Shadows of Time: Minnesota’s Surviving Railroad Depots

Author Bill Schrankler will discuss his new book, “Shadows of Time… Minnesota’s Surviving Depots” at seven East Central Regional Library branch libraries. The book brings to life 168 of Minnesota’s remaining railroad depots. Bill will share entertaining, fact filled information gathered along with hundreds of photographs, maps and other images. His narrative provides a look at Minnesota railroad history through brief studies of the aging structures that range from opulent buildings to small wooden structures. The evening will be informative for all interested in history, railroads or trains. Several of East Central Regional Library branches’ surviving depots are mentioned in his book including Hinckley, Milaca and Princeton. This event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Funds.

Tuesday, November 1
6:30 pm – Milaca Community Library

Thursday, November 3
6:30 pm – Chisago Lakes Area Library

Saturday, November 5
10:30 am – McGregor Public Library

Monday, November 7
6:30 pm – Princeton Area Library

Thursday, November 10
6:30 pm – Pine City Public Library

Saturday, November 12
10:30 am – Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

Thursday, November 17
6:30 pm – Hinckley Public Library

Play & Learn Space Open House at North Branch Area Library

All kids love cars, trucks, trains and everything that moves.   The new “Moving All Around” North Branch Area Library Play and Learn Space focuses on everything transportation and includes a Duplo table along with My First Duplo sets (a train, boat, plane, bus, etc.), a wall-mounted submarine, a sky pilot and safety road manipulative, a transport hub rug with chunky vehicles, a car activity center, train station seating and more.

The Play and Learn Space focuses on one of the five basic literacy skills established by the Early Child Ready to Read program – PLAY –  developed by the American Library Association.  Those skills include playing, talking, singing, reading and writing.  Play is not only inherently valuable as a pleasurable activity, it is how kids learn and is integral in the development of the other four literacy skills.

The Play and Learn Space will encourage adults, caregivers, children and families to discover that the public library is a “community center” where families can visit, play and learn; recognize that the library shares in the commitment to the healthy development of their children, including their physical, emotional and educational well-being; engage children in many of the early literacy skills including talking, singing, reading, writing and playing; and encourage them to visit the library more often and stay longer.

We invite you to join us for Play and Learn Space special open house on Wednesday, November 2 at 11:00 am (following storytime) to celebrate this new learning area at the library.  Refreshments will be served by the Friends of the North Branch Area Library.

Funds for the Play and Learn Space were made possible by an anonymous donor.

Minnesota Author of Sherlock Holmes Series to Visit Pine City Public Library

Pine City Public Library welcomes popular Minnesota author, Larry Millett as he leads a discussion of his Sherlock Holmes books, including the newest installment, “Strongwood,” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Mr. Millett is also the author of many non-fiction titles about Minnesota architecture, history and more. This author presentation is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

*An error was printed in the recently distributed e-Connect newsletter with the heading “Sherlock Holmes Writer to Visit Milaca”. This was INCORRECT. He will be appearing at the Pine City Public Library!