American Revolution program brings history to life

East Central Regional Library is pleased to present Birth of Our Nation: The American Revolution, a special presentation by Arn Kind on upcoming dates in Cambridge, North Branch and Milaca.

Kind, a teacher of 40 years, will appear in period attire, portraying the people who participated in the events that gave birth to our nation. His use of drama, role-playing, living history experiences and displays give audiences an understanding of this turbulent time and make history come alive.

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Libraries launch statewide author contest

Minnesota Author Project helps promote self-published authors.

Minnesota writers of young adult and adult fiction have a chance at winning $1,000 and bragging rights to the top self-published books in the state through a new contest just announced by East Central Regional Library and libraries statewide.

Along with a $1,000 prize, winners in each category will be included in Indie Minnesota, a statewide digital collection of local indie authors. They also will receive:

  • a review in Library Journal, one of the country’s oldest and most renowned trade publications for library news
  • honors at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Seattle
  • opportunities to promote and have print copies of books available in Minnesota public libraries.

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Meet President Theodore Roosevelt … kind of

Travel back in time with Minnesotan Adam Lindquist whose award-winning impersonation of President Theodore Roosevelt entertains, educates and inspires thousands of people around the nation each year. East Central Regional Library presents Adam Lindquist as Theodore Roosevelt at 6 p.m. Monday, April 23 at the Aitkin Public Library. A second presentation has been booked for 1 p.m. Friday, April 27 at the Sandstone Public Library.

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Learn to balance rocks in nature

It’s a growing art form that uses ordinary rocks in nature to create startling sculptures.

Learn all about the art of stone or rock balancing, and the photography of it, from artist Peter Juhl during a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at the Mora Public Library. Participants will discover how just shape, weight and friction are used to create balanced stone art, as no glue, magnets or other artificial supports are needed.

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Reach for the stars with origami

Learn the basics of paper folding and making a variety of origami stars during a special workshop from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the Milaca Community Library. Minnesota Center for Book Arts instructor Kathleen Sheridan will show how origami stars can be used as ornaments or strung together to create garland. This workshop is for ages 18 and up, and pre-registration is required. Drop by or call the library at 320-983-3677.

This project, presented by East Central Regional Library, was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more programs and events, check out our events calendar!