November 2012
Volume 2, Issue 11
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New Book Alerts
A new feature on the ECRL blog began this month with the first blog post on new books coming (print and CD). Watch for this list to be posted about once a month that will alert you to new books by best-selling authors that we have on order. The blog URL is  From there, select "New Books Coming" from the right menu bar to read the new book posts.

The list has projected publication dates and is broken into 3 parts: Adult Fiction, Large Print, and Books on CD. When you see a book you want to read, you can place a request to be put on the hold list for it in the web catalog. We will also alert you via FaceBook when the list is posted each month. You don't need a FaceBook account to read the ECRL news postings at

If you're an eBook or eAudio reader, you will see new books displayed on the digital library search screen as soon as they're available.
Staff Recommendations


How Did You Get This Number? by Sloane Crosley -  recommended by Robin Yoerger Duple, Pine City Branch LibrarianBook Recommendations

Hilarious autobiographical short-stories.


The Mermaid Collector by Erika Marks - recommended by Lisa Wagner, Milaca Community Branch Librarian
A young woman is forced to come to terms with her past and navigate her way through the present when a new resident comes to live in her small, coastal town. This novel blends the past and the present in a way that is at times haunting and always undeniably human.
How I Came to Sparkle Again by Kaya McLaren -  recommended by Lisa Wagner, Milaca Community Branch Librarian
Two women in the town of Sparkle, Colorado, re-discover their sense of worth and find love in this heart-warming novel.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel on audiobook  - reccomended by Betty Evans, Milaca Community Library branch aide
A young Indian man must fend for himself aboard a life raft after the ship he is on sinks. A Bengal tiger named Richard Parker is his only companion in this audiobook, narrated clearly and authentically by Jeff Woodman.


Billy Lynn's Long Half-time Walk by Ben Fountain - recommended by Ceci Cross-Maser, Hinckley Branch Librarian

This book has been called "Catch-22" of the Iraq war.  Gives an honest view into the heads of young American soldiers.

The Tricking of Freya by Christina Sunley - recommended by Ceci Cross-Maser, Hinckley Branch Librarian
Set in an Icelandic settlement in Manitoba and Iceland itself. Tells the story of a young woman trying to reveal her family's secrets. Includes much "incidental knowledge" about Icelandic folklore, language, and history.


December Dread by Jess Lourey - recommended by Sarah Biro, Chisago Lakes Branch Librairan

This is the next in Jess Lourey's Murder by Month series, which brings Mira James back to her hometown of Paynesville MN.  Lourey combines humor and suspense better than anyone.  I read it in one sitting.

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Upcoming Legacy Programming


Scandinavian Dance Program - Monday, November 19 - 7:00 pm  - Wyanette Town Hall, 34894 Nacre Street NW, Princeton


East Central Regional Library presents a Scandinavian Dance demonstration and workshop led by Swedish National Folk Musician and Dance instructor Leif Alpsjo and dance instructor Mary Hegge. Of particular interest will be demonstration and instruction for dancing the polska, the national Scandinavian dance that has many regional variations. Providing music for the event is a group called Tjernblom. Their instruments are nyckelharpa, octave mandolin and harmonium. All are welcome and no tickets are necessary. 


Aitkin Public Library Presents A Cup of Christmas Tea author, Tom Hegg - Sunday, December 2 - 3:00 pm


Join us for our 16th annual Christmas tea with special guest. author Tom Hegg.  Please pre-register by November 27 at the Aitkin Public Library (218-927-2339).  Space is limited!  In partnership with the Friends of the Aitkin Public Library.



Bus trip to the Swedish Institute's Christmas Display at the Turnblad Mansion (December 6, 8)


We'll be taking a bus trip to the Swedish Institute's Turnblad Mansion and see it decorated for a Swedish Christmas. Both dates are currently full, but you can call 763-280-4392 to be put on a waiting list.  Please leave your name and phone number and we will call you back if a space opens up.
Anne Zemke - The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider
Saturday, December 15 - 10:00 am
Pine City Public Library
Come listen to Anne's grandmother's story of being taken off the orphan train in 1906 and becoming an indentured servant along with lots of other girls from her book, They Named Me Marjorie.

*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.


Plus there are lots of other activities going on throughout ECRL.  Simply check the NewsBits at or our Google calendar.

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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: Maeve
 Maeve Binchy
Binchy, Ireland's most well-known novelist, first attracted international attention with the publication of Light a Penny Candle in 1982.  Many bestsellers followed, including Circle of Friends, The Copper Beach, and Tara Road.  In 1999 she received the British Book Award for Lifetime Achievement.   Sadly, Binchy passed away on July 30, 2012, but her final novel, A Week in Winter, will be released in February, 2013.



New Novels in the ECRL catalog:
Search for any of these items in the ECRL Online Catalog:


*Hit Me by Lawrence Block
*Power Trip by Jackie Collins
*The Shortest Way Home by Juliette Fay
*Victory at Yorktown by Newt Gingrich
*Butter by Anne Panning
*The Bookseller by Mark Pryor
*The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro
*Christmas in Cornwall by Marcia Willett

New DVDs added to the ECRL catalog: 

Search for any of these in the ECRL Online Catalog


*Purple Noon (1960) starring Alain Delon
*Arbitrage (2012) starring Richard Gere
*Game Change (2012) starring Ed Harris
*Hope Springs (2012) starring Meryl Streep
*Lawless (2012) starring Shia La Beouf
*The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) starring Jennifer Garner
*Rock of Ages (2012) starring Tom Cruise
*Sparkle (2012) starring Whitney Houston
New Non-Fiction in the ECRL Catalog
Search for any of these titles in the ECRL Catalog


*Finish:  The Killing of Osama Bin Laden by Mark Bowden
*How to Have a Match Made in Heaven
by Ariel Kane
*The Seventeen Solutions by Ralph Nader
*Minnesota Book of Skills by Chris Niskanen
*Dream More by Dolly Parton
*1001 Wedding Ideas
by Tricia Spencer
*Geronimo by Robert M. Utley
*Preserving Wild Foods
by Matthew Weingarten


Children's Titles

Search for any of these items on the ECRL Online Catalog: 



Easy Books

*10 Turkeys in the Road by Brenda Reeves Sturgis
*Gobble, Gobble by Cathryn Falwell
*Olivia Talks Turkey by Farrah McDoogle
*Our Thanksgiving Banquet by Jane O'Connor
*Splat Says Thank you by Rob Scotton
*Too Many Turkeys by Linda White
*Turkey Day by Grace Maccarone

Juvenile Fiction & Non-Fiction

*Junie B., First Grader:  Turkeys We Have Loved and

Eaten by Barbara Park
*Over the River and Through the Wood by Lydia Child
*Paper Crafts for Thanksgiving by Randel McGee
*Problems in Plymouth by Marianne Hering
*Sarah Gives Thanks by Mike Allegra
*Thanksgiving by Barbara Balfour
*Thanksgiving Then and Now by Jessica Gunderson
*What is Thanksgiving by Elaine Landau