central Regional Library, 244 S Birch St, Cambridge MN 55008. You may specify your gift for a specific branch if you wish, or your gift will be used to enhance our shared collections and services. You may also make your gift directly to your local Friends or library support group. However you support us, THANK YOU. And Happy Holidays to you and yours from the ECRL staff team.
Forthcoming Print Fiction in the ECRL catalog:
Search for any of these items in the ECRL Online Catalog:


*Chilled to the Bone by Quentin Bates

*The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
*Leave Tomorrow Behind by Judy Clemens
*Heirs of the Body by Carola Dunn
*Montana by Gwen Florio
*Murder by Sunlight by Barbara Graham
*Sins of the Flesh by Colleen McCullough
*Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle

Forthcoming DVDs to the ECRL catalog: 

Search for any of these in the


*Burton & Taylor (2013) starring Helena Bonham Carter
*Downton Abbey, Season 4 (2013) starring Hugh Bonneville
*Duck Dynasty, Season 4 (2013) TV reality show
*Enough Said (2013) starring James Gandolfini
*Game of Thrones: Complete Third Season (2013) starring Sean Bean
*The Lady Vanishes (2013) starring Tuppence Middleton
*Rush (2013) starring Daniel Bruhl
*Vera, Set 3 (2013) starring Brenda Blethyn  

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


*Dad's Book of Awesome Projects by Mike Adamick
*Days of Fire by Peter Baker
*Scandinavian Classics by Niklas Ekstedt
*Angry White Men by Michael S. Kimmel
*Burglary by Betty Medsger
*End of Days by James L. Swanson
*Holistic Pain Relief by Heather Tick
*Capturing the Light by Roger Watson  

Have you checked out a digital magazine yet?
 Sit back, relax and give it a try!