Venue Change for Beatrice Ojakangas Program!

Due to problems with the heating system at the Milaca Community Library the Beatrice Ojakangas program will be held at Milaca City Hall.  City Hall is located right next door to the library at 255 1st St. East.  It will be warm and toasty at City Hall, so join us on Thursday,  November 30 at 6:30 pm for this great event.

Beatrice will discuss her book, “Homemade” which is full of recipes, anecdotes and humor!  The event is free, presented by East Central Regional Library and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

 

 

Ice-Out Author Visits Culminate ECRL Reads Program

The culminating event of the 1st ECRL Reads program is quickly approaching.  Our ECRL Reads author Mary Casanova will be visiting four East Central Regional Library branches during November to discuss her book, Ice-Out.  For the last 8 weeks community members throughout our six counties have come together through the reading and discussion of Ice-Out and by attending multiple programs on Prohibition, the Model T, jazz music, F. Scott Fitzgerald and more topics based on the 1920s era from the book.

Mary Casanova is an award-winning Minnesota author. Many of her books stem from her life on the Minnesota-Canadian border; yet some of her stories have taken her as far away as France, Norway, and Belize for research.  Casanova grew up in a family of 10 children in St. Paul, Minnesota. In a bustling camp-like atmosphere, Casanova found that writing became her voice. “Words are my paintbrush,” she explains, “my way of exploring the world around me.”

Ice-Out is the story about 19-year-old Owen Jensen who has big dreams growing up in tiny Ranier, Minnesota, near the Canadian border.  But in the lawless Prohibition era of the 1920s, few paths are open to young men in his town, other than farming, fishing and bootlegging.  Inspired by real events in early 1920s Minnesota, it is a story of young romance against terrible odds and true grit on the border between license and responsibility, rich and poor, and right and wrong.

Casanova will be at the following ECRL branches:

  • Aitkin Public Library on Monday, November 13 at 6:30 pm
  • Princeton Area Library on Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30 pm
  • Wyoming Area Library on Wednesday, November 15 at 6:30 pm
  • Pine City Public Library on Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 pm.

Books will be available for sale by the author and Scout and Morgan Books from Cambridge.

The ECRL Reads program and Mary Casanova’s visit is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Join us for this free program and listen as Mary talks about how events from her own family became an integral part of the Ice-Out story and why historical fiction plays an important part in literature.

Last Call in Lake Land: Prohibition in the North Woods

Speakeasies were illicit establishments that sold alcoholic beverages during Prohibition. Last call was meant to inform customers in a drinking establishment that closing time was approaching and that any further drinks should be purchased immediately.

The Prohibition era and music go hand in hand. In many aspects, the banning of alcohol led to the establishment of speakeasies and eventually the evolution of music in the 1920s. Musicians were now able to find numerous employment opportunities in the speakeasies.

Take a musical journey to when lumberjacks, railroad workers & sailors sang the praises of small saloon keepers through the jazz craze and the backwoods bootlegging in the 1920s and listen to Norah Rendell and the Last Forty as they present “Last Call in Lake Land.”

Join us at the Rush City Public Library on Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30 pm as they weave together history and song to give you a unique North Woods perspective on American life before and during Prohibition.

The program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.