Oct 2015
Volume 5, Issue 10
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Welcome Steve Karlson - Princeton Branch Librarian

ECRL would like to welcome new Branch Librarian, Steve Karlson. Steve is the new Branch Librarian at the Princeton Area Library, replacing Robin Suhsen who retired at the beginning of the summer.

Steve comes to ECRL with more than 15 years experience overseeing and providing library service to all ages as a school library media specialist, public library director and reference librarian. Most recently, he was the School Media Specialist for Parker Elementary in Elk River.
Steve received his Masters in Educational Media from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse and his Bachelors in History from the University of Minnesota. History remains a passion. Be sure to stop by for those great history book recommendations.
Steve says he's excited to be the new Princeton Librarian and to work in the community where his daughter and grandchildren reside. Steve started full time in Princeton on Monday, October 12.
New Great Courses Books Added

The Great Courses are DVDs put together for lifelong learners who want to experience an engaging, immersive learning experience that you can't get in a lecture hall. There are many categories that makeup the great courses subject matter:  science, mathematics, history, fine arts, music, religion, literature, language and many more. Great Courses is celebrating their 25th year of being the leader in lifelong learning. Below are some of the new DVDs recently added to the ECRL catalog :

*Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
*Everyday Gourmet: the Joy of Mediterranean Cooking
*How to Grow Anything: Container Gardening Tips & Techniques
*How to Stay Fit as You Age
*Museum Masterpieces: the Louvre
*National Geographic Masters of Photography
*Optimizing Brain Fitness
*Secrets of Mental Health
*Understanding Investments
*Yoga for Healthy Mind and Body  
Staff Reviews

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (print, eAudio, DVD)

You may have seen the 2010 movie How to Train Your Dragon, but did you know it's a book? The series follows Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III (also called Hiccup the Useless by some) on his quest to become a hero. While the print version is wonderful, and has humorous illustrations, the audio version is narrated by David Tennant (of Dr. Who and Harry Potter Fame) and filled with music, accents, and dragonese.

Elizabaeth Shirek, Chisago Lakes Branch Librarian

Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics: 64 Patterns for Fat Quarters, Charm Squares, Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes (Oversize 746.45 P)

One of my most cherished possessions is a handmade winter quilt from my mother. Mom has agreed to make three more -- one for each season -- so I have been on a quest to find the perfect patterns for what will most certainly become family heirlooms. Nothing caught my eye until the book this book came across my desk. It contains so many beautiful patterns and ideas, the new difficulty will be narrowing it down to only three!

Donna Larson, Rush City Public Library 

Strength in What Remains: a Journey of Remembrance and Forgetting by Tracy Kidder (305.896 K):

In Strength in What Remains, Tracy Kidder tells an inspiring story of a young man named Deo who having survived a civil war and genocide in Burundi, lands at JFK airport with two hundred dollars, no English, and no contacts. Homeless and living in Central Park, he begins to meet the strangers who will change his life, pointing him eventually in the direction of Columbia University, medical school, and a life devoted to healing the people of his native country.

Nancy Dunbar, Cambridge Branch Librarian
Welcome and Thank you!

These staff changes were reported to the ECRL Board on October 12.

Thank you for your public service and best wishes to these staff members who are leaving ECRL employment:
Mora - Amber Baune, resignation October 3

Welcome to new staff members:
Aitkin - Barb Los, Branch Assistant
Princeton - Steve Karlson, Branch Librarian


For employment opportunities at ECRL, visit our Jobs page - http://www.ecrlib.org/jobs.html

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

Author Laura Erickson Presents "More Than You Thought You Wanted to Know About Owls"
Saturday, October 17 - 10:00 am
Sandstone Public Library 

This program provides an overview of the 12 species of owls found in the upper Midwest, providing a wealth of life history information as well as tips on how to see them. The event is free, family friendly and open to the public.

(a series of dance instruction and live performance)

Swing & Rhumba Dance Class
Braham Community Center
Tuesday, October 27-7:00-9:00 pm

Want to learn how to dance the swing and rhumba?  A dance instructor from Sossy Mechanics will give you instruction on the basics in this two hour class.  Ages 14 and up invited to join the class.   No registration necessary.  Singles and couples welcome.  

Holy Rocka Rollaz Live Performance
Braham Community Center
Thursday, October 29 - 7:00 pm

Take an authentic trip back to the fantastic 50s with The Holy Rocka Rollaz!  If it's the classic early rock 'n' roll and rockabilly of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash (and many more!) that you want, you have found your dream band! Minnesota's own Holy Rocka Rollaz bring back the sound, the look, the memories and nostalgia of one of America's most treasured eras. There's nothing but PURE EARLY AMERICAN ROCK 'n' ROLL about them.

Laura Ingalls Wilder's MN Connection
Chisago Lakes Area Library 
Saturday, November 7 - 1:00 pm

Join us as Joel McKinney, collection manager at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, MN, presents a program about Laura Ingalss Wilder's time in the state of Minnesota.

Thanksgiving in America presented by Dale Blanshan
Wyoming Area Library 
Thursday, November 12 - 7:00 pm

Learn about the history of our Thanksgiving holiday from its humble Pilgrim beginnings to the annual pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

Upcoming Chance to Dance classes & live p erformances!

November 17 - 7:00 pm - Learn salsa and merengue
November 19 - 7:00 pm - Live performance by Salsabrosa

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 follow us on  Twitter@ecrlib.
Overdrive Titles
 (Search for any these in the Overdrive catalog)
eBook Titles

*A. D. 33: Book 2 by Ted Dekker
*Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
*Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber
*Ghost to the Rescue:  Bailey Ruth Series by Carolyn Hart
*The Healing by Jonathan Odell
*Lost Key: Brit in the FBI Series by Catherine Coulter
*Saturn Run by John Sandford
*Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts
*Undead and Unforgiven by Mary Janice Davidson
*The Witness by Nora Roberts

eAudio Titles

* Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
* Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber
* Golem of Paris by Jonathan Kellerman
* The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
* Parchment and Old Lace by Laura Childs
*Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain
*Robert Ludlum's the Patriot Attack by Kyle Mills
*Saturn Run by John Sandford
*Survivor:  Mitch Rapp Series by Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
*Where I am:  Heaven, Eternity and Our Life Beyond by Billy Graham

Forthcoming Large Print Titles in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of t hese in the ECRL catalog

*All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark
*Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz
*Fear the Dark by Kay Hooper
*A Girl's Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber
*Last Midwife by Sandra Dallas
*The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Evans
*The Pharaoh's Secret by Clive Cussler
*Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen
*Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz
*The Survivor by Vince Flynn

Forthcoming Print Fiction in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these items in the  ECRL catalog

*Blue by Danielle Steel
*Behold the Man by Bodie Thoene
*Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer
*Devonshire Scream by Laura Childs
*Fancy Dancer by Fern Michaels
*The Gangster by Clive Cussler
*NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson
*Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver
*Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson
*Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Forthcoming Print Music on CD in the ECRL Catalog
Search for any of these titles in the ECRL Catalog:

TOP 40

*Confident (Edit) by Demi Lovato
*Now That's What I Call  Music 56 by Various Artists
*Pentatonix by Pentatonix
*Revival by Selena Gomez
*Unbreakable by Janet Jackson


*35 MPH Town by Toby Keith
*Buy Me a Boat by Chris Jansen
*Reloaded:  20 #1 Hits by Blake Shelton
*Storyteller by Carrie Underwood
*Thirty-One by Jana Kramer
New Juvenile Halloween Titles  in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these in the ECRL Catalog:

*Believe It or Not, My Brother has a Monster by Kenn Nesbitt
*Boo!  Guess Who, Elmo! by Matt Mitter
*Dracula's Last Birthday by Lucy Rosen
*Pumpkin Day by Candace Ransom
*Pumpkin Shapes by Charles Reasoner
*Tacky and the Haunted Igloo by Helen Lester
*There Was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider by Jennifer Ward
*Trick or Feet by Scott McCormick
*You Got a Rock, Charlie Brown by Maggie Testa
ECRL's Mission
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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