August 2015
Volume 5, Issue 8
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New Playful Learning Area Coming Soon to Wyoming Area Library! 

The Wyoming Branch of East Central Regional Library was awarded a Playful Learning Library Services and Technology Act grant.  The Playful Learning area was supported by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding, Library Services and Technology Act [LS 00-14-0024-14].  It will soon be installed in the library.


We are hoping the Playful Learning area will encourage adults, caregivers, children and families to:

  • discover that the public library is a "community center" where families can visit, play and learn
  • recognize that the library shares in the commitment to the healthy development of their children, including their physical, emotional and educational well-being
  • engage in many of the early literacy skills including talking, singing, reading, writing and playing
  • visit the library more often and stay longer 

The Wyoming Playful Learning area focuses on play, one of the five basic literacy skills established by the Early Child Ready to Read program developed by the American Library Association.  Those skills include playing, talking, singing, reading and writing. The Playful Learning area will include a puppet theater, puppets, and a Duplo table along with Duplo

sets, activity cube, puzzles and more.  Play is not only inherently
valuable as a pleasurable activit y, it is how kids learn and is integral in the development of the other four literacy skills.

An open house will be held on Wednesday, September 16 from 6:00-8:00 pm and is open to the public.  Stop by and see the new "Zetty Caterpillar" and the awesome train that will be installed on one of the library walls that has manipulative elements for the kids.   


East Central Regional Library already has Play and Learn spaces in our Cambridge and Aitkin Public Library branches as well.  Each Play and Learn space is unique.   Remember - play is part of early literacy and early literacy begins with you and your child.

Aitkin Library to Host Friends Workshop September 12


The Aitkin Public Library will host the program, "Beyond Book Sales:  The Future of Friends Fundraising", part of the Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) fall 2015 workshop series. Jus t like libraries need to adapt to the changing times, so do Friends library organizations.   Feature speaker will be Stu Wilson, a former Friends executive and library consultant.  Mr. Wilson will present an hour-long keynote followed by time for a Q&A session. 


Attendees will learn about fundraising, changing needs, effective social media tools and more.   Join us at the Aitkin Public Library at 110 1st  Avenue NE on Saturday, September 12 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  A free lunch will be provided. Go to the MALF website to register for the event.
Read & Ride Day at the Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get-Together is just around the corner, kicking off on August 27. Public libraries will be on the grounds Wednesday, September 2 for Read and Ride Day.  Public library cardholders receive discounted admission ticket prices when they purchase a ticket at the gate and flash their library card.    There is one discounted ticket per card, so make sure everyone in your family has a card! Remember: your first ECRL library card is free.  
Celebrate reading with stage shows and family fun in Carousel Park from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm.  See the schedule for the day at:   Several East Central Regional Library staff will be in Carousel Park throughout the day.  So stop by and say hi! 

In addition, promotions will be offered on the Mighty Midway and Kidway rides & games for all fair guests all day long.
Staff Reviews

The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony (Book on CD)
Reviewed by Elizabeth Shirek, Chisago Lakes Branch Librarian

The Elephant Whisperer tells the story of a determined conservationist and his herd of nine violent elephants. Through non-traditional means Anthony manages to calm and acclimate the elephants, forging a unique and incredibly strong bond between man and animal. Listeners might remember hearing about the elephants that trekked back through the bush for their friend's funeral, this is their story.

Sophia's War: a tale of the Revolution by Avi (JF print)  Reviewed by Vickie Sorn, Youth & Community Services Librarian

As a lover of historical fiction and anything about the American Revolution, this tale focuses on American and British spies during the war. Sophia's life is tuned upside down after she witnesses the death of Nathan Hale and her beloved brother dies aboard a British prison ship. She vows to avenge their deaths by becoming a spy for the Patriots. Her life becomes complicated when she meets a dashing British soldier. Does she have feelings for him? Will those feelings keep her from fulfilling her duties as a spy and to her country?
               Upcoming Legacy Programming
  (events funded with money from Minnesota's              Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund)

Arn Kind Presents Minnesota's Fabulous Firsts
Sandstone Senior Center
Friday, September 18 - 1:00 pm

Did you know that Minnesotans were the first to volunteer troops to fight in the Civil War?  Did you know that Minnesotans fired the first shots at the beginning of America's involvement in the Pacific War of World War II?  Did you know that a famous Minnesota aviator was the first to make a solo, non-stop flight across the Atlantic, stretching and proving the capabilities of aircraft? Arn Kind, a teacher for the past 37 years will share his love of
history and give the audience a hands-on experience about the many ways the state of MN was first!  
Free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. 

Six Appeal
Ostrand Fine Arts Center - Hinckley-Finlayson High School
Saturday, September 19 - 7:00 pm
Join us as the A Cappella group, Six Appeal, a world  c lass vocal ensemble performs with impeccable  comedic timing and the vitality of rock band.  The program is free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages.  

(a series of dance instruction and live performance)

Fox Trot and Swing Dance Class
Braham Community Center
Tuesday, September 22 -7:00-9:00 pm

Want to learn how to dance the fox trot and swing?  A dance instructor from Sossy Mechanics will give you a two hour course on the basics in this two hour class.  Ages 14 and up invited to join the class.   No registration necessary.  Singles and couples welcome.  

Belle Amour Concert                                
Braham Community Center
Thursday, September 24 - 7:00 pm


Now you know how to dance the fox trot and swing!  So join us for this live performance and practice your dance moves or simply come to listen to the wonderful music.   Belle Amour is a fun, high energy jazz group that performs a mix of classic American 20's and 30's jazz standards with a touch of international flair.  Two Sossy Mechanics dance instructors will be on hand the night of the live performance to assist you with your newly learned dance skills as you dance to the live music.  Free and open to the public!

Upcoming Chance to Dance classes & live performances!

October 27 - 7:00 pm - Learn swing and the rhumba
October 29 - 7:00 pm - Live performance by Holy Rocka Rollaz

November 17 - 7:00 pm - Learn salsa and merengue
November 19 - 7:00 pm - Live performance by Salsabrosa

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

*Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson
*Fall of Marigolds by Susan Melssner
*Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown
*Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
*Iron Wolf by Dale Brown
*Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen
*Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
*River Road by Carol Goodman
*Starlight on Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs
*To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander

eAudio Titles

* Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury
*Bourbon Kings by J. R. Ward
*GI Brides:  The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love by Duncan Barrett
*Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
*Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen
*The Last Time I Saw Her by Karen Robards
*To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander
*Murderer's Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman
*The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
*X is for Sue Grafton
New Juvenile DVDs in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these in the ECRL catalog

*Adventures of Black Beauty:  Complete Series
*Caillou:  Caillou Helps Out
*Dora & Friends:  Doggie Day
*Lego Friends:  Friends Together Again
*Lego Legends of Chima:  Quest for the Legend Beasts; Season 2, Part 1
*Looney Tunes:  Rabbits Run
*Minuscule:  Valley of the Lost Ants
*Peppa Pig:  Bubbles
*Ugly Benny
Forthcoming Print Fiction in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these items in the ECRL catalog:
*After She's Gone by Lisa Jackson
*An Amish year:  Four Amish Novellas by Beth Wiseman
*Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz
*Beautiful Star of Bethlehem by Lori Copeland
*The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag
*Darkness by Karen Robards
*Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipstron
*Scandalous Behavior by Stuart Woods
*See Me by Nicholas Sparks
*Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella
Forthcoming Print Books on CD in the ECRL Catalog
Search for any of these titles in the  ECRL Catalog :

*A.D. 33 by Ted Dekker
*Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas
*The Lost Landscape:  A Writer's Coming of Age by Joyce Carol Oates
*Precious Gifts by Danielle Steele
*Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
*The Scam by Janet Evanovich
*Scandalous Behavior by Stuart Woods
*Wyoming Rugged by Dianna Palmer
New Juvenile Music CDs  in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these in the ECRL Catalog:

*100 Singalong Songs for Kids by Cedarmont Kids
*Kidsz Bop 28
*Kidz Bop 29
*Pat Boone's Favorite Bible Stories & Sing-Along by Pat Boone
*Toddler Bible Songs by Cedarmont Kids
*Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection:  Cinderella
*Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection:  Lion King
*Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection:  Toy Story
*We All Shine by Play Date
Welcome and 
Thank You!

These staff changes were reported to the ECRL Board on August 10th.   Thank you for your public service and best wishes to these staff members who have recently left ECRL employment:

Aitkin - Elaine Haberkorn, Branch Aide
Chisago County branches -  L isa Beynon, Branch Aid e
Welcome to new staff
Cambridge - Patty Thompson, Branch Assistant

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*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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