Called: The Making & Unmmaking of a Nun

East Central Regional Library invites the community to a Minnesota author visit featuring Marge Rogers Barrett at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 28 at Milaca Community Library.

Barrett will discuss her book, Called: The Making & Unmaking of a Nun, which tells of her lively and free-spirited youth as part of a large family in a small town on the prairie in Minnesota; of her calling by God; and of her new calling to marriage and life as both mother and teacher. With joyful and difficult experiences along the way, it’s a story of resilience and spirited immersion in all that life has to offer.

For the last 10 years, Barrett has been teaching classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and Jewish Community Center in St. Paul, running short-short story contests for MinnPost and conducting a variety of workshops. She writes everything, from poetry to nonfiction and fiction.

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

Meet Libby!

Overdrive, East Central Regional Library’s primary provider of eBooks and eAudiobooks, has a new app called Libby!

Meet Libby, a new app built with for readers to discover and enjoy eBooks and audiobooks from your library. Inspired by user and library feedback, Libby was designed to get people reading as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Based on the overwhelmingly positive response from librarians and users during the public beta, OverDrive’s excited to officially introduce Libby to you! Whether you’re a new user or a current OverDrive app user interested in a new reading experience, give Libby a try!

Libby’s highlights:

  • Download books and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space.
  • All your loans and holds are consolidated on a single shelf.
  • Keep track of your reading history in the Activity tab.

Note: If you’re a current user of the OverDrive app and love using it, please keep doing so. The OverDrive app offers some features Libby doesn’t yet offer, including Recommend to Library.

Embroider with Porcupine Quills

Join us at the Chisago Lakes Area Library on Tuesday, June 27 at 2:00 pm for a program led by the Audubon Center of the North Woods.  Students will meet a live porcupine while learning about the animal’s natural history. Students will create a quilled design on a birch bark medallion to take home after observing a demonstration of quill embroidery technique.

For ages 12-17. Pre-register (required) at the library or call 651-257-2817 and ask for the Chisago Lakes branch.  Class size limited! Workshop materials provided.

The program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.