Sept 2015
Volume 5, Issue 9
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Retirement in Mille Lacs County Branch

Congratulations to Branch Librarian Kathy Morrow on her retirement from the Mille Lacs Lake Community Library in Isle . As a former English teacher and writer, Kathy reflected on how she's enjoyed promoting reading for children and adults. She said she especially had fun conducting pre-school storytimes and then seeing the school successes achieved by those early readers as they went off to college. Kathy gave praise to the Friends of the Library for their support of reading programs by providing the incentives that encourage the kids to read.

Kathy reflected on the changing library toward providing electronic services and how important it's been to help people learn to use email and the internet. She said in her retirement letter: "I have most enjoyed encouraging children and adults, whether in improving their reading, advancing their careers and hobbies or learning to use the computer."

Best wishes, Kathy, and happy reading!
Beyond Book Sales: The Future of Friends Fundraising

Friends of libraries from across central Minnesota came to the Aitkin Library on Saturday, September 12th for a workshop on fundraising. The workshop was sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Library Friends, assisted by the Friends of the Aitkin Library. Keynote speaker was Stu Wilson, library consultant and former Friends executive. He spoke on fundraising fundamentals, book sale trends, libraries' increasing need for private support, changing community needs and volunteer demographics, and effective social media tools. Attend e es also exchanged ideas for successful Friends acti vities. 

The book Beyond Book Sales: The Complete Guide to Raising Real Money for Your Library is  a publication of the Ameri can Library Association and can be checked out at ECRL branch  libraries.
Pictured:  Beth Zdon, Local Event Chair; 
Kim Edson, MALF Board; Stu Wilson, Keynote Speaker; Mary Beth Woodrow, Aitkin Branch Librarian
Welcome and Thank you!

These staff changes were reported to the ECRL Board on September 14th.

Thank you for your public service and best wishes to these staff members who are leaving ECRL employment:
Aitkin - Roseann Johnson, Branch Assistant, retire Nov 1
Mille Lacs Lake Community Library in Isle - Katherine Morrow, retire Sep 26; Norma Thompson, retire Oct 16
Pine City - Andrea Hermanson, resignation Aug 15
Princeton - Maureen Palashewski, resignation Sep 5

Welcome to new staff members:
Cambridge - RaeLynn Satterlee, Branch Assistant

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

Arn Kind Presents Minnesota's Fabulous Firsts
Sandstone Senior Center
Friday, September 18 - 1:00 pm

Did you know that Minnesotans were the first to volunteer troops to fight in the Civil War?  Did you know that Minnesotans fired the first shots at the beginning of America's involvement in the Pacific War of World War II?  Did you know that a famous Minnesota aviator was the first to make a solo, non-stop flight across the Atlantic, stretching and proving the capabilities of aircraft? Arn Kind, a teacher for the past 37 years will share his love of
history and give the audience a hands-on experience about the many ways the state of MN was first!  
Free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. 

Six Appeal
Ostrand Fine Arts Center - Hinckley-Finlayson High School
Saturday, September 19 - 7:00 pm
Join us as the A Cappella group, Six Appeal, a world class vocal ensemble performs with impeccable comedic timing and the vitality of rock band.  The program is free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages.  

(a series of dance instruction and live performance)

Fox Trot and Swing Dance Class
Braham Community Center
Tuesday, September 22 -7:00-9:00 pm

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

Belle Amour Concert                                
Braham Community Center
Thursday, September 24 - 7:00 pm

Now you know how to dance the fox trot and swing!  So join us for this live performance and practice your dance moves or simply come to listen to the wonderful music.  Belle Amour is a fun, high energy jazz group that performs a mix of classic American 20's and 30's jazz standards with a touch of international flair.  Two Sossy Mechanics dance instructors will be on hand the night of the live performance to assist you with your newly learned dance skills as you dance to the live music.  Free and open to the public!

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.

Upcoming Chance to Dance classes & live performances!

October 27 - 7:00 pm - Learn swing and the rhumba
October 29 - 7:00 pm - Live performance by Holy Rocka  Rollaz

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, Google calendar, ECRL Facebook page or follow us on  Twitter@ecrlib.
Overdrive Titles
 (Search for any these in the Overdrive catalog)
eBook Titles

* Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller
* Every Little Kiss by Kim Amos
* Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer
* The Hidden by Heather Graham
*Last Midwife by Sandra Dallas
* Last Promise by Richard Evans
*Starlight on Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs
*Undercover by Danielle Steel
*When Love Returns by Kim Vogel Sawyer
*Willow Brook Road by Sherryl Woods

eAudio Titles

* Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton
*Clear by Fire by Joshua Hood
*Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston
*Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon
*Friction by Sandra Brown
*In the Dark by Jonathan Freeman
*Iron Wolf by Dale Brown
*Murder House by James Patterson
*Obsession Falls by Christina Dodd
*Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Forthcoming Large Print Titles in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of t hese in the ECRL catalog

*The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories by Stephen King
*Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline
*Foreign Affairs by Stuart Woods
*Gina & Emma by Sherryl Woods
*Killing Season by Faye Kellerman
*The Man Without a Shadow by Joyce Carol Oates
*Private Paris by James Patterson
*See Me by Nicohlas Sparks
*Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella
*Wishes for Christmas by Fern Michaels
Forthcoming Print Fiction in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these items in the  ECRL catalog

*The Art of War by Stephen Coonts 
*Breakdown by Jonathan Kellerman
*Brotherhood in Death by J. D. Robb
*Find Her by Lisa Gardner
*If I Run by Terri Blackstock
*The Man Without a Shadow by Joyce Carol Oates
*Mermaid Moon by Colleen Cable
*Private Paris by James Patterson
*Return to Paradise by Barbara Cameron
*Sage's Eyes by V. C. Andrews
*Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner
Forthcoming Print Books on CD and Adult Non-Fiction in the ECRL Catalog
Search for any of these titles in the ECRL Catalog:


*Cesar Millan's Lessons from the Pack by Cesar Millan
*The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson


*Fear the Dark by Kay Hooper
*Private Paris by James Patterson
*See Me by Nicholas Sparks
*Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella
*Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts
New Juvenile Fall Titles  in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these in the ECRL Catalog:

*10-minute Seasonal Crafts for Autumn by Annalees Lim
*Aaron Loves Apples and Pumpkins by P. D. Eastman
*Dinosaurs in the Fall by Joyce Jeffries
*Fall is Here by Frankie Jones
*Little Tree by Loren Long
*My Autumn Book by Wong Herbert Yee
*My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington
*Peppa's Windy Fall Day by Barbara Winthrop
*Pumpkin Shapes by Charles Reasoner
*Scarecrow Magic by Ed Masessa
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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