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.

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Blast off with Lost in Space Magic Show!

Kids and their families are invited to a fun-filled magic show revolving around “A Universe of Stories,” the theme of East Central Regional Library’s Summer Learning Program.

Robert and Lynn Halbrook present their Lost in Space Magic Show from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 at East Central Regional Library-Milaca. All ages are welcome, and no registration is necessary.

“Lost in Space” helps kids discover that every time they open a book they blast off on an amazing adventure … from exploring distant planets to meeting outrageous aliens to learning how to do extraordinary things.

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This week: Storyteller Bob Gasch and Author Nicole Helget!

East Central Regional Library welcomes Minnesota storyteller Bob Gasch on Thursday, June 27 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Milaca Community Library.

Since 1971, Gasch has been visiting schools, libraries and organizations from Alaska to Louisiana and Colorado to Northern Ireland. His presentations have been helping people become more aware of and interested in history, reading, writing and storytelling.

Minnesota author Nicole Helget will focus on her novel, The End of the Wild, during a special visit at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at the North Branch Public Library.

In this coming of age story, 11-year-old Fern doesn’t have an easy life, with a stepfather out of work and responsibilities like keeping her younger brothers out of trouble. She often takes refuge in the nearby woods, until a fracking company comes to town. With no one on her side, how can she save the forest that has protected her for so long?

In addition, a discussion of The End of the Wild will be the subject of Teen Book Club on Monday, June 24, from 5-6:30 p.m. Check with staff at the front desk for copies of the book. Teen Book Club is recommended for ages 12 and up. Pizza and snacks are provided.

Helget, an award-winner for her work, has also authored The Summer of Ordinary Ways, The Turtle Catcher, Horse Camp, Stillwater and Wonder at the Edge of the World. With her family, she lives in southern Minnesota where she works as a teacher, editor, and manuscript and story consultant.

All ages are welcome to both special visits, and no registration is necessary.

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

June Newsletter

June is audiobook month, celebrate by checking out an audiobook from your local branch or check out an eAudiobook using one of our services! Check out our June Newsletter for more information and for upcoming events!