June 2014
Volume 4, Issue 6
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Welcome Sarah Ethier - Wyoming Branch Librarian

ECRL would like to welcome Branch Librarian, Sarah Ethier. Sarah will be the new Branch Librarian at the Wyoming Area Giese Memorial Library, replacing Rebecca Hostetler who retired at the end of April.

Sarah joins ECRL from Carver County Library where she has worked since June 2013. Prior to that, Sarah was the Technical Services Librarian at Minot Public Library in Minot, ND. While in Minot, Sarah was responsible for the behind-the-scenes services of the library, cataloging and collection development. She also spent time in public service, working the Reference Desk, teaching computer classes and providing other programs. In addition to her library experience, Sarah has experience working in archives and with the Minnesota Historical Society.

Sarah received her Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May 2010. Her Bachelor's Degree is in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sarah joined ECRL for the Wyoming Kickoff to the Summer Reading Program "Cock-a-Doodle Zoo" on June 11 and made a new friend (see picture). Sarah will begin full-time in Wyoming on June 24, 2014. Please make her feel welcome in her new position.
Expanded Telephone Services
If you've called any of our ECRL branches in the last few weeks, you may have been surprised to hear a different voice answering the phone than one you're familiar with. That's because ECRL has implemented a new regional telephone system that includes all our locations across all six counties. Calls are being answered whenever any of our branches are open, thus greatly expanding the hours we provide service.

Prior to the new system, each branch had a single land-line to handle voice calls as well as sending and receiving faxes. Many calls were met with busy signals and help was only available when the branch was open. Calls between branches and headquarters were long-distance and incurred charges.

Now staff across the region are providing customer service for holds, renewals, or general information. When the request is for something specific to a branch, the call is transferred to that branch if it's open.

The new phone system runs on internet lines and is resulting in reduced costs. Furthermore, each branch has multiple phones and access to multiple lines, so several calls can be handled simultaneously if staff are available. Calls can be transferred easily to a specific staff member best equipped to provide a particular service or between branches. Staff will also be able to use the phone system's conference capabilities for collaborative service or team work projects. 
Upcoming Legacy Programming
(events funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund)


Celebrate Paws to Read at ECRL Outreach Stops with Steve Russell
This summer ECRL's Outreach communities will experience the talents of comedy juggler, Steve Russell.  He'll travel to each of the following locations to perform his family fun-filled and exciting program.
Wednesday, June 18 
10:00 am - Hill City  Community Room
1:00 pm - Jacobson Community Room
Friday, June 20  
10:00 am  - Duquette Hall
1:00 pm - Wagner Town Hall in Giese
Monday, June 23 
10:00 am - East Central Energy Meeting Room in Braham
1:00 pm - Isanti Intermediate School Cafeteria
Tuesday, June 24 
10:00 am - Rolf Olson Center Community Room in Onamia
1:00 pm - McGrath Pavilion (in case of rain it will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church)

Illusionist and Magician, Jared Sherlock

Princeton Area Library 

Teen Summer Reading Program

Tuesday, July 15 - 2:00 pm

(appropriate for ages 12 and up)



Join us as Jared Sherlock, an award-winning illusionist and comic magician, blends his modern magic with comedy and audience interaction.   


Stages Theater Company Workshop


Rush City Public Library 

Tuesday, July 29 - 2:00 pm

Stages will lead two programs lasting one hour each.  The Create a Play program we'll take the book, Taxi Dog (7-9 year olds) and take it from the page to the stage.  The Games R Us program (10+) we'll explore theater games and exercises designed to develop acting skills. Call the Rush City Public Library at 320-358-3948 for more information and pre-registration information.   
Plus check out all the other activities going on throughout ECRL.  Simply check any of the following spots on our website:  NewsBits at www.ecrlib.org, Google calendar, ECRL Facebook page or follow us on Twitter@ecrlib.
Staff Recommendations

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, format: eAudio

A magical circus mysteriously appears in town, opening at dusk and closing before dawn. What happens within the black and white circus tents is imaginative and fantastical! Excellently read by Jim Dale!
Mary Beth Woodrow, Aitkin Branch Librarian

Walt Longmire Mystery Novels by Craig Johnson

Fans are ecstatic that season 3 of the television series based on Johnson's books has finally begun. If you need to catch up, seasons 1 and 2 of the hit A&E series are available on DVD through the ECRL catalog. Those who just can't enough of Sheriff Longmire can also revel in three novellas that, though not available in print format, are available digitally. You won't have to miss any of Sheriff Longmire's adventures since Christmas in Absaroka CountyMessenger and Divorce Horse are all accessible through ECRL's digital catalog.

Donna Larson, Rush City Branch Librarian

The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible on Schindler's List: a Memoir by Leon Leyson (JNF 940.5318 L & Book on CD)

At the age of ten, Leon Leyson, began his nightmare in German occupied Poland. Leyson would become one of the youngest to be saved from his nightmare due to the bravery and sacrifice of another German, Oskar Schindler.  This is a story of survival, horror, love, sacrifice and how Oskar Schindler (a compassionate German) risked his own life to save those he knew were worth saving. A great introduction to the Holocaust for youth.

Vickie Sorn, Youth & Community Services Librarian
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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If you experience difficulty accessing our online services such as the digital library or Evergreen catalog, check our Facebook site. 
If we have any information 
about outages that's where 
we'll post the information. You don't need to have a Facebook account to view the ECRL Facebook page.
We will also post information there in case of emergency or unforeseen events at any of 
our locations. Facebook is
linked on the ECRL website, or directly at:  Facebook.


Overdrive Titles
 (Search for any these in the Overdrive catalog)
eBook Titles
*Blood Gospel by James Rollin
*Children of Wrath by Paul Grossman
*Death Benefit by Robin Cook
*Field of Prey by John Sanford
*House Girl by Tara Conklin
*Innocent Blood by James Rollin
*Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin
*Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain
*Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
*Walking the Dead by Heather Graham
eAudio Titles
*Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
*Deadly Heat by Richard Castle
*Jet by Jay Crownover
*The Most Dangerous Animal of All by Gary L. Stewart
*Rock the Heart by Michelle A. Valentine
*Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay
*Target by David Baldacci
*Z by Therese Anne Fowler
Forthcoming Print Fiction in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these items in the ECRL catalog:
*Dead But Not Forgotten by Charlaine Harris 
*Death at the Door by Carolyn Hart
*Good, the Bad and the Emus by Donna Andrews
*Hacker by Ted Dekker
*Invisible Circle by Paul Halter
*Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
*Murder Strikes a Pose by Tracy Weber
*Snowfall by Shelley Gray
*Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig
*Top Secret and Twenty-one by Janet Evanovich
Forthcoming Print Non-Fiction in the ECRL Catalog
Search for any of these titles in the ECRL Catalog:
*Angel in My Pocket by Sukey Forbes
*Dear Abigail by Diane Jacobs
*Drinking & Dating:  P.S., Social Media is Ruining Romance by Brandi Glanville
*Fodor's 2014 California
*Fore!  Gone:  Minnesota's Lost Golf Courses, 1897-1999 by Joe Bisson
*Good Talk, Dad:  the Birds and the Bees by William Geist
*Lincoln's Boys by Joshua Zeitz
*Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton
*Smart Money, Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey
*You Can Date Boys When You're Forty by Dave Barry
Forthcoming Children's DVDs to the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these in the ECRL Catalog:
*Agent Fox
*American Girl:  Isabelle Dances into the Spolight
*Berenstain Bears:  Ready Set Go
*Cloud 9
*Dora's Magical Sleepover
*Dude, Where's My Dog
*Ernest & Celesting
*Franklin & Friends:  Pirate Island
*Lucky Dog
*Rio 2
Libraries Closed Over July 4th Holiday Weekend!

statue-liberty-flag.jpgAll East Central Regional Library Branches will be closed on Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day.  The Wyoming Area Library will also be closed on Sunday, July 6.