March 2014
Volume 4, Issue 3
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Pick a Flick from the Public Library

Written by Linda Hommes, a member of the ECRL Board. The article was originally published in the March 7 edition of the Aitkin Independent Age.

With the availability of streaming from Netflix to one's TV, computer, iPad, smart phone or similar device, it appears that several of the large stores renting DVDs (like Blockbuster) have hit the skids.
Here in Aitkin we still have Redbox and a selection of DVDs at Paulbecks, and they certainly have their place, especially if you are looking for recent releases.

But want a better selection, longer time limit, budget-friendly, right in your own backyard? Have you discovered the library? Yes, our Aitkin Library and, to a greater degree, the whole East Central Regional Library collection is available to you. All you need is a library card, and it's free!

There's always a selection of movies in DVD format as well as those in the older VHS format that are ready to pick up and go. However, it's also easy to comb through the online catalog on the library website and reserve a DVD/VHS direct from there. They're usually available within a few days.

Check it out. You may find almost everything you've been looking for. Are you interested in some of those long-running TV series, like Lost, Grey's Anatomy, Bones, or NCIS; perhaps a newer series such as Under the Dome (season one) or Game of Thrones.
Want to catch up on Downtown Abbey? You can find these DVDs elsewhere, but you can watch the first three seasons for free, courtesy of any of the library systems within our state (each of which will let you borrow from the other, as long as you register your card.) A caution, though: With the fourth season now airing, many Downers are trying to get current on the antics of the dowager countess, so there may be a lot of requests for these titles.

You may be interested in Hitchcock. His movies, such as Psycho, Rear Window and The 39 Steps are classics within the history of the cinema. Also check out newer films like The Hunt for Bin Laden, War Horse and Silver Linings Playbook.

There's a good selection of family/children's movies, such as Disney's Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins and The Muppet Movie.

Actually there's a selection of "flicks" for everyone. Come to your library and see what's available. While you're there, you may want to check out the selection of e-books, audio books and magazines now available to download. Best of all, of course, it's all free.
Finally, for those of you would love trivia and word definitions, the origin of the word "flick" comes from the word "flicker," which old films used to do on the early low tech projectors. These days "flick" is used to mean "film" as in action-flick or chick-flick. 
2014 Library Legislative Day  
Back:  Karen Lee, Nancy Dunbar, Andrea Hermanson, Carolyn Avaire,  Barbara Misselt, Carol Goddard, Patty Thompson, Vickie Sorn, Audrey Misiura.  Middle:  Carla Lydon, Sarah Hawkins, Jeanne Coffey.  Front:  Dan Misiura
Lee, Goddard and Misiura are ECRL Board Members
13 ECRL Board members and staff visited the 14 Legislators who represent the East Central Region on Wednesday, March 5th at the annual Library Legislative Day sponsored by the Minnesota Library Association. ECRL directly receives state funds for basic regional library services, Internet costs, Legacy funds, and other grant funds for special programs. ECRL also benefits from state funds for services through the State Library and Minitex, the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM), the Minnesota Digital Library, and collaborations with MnSCU and other state agencies and libraries.
Go to ECRL's Flickr page to see photos taken on Legislative Day with area Legislators. 
Upcoming Legacy Programming
(events funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund)


Kids Design Glass...
an exhibition of glass sculptures designed by kids and created by glassblower, Anthony Michaud-Scorza!  
Anthony Michaud-Scorza will give a presentation on the glassblowing process followed by a question and answer period. While at the event congratulate the winning child at each branch and see the special sculpture created from their own drawing. 
Remaining presentations
Tuesday, March 18 @ 6:30 PM - Wyoming Area Library  
(cancelled due to Winter storm warning)
Thursday, March 20 @ 6:30 PM - Princeton Area Library  
Saturday, March 22 @ 10:30 AM - McGregor Public Library 

Monday, March 24 @ 6:30 PM - Aitkin Public Library  
Tuesday, March 25 @ 6:30 PM - Mora Public Library  
Thursday, March 27 @ 6:30 PM - Chisago Lakes Area Library  
*Saturday, March 29 @ 10:30 AM - Old School Arts Center- Sandstone  - *location change from previous schedule 
*Tuesday, April 1 @ 6:30 pm - Wyoming Area Library
(rescheduled program)
Tonic Sol Fa
Princeton High School Auditorium
Friday, April 4 - 7:00 pm

Before rock n' roll and jazz there was only one instrument - the human voice. Join us as this popular and successful
"a capella" quartet entertains. Doors open at 6:30. Free and open to the public. Limited seating available. 


Historical Craft Workshop  -Civil War Sewing Kit
North Branch Area Library
Saturday, April 5 - 11:00 am 


Join us for the Civil War Sewing Kit workshop at the library
presented by the MN Historical Society. This is for adults only
and class size is limited, so you must pre-register by stopping
by the library or calling 651-674-8443.


Erin Hart & Paddy O'Brien
Hinckley Public Library 
Saturday, April 5 -2:00 pm
Paddy plays tunes on a button accordion and offers tales of growing up in rural Ireland, while Erin spins the story of her latest novel, The Book of Killowen (a Minnesota Book Award nominee).
Beer and Brewing in the Land of Sky Blue Waters
Aitkin Public Library
Saturday, April 12 - 1:00 pm
Milaca Community Library
Tuesday, April 15 - 5:00 pm 

Explore the history of Minnesota's beer scene, the innovators and home brewers that spurred a new generation of breweries, and the very basics of brewing itself for beer novices and fledgling beer geeks alike. It will be a hoppin' good time. In partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society. 
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.
Last Chance to Sign Up for MnSure 

A Certified Navigator from MNsure will be at the the following ECRL branches to help you work through the process of applying and enrolling in the program.
Please contact any branch listed below to register for a  
one hour help session . You MUST register to  
talk with a MNsure Navigator.

Aitkin Public Library - 218-927-2339
Saturday, March 22-10:00 am -3:00
Cambridge Public Library - 763-689-7390 x15
Saturday, March 29-10:00 am-3:00 pm
Chisago Lakes Area Library - 651-257-2817
Tuesday, March 18-3:00-8:00 pm
Mille Lacs Lake Community Library - 320-676-3929
Thursday, March 20-4:00-8:00 pm
Mora Public Library -320-679-2642
Tuesday, March 25-3:00-8:00 pm
Princeton Area Library - 763-389-3753
Thursday, March 27-3:00-8:00 pm
Rush City Public Library - 320-358-3948
Wednesday, March 19-3:00-8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 26-3:00-8:00 pm 
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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ECRL Staff Reads & Recommendations 
*Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. 
A beautiful romantic novel with an ending like you've never read before - I promise. Will was living a life of privilege and excitement when an accident left him a quadriplegic. Confined to his home, Will's mother employs Louisa, who has lived a sheltered life in her small village, to be Will's caretaker and companion for a contract period of six months.  The end of Louisa's contract and the end of the book leaves the reader contemplating what it means to love enough to break your own heart and what makes living worthwhile. I read the eBook, but ECRL also owns it in print format. (both have hold lists). (Barbara Misselt, ECRL Director)
*Miss Potter starring Ren´┐Że Zellweger and Ewan McGregor (DVD -2006)

Viewers will cheer, laugh, and cry as they watch this wonderful movie based on the life of Beatrix Potter. (Nancy Dunbar, Cambridge Branch Librarian)

*Stella Bain by Anita Shreve (2013- Print, Large Print and Book on CD) 
Set in 1916, an American woman wakes up in a WWI military hospital in France with no recollection of who she is or how she was wounded. Shreve writes with much insight into the nature of trauma, shell shock and memory loss as she traces one woman's journey to recover her memory, renegotiate past relationships, forge new connections, and
embrace life anew. (Ceci Cross-Maser, Hinckley Branch Librarian)

Overdrive Titles
 (Search for any these in the Overdrive catalog)
eBook Titles
*Absolute Monarchs:  a History of the Papacy by John Norwich
*Art of Simple Food II by Alice Waters
*Bond Never Broken by Judith Miller
*Cold Storage, Alaska by John Starley
*December Dread by Jess Lourey
*Four Years Later by Monica Murphy
*Private L. A. by James Patterson
*Swan Gondola by Timothy Schaffert
*Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup
*Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins
eAudio Titles
*The Big Sky
by A. B. Guthrie
*The Bride Says Maybe by Cathy Maxwell
*Black Rock Coffin Makers by Louis L'Amour
*Broken Gun by Louis L'Amour
*Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
*Love Lifted Me by Sara Evans
*Silence of Winter by Wanda Brunstetter
*Tattered Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter
*This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
*The Ultimate Obama Survivor Guide by Wayne Allyn Root
Forthcoming Print Fiction in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these items in the ECRL catalog:
*All Things New by Lynn Austin
*Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett
*Black Lies, Red Blood by Kjell Eriksson
*Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher
*Deserves to Die by Lisa Jackson
*In the Blood by Lisa Unger
*Man Who Walked Away by Maud Casey
* Natchez Burning by Greg ILes
*Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen
*Scent of Pine by Lara Vapnyar
Forthcoming Print Non-Fiction in the ECRL Catalog
Search for any of these titles in the ECRL Catalog:
*Crusades of Cesar Chavez by Miriam Pawel
*The Perfectly Trained Parrot by Rebecca O'Connor
*The Diary of Olga Romanov by Helen Azar
*Fodor's 2014 Walt Disney World
*Fukusima:  the Story of a Nuclear Disaster by David Lochbaum
*JFK, Jr., Geroge & Me: a Memoir by Matt Berman
*Jump Start by David Herzog
*Magnificent Magnesium by Dennis Goodman
*The Sugar Smart Diet by Anne Alexander
*What You Must Know About Memory Loss and How You Can Stop It by Pamela Smith
Forthcoming DVDs to the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these in the ECRL Catalog:
*Adventures of the Penguin King (2014)
*The Amish:  Shunned (2014)
*Captain Phillips (2014)
*Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2014)
*Ender's Game (2014)
*Hunger Games:  Catching Fire (2014)
*Killing Kennedy (2014)
*Riddick (2014)
*Saving Mr. Banks (2014)
*Tom and Jerry:  Mouse Trouble (2014)