Arn Kind brings American Revolution program to Aitkin Library

East Central Regional Library is pleased to present Birth of Our Nation: The American Revolution, a presentation by Arn Kind, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the Aitkin 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.

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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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Space still available for skateboard art workshops for teens

Teens who would like to customize a skateboard with their own design can get stoked about upcoming skateboard art workshops presented by East Central Regional Library.

Mark Rivard will lead the workshops where participants will hear his inspirational story of becoming a professional artist, learn his artistic techniques and create an original work of art on an actual skateboard deck using Sharpie markers. At the end of workshop, participants can take their customized board deck and Sharpies home. (Wheels and hardware not included.)

Pre-registration is required on the Events Calendar, and space is limited. Here are the workshop dates:

Monday, July 9

2-4 p.m. – Chisago Lakes Area Library

Saturday, July 14

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Aitkin Public Library

Monday, July 16

2-4 p.m. – Cambridge Public Library

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

 

Feel good music from the Heart of Africa

East Central Regional Library encourages kids and families to join Siama and his wife, Dallas, for songs and stories that bring Siama’s Congolese culture to life during performances at Chisago Lakes, Aitkin, Pine City, Wyoming, Cambridge and North Branch libraries.

The program, Siama’s Congo Roots: Feel-good music from the Heart of Africa, engages both kids and adults to sing along to catchy songs in Kikongo, Lingala and Swahili and play fun hand percussion instruments. Along with learning about Siama’s rural childhood in DR Congo, hear Siama play guitar and mbira with Dallas singing harmony.

Mark your calendars for this one-of-a-kind program, funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund:

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Next up for Belinda Jensen: Aitkin Public Library

Belinda Jensen, chief meteorologist for KARE 11 News, is coming to the Aitkin Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 23.

Belinda enjoys sharing her passion and enthusiasm for weather-related topics through presentations that show school age students the science behind weather. She also helps kids understand the mystery of weather with her series of children’s books featuring the character “Bel the Weather Girl,” who is already fascinated with the weather as an 8-year-old.

This program is recommended for ages 7 and up along with their families. It is sponsored by East Central Regional Library and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Belinda also will make an appearance at the Cambridge Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12.