ECRL Reads

The 3rd Annual ECRL Reads will feature Minnesota Author, Leif Enger and his latest book Virgil Wander!

Virgil Wander

The first novel in 10 years from this award-winning, bestselling author, Virgil Wander is an enchanting and timeless all-American story that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart. Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio for nearly 20 years. He lives on a farm in Minnesota with his wife, Robin, and two sons. He is the author of the bestselling novels Peace Like a River and So Brave, Young, and Handsome.

Each year we encourage readers across the region to read the same book and come together as a community around one book. In honor of that goal we will have book discussions in each library.

Thursday, November 21st at 6:00pm
Aitkin Public Library

Thursday, October 17th at 6:30pm
Cambridge Public Library

Saturday, November 2nd at 11:00am
Chisago Lakes Area Library

Wednesday, October 9th at 11:00am
Hinckley Public Library

Thursday, October 24th at 11:00am
McGregor Public Library

Wednesday, October 16th at 11:00am
Milaca Community Library

Thursday, November 7th at 6:30pm
Mille Lacs Lake Community Library (Isle)

Wednesday, October 16th at 1:30pm
Mora Public Library

Monday, October 7th at 12:30pm
North Branch Area Library

Thursday November 21st at 6:30pm
North Branch Area Library

Thursday, October 17th at 10:00am
Pine City Public Library

Thursday, October 10th at 3:00pm
Princeton Area Library

Tuesday, November 12th at 6:45pm
Rush City Public Library

Thursday, November 14th at 10:30am
Sandstone Public Library

Tuesday, November 12th at 6:00pm
Wyoming Area Giese Memorial Library

Leif will be visiting six of our branches:

Leif Enger Photo

Saturday, November 16th at 10:30am
Hinckley Public Library

Monday, November 18th at 6:30pm
Cambridge Public Library

Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30pm
Chisago Lakes Area Library

Thursday, November 21st at 6:30pm
Mora Public Library

Saturday, November 23rd at 10:30am
Aitkin Public Library

Tuesday, November 26th at 6:30pm
Princeton Area Library

All ages are welcome to this author visit, and no registration is necessary. Library Programs are free and open to the public.

Additional Programming:

In addition to the book discussions and author visits we will also be offering programs related to the book!

Baseball in Minnesota: The Definitive History presented by Stew Thornley 

Stew Thornley, author of Baseball in Minnesota,The Definitive History, considered “the most recognizable and respected local
baseball historian and writer” (City Pages), presents this exhaustively researched volume of elusive information and obscure facts, such as team names and players, leagues and venues, dates and stats. Thornley’s eye for detail is equal to his skill in recounting stories chock-full of unusual anecdotes and player interviews that will surprise and delight both new and hardcore fans. Stew Thornley is a sports historian and author of more than thirty-five books, including the award-winning On to Nicollet: The Glory and Fame of the Minneapolis Millers, and Six Feet Under: A Graveyard Guide to Minnesota (MHS Press). Stew is also part of the scorekeeping team for the Minnesota Wild, Twins and Timberwolves.

Tuesday, November 12th at 6:30pm
North Branch Area Library

Kite Workshop 

Let your imagination soar! Artist Linda Hashimoto brings both a love and knowledge of Japanese kite making techniques. Look at authentic Japanese kites. Then design and build your own kite that really flies. Pre-registration is required. For teens and adults ages 13+.

Tuesday, October 15th at 6:00pm
 Rush City Public Library

Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:00pm
Wyoming Area Library

Kite Origami Workshop 

Learn to fold origami kites with origami expert Kathleen Sheridan.  Pre-registration is required. For teens and Adults ages 13+. For up to 12 participants.

Thursday, October 17th at 6:00pm
Sandstone Public Library

Thursday, October 24th at 6:00pm
McGregor Public Library

Monday, October 28th at 6:00pm
Mille Lacs Lake Community Library (Isle,MN)

Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag

Traditional Swedish music will be presented by members of the Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag. Throughout the evening you’ll learn about the nyckelharpa, a stringed instrument dating from medieval times,  and its importance in Scandinavian folk music The group will play tunes that will expand your appreciation of the folk music of your ancestors. 

Monday, October 14th at 6:30pm
Pine City Public Library

Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30pm
Milaca Community Library

Past selections:

  • 2018- The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb
  • 2017- Ice-Out by Mary Casanova

ECRL Reads is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.