ECRL staff gather to recharge and learn at All Staff Development Day 2017

On Tuesday, October 10, ECRL staff from all branches and headquarters gathered at the Braham Event Center for our 2nd annual staff day.  Executive Director, Carla Lydon, kicked off the day by reflecting on the previous year’s accomplishments.  Did you know ECRL libraries saw 484,474 people walk through our doors in 2016?  Or that ECRL staff answered 104,069 questions from members of the public?  Or that our staff put on 1,021 programs that were attended by 20,074 people?  It was a busy year!

Throughout the day, staff heard talks from various speakers including a session on Data Privacy for Public Libraries from Joe Manion, Library Development and Services Specialist at State Library Services; a session on Play and Creativity in the workplace from Barry Kudrowitz, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Design; a session about Microagressions & Microactivism given by Ray Lockman, Community Engagement Librarian at Hennepin County Library and a session on Building Ongoing Relationships with your Boss from Valerie Horton, Director at Minitex.

During the day, ECRL recognized employees celebrating milestone anniversaries.  Freda Nelson (Hinckley), Timothy Olson (Outreach), Lisa Wagner (Milaca) and Valerie Warner (McGregor) celebrated 5 years of employment with ECRL in 2017.  Cambridge Branch Librarian Nancy Dunbar was recognized for 20 years of service and McGregor Branch Librarian Penny Olson was recognized for 30 years of service to the organization.  Congratulations to these employees on their service to ECRL and the communities that they serve!

Five year of service award recipients: Timothy Olson (Outreach), Freda Nelson (Hinckley), Lisa Wagner (Milaca); Valerie Warner (McGregor)
Service award recipients: Cambridge Branch Librarian Nancy Dunbar celebrating 20 years of service and McGregor Branch Librarian Penny Olson celebrating 30 years.

What’s it Worth with Mark Moran

Have you ever wondered the worth of that prized possession you keep in your display case or jewelry box? Or how about a coveted piece of fine art, old toy or sports memorabilia?

Now you can find out.

The East Central Regional Library presents author and appraiser Mark Moran and his traveling antique appraisal program at select branch locations this month. Moran, who has appeared on the PBS program, Antiques Roadshow, will evaluate your item and help you learn more about its history.

Here is the schedule:

  • Monday, Oct. 23, 5-8 p.m., Cambridge Public Library
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, 5-8 p.m., Mora Public Library
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Princeton Area Library
  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 5-8 p.m., North Branch Area Library

One item per household may be appraised. Acceptable items include fine art, furniture, ceramics, glassware, vintage photographs, advertising, folk art, assorted toys, metalware, clocks, costume jewelry, musical instruments, books and sports memorabilia.

Excluded items include all weapons, including swords and knives (folding knives with advertising accepted); traps, like leg-hold; Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; and Beanie Babies.

Registration for appraisals is required. You can only register by calling 763-392-0657.  Please leave only ONE message and do not call your local ECRL branch.  They cannot register you for the program.  Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.  Additional guests who would just like to listen and observe are welcome.

Opinions of value are informal and may not be used for insurance or charitable donation, which requires a certified appraisal. This is not a certified appraisal.

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


Get Ready to Laugh with Mary Mack

You may have seen her on television shows like Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham or NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Now you can experience first-hand this native Minnesotan’s unique brand of stand-up comedy closer to home.

Folk humorist Mary Mack is bringing her endearing, slightly quirky stage presence to the Milaca City Hall Council Room on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 13 and up, the performance is presented by the Milaca Community Library and East Central Regional Library.

Mack delivers a one-of-a-kind performance with her mandolin sing-alongs and off-kilter stories of life as a former polka band leader, music teacher and all-around confused individual. Starting her entertainment career in Nashville, she now tours the country in her $400 Dodge Neon, splitting the rest of her time between Los Angeles and Minneapolis.

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

Milaca City Hall is located at 255 1st St. E. in downtown Milaca.