Blast off with Lost in Space Magic Show!

Kids and their families are invited to a fun-filled magic show revolving around “A Universe of Stories,” the theme of East Central Regional Library’s Summer Learning Program.

Robert and Lynn Halbrook present their Lost in Space Magic Show from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 at East Central Regional Library-Milaca. All ages are welcome, and no registration is necessary.

“Lost in Space” helps kids discover that every time they open a book they blast off on an amazing adventure … from exploring distant planets to meeting outrageous aliens to learning how to do extraordinary things.

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This week: Storyteller Bob Gasch and Author Nicole Helget!

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 Newsletter

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!

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

Non-Fiction

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

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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.