Celtic holiday music with Laura MacKenzie

The community is welcome to free, holiday performances featuring traditional Irish and Scottish music beginning this weekend at select branches. Laura MacKenzie brings her Celtic holiday program, a celebration of Yuletide favorites, many with Celtic origins, presented on a unique array of wind-powered instruments like wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, various types of bagpipes, gemshorn and voice.

The following performances are presented by East Central Regional Library:

Refreshments will be provided by Friends of the Library groups at all branches.

This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

ECRL Reads: Wendy Webb to visit, discuss The Fate of Mercy Alban

Two-time Minnesota Book Award winner Wendy Webb, author of this year’s ECRL Reads title, The Fate of Mercy Alban, will be visiting four East Central Regional Library branches as the culminating event to the 2nd Annual ECRL Reads. Mark your calendars:

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November is Picture Book Month

November is Picture Book Month, a time to celebrate literacy with picture books! Picture books are one of the first ways that children are introduced to words, as they are closely tied to the images in the books.

East Central Regional Library has put together a short list of popular new picture books. Check some out and snuggle up with your child today!

Picture books only require two things: a reader and a listener. Together, you have magic.
–Tammi Sauer


Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummins

This book shares the tale of Arfy, a homeless mutt who lives in a box in an alley. Arfy writes to every person on Butternut Street about what a great pet he’d make. His letters to prospective owners share that he’s house broken! He has his own squeaky bone! He can learn to live with cats! But, no one wants him. Won’t anyone open their heart—and home—to a lonesome dog?


Quiet by Tomie DePaola

While observing the busy world around them, two children and their grandfather take a moment to appreciate being quiet and still.

 

 


I Am Human by Susan Verde

A child recognizes his own humanity, his capacity for doing harm and being harmed, his ability to feel joy and sadness, and his belief in hope and promise to keep learning.

 

 


Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate wants to make her feel better, wondering: What does it mean to be kind?

 

 


All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other’s traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year. All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school.


What are some of your favorite memories around picture books? We’d love you to share them with us!

New eAudiobooks from RBdigital!

East Central Regional Library has added over 7,500 eAudiobooks to its RBdigital collection! This consists of over 5,700 adult titles and over 1,900 titles for children and young adults.

All of these newly added titles are multi-access, meaning multiple users can check out titles at the same time, eliminating holds. No waiting for these eAudiobooks, ever!

Here just a few of the popular titles and authors available from RBdigital to inspire your listening. Available 24/7/365:

Children & Young Adult

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