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.


Check out these new books

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

The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr

Unscripted by T. Davis Bunn

The More the Merrier by Linda Byler

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

Westering Women by Sandra Dallas

Noel Street by Richard Paul Evans

The Guardians by John Grisham

Dark Ambitions Irene Hannon

A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris

Hindsight by Iris Johansen

The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz

The River Murders by James Patterson

Forever Hidden by Tracie Peterson

Moral Compass by Danielle Steel

Treason by Stuart Woods

The Fall of Richard Nixon by Tom Brokaw

Before and After by Judy Christie

Ultimate Veg by Jamie Oliver

A New Way to Age by Suzanne Somers

Martha Stewart Organizing by Martha Stewart


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.

Up, up and away! It’s Superhero Storytime!

Two superheroes will revisit their adventure with help from kids in the audience and a trusty sidekick during Superhero Storytime, a program of East Central Regional Library’s Summer Learning Program. All library branches will be hosting this exciting, interactive event!

After the stories conclude, the characters will be available – for 30 minutes – to meet and greet the guests and take pictures. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite hero attire. Parents and caregivers are asked to bring their own devices for photos and come dressed as the real life superheroes they are… in their street clothes.

Attendance is limited, and tickets – at no cost – are now available at the library. To reserve your spot pick up a free ticket at the location you wish to attend.

Mark your calendars for Superhero Storytime:

Tuesday, July 30
10:30 a.m. Milaca Community Library
1 p.m. Mora Public Library
3:30 p.m. Rush City Public Library

Wednesday, July 31
10:30 a.m. Wyoming Area Library
1 p.m. North Branch Area Library
3:30 p.m. Chisago Lakes Area Library, Chisago City

Thursday, Aug. 1
10:30 a.m. McGregor Fire Hall, 101 E. Center Ave., McGregor
1 p.m. Aitkin Public Library
4 p.m. Mille Lacs Lake Community Library, Isle

Tuesday, Aug. 6
10:30 a.m. Pine City Public Library
1 p.m. Hinckley Public Library
3:30 p.m. Sandstone Public Library

Thursday, Aug. 8
10:30 a.m. Cambridge Public Library
1 p.m. Princeton Area Library

This program is sponsored by East Central Regional Library and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Don’t miss a beat! Check out our online events calendar and follow us on Facebook.

Beat the heat with blues, macramé and wire wrapping nature finds

Legacy events will continue to bring quality talent and hands-on activities to our communities next week. Here’s a quick run down of what’s going up:

Blues Music with Mike Munson
Monday, July 22, 6-7 pm – Aitkin
Spend an evening with Minnesota blues musician Mike Munson. From sad and somber slow tunes to swampy, caterwauling stompers, Munson’s music is a master class in creative blues composition and performance. This program is recommended for all ages. No registration necessary.


Intro to Macramé
Tuesday, July 23, 2-3:30 pm – McGregor
Macramé is back! Learn the basic knots of macramé and create something all your own at this workshop, recommended for ages 12 and up. Registration is required on the events calendar at ecrlib.org or check with library staff at the front desk.


Fairy House Workshop
Wednesday, July 24, 2-3:30 pm – Mille Lacs Lake/Isle
Create a petite, little home for your garden or home where fairies will want to visit. Led by teaching artist Jen Anfinson, participants will use an array of nature-inspired objects to construct a fairy house of miniature scale. Let your imagination take hold! Recommended for ages 15 and up. Registration is required on the events calendar at ecrlib.org.


Wire Wrapping for Nature Finds
Thursday, July 25, 3-4:30 pm – Chisago Lakes
Calling all rock hounds! Learn how to wire wrap your favorite nature finds like agates, sea glass, rocks, shells and driftwood. Bring your treasures, or materials will be available at class. We also will go over other techniques to turn your finds into pieces of jewelry. Geared toward ages 15 and up. Registration required on the events calendar at ecrlib.org.


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

Special guests next week!

Don’t miss out on the following Legacy events, featuring author J.J. Austrian reading from his children’s picture book, Worm Loves Worm; Lalo’s Lunchbox Live! with sketch comedy and sing-alongs for the whole family; Henna Designs with teaching artist Shakun Maheshwari; and a Sock Animal Workshop with Jen Anfinson. Note: Some events do require registration.

J.J. Austrian author visit, North Branch Library

East Central Regional Library-North Branch welcomes children’s author J.J. Austrian for a special visit and reading from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, July 15. Austrian will read from his picture book, Worm Loves Worm. He also will talk about what it’s like to be an author, with time for questions and answers with the audience. All ages are welcome, and no registration is necessary.

Lalo’s Lunchbox Live!, Wyoming Library

This may sound cheesy, but this show’s too “Gouda” to pass up! Kids ages 3 and up are going to have a blast with Lalo’s Lunchbox Live!, a family-friendly sketch comedy act with sing-alongs and games, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 16 at East Central Regional Library-Wyoming.

Lalo is a fun-loving shopkeeper with a magic lunchbox. From handling food erupting from his lunchbox to teaching social skills to magical household items, this zany show teaches about healthy foods and the importance of doing good things for others.

No registration is necessary for this 40-minute program. It takes the place of preschool storytime, which will resume the following week.