The culminating event of the 1st ECRL Reads program is quickly approaching. Our ECRL Reads author Mary Casanova will be visiting four East Central Regional Library branches during November to discuss her book, Ice-Out. For the last 8 weeks community members throughout our six counties have come together through the reading and discussion of Ice-Out and by attending multiple programs on Prohibition, the Model T, jazz music, F. Scott Fitzgerald and more topics based on the 1920s era from the book.
Mary Casanova is an award-winning Minnesota author. Many of her books stem from her life on the Minnesota-Canadian border; yet some of her stories have taken her as far away as France, Norway, and Belize for research. Casanova grew up in a family of 10 children in St. Paul, Minnesota. In a bustling camp-like atmosphere, Casanova found that writing became her voice. “Words are my paintbrush,” she explains, “my way of exploring the world around me.”
Ice-Out is the story about 19-year-old Owen Jensen who has big dreams growing up in tiny Ranier, Minnesota, near the Canadian border. But in the lawless Prohibition era of the 1920s, few paths are open to young men in his town, other than farming, fishing and bootlegging. Inspired by real events in early 1920s Minnesota, it is a story of young romance against terrible odds and true grit on the border between license and responsibility, rich and poor, and right and wrong.
Casanova will be at the following ECRL branches:
- Aitkin Public Library on Monday, November 13 at 6:30 pm
- Princeton Area Library on Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30 pm
- Wyoming Area Library on Wednesday, November 15 at 6:30 pm
- Pine City Public Library on Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 pm.
Books will be available for sale by the author and Scout and Morgan Books from Cambridge.
The ECRL Reads program and Mary Casanova’s visit is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Join us for this free program and listen as Mary talks about how events from her own family became an integral part of the Ice-Out story and why historical fiction plays an important part in literature.
ECRL is pleased to say a belated “Welcome!” to Miranda (Mandie) Krueger as the new Branch Librarian in Aitkin. Mandie succeeds Katie Pierce, who left us this summer to take a new position in the Twin Cities.
Mandie is currently enrolled in the University of Kentucky‘s School of Information Science to obtain her MLS degree, and hopes to finish within a year and a half. She graduated from the University of Minnesota – Duluth, with a BA in History and German Studies.
Prior to joining ECRL, Mandie worked for Bemidji Public Library as a Library Assistant, moving up from a substitute assistant to a Library Assistant III, where she worked at the circulation and information desk, and doing collection development, teen/young adult services, and programming.
Mandie started with ECRL on August 21st, and she and her husband Dan recently closed on a house in Aitkin. She is excited to take on the role of Branch Librarian for the Aitkin community and has already gotten off to a great start, adding storytimes to her list of library talents — all while starting her school semester and settling in to the new house!
If you haven’t yet, please stop by the library to say hello and welcome her to Aitkin.
East Central Regional Library invites the public to join international bestselling author Brian Freeman for an experience that may cause you to never look at Duluth, Minnesota, the same way again.
This Minnesota author presents Stride’s Duluth, a special slideshow presentation profiling real-life places in the Northland that have been featured in Freeman’s books from the Jonathan Stride series. He has earned prestigious awards for his psychological thrillers, which have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages.
Mr. Freeman was scheduled to visit the Aitkin Public Library in February, but the event was cancelled due to the weather. So now he’s back! Join us for this unique program on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 pm at the Aitkin Public Library.
This project was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
For more than 40 years The Memories have entertained audiences across the country. With their unique harmonies and great songs, this duo is made up of Warren Petryk and Tim Stevens. The Memories continue to deliver a show has been described as “Music, Laughter, and Wonderful Times.” Join us they entertain at the Aitkin 20th Annual Christmas Tea. The event will start at 3:00 pm. Free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please pre-register at the Aitkin Public Library or call 218-927-2339. This event is in partnership with the Friends of the Aitkin Library and is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.
Everyone wants to save energy – whether it’s to lower your monthly bills and/or to help save the environment. East Central Regional Library has partnered with Xcel Energy to help members of the community learn more about their energy use and determine ways they can save money and conserve energy.
All of East Central Regional Library branches now have a Power Check Meter available for check out by library users. With the meter you can:
Determine the approximate operating costs of various appliances and electronics
Identify high energy-use appliances
Calculate the cost savings for replacing older appliances with more energy-efficient ones
Discover which appliances use energy even when they are switched off
In the Power Meter case you checkout you will find the power meter, a brochure with information and quick-start instructions, a manufacturer’s instruction booklet and a USB cable. ECRL branch staff cannot answers questions about the Power Meters, however, if you need help using the Power Meter you can go to xcelenergy.com/PowerCheck for an instructional video. To place a hold on a “Power Meter” simply go to the ECRL catalog on our homepage at www.ecrlib.org
and type in “power meter” under the keyword search or call your local ECRL branch for more assistance.
Watch a video on how to use the power check meter:
Vickie Sorn, ECRL Youth & Community Services Librarian