ECRL Outreach Presents Professor Marvel

The 2017 ECRL Outreach summer reading program, Reading by Design, kicks off with a special show for kids of all ages.  Join us for non-stop action as Professor Marvel brings books to life with magic, story-telling and comedy.  Selected children’s books will be interwoven in to this magical presentation filled with audience participation and more.  The entire show focuses on books and literacy and the fun of “doing it yourself”.   The event is free and open to all ages.  The program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Catch Professor Marvel and his Do-It-Yourself Magic Show at the following ECRL Outreach stops:

Friday,  June 2 – 10:30 am – Braham Event Center

Monday, June 5 – 10:30 am – Hill City Community Room ; 1:00 pm – Jacobson Community Center

Wednesday, June 7 – 10:00 am – Giese – Wagner Town Hall; 1:00 pm – Duquette Town Hall

Thursday, June 8 – 10:00 am – Onamia – ROC, Rolf Olsen Community Center; 1:30 pm – McGrath – Zion Lutheran Church; 6:30 pm – Isanti Community Center



Musical Afternoon at Parmly Lifepoints

The tenor voice of David Kozisek and pianist Debra McTaggert will be echoing through the halls at Parmly Lifepoints, 28210 Old Towne Road in Chisago City on Tuesday, May 30 at 2:00 pm.  They will explore the musical and dramatic depths of Schubert’s songs and other popular tunes we all love.  The event is free and open to the public and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Looking Outward

It’s Week 4 of AudiobookSYNC’s free eAudiobook program! This week, the pair of audiobooks invites listeners to consider what might be happening around them. Stepping away from attending to our own self-interest to notice how others are affected by circumstances and events is a big step toward developing empathy.

First, Dan Poblocki’s suspenseful The Gathering keeps listeners holding our breath. What would you do if you were one of the five kids trapped inside this menacing house?

In the nonfiction title In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It by Nita Belle, listeners discover that slavery in America is not a thing of the past. Immigrants, abused women and children, and other vulnerable people can and do fall prey to imprisonment and servitude in homes and small businesses. While that reality may be difficult to acknowledge, this eAudiobook takes us a productive step further by discussing how to approach and respond to this evil.

Empathy, we know, empowers youth to lead positive civic lives. We also know that experiences with reading about others’ lives—including reading with our ears—goes far to build the empathy muscles we need to engage with the larger world.

Available for a Limited Time
Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 5/25/2017! While the download time is limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to keep.

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Adapted from Looking Outward