ECRL Reads: Tall Water, Steel Ships talk dives into Lake Superior

Learn about the Great Mataafa Storm of 1905 on Lake Superior, marine weather forecasting and lifesaving equipment during Tall Water and Steel Ships, a special ECRL Reads presentation at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Rush City Public Library. Presenting will be Thom Holden, former director of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

Everyone in the counties of Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine are encouraged to read this year’s ECRL Reads title, The Fate of Mercy Alban, a spine-tingling, modern-day haunted house story set on Lake Superior by award-winning Minnesota novelist Wendy Webb.

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ECRL Reads: Quiet the noise with Novel Activism

Join authors Sarah Stonich (pictured above) and Sally Franson for a discussion about the quiet activism of literature in an era of loud headlines at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Chisago Lakes Area Library.

Novel Activism encourages attendees to engage in this conversation about books, stories, poetry—any writing that has in some way shaped or impacted an outlook on any issue, political or personal. Sarah Stonich (Vacationland, Laurentian Divide) and Sally Franson (The Lady’s Guide to Selling Out) are celebrated authors in Minnesota.

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ECRL Reads: Spotlight on the iron barons of Minnesota

Learn about the magnates of the Minnesota Iron Range in a historical presentation by Dale Blanshan at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Hinckley Public Library. Hear some familiar names and others that might surprise you.

Blanshan, of Rochester, Minnesota, describes himself a man with a penchant for stories from days gone by. In his travels to southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, eastern Wisconsin and the far reaches of eastern North Dakota, Blanshan enjoys sharing historical stories with libraries, historical societies, senior living sites and other places.

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ECRL Reads: Make your memories last for future generations

Although our photographs and papers may not have much monetary value, a price cannot be put on what they mean to us.

Learn how to make your photographs and documents stand the test of time for your children, grandchildren and community at a special archival workshop during the 2nd Annual ECRL Reads. Presenting will be Rachel Howell, Assistant Director of East Central Regional Library.

Registration is required. Come to one of these events, and see how you can make your memories last:

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ECRL Reads: Preserve your family photos, history with Scan for Keeps

Preserve your collection of family history memorabilia with Scan for Keeps, a program during the 2nd Annual ECRL Reads.

Start by bringing photos or letter-sized documents important to you or your family history to be scanned with professional equipment, provided by the Minnesota Digital Library. Then take home your original items as well as a high-quality digital scan on a free flash drive.

Mark your calendars for a Scan for Keeps program near you:

  • Monday, Oct. 1, Aitkin Public Library, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 4, McGregor Public Library, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 15, Wyoming Area Library, 12-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 29, North Branch Area Library, 2-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 1, Mora Public Library 2-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, Pine City Public Library, 1-7 p.m.

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