May  2011
Issue No. 4
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Pine CIty Open House

The State Librarian joined ECRL Board members at the May 7th dedication.  Pictures from 1 to r:  State Librarian Nancy Walton, Board President & Kanabec County Trustee Wayne Zaudtke, Pine County Trustee Bayliss Swanson, Chisago County Trustee Commissioner George McMahon, ECRL Director Barbara Misselt

Pine City Public Library Dedication

Congratulations to Pine City on the dedication of the newly expanded and refurbished library. Over 335 people packed the library for the event on Saturday, May 7, which began with the posting of the colors by Boy Scout Troup 188 and the Pledge of Allegiance.


The library expansion was made possible through a gift given in memory of Henrietta Boo Hudson by her husband H. Peter Hudson and their six children. Henrietta grew up in Pine City. Community members matched the donation with fundraising activities like silent auctions, hot dish buffets and root beer floats in the park. Monetary donations were given by civic groups, clubs, businesses, banks, and library patrons and friends.  The $200,000 match was raised in 13 months.  The renovation is fully paid for and used no tax dollars. 


The building formerly housed both the Pine City offices and library. After the city offices moved out, volunteers boxed up and removed over 20,000 books, CDs, and DVDs as well as computers and furniture. Then a total makover took place from demolition to reconstruction - a process that was accomplished in a mere 63 days. Seeing the beautiful d�cor, including the fireplace and huge bay window, it's hard to remember what the space looked like before the transformation. Where the library formerly occupied only 2,047 square feet, it is now more than tripled in size, at 7,600 square feet.


Master of Ceremonies at Saturday's event was Henrietta - or Henny's - brother, Peter Boo. Family members came from all over the United States to attend the event and witness the unveiling of the commemorative plaque in Henny Penny's Corner, the children's section of the library, which she loved dearly. Other speakers at the event were Mayor Jane Robbins, Foundation member Margery Swanson, project manager Max Blaufuss, Pine City Branch Librarian Christy Koch, Congressman James Oberstar, and H. Peter Hudson. Christy Koch and Mayor Robbins performed the official ribbon-cutting ceremony.


A poem written by Henrietta Boo Hudson was in the dedication program. It declared her love of books, libraries, and the appropriateness of her family's generous gift.



I still find each day too short 

For all the thoughts I want to think,

For all the walks I want to take

All the books I want to read

And all the friends I want to see.

Henrietta Boo Hudson (1934-2001)


More photos from the May 7th dedication can be found at



Did you know?

Learn more about East Central Regional Library and Minnesota Library Programming.....


Kids and Teen Summer Reading Program


Calling all world travelers!  Hop on board for East Central Regional Library's One World, Many Stories kids and the You Are Here teen summer reading programs.  Readers from preschool through teen are encouraged to participate.  Contact your local ECRL branch for program details, events and more.


The summer program will kickoff with musician Ross Sutter who will perform music and songs of Scandinavia, Scotland and Ireland. 

 Ross Sutter

Monday, June 6

10:00 am - Aitkin Public Library

1:00 pm - Mora Public Library


Tuesday, June 7

10:30 am - Milaca Area Library

1:00 pm - Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

3:30 pm - McGregor Public Library


Wednesday, June 8

10:00 am  - Sandstone Public Library

1:00 pm - Hinckley Public Library


Thursday, June 9

10:00 am - Rush City Public Library

1:00 pm - Pine City Public Library


Monday, June 13

10:00 am - Princeton Area Library

1:00 pm - Cambridge Public Library

3:30 pm - Chisago Lakes Area Library


Tuesday, June 14

10:00 am - Wyoming Area Library

1:00 - North Branch Area Library


These events are funded in part or in whole with funds from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 


Internet Site of the Month:

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance


Estimate and apply for benefits, and request payments, on the site of Minnesota's Unemployment Insurance Program. 


Trivia Question of the Month:


If your request for benefits is denied, can you appeal that decision?


Answer to last month's trivia question 


Featured Arts & Cultural Heritage Events

(see our Events Calendar for all ECRL events)


Highlights of Final Weeks of

Meet the Author Tour

Lorna Landvik

Lorna Landvik - Tuesday, May 17 - 6:30 pm

     Aitkin Public Library

Minnesota Crime Wave - Wednesday, May 18 - 6:30 pm

     Rush City Public Library

William Kent Krueger - Thursday, May 19 - 7:00 pm

     Milaca Community Library

Douglas Wood - Saturday, May 21 - 10:30 am -

     Sandstone Public Library

Lorna Landvik - Monday, May 23 - 7:00 pm

     Chisago Lakes Area Library

Nancy Carlson - Tuesday, May 24 - 4:00 pm

     Mora Public Library



Download the updated pdf version of the Legacy Event Calendar listing May and June events along with the Meet the Author tour brochure. All events are funded in part or in whole from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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 counties. 

ECRL also receives state and federal funds.  


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Author of the Month
 Philip Carter
Altar of Bones
Her new novel, Altar of Bones, brings to mind The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown and The Third Secret by Steve Barry. 
Adult Non-Fiction Titles

Search for any of these items in the ECRL Online Catalog and place a hold!

*Apollo's Angels:  a History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans


*The Best American Sports Writing 2010 ed.  by Peter Gammons


*The Dangerous Otto Katz:  The Many Lives of a Soviet Spy by Jonathan Miles


*The Discovery of Jeanne Baret:  a Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe by Glynis Ridley


*God's amost Chosen Peoples:  a Religious History of the American Civil War by George C. Rable


*Pioneers:  the Frontier Family of Barack Obama by Steve MacDonogh


Upcoming New Adult DVD Titles
SOON to appear in Evergreen, our Online catalog.  Watch for them!
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Raisin in the Sun
  • Little Nellie Kelly
  • Upstairs Downstairs
  • Country Strong

Hot Topic This Month



Steampunk is a genre of science fiction set in Victorian times when steam was the main source of machine power (think Around the World in 80 Days or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea)



Elementary School Fiction


*Flotsam by David Wiesner


*Larklight:  a Rousing Tale of   Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space by Philip Reeve


*The Tin Forest by Helen Ward


Middle School Fiction


*Airborn by Kenneth Oppel


 *Airman by Eoin Colfer


*Golden Compass by Philip Pullman


*Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade


*Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld


High School Fiction


*Foundling by D. M. Cornish


*Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa