October 2012
Volume 2, Issue 10
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Fun Fact......What Makes a Day, Week or Month Special?
Most everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  But did you know October also celebrates the following events or causes?
  • Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month
  • Bake and Decorate Month
  • Cut Out Dissection Month
  • Go Hog Wild - Eat Country Ham Month
  • Home Eye Safety Month
  • National Reading Group Month
  • Squirrel Awareness Month
  • Vegetarian Month
  • Teen Read Week, October 16-22
  • Banned Book Week, Sept. 30-October 6

The list is much longer.  I found a total of 63 special observances and events for the month of October listed on Chase's Calendar of Events Online.  Why so many and where do they come from?  Before January 1995 Congress took an active role in commemorating special events and members of the House and Senate could introduce legislation for special observances.  However, this took time away from getting other legislation passed and thus, in January 1995 Congress decided to discontinue the process. 


Today most of the majority of these special observances come from national organizations who want to publicize or market their cause.  In order for a special day, week or month to be included in Chase's Calendar of Events it must fufill specific ciriteria set by the editorial staff at Chase. 

(Chase Calendar of Events)

Staff Recommendations

Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery recommended by Nancy Dunbar, Cambridge Branch Librarian
Book Series includes:
  • Anne of Green GablesBook Recommendations
  • Anne of Avonlea
  • Anne of the Island
  • Anne of Windy Poplars
  • Anne's House of Dreams
  • Anne of Ingleside
  • Rainbow Valley
  • Rilla of Ingleside

Film Series includes:

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Anne of Green Gables: the Sequel
  • Anne of Green Gables:  The Continuing Story
  • Anne of Green Gables:  A New Beginning

These classic novels follow the adventures of the spirited redhead, Anne Shirley, who comes to stay at Green Gables and wins the hearts of everyone she meets.  She is passionate, mischievious, and yet has a loveable personality.


One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf recommended by Wendy Prokosch, Mora Branch Librarian


The school in Broken Branch, Iowa is taken over by a lone gunman.  Who is he, and what are his motives?  The story is told from the perspective of 4 characters in the book.  Well constructed and a good plot.


Historical Fiction titles recommended by Chris Bicay, North Branch Area Library aide


Little Century by Anna Kesey

A young woman caught in the range wars in the American west at the turn of the century.


The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

A young woman chaperones fifteen-year-old future silent film star

Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922.


Trapeze by Simon Mawer

A British woman joins Special Operations and is sent undercover into France during World War II.

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Upcoming Legacy Programming



A Recipe to Remember Scrapbooking Workshop

Friday, October 26, 4:30-6:30 pm

McGregor Public Library 


Create a frame worthy scrapbook page of a family recipe in this workshop. Class size is limited. For ages 12 and older. Please pre-register at the library by stopping by or calling 218-768-3305.


Minnesota Zoomobile Presents Nocturnal Animals
Sat, October 27, 10:30am - 11:30am
Mora Public Library
Join us on Saturday morning as the Minnesota Zoomobile stops by the Mora Public Library to talk about nocturnal animals.  The event is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.  Fun for all ages!


First Pages:  Jumping Into the Story Workshop by Angela Foster

Saturday, November 3, 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Pine City Public Library


Learn how to hook the reader and keep them turning the pages of your manuscript.  You may bring a first page of your novel or memoir for critique.  all genres welcome.  Ages 16 plus.  Please pre-register by stopping by or calling the library at 320-629-6403.


Bus trip to the Swedish Institute's Christmas Display at the Turnblad Mansion (November 8, 10 & December 6, 8)


Join us as we visit the Swedish Institute's Turnblad Mansion
and see it decorated for a Swedish Christmas.  Please visit our webpage at East Central Regional Library for more information on how to register for this special trip and specific dates/times.


*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: Jess Walter 
Walter's first book, Citizen Vince, won the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award.   A year later, The Zero was a finalist for the National Book Award.  In 2012, Walter released Beautiful Ruins. In this "superb romp" (Kirkus Reviews), starlet Dee Morey arrives at a tiny Italian resort town in April, 1962, and young Pasquale Tursi is instantly smitten.  According to Publishers Weekly, the book is "a quirky and entertaining tale of greed, treachery, and love".


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


*The Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis
*Bestseller by Alessandro Gallenzi
*Goldberg Variations by Susan Isaacs
*Dead Anyway by Chris Knopf
*The Marseille Caper by Peter Mayle
*The Other Half of Me by Morgan McCarthy
*The Art Forger by Barbara Shapiro
*The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

New DVDs added to the ECRL catalog: 

Search for any of these in the ECRL Online Catalog


*Lady Sings the Blues (1972) starring Diana Ross
*Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
starring Tom Cruise
*Ice House (1997)
starring Daniel Craig
*Escape to Grizzly Mountain (2004) starring Dan Haggerty
*The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) starring Andrew Garfield
*The Bourne Legacy (2012) starring Jeremy Renner
*The Dark Knight Rises (2012) starring Christian Bale
*Prometheus (2012)
starring Michael Fassbender
New Non-Fiction in the ECRL Catalog
Search for any of these titles in the ECRL Catalog


*When Your Parent Becomes Your Child
*God:  A Story of Revelation
by Deepak Chopra
*Rooster: The Life and Times of the Real Rooster Cogburn by Brett Cogburn
*The Last Headbangers by Kevin Cook
*Klansville, U.S.A. by David Cunningham
*The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
*The Pope's Jews by Gordon Thomas
*Fortress Israel by Patrick Tyler

 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Search for any of these items on the ECRL Online Catalog: 


  *Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book by Lynn Hartmann

*Breast Cancer Survival Manual by John Link

*Most of Me:  Surviving My Medical Breakdown by Robyn Michele Levy

*Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer by Sue Friedman

*Quick Facts Breast Cancer - What You Need to Know-Now by the American Cancer Society
*Breast Cancer Companion:  a Guide to the Newly Diagnosed by Nancy Sokolowski 

*Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Hope and Healing for Your Breast Cancer by Julie Silver

*Rocking the Pink:  Finding Myself on the Other Side of Breast Cancer by Laura Roppe

*New Breast Friends:  Surviving Cancer Twice by Diane Casperson