March 2012
Volume 2, Issue 3
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Near the top right of the front page of the ECRL website is a blue square that says "MnKnows DIG DEEPER @ YOUR LIBRARY." Go ahead, select it, see what amazing tools are behind it: history, news, magazines, encyclopedias, real-time contact with a live librarian, even a research paper planning guide for students.  Now before you think, hey, this stuff is all available free on the Internet, why is this tied to the library or even local or state library funding -- well, the answer is that it's not free! The parts that make up AskMN are funded through library-marked funding streams* and when you click on the blue AskMN box, you only gain access because you are connecting from within a Minnesota public library region. Most Minnesota Internet providers are known by the components of AskMN, and automatically authenticate your access. There are some that may not automatically authenticate, and for those, you will be asked for your library card number.  So, starting at the top of AskMN, here's what you'll find:

MnLiNK Gateway - This button will get you books, DVDs, or CDs from across Minnesota. If your local library doesn't have it on the shelf, it's a good bet that another library may loan it to you, and will send it to your local library via the Minitex and ECRL delivery network. You will need your library card number to make requests. Please check the ECRL catalog (link on the left side of the website) before placing a MnLINK request, since if the item is owned by ECRL, your MnLINK request will not be filled.

ELM the Electronic Library of Minnesota - Here you'll find magazines, newspapers, even the Encyclopedia Britannica in multiple versions, from Elementary School through the Academic Edition. Read the New York Times, Star Tribune from 1867 up until current, or the Wall Street Journal. There are magazines and journals as diverse as business journals, home and craft magazines or children's publications. The Points of View Reference Center is an excellent resource for students in critical thinking or debate.

Minnesota Reflections - This project of the Minnesota Digital Library is almost 8 years old. The collection brings you more than 80,000 images, maps and documents from more than 125 of the state's cultural heritage organizations. This site offers resources on Minnesota's history and geography for researchers, educators, students, and the public. 

AskMN the Librarian Is In - Connect with a librarian from one of the participating libraries (including Minnesota) through real-time chat any time 24/7.

Research Project Calculator - Guides students through development and production of research projects and recently added History Day guidance and lesson plans for teachers.

AskMN and its components are brought to you by:

*Your library or school media center, who partners with libraries across Minnesota

*Minitex, an information and resource sharing program of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and University of Minnesota Libraries

*Minnesota Legislature

*State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education

*Federal LSTA funds under the support of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services

*Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the state's constitution.  


New Isanti Link Site Librarian


East Central Regional Library would like to welcome Kjrsten Vaughn as the new Isanti Link Site Librarian.  Kjrsten took over the job after Lisa Kosin left the end of February.  Kjrsten also works as an aide at the Chisago Lakes Area Library and as mending aide at ECRL Headquarters. The Isanti Link Site is open on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 4:00 pm. 




Legacy logoUpcoming Legacy Programs


Meet the Author II tour

March & April Dates



Author Peg Meier
Princeton Area Library - Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 pm

Author Greg Breining
McGregor Public Library - Saturday, March 17 at 1:00 pm
Author Erin Hart
Cambridge Public Library - Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 pm
Author Ryan Jacobson
Wyoming Area Library - Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 pm
Author Larry Millett
Mille Lacs Lake Community Library - Saturday, March 31 at
10:30 pm
Author Julie Kramer
Pine City Public Library - Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 pm
Author Larry Millett
North Branch Area Library - Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 pm
Author Nathan Jorgenson
Aitkin Public Library - Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 pm
Author Erin Hart
Hinckley Public Library - Saturday, April 14 at 10:30 am
Author John Reimringer
Chisago Lakes Area Library - Monday, April 16 at 7:00 pm
Author Julie Klassen
Milaca Community Library - Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 pm 


Other Upcoming Legacy Programs

Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag
Join us for Swedish music and dance performed by the Twin Cities Nyckelpharpalag.
Kanabec History Center - Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 pm

Presenter Dale Blanshan
Join Dale as he helps us celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
North Branch Area Library - Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 pm

The Tarveys
Visit the Isle Rec Center in Isle for this great musical program.
Isle Rec Center - Thursday, March 29 at 1:00 pm

Geneaology Presentation
Geneaologist Steven Barthel talks about the basics of discovering your family's history.
Kanabec History Center - Sunday, April 15 at 3:00 pm

Magician/Comedian Tim Gabrielson
Minnesota's own Tim Gabrielson will definitely "keep it funny" and magical at this evening presentation.
North Branch High School Auditorium - Tuesday, April 17 at
7:00 pm

Learn about Mosaics with Sharra Frank
Join us for a lecture and learn all about creating art with mosaics with artist, Sharra Frank.
Princeton Area Library - Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 pm

Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen
The Cambridge Community Wide Read culminates with a visit from Minnesota's #1 poet.
Anoka Ramsey Community College - Rm G202 - Cambridge -
Friday, April 20 at 7:00 pm

*All programs funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Call your local ECRL branch for more information on each program.

IMLSDigital Immigrant Classes Continue


Computer Maintenance Digital Immigrants II Class
Just like an automobile, your computer needs to be on a maintenance schedule.  Join us for this 90-minute informational class to learn about malware, software updates & more! (No, we will not be taking the computer apart)  Pre-registration required.  Please stop by or call your local East Central Regional Library Branch to register.
March Classes
22nd - 1:00 pm @ Chisago Lakes Area Library
25th - 1:00 pm @ Wyoming Area Library
28th - 10:00 am @ Aitkin Public Library
29th - 5:00 pm @ Princeton Area Library
April Classes
11th - 5:00 pm @ Pine City Public Library
12th - 10:00 am @ Cambridge Public Library; 5:00 pm @ Milaca   
     Community Library
13th - 10:00 am @ Sandstone Public Library
18th - 1:00 pm @ Wyoming Area Library
19th - 1:00 pm @ Mora Public Library
20th - 10:00 am @ Mille Lacs Lake Community Library
23rd - 1:00 pm @ Chisago Lakes Area Library
24th - 10:00 am @North Branch Area Library
26th - 10:00 am @ McGregor Public Library
May Classes
1st - 2:00 pm @ Princeton Area Library
2nd - 10:00 am @ Rush City Public Library
3rd - 10:00 am @ Hinckley Public Library
8th - 1:00 pm @ Cambridge Public Library
9th - 10:30 am @ Milaca Community Library
14th - 1:00 pm @ Aitkin Public Library
15th - 1:00 pm @ Mora Public Library
17th - 5:00 pm @ Pine City Public Library
Classses are made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Library and Museum Services.



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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 Celebrate Easter

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


Picture Books


*10 Easter Egg Hunters

by Janet Schulman 

*The Bunny Surprise

by Apple Jordan

*The Easter Bunny's Assistant

*Here Comes Peter


*Mater and the Easter Buggy


 Juvenile Fiction


 *April Adventure by Rob Roy

*Bad, Bad Bunnies by Judy Delton

*Bella the Bunny Fairy by Daisy Meadows

*Emma the Easter Fairy by Daisy Meadows 

*Junie B. First Grader, Dumb Bunny by Barbara Park



*Dora's Easter Adventure

*Easter Bunny is Comin' to Town


*It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

*Twas the Night Before Easter