New Books Coming Soon!

Add these soon-to-be released titles to your to-read list and place your holds now to be at the top of the list.

Beating About the Bush by M. C. Beaton

Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock

Summer’s Promise by Barbara Cameron

Blue Moon by Lee Child

The Night Fire by Michael Connelly

The Deserter by Nelson DeMille

Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich

Cross My Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Agent Running in the Field by John Le Carre

To the Land of Long Lost Friends by Alexander McCall Smith


The Ghost of Eden Park: The bootleg king, the women who pursued him and the murder that shocked jazz-age America by Karen Abbott

Chika: A little girl, an earthquake, and the making of a family by Mitch Albom

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs

Paula Deen’s Southern Baking: Favorite recipes from her Savannah kitchen by Paula H Deen

Bobby at Home: Fearless flavors from my kitchen by Bobby Flay

Rachael Ray 50: Memories and meals from a sweet and savory life: a cookbook by Rachael Ray


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.

Embrace Ojibwe culture through puppetry with Summer Outreach

East Central Regional Library welcomes the community to learn about Ojibwe culture and loon biology through storytelling by puppetry.

The puppets will be used to tell the story of Loon’s Song. As the constellations move into their spring location, Grandfather Turtle eagerly awaits the return of his beloved granddaughter, Loon. He remembers the Ojibwe stories and the lessons they carry that he used to guide her as she matured.

Loon’s Song, a program led by In the Heart of the Beast puppeteers Julie and Gustavo Boada, will be held at each Outreach location from June 17-20. All ages are welcome, and no registration is necessary. Here’s the schedule:

Monday, June 17

10 a.m.—Braham (Braham Events Center, 655 8th St. SW)

1 p.m.—Isanti (Isanti Community Center, 208 1/2 1st Ave. NW)

Tuesday, June 18

10 a.m.—Onamia (Rolf Olsen Community Center, 807 W. Main St.)

1:30 p.m.—McGrath (Zion Holden Lutheran Church, 207 First St. N.)

Wednesday, June 19

10 a.m.—Hill City (Hill City Community Room, 125 Lake Ave. NE)

1 p.m.—Jacobson (Jacobson Community Center, 65534 Great River Rd.)

Thursday, June 20

10 a.m.—Duquette (Duquette Town Hall, 88235 State Hwy. 23, Kerrick)

1:30 p.m.—Giese (Wagner Town Hall, 11550 State Hwy. 18, Finlayson)

Julie Boada is an Anishinabe artist, puppeteer and arts educator. Gustavo Boada is a theater-based, multidisciplinary artist with more than 25 years experience working in professional theater.

For more events and information, visit the events calendar and follow East Central Regional Library on Facebook.

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


Upcoming Closure

East Central Regional Library will be closed in all locations Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, May 28th.

Memorial Day honors the memory of soldiers who died in the nation’s wars.


Summer Learning at East Central Regional Library

The 2019 Summer Learning Program at East Central Regional Library will be out of this world! Our summer program, A Universe of Stories, begins Tuesday, May 28th, and we encourage everyone to stop by their local branch and pick up their materials!

For kids ages 3-11, you will be asked to complete 20 hours of reading and/or reading-related activities. For each 5 hour milestone you will get a prize! When you reach 20 hours you will also get your name in the Grand Prize Drawing! Grand prizes vary by location but every location, including Outreach, has 4 packs of tickets to the Minnesota State Fair to give away.

For teens, you will be asked to submit book reviews. For each review submitted, your name will go in the prize drawing for fabulous prizes including 4 packs of tickets to the Minnesota State Fair!

At select locations, we have our Rubber Ducky Club for younger readers,ages 0-3. We ask that caregivers and children complete tasks that will help develop early literacy skills. Prizes are a rubber ducky and a board book!

Adults, we have something fun for you, too! At select locations, we’ll be offering an adult version of our summer program. You will be asked to complete reading related activities or submit book reviews for your chance to win prizes!

Before you blast off, check out some stellar events this summer. The fun begins with a visit from The Jolly Pops, a musical trio of Dads who live to rock out with kids of all ages.

Tuesday, June 4
10:30 a.m. Aitkin Public Library
2:30 p.m. McGregor Public Library
Wednesday, June 5
10:30 a.m. Mille Lacs Lake Community Library, Isle
1 p.m. Milaca Communi ty Library
3:30 p.m. Princeton Area Library
Thursday, June 6
10:30 a.m. North Branch Area Library
1 p.m. Rush City Public Library
3:30 p.m. Mora Public Library
Tuesday, June 11
10:30 a.m. Cambridge Public Library
1 p.m. Chisago Lakes Area Library, Chisago City
3:30 p.m. Wyoming Area Giese Memorial Library
Wednesday, June 12
10:30 a.m. Pine City Public Library
1 p.m. Hinckley Public Library
3:30 p.m. Sandstone Public Library
To reserve your spot pick up a free ticket at the location you wish to attend starting on May 28th.
To see all the events check out our events calendar at
Sponsored by the Minnesota State Fair, local partners, Friends of the  Library and East Central Regional Library.

Prescription med use subject of free event in Chisago County

Learn how to get the best possible results from prescription medications at Dine & Discover, an event that will include free food, education and conversation on Tuesday, May 21 at venues including the Chisago Lakes and Wyoming libraries.

Featured speaker Ashley Schoen, Hospital Pharmacist at Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center, will present Prescription Use and Misuse: Do’s and Don’ts, sharing helpful pointers on prescription drugs and answer questions.

Registration is requested by May 14. Choose one of the following three times and locations:

  • 9-10:30 am—Chisago County Community Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch
  • 12-1:30 pm—Chisago Lakes Area Library, 11754 302nd St., Chisago City
  • 3:30-5 pm—Wyoming Area Giese Memorial Library, 26855 Forest Blvd., Wyoming

Register online at and scroll to Senior Offerings—Dine and Discover – Prescription Use and Misuse: Do’s and Don’ts – #79 or by calling 651-674-1025. For questions, email or call 320-253-9349.

This event is hosted by the Chisago Age Well Coalition in partnership with Fairview and East Central Regional Library.