September 2012
Volume 2, Issue 9
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ELM Mobile
The Electronic Library for Minnesota is now available through a mobile-friendly version of the ELM Portal, created by the IT department at Minitex . Now you can experience unfettered searches on your smartphone or other mobile device - just not while you're driving. To get started, grab your smartphone and go to Enter your ECRL library card number (without spaces) when prompted to get access to these subscription services.

On the ELM Portal you'll find magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias in multiple versions, from student to academic editions. There are magazines and journals as diverse as business journals, home and craft magazines or children's publications. Not all the ELM sources are yet available in mobile editions, so for more in-depth research you should use the full web version of ELM.

ELM is brought to you through your library, partnering with libraries and schools across Minnesota; Minitex, an information and resource sharing program of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and University of Minnesota Libraries; the Minnesota Legislature; and State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education.
Staff Book Recommendations
Book recommendation
Torch by Cherlyl Strayed recommended by Kathy Morrow (Mille Lacs Lake Community Library)
This novel is set in northern Minnesota and is about a young woman whose mother is dying of cancer.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson recommended by Mary Beth Woodrow (Aitkin Public Library)
This is Simonson's debut novel and is a charming story with quirky characters set in the English countryside.
Trickster's Point by William Kent Krueger recommended by Betty Evans (Milaca Community Library)
Great as always!  Never disappointed in his books!
The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner recommended by Betty Evans (Milaca Community Library)
This novel is about the making of a sitcom from the writer's point of view.  Interesting and a fun read.
Catherine the Great by Robert Massie recommended by Jeanne Coffey (Sandstone Public Library)
Massie has delivered an exquisite piece of Russian history and as always, he makes you fell like you were there.  He is  my favorite recommendation for historical writing and this book is no exception, one of his best for sure.
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian recommended by Jeanne Coffey (Sandstone Public Library)
Given what is happening is Syria, this book explains a lot of that country's history and it is explored through the author's Armenian ancestry.  A very moving book that is an eye opener about love, loss and personal history. 
White Collar DVD series recommended by Sarah Biro (Chisago Lakes Area Library)
Unique twist on the law & order theme.

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Upcoming Legacy Programming

 Divas Through the Decades

Divas Through the Decades


East Central School Auditorium - Finalyson, MN.
Friday, September 21 - 7:00 pm
Divas Through the Decades is a musical tribute to some of the most influential female vocalists in American pop music, featuring songs from the 40's, through today's current hits!  


Speaker Tyler Fish
Chisago Lakes Area Library
Tuesday, October 9 - 7:00 pm 
Join us for an evening with Tyler Fish as he talks about the first American unsupported expedition to the North Pole that he took with his friend, John Huston.  They are the co-authors of the book, Forward.  The event is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and in partnership with the Chisago Lakes Friends of the Library, Wild River Audubon Society and Chisago City Parks & Recreation.
Angela Foster Writer's Workshop
Aitkin Public Library
Saturday, October 13 - 1:00-4:00 pm
Learn to put those memories on paper and write stories for your family to enjoy for generations.  Class size is limited and for participants ages 16 and up.  Call the Aitkin Public Library at 218-927-2339 to pre-register. 


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!


*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.

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: Emma Straub
In Straub's riveting debut novel, Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures, lovely Elsa Emerson, a young Wisconsin farm girl, finds fame as a sensational movie star during the golden age of Hollywood.  According to Entertainment Weekly  the story is "fantastic...a stunningly intimate portrayal of one woman's life".


New Novels in the ECRL catalog:
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*Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
*Hot Country by Robert Olen Butler
*Twelve by Justin Cronin
*The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman
*Outrage by Arnaldur Indridason
*Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann
*It's Fine By Me by Per Petterson
*Black Fridays by Michael Sears

New DVDs added to the ECRL catalog: 

Search for any of these in the ECRL Online Catalog


*The Sterile Cuckoo (1969) starring Liza Minnelli
*House of Dark Shadows (1970) starring Jonathan Frid
*A Woman Called Moses (1978) starring Cicely Tyson
*Young James Herriot (2011) starring Gary Lewis
*Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) starring Judi Dench

*Hysteria (2012) starring

Maggie Gyllenhaal
*Magic Mike (2012) starring Channing Tatum

*Moonrise Kingdom (2012) starring Bruce Willis 

New Non-Fiction in the ECRL Catalog
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*Dust Bowl:  An Illustrated History by Ken Burns
*Mean Girls at Work by Katherine Crowley
*Lady Bird Johnson by Michael L. Gillette
*Viper Pilot by Dan Hampton
*And Now We Shall Do Manly Things by Craig Heimbuch
*In the Footsteps of Jesus by Jean-Pierre Isbouts
*Kill Anything That Moves by Nick Turse
*Sweet Magnolias Cookbook by Sherryl Woods

 New Children and Teen Titles

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Picture Books

 *There's a Fly in My Soup by Tedd Arnold

*Bailey:  At the Museum by Harry Bliss

*Mossy by Jan Brett

*My Brave Year of Firsts:  Tries Sighs and High Fives by Jamie Lee Curtis

*Return of the Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy

Juvenile Fiction

*Mysteries According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

* Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech

* Eighth Grade is Making Me Sick by Jennifer Holm

*One Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath

*Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney

Juvenile Non-Fiction

*Skull in the Rock by Marc Aronson

*Kids of Kabul:  Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War by Deborah Ellis

* Beyond Courage:  The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport

*Presidential Pets by Julia Moberg

*Invisible Microbe:  Tuberculosis by Jim Murphy

Teen Fiction

*Reached by Allyson Braithwaite Condie

*Kill Order by James Dashner

* Son by Lois Lowry

* True Legend by Mike Lupica

* Dodger by Terry Pratchett