May 2014
Volume 4, Issue 5
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Aitkin Public Library Celebrates Groundbreaking!


The Aitkin Public Library held the groundbreaking celebration for their 2800 square foot addition on May 14. The addition will include an expanded program space, a new teen area, enhanced and updated children's area, an additional conference room and expanded reading/study/computing areas.
Funding from a state construction grant, a grant from the Bremer Foundation, local townships, private donors, the City of Aitkin and many community organizations and businesses are making the project possible.

Completion is planned for the Fall of 2014. Refreshments at the Groundbreaking celebration were provided by the Friends of the Aitkin Public Library. 

Upcoming Legacy Programming
(events funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund)


ECRL Presents Cock-a-Doodle-Zoo for Opening Paws to Read Summer Reading Program


To kick-off the Paws to Read summer reading program, Cock-a-Doodle Zoo from Scandia, MN. including an African porcupine, wallaby and alligator.  Join us for this entertaining and educational program on our friends with "paws." Cock-a-Doodle Zoo is licensed by the USDA and the MN DNR, a member of the Zoological Association of America and is fully insured.


Wednesday, June 4  
10:30 am - McGregor City Hall 
1:30 pm - Aitkin High School Choir Room  
Thursday, June 5 
10:00 am - Pine City Elementary School Auditorium  
1:00 pm - Mora Public Library  
Monday, June 9 
10:00 am - Cambridge Primary School- Multipurpose Room  
1:00 pm - Chisago Lakes Area Library  
Tuesday, June 10 
10:00 am - Mille Lacs Lake Community Library  
1:00 pm - Milaca Community Library  
3:30 pm - Princeton Area Library
Wednesday, June 11 
10:00 am - Sandstone Public Library  
1:00 pm - Hinckley Public Library 
4:00 pm - Wyoming Area Library  
Thursday, June 12 
1:00 pm - North Branch Area Library  
3:30 pm - Rush City Public Library
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)
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.
Wyoming Area Branch Librarian Retires
Rebecca Hostetler, Wyoming Area Branch Librarian, for the past 5 years retired from her position on April 30, 2014.  Rebecca began her career at ECRL at a reference assistant at the Cambridge Public Library in 2007 and then moved to position of Branch Librarian at the Wyoming Area Library in 2009.

While at the Wyoming Area Library, she was instrumental in implementing the rain garden and stepping stone projects outside the library.  Outreach was also very important to Rebecca.  While at Wyoming Area Library, she worked with Meadows on Fairview on inter-generational programming and started the Christmas Giving Tree project with Chisago County Health and Human Services.  
Rebecca plans on enjoying her retirement by getting in a "lot of fishing."  All of us at ECRL wish her the best.  The search for a new Branch Librarian for the library is underway.
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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Overdrive Titles
 (Search for any these in the Overdrive catalog)
eBook Titles
*9th Girl by Tami Hoag
*Bare it All by Lori Foster
*The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovet
*First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom
*Hotshot by Julie Garwood
*Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
*Perfect Trio by Nora Roberts
*Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
*Target by David Baldacci
*Unlucky 13 by James Patterson
eAudio Titles
*America the Beautiful by Ben Carson
*Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
*Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
*Dirty Daddy by Bog Saget
*Empress of the Night by Eva Stachniak
*The Gamble by Kristen Ashley
*Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn
*Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
*The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver
*What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell
Forthcoming Print Fiction in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these items in the ECRL catalog:
*All Things New by Lynn Austin
*Black Horizon by James Grippando
*Bone Deep by Randy Wayne White
*Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer
*Captain for Laura Rose by Stephanie Grace Whitson
*Devil's Den by Jon Sharpe
*The Eye of Heaven by Clive Cussler
*Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
*River Burns by Trevor Ferguson
*Warriors by Ted Bell
Forthcoming Print Non-Fiction in the ECRL Catalog
Search for any of these titles in the ECRL Catalog:
*Eat What You Love Everyday by Marlene Koch
*James and Dolley Madison by Bruce Chadwick
*Jesus: a pilgrimage by James Martin
*Living with a wild God by Barbara Ehrenreich
*My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
*Peanuts: a guide to life by Charles Schulz
*Rio De Janiero by Michael Sommers
*Fodor's Thailand 
*The Last Cowboy:  a life of Tom Landry by Mark Ribowsky
*War and Gold by Kwasi Kwarteng
Forthcoming Children's DVDs to the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these in the ECRL Catalog:
*3 Days to Kill (Kevin Costner)
*Anchorman 2:  the legend continues (Will Ferrell)
*Enemies Closer (Jean-Claude Van Damme)
*Enough Said (Julie Louis-Dreyfuss)
*Homefront (Jason Statham)
*Hours (Paul Walker)
*Monuments Men (George Clooney)
*Nebraska (Bruce Dern)
*Short Term 12 (Brie Larson)
*Veronica Mars (Kirsten Bell)

ECRL Received LSTA Mini Grant
The Minnesota Department of Education recently awarded ECRL a Play and Learn Space LSTA Competitive Mnii Grant.

The funds received will be used to install a Play and Learn Space in the Cambridge Public Library for young children and focus on early literacy skills such as creativity, critical thinking, and role-playing.  The theme of the grant project reflects the City of Cambridge's motto, "Opportunity Community." The area will include a puppet theater, career costumes and more.  It will be in place by October 1, 2014.