January 2013Volume 3, Issue 1
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 Outgoing Board Members Recognized



The East Central Regional Library Board of Directors recognized two of its outgoing members at the December meeting.

Board members
Jack Edmonds  & Kathy Ellis

Commissioner Kathi Ellis's current term began in 2001, when she was appointed by Kanabec County to fill the unexpired term of another Commissioner. Subsequently she was appointed to 3 full terms, the maximum consecutive term allowed on a Regional Public Library Board, according to MN Statute 134.20 Subd. 2. Ellis has been Chair of the Personnel Committee, leading the complete review of employees' job descriptions, the compensation and classification study, the revision of the Personnel Manual, and the hiring of the Director. As a member of the Technology Committee, Ellis guided the library system through research and selection of the Open Source Library automation system and other innovations to improve technology access for the citizens who use ECRL's 14 branches.

Commissioner Jack Edmonds was appointed by Mille Lacs County in 2005. As part of the Long Range Planning Committee, Edmonds provided visionary leadership in development and implementation of ECRL's Strategic Plan. He was part of the thoughtful consideration that replaced bookmobile stops with more efficient link and outreach sites.

Both Ellis and Edmonds are part of the ECRL Finance and Budget Committee and have supported maintaing the library budget, despite the economic hard times of the last few years.

We sincerely thank Commissioner Kathi Ellis and Commissioner Jack Edmonds for your commitment to East Central Regional Library and the service we provide to residents of the region. 


  Staff Recommendations

Recommended by Sue Monroe, North Branch Librarian
Still LoLo:  a Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family's Journey of Hope by Lauren Scruggs
A true story of hope, faith and love following a horrible accident with a one-sixteenth inch of steel.  Lauren (LoLo) tells her story of how she grew through adversity and learned to adjust to a "new normal" in her life. 
Recommended by Misty Anderson, Milaca Community Library aide
Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart.
I found this book to be a really charming, light read.  It truly gives us an insight to how things were for career women back in the 1940's.
Recommended by Sarah Biro, Chisago Lakes Area Branch Librarian
Audiobook Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, read by Jim Dale.
Read by the reader of the Harry Potter audiobooks, Night Circus combines the magic of Harry Potter and the cutthroat competition of Hunger Games...but for adults.
Recommended by Nancy Dunbar, Cambridge Branch Librairan
Movie Temple Grandin
Fantastic story about a young autistic women who besides all her obstacles becomes an amazing success.  She has written several books that ECRL also owns.


Recommended by Robin Yoerger Duple, Pine City Branch Librarian
Rainwater by Sandra Brown
One of the two Pine City Reads 2013 book choices, this is an engaging fictional novel set in the Great Depression that touches on several different, challenging social topics (physical and mental handicaps, terminal illness, race relations, etc.) weaving a story around the struggles of a single mother whose husband left when their child began exhibiting symptoms of autism. 
Recommended by Ceci Cross-Maser, Hinckley Branch Librarian
Me, Who Dove Into the Heart of the World by Sabina Berman. 
 A story set in Mexico about a woman who is an autistic savant with an extraordinary connection to animals, proving that a person's eccentricities can also be her greatest gifts.  Written in first person perspective.  Amazing!

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Upcoming Legacy Programming


The Civil War:  an Interactive Experience

with Arn Kind (most appropriate for older audience)

North Branch Area Library

Tuesday, January 22 - 6:30-8:00 pm


Learn what it was like to really be a soldier in the Civil War through artifacts, uniforms, equipment and drills.


Mascot Mania

Join us at the library for a short storytime and meet and greet with your favorite Children's Book Character.  Don't forget to bring your camera!



Wednesday, January 23

10:45 am - Pine City Public Library

Geronimo Stilton

Wednesday, January 30
4:00 pm - Chisago Lakes Area Library

Little Critter

Saturday, February 16
11:00 am - Hinckley Public Library


Saturday, February 23
11:00 am - Mora Public Library


Irish Songs from the Lumber Camps

Nationally renowned masters of Celtic music Miller and Gosa transport you to the 19th-century lumber camp.


Milaca Community Library - Thursday, January 24 - 4:00 pm

Isle Rec Center  -Wednesday, January 30 - 1:00 pm

Cambridge Senior Center -Tuesday, February 5 - 1:00 pm

Bev Proux

Grandma Kept it Going

Pine City Public Library - Saturday, February 9 - 10:00 am


Bev uses her quilts to help the audience experience how women kept quilting alive during the tremendous changes of the 20th century.


A Recipes to Remember Scrapbooking Workshop

Turn family recipes and photos into a family heirloom. Participants are welcome to bring pictures & memorabilia.  Program is designed for adults.  Class size is limited, so you must pre-register by calling the library.


Wyoming Area Library - Wednesday, February 6 -10:30 am


Princeton Area Library - Thursday, February 21 - 4:00 pm


Pine City Public Library - Saturday, February 23 - 10:00 am


Mora Public Library - Saturday, March 16 - 1:00 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 www.ecrlib.org 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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Author of the Month: Joe Hill
Hill's first book, 20th Century Ghosts, was awarded the Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection in 2005.   Both of his later novels, Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, were New York Times bestsellers.   Confirming the rumors, in 2007 he revealed that writer Stephen King is his father.   Hill's new horror novel, NOS4A2, will be released in April 2013.


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


*Palisades Park by Alan Brennert
*Decadence by Eric Jerome Dickey
*The River Swimmer by Jim Harrison
*Killer Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin
*Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman
*Paris by Edward Rutherfurd
*Ashenden by Elizabeth Wilhide
*Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig 

New DVDs added to the ECRL catalog: 

Search for any of these in the ECRL Online Catalog


*Samson and Delilah (1949) starring Victor Mature

*Wild River (1960) starring Montgomery Clift

*The War Wagon (1967) starring John Wayne

*Argo (2012) starring Ben Affleck

*Game Change (2012) starring Julianne Moore

*Looper (2012) starring Bruce Willis

*Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) starring Emma Watson

*Trouble with the Curve (2012) starring Clint Eastwood 

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


*Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman
*Beautiful Edible Garden by Leslie Bennett
*Libertarianism by Jason Brennan
*Augie's Secrets by Neal Karlen
*Stations of the Heart by Richard Lischer
*The Patriarch by David Nasaw
*Unsinkable by Debbie Reynolds
*The Law of Divine Compensation by Marianne Williamson

ebook classes
 eBook Classes
to be Offered
This class will be an hour demonstration/lecture followed by up to two hours of individual help time. 
Participants should bring their devices if they wish as the instructor will address individual issues during that help time.  Pre-registration is required.  The class will have a maximum of 30 participants.  A waiting list will be available.  Call your local East Central Regional Library branch to preregister! 
February 1 at 10 am 
Pine City Public Library
February 1 at 2 pm
Rush City Public Library

February 2 at 11:00 am
McGregor Public Library
February 5 at 10 am
North Branch Area Library
February 5 at 2 pm Wyoming Area Library
February 8 at 1 pm
Aitkin Public Library
February 12 at 10 am Princeton Area Library
February 12 at 2:00 pm Milaca Community Library
February 15 at 1 pm 
Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

February 22 at 10:00 am Sandstone Public Library

February 22 at 2 pm - Hinckley Public Library
February 26 at 1 pm
Mora Public Library
March 1 at 10 am
Cambridge Public Library
March 1 at 2 pm
Chisago Lakes Area Library 
Holiday Library
Closing Schedule
All East Central Regional Branches will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as follows:
The Aitkin, Cambridge, Chisago Lakes, Mora, North Branch, Princeton branches and the ECRL HQ will be closed on Monday, January 21.
The Hinckley, McGregor, Milaca, Mille Lacs Lake, Pine City, Rush City and Sandstone branches will be closed on Tuesday, January 22.