Minnesota Book Award authors to present at Mora Library

East Central Regional Library and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, will present an author event as part of the Moving Words series, a tour of Minnesota Book Award winners across Minnesota.

Authors J. J. Austrian, Andrew DeYoung, Nicole Helget, and Kao Kalia Yang will come together for readings and discussion at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Mora Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided.

Featuring multi-genre, Minnesota Book Award-winning authors, Moving Words is an opportunity for writers and readers to explore various themes together: the impact of literature in their lives, their connection as fellow Minnesotans, and the lens through which we read. (more…)

Swedish musician, storyteller presents ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’

The magical Nordic fairy tale Three Billy Goats Gruff gets a new twist in a music and storytelling presentation by Sweden’s Anna Rynefors and her Scandinavian instruments. Come to the library and watch as this tale awakens the joy of reading in every child!

East Central Regional Library is excited to present Rynefors and her musical rendition of Three Billy Goats Gruff at libraries around the area. While the program is geared toward families and children ages 2-5, everyone is welcome! Here is the schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 20

10:30 a.m.—Sandstone Public Library

3:30 p.m.—Rush City Public Library

Monday, Oct. 1

10:30 a.m. — Cambridge Public Library

2 p.m. — Princeton Area Library

Tuesday, Oct. 2

10:30 a.m. — Aitkin Public Library

2 p.m. — Pine City Public Library

Wednesday, Oct. 3

10:30 a.m. — Chisago Lakes Area Library/Chisago City

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Storytime with Laura Purdie Salas

Join award-winning, Minnesota author Laura Purdie Salas during children’s storytime at the Cambridge Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 19, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Salas has written more than 125 books for kids, including “Meet My Family!,” “If You Were the Moon,” “Water Can Be…” and “BookSpeak!” Growing up in Florida, she now lives and writes in Minnesota. She loves to get kids excited about reading and writing.

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Swedish folk duo, local musician to perform as Strings Across the Ocean

East Central Regional Library presents Strings Across the Ocean, featuring Minnesota-based musician Ross Sutter and Sweden’s most prominent folk musicians, Anders and Maria Larsson, at shows coming up this month. In their performance, the trio tells the story of a couple immigrating from Sweden to America. The show features musical instruments including the string bass, accordion, limberjack, guitar, drum set, fiddle, nyckelharpa, recorder and lots of singing. Here is the schedule:

Monday, Sept. 17

10:30 a.m.—Mora Public Library

2 p.m.—Mille Lacs Lake Community Library/Isle

Tuesday, Sept. 18

10:30 a.m. — Hinckley Public Library

2 p.m. — McGregor Public Library

Wednesday, Sept. 19

2 p.m. — North Branch Area Library

Thursday, Oct. 4

10:30 a.m. — Milaca Community Library

2 p.m. — Wyoming Area Library

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Mora Public Library hosts Arn Kind’s American Revolution program Sept. 15

East Central Regional Library is pleased to present Birth of Our Nation: The American Revolution, a presentation by Arn Kind, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Mora Public Library.

Kind, a teacher of 40 years, will appear in period attire, portraying the people who participated in the events that gave birth to our nation. His use of drama, role-playing, living history experiences and displays give audiences an understanding of this turbulent time and make history come alive.

Plus, volunteers from the audience will have the opportunity of taking on the role of soldiers in the Continental Army and learn some of the rudiments of Von Steuben’s Drill Manual while handling wooden replicas of Revolutionary War muskets.

Kind also is bringing his presentation to the Aitkin Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 25, beginning at 6 p.m.

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