November 2013Volume 3, Issue 11
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 ECRL Announces New Online Magazine Service

Now you can check out the digital version of your favorite popular magazine as soon as the print version is on newsstands! ECRL has partnered with RBdigital from Recorded Books to offer Zinio for Libraries. Through your ECRL library card and Zinio you have unlimited access to complete digital magazines. Download them to your Internet-enabled device or computer and they are yours to keep. No waiting lists and no due dates. Start on the ECRL Digital Library site at Watch the video and use the handy guides to help you get started.

ECRL has purchased these 77 magazines for you to enjoy:

Art and Photography: ARTnews; Popular Photography
Automative: Car and Driver; Motor Trend
Bridal: Martha Stewart Weddings
Business: Bloomberg Businessweek; Forbes; Kiplinger's Personal Finance; Newsweek
Children: Chickadee; OWL
Crafts: American Craft; American Patchwork & Quilting; Bead & Button; Knitter's Magazine
Entertainment: OK! Magazine; Reader's Digest; Us Weekly
Family: Scholastic: Parent & Child; Working Mother
Food: Every Day with Rachael Ray; Food Network Magazine; Taste of Home; Weight Watchers
Gardening: Organic Gardening
Health & Fitness: Natural Health; Runner's World; Women's Health
Hobbies: Woodworker's Journal
Home: Country Living; Family Circle; Family Handyman; House Beautiful
Lifestyle: Advocate; Prevention
Literary: Smithsonian Magazine
Men: Esquire; Maxim, Men's Health; Men's Journal
Motorcycles: Cycle World; Dirt Rider
Music: Rolling Stone
News: Nation
Outdoors: Bicycling; Boating; Field & Stream; Outdoor Life
Pets & Animals: Audubon Magazine; Dogs Life; Horse & Rider; Pets
Religion & Spirituality: Guideposts
Science & Tech: Discover; Macworld; Mental_floss; Mother Earth News; National Geographic Interactive; PC Magazine Digital Edition; PCWorld; Popular Mechanics; Popular Science
Sports: ESPN The Magazine; Golf Tips
Teen: Girls' Life; Seventeen
Travel: National Geographic Traveler Interactive
Women: Cosmopolitan; Elle; Good Housekeeping; Harper's Bazaar; Ladies Home Journal; Martha Stewart Living; O, the Oprah Magazine; Redbook; VIV Magazine; Woman's Day 
Upcoming Legacy Programs
(events funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund)


Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

Learn about this momentous event in our country's history as presenter, Dale Blanshan, will bring his special program 
Dale Blanshan as Abraham Lincoln
dressed in period costume as Abraham Lincoln to the following ECRL branches:

Tuesday, November 19
Aitkin Public Library - 6:30 pm

Wednesday, November 20
Cambridge Public Library - 2:00 pm
Milaca Community Library - 4:00 PM

Thursday, November 21
Chisago Lakes Area Library - 2:00 pm
Pine City Public Library - 6:00 pm

17th Annual Christmas Tea Featuring Harpist, Andrea Stern
Aitkin Public Library 
Sunday, December 1 - 3:00 pm

Join as harpist, Andrea Stern, teaches us about the harp and then entertains as we enjoy our delicious Christmas tea.  Please pre-register by November 26 at the Aitkin Public Library or calling 218-927-2339.

Language of Flowers Tea
North Branch Area Library
Saturday, December 7 - 1:00 pm

Please join us as Jayne Becker from the Alexander Ramsey house discusses the history, symbolism and impact of flowers throughout our lives.  This discussion will be followed by a holiday tea. Program size is limited and pre-registration is required to attend. To register contact the North Branch Area Library at 651-674-8443. For ages 13 and older.


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.
Still Time to Sign up for Computer Classes
There is still time to sign up for the computer classes made possible from a Blandin Foundation Community Grant in partnership with Mille Lacs County and East Central Regional Library.  A few Internet/email classes are still available (see the list below).  A full slate of classes on social networking coming in January.
The classes will be presented by computer trainer, Barbara Fredrickson and be conducted on library computers, so there is no need to own a computer to participate.
Space is limited for all the classes and you MUST pre-register by calling the library.  Basic computer experience is necessary for these remaining classes:
The schedule for the upcoming Internet/email class is below:
Princeton Area Library - Thursday, November 21 - 6:30 pm
Register by November 18 by calling 763-389-3753
Mille Lacs Lake Community Library - Thursday, December 5 - 6:30 pm
Register by December 2 by calling 320-676-3929
Princeton Area Library - Tuesday, December 10 - 6:30 pm
Register by December 7 by calling 763-389-3753
Milaca Community Library - Saturday, December 14 - 11:00 am
Register by December 11 by calling 320-983-3677

Gift Giving Ideas Using Library items:

by Donna Larson, Rush City Branch Librarian


Need some good Christmas gift giving ideas?  These books can be found in the ECRL collection and would make great gifts this season.  Check them out and then visit your local book store to purchase them.  


Did you bag a deer during hunting season or raise your own beef? How about a gift of homemade jerky? (Section 641.66)
* By A. D. Livingston - "Jerky: Make Your own Delicious Jerky...Using Beef, Venison, Fish or Fowl"
* By Mary Bell - "Just Jerky: The complete Guide to Making It"

Are there new or aspiring hunters or cooks on your gift list? Before purchasing a book, check it out from your library first (Section 641.691):
* By A. D. Livingston - "Venison Cookbook"
* By John Weiss - "Butchering Deer: The Complete Manual of Field Dressing, Skinning, Aging and Butchering Deer at Home"
* By Jim and Ann Casada - "The Ultimate Venison Cookbook: Low Carb, High Protein, Low Fat"

There are many fine ideas for people who are learning how to make and enjoy gluten-free cookery (641.5638):
* "Gluten-Free Baking Classics" by Annalise G. Roberts
* "100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes" by Carol Lee Fenster
* "Easy Everyday Gluten-Free Cooking: Includes 250 Delicious Recipes" by Donna Washburn

Do you know someone who has too much to do and not enough time, especially for the kitchen? Check out these titles:
* By Phyllis Pellman Good - "Fix-It and Forget-It Christmas Cookbook: 600 Slow Cooker Holiday Recipes"
* By Karine Eliason, et al - "Make-A-Mix: 306 recipes to save time and money; Made with 67 easy to-it-yourself mixes" and "More Make-A-Mix Cookery"

Mason Jar Mixes make beautiful, thoughtful and delicious gifts, PLUS they are easy on the budget! Lonnette Parks put together books that will help you select the perfect mix for everyone on your list. Give these a try:
* "The Mason Jar Soup-to-Nuts Cookbook: How to Create Jason Jar Recipe Mixes"
* "The Mason Jar Cookie Cookbook"
* "The Mason Jar Desserts Cookbook"
ECRL Employee to Retire

After almost 25 years of working for the East Central Regional Library system, Anne Malinowski has decided to retire on November 21.

Anne worked in ILL, circulation, processing and technical services during her years at ECRL. Everyone at ECRL would like to wish her the best in her retirement and thank her for her tireless years of service. She will be missed by all.  
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: 
William Kent Krueger 
Krueger is best known for his "Cork O'Connor" series (set in Minnesota), the latest of which is Tamarack County.  He has received the Minnesota Book Award four times.


If you enjoy  Krueger's novels, try these authors:  C.J. Box, Elizabeth Gunn, Tony Hillerman, David Housewright, Dennis Lehane, Louise Penny.


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

This House is Haunted by John Boyne

*The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

*The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

*Black Skies by Arnaldur Indridason

*Someone by Alice McDermott

*The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

*No Man's Nightingale by Ruth Rendell

*Subtle Bodies by Norman Rush

Forthcoming DVDs to the ECRL catalog: 

Search for any of these in the ECRL Online Catalog


*Bridegroom (2013) documentary
*Christmas Proposal (2008) starring Nichole Eggert
*Elysium (2013) starring Matt Damon
*For the Glory (2013) starring Jason Burkey
*Heartland Christmas (2010) starring Amber Marshall
*Storm Rider (2013) starring Kevin Sorbo
*We're the Millers (2013) starring Jennifer Aniston
*Wolverine (2013) starring Hugh Jackman

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


*Europe by Eurail by Laverne Ferguson-Kosinski
*Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
*Where Were You? By Gus Russo
*Lure of the North Woods by Aaron Shapiro
*Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living by Amit Snood
*This Place, These People by David Stark
*They Killed Our President by Jesse Ventura
*Fosse by Sam Wasson 

New ECRL Overdrive Titles
 (Search for any these in the Overdrive catalog)
eBook Titles
*Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
*Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
*Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
*Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen
*Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
*Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
*Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber
*Storm Front by John Sandford
eAudio Titles
*Allegiant by Veronica Roth
*City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
*Dr. Death by Jonathan Kellerman
*3 Tales of Intrigue by Sir Arthur Conan Coyle
*The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
*Revealed by P. C. Cast

Did You Know?


*November 17-23 is American Education Week

*Mickey Mouse debuted in "Steamboat Willie" on November 18, 1928

*November 18-23 is National Book Awards Week

*Abraham Lincoln delivered his "Gettysburg Address" on November 19, 1863

*John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963

*"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll was published on November 26, 1865

*Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832

November is Native American Heritage Month
The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is unveiling a new cultural exhibit that highlights the Band's heritage and deep connection to East Central Minnesota. The exhibit, made up of five interconnected banners, details the history of the Mille Lacs Band from its arrival 250 years ago in what would become Minnesota up to the present day. The exhibit also explains the Band's sovereign government structure and the economic benefits that the Band brings to East Central Minnesota. 
The exhibit will travel to each of ECRL's 14 branches over the next six months.  It will be at the following branches in November and December:
Hinckley Public Library:   November 26 - December 10

Rush City Public Library December 10 - December 23

Mille Lacs Lake Community Library (Isle) December 23 - January 7