February 2014Volume 4, Issue 2
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East Central Regional Library 
Presents Kids Design Glass...
an exhibition of glass sculptures designed by kids and created by glassblower, Anthony Michaud-Scorza!

A contest was held at each of our 14 library branches and the winning child's drawing from each branch was created into a glass sculpture.

Join us as we unveil these 14 exquisite, fun and unique sculptures. All 14 glass sculptures will be traveling to each of ECRL's 14 branches. Glassblower, Anthony Michaud-Scorza, will be giving a presentation on the glassblowing process followed by a question and answer period. Congratulate the winning child at each branch and see the special sculpture created from their own drawing. 
The event is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  See the program and exhibition schedule below:
Program & Exhibition Schedule:
Monday, March 3 @ 6:30 PM - Cambridge Public Library  
Tuesday, March 4 @ 6:30 PM - Rush City Public Library  
Thursday, March 6 @ 6:30 PM - Hinckley Public Library  
Saturday, March 8 @ 10:30 AM-Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

Monday, March 10 @ 6:30 PM - North Branch Area Library  
Tuesday, March 11 @ 6:30 PM - Milaca Community Library  
Thursday, March 13 @ 6:30 PM - Pine City Public Library

Tuesday, March 18 @ 6:30 PM - Wyoming Area Library  
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 - Sandstone Public Library  
Upcoming Legacy Programming
(events funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund)


Bev Proulx Presents Quilts and Quilters Through Time: 1750-1900
March 1 - 10:00-12:00 Noon
Quarry Quilts & Yarn, 326 Quarry Place, Suite 1
Sandstone, MN

Using Bev's collection, you will learn about the quilters and quilts during this specific

time period in our history.  


World War II Interactive Experience with Arn Kind 
Tuesday, February 25 - 6:30 pm 
North Branch Area Library

Learn about WWII through the eyes of a war correspondent. Mr. Kind portrays an Ernie Pyle-type news reporter embedded with an infantry company in France.  Join us for this entertaining and educational program.
Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers
Friday, February 28 -7:00 pm
East Central School Auditorium
61085 State Highway 23, Finlayson, MN. 
Feel the beat of the drum, experience the hypnotizing power of dance and enjoy the rhythm of the music as you learn about the culture, tradition and history presented by Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers.  Free and open to the public - no tickets necessary.
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 read our tweets on Twitter.
MnSure Navigators at ECRL Branches

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 8-10:00 am -3:00 pm
Saturday, March 22-10:00 am -3:00

Cambridge Public Library - 763-689-7390 x15
Saturday, March 1-10:00 am-3:00 pm
Monday, March 10-3:00-8:00 pm
Saturday, March 29-10:00 am-3:00 pm

Chisago Lakes Area Library - 651-257-2817
Tuesday, March 4-3:00-8:00 pm
Tuesday, March 18-3:00-8:00 pm

Mille Lacs Lake Community Library - 320-676-3929
Thursday, March 6-4:00-8:00 pm
Thursday, March 20-4:00-8:00 pm

Mora Public Library -320-679-2642
Tuesday, February 25-3:00-8:00 pm
Tuesday, March 11-3:00-8:00 pm
Tuesday, March 25-3:00-8:00 pm

Pine City Public Library -320-629-6403
Wednesday, February 26-3:00-7:00 pm
Saturday, March 15-9:00 am -2:00 pm

Princeton Area Library - 763-389-3753
Thursday, February 27-3:00-8:00 pm
Thursday, March 13-3:00-8:00 pm
Thursday, March 27-3:00-8:00 pm

Rush City Public Library - 320-358-3948
Wednesday, March 5-3:00-8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 19-3:00-8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 26-3:00-8:00 pm 

March Mania Tournament at 
Select ECRL Branches

So you thought that March was just all about the NCAA basketball tournament.  Not so at eight library branches of East Central Regional Library!  All ages are invited to participate in our Heroes vs Villains March Mania contest.  The Heroes and Villains were chosen from kids and teen books and movies.  Pick up a Heroes vs Villains bracket at any of the following ECRL branches including Cambridge, Chisago Lakes, McGregor, Mille Lacs Lake (Isle), North Branch, Pine City, Princeton or Rush City and return it no later than Wednesday, March 5. 


Will Gollum beat President Snow?  Will Sherlock Holmes win over Katniss?  Who will meet in the ultimate HEROES VS VILLAINS battle? 


Return EACH week and vote from the winners of the previous week's brackets to ensure your bracket picks continue to win!


First 16 winners-posted Monday, March 10 or Tuesday, March 11


Next 8 winners- posted Monday, March 17 or Tuesday, March 18


Next 4 winners-posted Monday, March 24 or Tuesday, March 25



WINNERS-posted Monday, March 31 or Tuesday, April 1


The winner in each branch will win a prize courtesy of each library's Friends of the Library group.  Stop by the library for more information!

Forthcoming DVDs to the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these in the ECRL Catalog:
*Best of American Pickers (2013)
*Bonnie & Clyde:  The Real Story (2013)
*Closed Circuit (2014) starring Eric Bana
*Dallas Buyers Club (2014) starring Matthew McConaughey
*Disconnect (2013) starring Jason Bateman
*Gravity (2014) starring Sandra Bullock
*Mandela:  Long Walk to Freedom (2014) starring Idris Elba
*Philomena (2014) starring Judy Dench

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 
*Big Brother by Lionel Shriver (c. 2013) Print


When an older brother becomes grossly obese and homeless, a younger sister tries to help. She rents an apartment for them in Cedar Rapids, IA and moves her jazz musician brother from New York City. As they both diet themselves back into shape, their lives begin to change. This well-written book was humorous yet dealt with some difficult issues. (Recommended by Kathy Morrow, Mille Lacs Lake Community Library) 
*Delivering Death by Julie Kramer (c. 2014) Print, Book on CD)


#6 in the Riley Spartz series. TV investigative journalist Riley Spartz receives a package full of human teeth in the mail. Determining whom they belong to, and how they relate to a murder investigation and a white collar crime ring, are at the top of Riley's priority list. At the same time, Riley is kept busy, as her TV news director has her chasing other stories, sacrificing quality investigation for cheap entertainment during sweeps, including missing dogs, and a mass marriage at the Mall of America that has Riley running into her ex. If you love references to MN and a crime novel that keeps you guessing, but also has you laughing out loud, Julie Kramer is the author for
you!  (Recommended by Sarah Hawkins, Chisago Lakes Branch Librarian)
*Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (c.2013) Book on CD

This Pulitzer Prize winning author has written this novel that spans the 1960s to the present.  It is about two brothers - one who lives in India and another who lives in America.  It is both entertaining and informative about the culture and life in India. (Recommended by Betty Evans, Milaca Aide) 
*Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell (c. 2012) Print

This is the story of two women from different generations, Arlette & Betty, who befriend each other at the beginning of the book. Betty & her mother move from Surrey, England to the island of Guernsey to take care of Betty's aging grandmother, Arlette. Betty and Arlette become so close, that Betty stays to take care of her grandmother until she passes away. At the reading of her grandmother's will a beneficiary is named who is unknown to Betty, Clara Pickle. Betty moves to Soho to really begin her life and to look for this mysterious Clara Pickle. At this point the book divides into two stories: Arlette who moves from Guernsey Island to London in the 1920s and Betty's story as she moves to Soho in the 1990s.

This book is a fun, relaxing and enjoyable read with a bit of a mystery. (Recommended by Sue Monroe, North Branch Librarian)
Overdrive Titles
 (Search for any these in the Overdrive catalog)
eBook Titles
*Air Battle for Malta by James Douglas-Hamilton
*Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
*Backfire by Catherine Coulter
*Butterfly Palace by Colleen Cable
*Captain's Duty by Richard Phillips
*D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton
*Doctors Who Kill by Carol Anne Davis
*Just Desserts by G. A. McKevett
*Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
*Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
eAudio Titles
*David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
*Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
*Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
*Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
*Let Freedom Ring by Sean Hannity
*Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
*Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
*Paris Wife by Paula McLain
*Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
*Wolf of Wall Street (Movie Tie-in Edition) by Jordan Belfort
Forthcoming Print Fiction in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these items in the ECRL catalog:
*Cell by Robin Cook
*Concealed in Death by J. D. Robb
*Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger
*Ghost Ship by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
*Hacker by Ted Dekker
*January Thaw by Jess Lourey
*Marriage Between Friends by Debbie Macomber
*Mistress of Normandy by Susan Wiggs
*Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
*Undead Pool by Kim Harrison
Forthcoming Print Non-Fiction in the ECRL Catalog
Search for any of these titles in the ECRL Catalog:
*Anxiety Cure for Kids by Elizabeth DuPont Spencer
*Authentic Aromatherapy:  essential oils and blends for health, beauty, and home by Sharon Faisetto
*Bob Dylan: American Troubadour by Donald Brown 
*Decoding Your Dog (American College of Veterinary Behaviorists)
*The Mindful Caregiver:  finding ease in the caregiving journey by Nancy L. Kriseman
*National Geographic Traveler Rome by Sari Gilbert
*Overwhelmed:  work, love, and play when no one has the time by Brigid Schulte
*Snowden Files:  the inside story of the world's most wanted man by Luke Harding
*Surviving Parental Alienation by Amy Baker
*Truth About Retirement Plans and IRA's by Ric Edelman