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 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!
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.
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.