March 2015
Volume 5, Issue 3
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New Hinckley Branch Librarian Named

Congratulations to Carolyn Avaire who has accepted the position as the new Hinckley Branch Librarian!

Carolyn has worked for ECRL since 2009, first as a Branch Aide in Mille Lacs Lake and most recently as a Branch Aide in Mora. Carolyn also has experience working at Great River Regional Library, ECRL's western neighbor. 

Carolyn received her bachelor's degree in education and information media from Saint Cloud State University and she will be receiving her Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies from Drexel University this March.

Carolyn is excited for this new opportunity and is looking forward to getting to know the Hinckley community. She began her full time position in Hinckley on March 4th.
Two ECRL Librarians Appointed to MILE

MILE is the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Institute for Leadership Excellence.  This is a biennial competitive program to assist librarians to meet professional goals and become leaders of tomorrow.  25 applicants were selected statewide.  ECRL Librarians Sarah Hawkins (Resource Librarian) and Carolyn Avaire (Hinckley Branch Librarian) are part of the 2015 class.

MILE 2015 participants will attend a 4 day retreat at Sugar Lake Lodge May 12-15, followed by an 18 month mentorship with an experienced library leader.  At the retreat, participants will spend their days with other emerging library leaders discovering their strengths, setting goals, learning leadership styles, learning to incorporate creativity into leadership, and hearing from library leaders.  Evenings allow time to relax, play games, and get to know one another to build relationships that will support lifelong successful library careers.
               Upcoming Legacy Programming
  (events funded with money from Minnesota's              Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund)

Erin Hart & Paddy O'Brien
Aitkin  Public Library 
Tuesday, March 17 - 6:30 pm

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with songs, tunes, and stories as they'd be shared by an Irish fireside.  Paddy will play some tunes on his button accordion followed by telling a few adventures from his memoir. Erin will then add a tale or two from her book, The Book of Killowen.  

Arn Kind - Fur Trade Tour
Mora Public Library - Monday, March 16 - 6:00 pm
Princeton Area Library - Thursday, March 19 - 6:30 pm
Sandstone Senior Center - Friday, March 20 - 1:00 pm
Aitkin Public Library - Monday, March 23 - 6:30 pm
Cambridge Public Library - Tuesday, March 24 - 6:00 pm
Chisago Lakes Area Library - Tuesday, March 31 - 6:00 pm

Experience "The French Voyageur and Minnesota's Fur Trade" as historical presenter, Arn Kind teaches you about how the fur trade began, the cultures and the people, the transportation of goods and furs plus lots more.  Arn loves to bring lots of artifacts, clothing and equipment so you can observe, handle and interact with this living history program.  

Old MacDonald Had a Banjo

The children's show, Old MacDonald Had a Banjo, imagines a farm full of songs bursting out entertaining, educating, and in volving the audience in singing, movement, and silliness. Folk musician Paul Imholte plays the part of Old MacDonald as he sings original and classic children's songs.

Old McDonald Had a Banjo program is part of ECRL's celebration of Once Upon a Reader, a statewide literacy initiative program that celebrates Minnesota's rich cultural heritage by bringing the joy of stories, art, and literacy to our state's youngest members through libraries.

Chisago lakes Area Library -  Wednesday, April 1 - 10:30 am
Princeton Area Library - Wednesday, April 8 - 10:45 am
Mille Lacs Lake Community Library - Tuesday, April 14 - 10:30 am
Sandstone Public Library - Wednesday, April 15 - 10:00 am
Rush City Public Library - Wednesday, April 15 - 2:00 pm
Milaca Community Library - Thursday, April 16 - 10:30 am
McGregor Public Library - Saturday, April 18 - 10:30 am
Wyoming Area Library - Tuesday, April 21 - 10:30 am
Hinckley Public Library - Tuesday, April 21 - 2:00 pm
Pine City Public Library - Wednesday, April 29 - 10:15 am

Bev Proulx - Quilts for Little Folk
North Branch Area Library
Tuesday, April 7 - 6:30 pm

Using the doll, cradle, crib, and youth quilts from Bev's antique and contemporary collection, we will look at the styles, quilt makers, and techniques through time. This is a surprising look at very unique quilts.

The Looney Lutherans

Cambridge Public Library -Monday, April 27 - 6:30 pm
Pine City Public Library - Tuesday, April 28 - 6:30 pm
IREC (Isle Recreation and Education Center)
Seniors 55+ are welcome to come at noon for soup and pie provided by the East Central Senior Resources Center
Wednesday, April 29 - 1:00 pm (all invited for the presentation)

If you're a f an of the Church Basement Ladies you'll love The Looney Lutherans! The Looney Lutherans are a team of  professional actresses who have come together in a fun, interactive, family-friendly show. The idea for the "Looney Lutherans" was cooked up in 2006 when the founding members were appearing in the cast of the hit musical CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES at the Plymouth Playhouse in Plymouth, MN.

The Looney Lutherans are a trio of wacky gals on tour promoting their new cookbook and "lifestyle guide" entitled: Use Your Food: A Guide to Healthy Living Inside and Out, From Our Kitchen to Yours, Eat Like a Lutheran! Using music, comedy, and some help from the audience, these gals share some age-old wisdom for living a long and healthy life the Lutheran way.

Como Zoo Bug-A-Wocky Storytime
Wyoming Area Library - Saturday, April 11 - 1:00 pm

Join us for a special Como Zoo storytime!  Bug-A-Wocky ventures into the amazing world of bugs. Children will be thrilled by a tale about a very tricky spider and a magical rock. Participants will learn the differences between insects and spiders with a dress-up activity. Finally, meet some real, live, bug visitors!

William Kent Krueger
Wyoming Area Library - Tuesday, April 14 - 7:00 pm

Willia m Kent Krueger is the New York Times bestselling author  of  fourteen mysteries in the Cork O'Connor series, including Trickster's Point and Tamarack County, as well as the novel Ordinary Grace, which won the 2014 Edgar Award for Best Novel. His latest novel is Windigo Island. 

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Staff Reviews

Olive and the Embarrassing Gift by Tor Freeman (print)

Olive's friendship is tested when her best friend Joe knits matching hats that say "Best Friends". Joe expects her to wear it all the time, but Olive's friends laugh at her when they see her in the ridiculous hat. Embarrassed she throws her hat in the trash only to realize after that Joe saw what she did. Olive has a decision to make as to what is most important... her friendship with Joe or disposing of the embarrassing gift?

I read this story at our preschool story time, while wearing a silly Valentine's hat that one of my staff had made for the occasion. The book presents a good lesson on the value of true friendship and can also jump start a discussion on how to handle teasing.

Sue Monroe, North Branch Branch Librarian

Uncaged by John Sandford and Michele Cook
(print, book on CD, eBook and digital audio formats)

I've read via audio format most John Sandford titles and found Uncaged to be equally intriguing, well-crafted and memorable. No Sandford fan should be disappointed by this first offering in "The Singular Menace" series, Sandford's foray into the teen and young adult market. Tara Sands does a fine job as reader and is well-suited to the story which finds orphaned teens, Shay and Odin Remby, and an interesting array of characters at odds with a corporation whose technological advances give great promise of return to a more normal life for combat veterans who have lost limbs, but whose research methods are clandestine and tortuous. The ending of Uncaged makes sense, but leaves me impatiently awaiting the second installment (Outrage, scheduled for July 2015 release).

Donna Larson, Rush City Branch Librarian

Killing Patton: The strange death of World War II's most audacious general by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard 
(print, Book on CD, eBook and digital audio formats)

My recollection of Patton is the movie and George C. Scott standing in front of an empty screen talking. However, since I had read and enjoyed the other books by Bill O'Reilly, I thought I would try this one.  I would have to say it by far my favorite. I learned so much about Patton, along with information about FDR, Churchill, Stalin and other significant WWII figures. The behind the scenes political maneuvers by all top officials from the US, England and Russia was unbelievable. In the end you really wonder if Patton was the "sane" one. Both O'Reilly and Dugard make an excellent case that Patton's death was a little more than "suspicious".

Vickie Sorn, ECRL Youth & Community Services Librarian

Overdrive Titles
 (Search for any these in the Overdrive catalog)
eBook Titles
*Amazing Grace by Danielle Steel
*Art of Mistakes by Melanie 
*Big Fat Surprise: a Nutritional Investigation by Nina Teicholz
*Bone House by Brian Freeman
*Buffi's Dress Design by Buffi Jashanmal
*BurdaStyle Modern Sewing_ Dresses for Every Occasion by BurdaStyle Magazine
*NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson
*One Wish by Robyn Carr
*Place at the Table by Susan White
*Red Rose, White Rose by Joanna Hudson

eAudio Titles

*Carry On, Warrior by Glennon D oyle Melton
*Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
*Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang
*Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
*Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
*Stripped by Brian Freeman
*Sum of all Kisses by Julia Quinn
*Wtich with No Name by Kim Harrison

eBook Juvenile & Teen Titles

*Aaron Has a Lazy Day by P. D. Eastman
*Bob Books Set 1 by Bobby Lynn Maslen
*Curious George's First Day of School by H. A. Rey
*Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
*Feral Pride by Cynthia Smith
*Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo
*Ride the Rails with Thomas by Rev. W. Awdry
*Steampunk (LEGO) by Guy Himber
*Utopia, Iowa by Brian Yansky
*Where is the Poky Little Puppy? by Janette Lowrey
New Music CDs in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these in the ECRL catalog

TOP 40

*Kintsugi by Death Cab for Cutie
* Let the Road by Rixton
*Never Been Better by Olly Murs
*Piece by Piece by Kelly Clarkson
*Rebel Heart by Madonna
*Run by Awolnation
*Strangers to Ourselves by Modest Mouse

*Live in 1978 by Emmylou Harris
*Nothing But the Silence by Striking Matches
*NOW That's What I Call ACM Awards:  50th Anniversary
*Southern Style by Darius Rucker
*Spring Break...Checkin' Out by Luke Bryan
Forthcoming Print Fiction in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these items in the ECRL catalog:
*Country by Danielle Steel
*Ever After: a Nantucket Brides Novel by Jude Devereaux
*Finders Keepers by Stephen King
*Gathering Prey by John Sandford
*In Plain Sight by Fern Michaels
*Naked Greed by Stuart Woods
*Never Die Alone by Lisa Jackson
*Piranha by Clive Cussler
*Refining Eye by Tracie Peterson
*Untitled #1: New Detective Series by Vince Flynn
Forthcoming Print Adult Non-Fiction Books in the ECRL Catalog
Search for any of these titles in the  ECRL Catalog :

*88 Days to Kandahar:  a CIA Diary by Robert L. Grenier
*The Anxiety Toolkit by Alice Boyes, PhD
*Crafting a Colorful Home by Kristin Nicholas
*I Left It on the Mountain by Kevin Sessums
*Less Medicine More Health by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch
*Lincoln's Body by Richard Wightman Fox
*Operation Chowhound:  the Most Risky, Most Gloirous US Bomber Mission of World Warr II by Stephen Dando-Collins
*Roosevelt & Stalin:  Portrait of a Partnership by Susan Butler
*The Upholsterer's Step-by-Step Handbook by Alex Law
*Vitamania:  Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection by Catherine Price

New Easy Picture Books
 in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these in the ECRL Catalog:

*Aaron Has a Lazy Day by P. D. Eastman
*Hooray for Hoppy by Tim Hopgood
*How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
*Leopardpox by Orna Landau
*Little Bird Takes a Bath by Marisabina Russo
*Night Owl by Toni Yuly
*Olviia and the Pet Project by Matt Negrete
*Pinkerton, Behave! by Steven Kellogg
*Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester 
*There Was an Old Martian Who Swallowed the Moon by Jennifer Ward

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To strengthen communities by connecting people with resources, spaces, and educational experiences that enrich and empower their lives.


*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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