The Smartest Card is @ the North Branch Area Library

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and the North Branch Area Library wants to make sure that your child is among the two-thirds of Americans that carry the smartest card of all—a library card. With the Smartest Card, you have access to a goldmine of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, VHS, computers and Internet access. Why buy when you can borrow?

Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

Of course, library cards are not just for kids. A recent study by the American Library Association also showed that families use libraries to spend time together. Forty-four percent of survey respondents report taking the children to the library for this reason.

This September in order to make sure that you and your children have the Smartest Card, Domino’s Pizza in North Branch is offering a $5.00 coupon for each person that opens up a brand new library account at the North Branch Area Library!

For more information on how you can sign up for your library card and receive a Domino’s coupon, visit the North Branch Area Library at 6355 379th Street, or call the library at 651-674-8443. The library hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 am- 6pm; Tuesday & Thursday noon-8 pm; Saturday 10 am–2 pm.

Sue Monroe
North Branch Area Library
Branch Librarian

Home Schooling Resources

 

Are you planning to homeschool? If so, you’re probably wondering what the Minnesota laws are concerning home education, the types of curriculum to use, and where you can go for support. Here are some helpful websites that will answer these important questions:

 

A to Z Home’s Cool Homeschooling – Features laws, lesson plans, support groups, and community networking resources
http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/regional/Minnesota.htm

 

National Home Education Network – Provides a wide array of information and resources for all styles of homeschooling
www.nhen.org

 

ECHO (Early Childhood Homeschooling Opportunities) – An inclusive outreach group that helps connect families by setting up local support groups
www.echo-mn.org

 

Jon’s Homeschool Resource Page – One of the largest and most popular collections of online homeschool resources
www.midnightbeach.com/hs

 

Homeschool.com – A comprehensive resource for all aspects of home schooling
www.homeschool.com

 

Minnesota Home School Associations:

 

  • Minnesota Homeschoolers’ Alliance: www.homeschoolers.org

 

  • Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators: www.mache.org

 

Don’t forget your local library! We have resources and materials available for all age groups. Ask a Librarian!

 

Nancy Dunbar, Reference Assistant

 

 

Building gets a facelift

As I walked into the building this morning a guy facetiously said to me, “gee, I thought I was in the wrong place.” Well, the address hasn’t changed, so I assume that he meant that the Cambridge library looks really different these days since Isanti County crews have undertaken a cleanup and redo project on the building exterior. For the last couple weeks visitors to the library have been greeted by chainsaws, backhoes, and trucks hauling away the overgrowth. Lots of days pedestrians and cars have been directed away from the front of the library in the interest of safety. Even the interior of the library is affected since the shrubs that covered the large windows are gone and light streams in. No longer is there a hiding place for all sorts of who-knows-what potentially threatening public safety.

While standing on the sidewalk conferring with the crews, I’ve talked to lots of people who are thrilled with the work on their library home. I’ve had the opportunity to provide information (that’s what librarians do best, you know) about the system. In Cambridge, Isanti County owns the building, which is the home of Cambridge library (upstairs) and East Central Regional Library headquarters(basement). The city partners with the utility costs. In all of ECRL, the branch facilities are owned by the cities and/or counties. ECRL provides staff and materials to operate the branches. It’s a good system and cost-efficient by partnering multiple funding sources.

All the ECRL branches have unique looks that fit their communities. Marketing begins at home, and attractive, well-kept libraries project the pride of their communities. Expectation of quality is greatly influenced by visual perception and atmosphere. Our libraries are attractive and welcoming community centers to residents and readers for all sorts of educational and recreational retreats.

All cleaned up and ready for a paint-job
Building gets a facelift>

Barbara Misselt, Director