Raptor Center closes summer reading program; free tickets still available

East Central Regional Library is closing its 2018 Summer Reading Program – Reading Takes You Everywhere — with a presentation by The Raptor Center. In this free, family-friendly program, learn all about the raptors of Minnesota. Live raptors will be on hand during the presentation.

Free tickets are required at all locations for this final event of the 2018 Summer Reading Program. Space is limited due to fire code restrictions. Stop by your local library branch starting Tuesday, July 24, to pick up your free tickets.

The Raptor Center schedule is listed below and also can be found on the Events Calendar.

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Unleash your wild side with Lake Superior Zoomobile

The Lake Superior Zoomobile of Duluth is coming to all East Central Regional Library Outreach stops to open the 2018 summer reading program, Reading Takes You Everywhere. Experience fun and close-up interactions with a variety of live animals and learn about wildlife and the preservation of animals native to Minnesota. Here’s the schedule for the program, which is free and open to the public of all ages:

Monday, June 4

10 a.m.—Rolf Olsen Community Center, Onamia

1:30 p.m.—Zion Holden Lutheran Church, McGrath

Tuesday, June 5

10:30 a.m.—Jacobson Community Center

1 p.m.—Hill City Community Room

Monday, June 11

10 a.m.—Duquette Town Hall

1 p.m.—Wagner Town Hall, Giese

Tuesday, June 12

10:30 a.m.—Braham Event Center

2:30 p.m.—Isanti Community Center

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

Registration now open

Library pro tip:

Some of the awesome upcoming library events require registration.  Registration for many of those events opened today. Register yourself online, from wherever you are!

Grab your spots now, so you don’t miss out!


These are just a few of the stellar library events coming up this summer where space/supplies are limited.  Be sure to check out the full events calendar for a complete listing.

Comedy juggling duo kicks off summer reading program

East Central Regional Library is kicking off its 2018 Summer Reading Program – Reading Takes You Everywhere — with performances by In Capable Hands. Made up of Steve Russell and Kobi Shaw, this family-friendly act will tickle the funny bone of any age, any audience, and it’s free and open to the public.

Due to fire code limitations, FREE tickets for all locations will be available for pick up at your local East Central Regional Library branch starting Tuesday, May 29. Limited seating is available at all venues.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Tuesday, June 5 
    • 10 a.m. McGregor Public Library
    • 1 p.m. Aitkin Public Library
  • Wednesday, June 6
    • 10 a.m. Mille Lacs Lake Community Library/Isle
    • 1 p.m. Milaca High School Dahlager Theater
    • 3:30 p.m. Princeton Area Library
  • Thursday, June 7
    • 10 a.m. Wyoming Area Library
    • 1 p.m. Rush City Public Library
    • 3:30 p.m. Mora Public Library
  • Monday, June 11
    • 10 a.m. Chisago Lakes Area Library
    • 1 p.m. North Branch Area Library
    • 3:30 p.m. Cambridge Primary School Multi-Purpose Room
  • Tuesday, June 12
    • 10 a.m. Sandstone Public Library
    • 1 p.m. Hinckley Public Library
    • 3:30 p.m. Pine City Public Library

This summer reading kickoff program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Learn more about the 2018 Summer Reading Program Reading Takes You Everywhere