Events this week!

60th Anniversary Event with Becky Schlegel
Monday, Sept. 16th, 6:30pm
Pine City Public Library 

Her music is original, drawing on the influence of classic country, bluegrass, folk, and her own thoughtful spirit. Becky’s voice floats, whispers then soars above music of the highest quality. She takes her listeners on a musical journey, exploring new places and meeting new people in every song. East Central Regional Library’s anniversary celebration will begin with Becky Schlegel’s performance from 6:30-7:15 pm, then an open house from 7:15-8 pm. This event is recommended for all ages, no registration required and this and all library events are free and open to the public.

60th Anniversary Event with Mike Munson
Tuesday, Sept. 17th, 6:30pm
Milaca Community Library 

Experience some outstanding slide guitar blues with Mike Munson of Winona, MN. His blues influences include Fred McDowell, Jack Owens, and Jesse Mae Hemphill – who all hailed from areas of rural Mississippi. (His upcoming album, Rose Hill, was recorded in Bentonia, MS, at the Blue Front Cafe, the oldest juke joint in Mississippi, owned by Jimmy “Duck” Holmes.) From sad and somber slow tunes to swampy, caterwauling stompers, his music is a master class in creative blues composition and performance, lyrically compelling, full of unique turns and twists, yet never losing sight of his art form and the music’s roots.East Central Regional Library’s anniversary celebration will begin with Mike Munson’s performance from 6:30-7:15 pm followed by an open house from 7:15-8 pm. This event is recommended for all ages, no registration required and this and all library events are free and open to the public.

 

Arn Kind RevoAmerican Revolution by Arn Kind
Friday, September 20th, 1:00pm
Sandstone Public Library- Event being held offsite at the Sandstone Senior Center

Drama. Roleplaying (with audience help). Living history experiences. Minnesota historical re-enactor Arn Kind goes all out in showing how our great nation was born. This event is recommended for all ages, no registration required and this and all library events are free and open to the public. Find the Sandstone Senior Center at 206 Main St., Sandstone, MN 55072.

60th Anniversary Event with Dancing Light
Saturday,
Sept. 21st, 10:30am
Hinckley Public Library

Musicians Greg and Kiki Carter Webb perform a musical blend that has been called cosmic acoustic. Greg’s unique approach to acoustic guitar supports a mesmerizing vocal blend, occasionally peppered with Kiki’s percussion. Kiki is a classically trained musician influenced by the world of folk, rock, and musical theater. Their lyrics offer a vision of unity, environmental compassion and spiritual connection.  Above all, Dancing Light’s songs are a call for love.East Central Regional Library’s anniversary celebration will begin with Dancing Light’s performance from 10:30-11:15 am, followed by an open house from 11:15 am-12 pm. This event is recommended for all ages, no registration required and this and all library events are free and open to the public.

These programs are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Share Your Story!

In honor of our 60th Anniversary, we are inviting our community members to share their library story! This could be anything from a memory of using the bookmobile to how the library inspired you to write your novel and anything in between. We’d simply love to hear what your favorite memory of using the library has been. We will share these stories online and in our branches!

 

 

60 Years in the Books

It’s our 60th Anniversary! Join East Central Regional Library for inspiring music, special guests and open house receptions this fall!

 

In celebration of providing six decades of library service to the region, all branches of East Central Regional Library will be hosting a special event followed by an open house reception. All events are free and open to all ages. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Don’t forget to bring your 60th Anniversary Passbook, and get it stamped! This Passbook is your opportunity to visit and learn about the branch libraries of East Central Regional Library via the #TourDeECRL. Remember: for each branch you visit, collect a stamp and enter your name into a drawing for fabulous ECRL loot. Visit all 14 locations and be featured on Facebook as a grand champion of the #TourDeECRL (if you so choose). The Passbook runs until Sept. 30, so get touring!

 

Here’s our 60th Anniversary Schedule of Events:

 

Music with Becky Schlegel

Monday, Sept. 16th, 6:30pm — Pine City Public Library

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6:30pm — Chisago Lakes Area Library

Her music is original, drawing on the influence of classic country, bluegrass, folk, and her own thoughtful spirit. This program begins with Becky Schlegel’s performance from 6:30-7:15pm, followed by an open house from 7:15-8pm.

 

Belle Amour, vintage jazz

Thursday, Sept. 12th, 6:30pm — Princeton Area Library

Belle Amour is a fun, high energy jazz group that performs vintage jazz standards with a touch of international flair. This event begins with Belle Amour’s performance from 6:30-7:15pm, followed by an open house from 7:15-8pm.

 

Boyd Huppert, KARE 11’s Land of 10,000 Stories

Thursday, Oct. 10th, 6:30pm — Cambridge Public Library

Award-winning journalist Boyd Huppert got his start in broadcasting as a 16-year-old announcer at his hometown radio station in River Falls, Wisconsin. He joined KARE 11 in 1996, where he now produces and hosts the weekly Land of 10,000 Stories segment. Boyd’s presentation begins at 6:30pm and will be followed by an open house until 8pm.

 

Briand Morrison, jazz guitar

Monday, Sept. 23th, 6:30pm — Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

Tuesday, Sept. 24th, 6:30pm — Sandstone Public Library

Briand Morrison is celebrated by many as the North Shore’s finest jazz guitar player. He plays music on a full-time basis and is praised for his clear sound, unique style, and dedication to music. Morrison’s performance from 6:30-7:15pm will be followed by an open house from 7:15-8pm.

 

Corpse Reviver, American folk

Tuesday, Sept. 10th, 6pm — Aitkin Public Library

Come on down to the library for some good ol’ American folk music with Corpse Reviver, a Minneapolis trio that likes to play music from the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music. The program begins with Corpse Reviver’s performance from 6-7pm, with an open house to follow.

 

Dancing Light, “cosmic acoustic”

Thursday, Sept. 5th, 6:30pm — Mora Public Library

Saturday, Sept. 21st, 10:30am — Hinckley Public Library

Saturday, Sept. 28th, 10:30am — Wyoming Area Library

Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 6:30pm — Rush City Public Library

Thursday, Oct. 3rd, 6:30pm — McGregor Public Library

Get ready to go on a musical journey where the world shines a little brighter. Kiki and Greg, from the group Dancing Light, fuse folk, classical, rock and pop genres for a unique musical experience. This program begins with Dancing Light’s performance for the first 45 minutes, followed by an open house.

 

Holy Rocka Rollaz, ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll

Monday, Sept. 30th, 6:30pm — North Branch Area Library

Let’s go back to the ‘50s! If you’re into the music of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and the like, then you will love Holy Rocka Rollaz. This high energy trio will perform from 6:30-7:30 pm, with an open house to follow.

 

Mike Munson, blues musician

Tuesday, Sept. 17th, 6:30pm — Milaca Community Library

From sad and somber slow tunes to swampy, caterwauling stompers, Mike Munson’s music is a master class in creative blues composition and performance. His performance from 6:30-7:15 pm will be followed by an open house from 7:15-8 pm.

 

These programs are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

 

New Books

Place your holds on these soon-to-be released titles and be on the top of the list!

Out of the Attic  by V. C. Andrews

Aiming for Love  by Mary Connealy

Island of Last Resorts by Mary Ellis

When You See Me by Lisa Gardner

The Museum of Desire by Jonathan Kellerman

Country Strong by Linda Lael Miller

Crooked River by Douglas Preston

Golden in Death by J. D. Robb

Nonfiction

The New Keto-Friendly South Beach Diet by Arthur Agatston


Library Pro Tip: Want your hands on these titles as quickly as you possibly can?

Are you willing to read Large Print or listen to the Book on CD version? Advanced Holds Options might be for you! Advanced holds are used when you want to receive the first available copy of a title, regardless of format. It allows you to place a hold and select the physical formats you are willing to receive.

How to place an advanced hold:

  1. Log in and search for the title and click “Place Hold.”
  2. Click on “Advanced Hold Options.”
  3. Highlight the formats you would be willing to receive, and click “Submit.”
  4. If no formats are selected, any available physical format (Book on CD, Large Print, or Print) will be used.

Events September 9th to September 14th

We take pride in bringing some of the state’s most talented to our communities across the region. This week, we are excited to keep it going with a special round of author visits and a one-of-a-kind kids musician. Read on for all the details:

Beth Dooley
Monday, Sept. 9, 6:30pm
Pine City Public Library 

Meet chef and cookbook author Beth Dooley, a 2016 Minnesota Book Award finalist for her novel, In Winter’s Kitchen. She also has covered the local food scene in the Northern Heartland for 30 years, contributing to the Taste section of the Star Tribune, KARE 11 and MPR News. All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

 

Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota
Thursday,
Sept. 12, 3:30pm
Cambridge Public Library 

Enjoy a lively discussion with four multi-genre, Minnesota Book Award-winning authors: Cori Doerrfeld, David Housewright, Wing Young Huie, and Anne Ursu. Moving Words is an opportunity for writers and readers to explore various themes together: the impact of literature in their lives, their connection as fellow Minnesotans, and the lens through which we read. Book sales provided by Scout & Morgan Books. The program is recommended for those of school age to adults. No registration necessary.

 

Music & Stories with Duke Otherwise
–TICKETED EVENT–
Saturday, September 14, 10:30am
Chisago Lakes Area Library

Using his clever songs and unique showmanship, Duke Otherwise engages and inspires children (and adults) of all ages. He has been entertaining for years with his guitar, tap shoes and distinct singing voice. His original songs will make you laugh, clap, dance and interact. Duke has performed all across the country, with some international touring, as well. All ages welcome. Tickets are now available for pickup at the library.

These programs are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.