An evening with a storyteller/photographer

East Central Regional Library presents a special performance by Steve Maanum, an award-winner for his storytelling and photography, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Cambridge Public Library.

Maanum will perform a collection of personal stories… some from the mind of a boy growing to manhood, others through the eyes of a confused, middle-aged man who is still struggling to find or rebel against maturity. Maanum, of Park Rapids, Minnesota, won the title of Great American Storyteller in 2017.

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Closed for Inventory

These East Central Regional Library branch locations will be closed for inventory on the following days:

  • Cambridge Public Library on Tuesday, December 4th
  • Princeton Area Library on Thursday, December 6th
  • Mora Public Library on Tuesday, December 11th and Wednesday, December 12th
  • Aitkin Public Library on Wednesday, December 12th
  • Pine City Public Library on Monday, December 17th
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library on Wednesday, December 19th
  • North Branch Area Library on Thursday, December 20th

Completing an inventory of the East Central Regional Library collection helps keep the collection organized, current, and complete. This helps you, our library patrons, by making sure that books are where they should be when you look for them, that the information and titles we have on the shelf are up to date and accurate, and that we have a wide variety of titles that encompass all areas of interest.

Other East Central Regional Library locations will be open their regular hours during the inventory process; feel free to check out a neighboring library! In addition, digital library services are available 24/7/365!

Please make your plans accordingly. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience as we work to improve your library experience.

Celtic holiday music with Laura MacKenzie

The community is welcome to free, holiday performances featuring traditional Irish and Scottish music beginning this weekend at select branches. Laura MacKenzie brings her Celtic holiday program, a celebration of Yuletide favorites, many with Celtic origins, presented on a unique array of wind-powered instruments like wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, various types of bagpipes, gemshorn and voice.

The following performances are presented by East Central Regional Library:

Refreshments will be provided by Friends of the Library groups at all branches.

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

City of Cambridge Location Option Sales Tax Referendum Results

Yesterday citizens of the City of Cambridge voted on a local option sales tax referendum.

The question ballot read: Do you approve a one-half (.5) percent local sales tax to fund the construction of a new Cambridge Public Library and East Central Regional Library Headquarters, the City’s street improvement program, and outdoor park development through calendar year 2043? By voting “yes” on this question you are voting to increase the sales tax in Cambridge.”

The official results are in.  With 2 out of 2 precincts reporting, the referendum has passed.

  • YES: 2115 (61.63%)
  • NO: 1317 (38.37%)

You can find other election results on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.

Thank you to the volunteers for your hard work on this campaign!

ECRL Reads: Finding Minnesota’s haunted and bizarre

Take a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in Minnesota with paranormal researcher, author, and lecturer Chad Lewis. From hunting vampires in Transylvania to chasing ghosts in Ireland castles, Lewis brings 18 years of paranormal experience to his presentations.

In Minnesota’s Most Haunted Locations-The Scariest Places in Minnesota, Lewis will discuss phenomena such as wandering ghosts in the North Woods, a haunted B&B in Wabasha and graveyard apparitions in our own backyards.

Come if you dare and discover that no place in Minnesota is without its own hauntings:

In addition, Lewis will be showcasing over 100 bizarre and “hidden” newspaper stories from Minnesota in another presentation, Bizarre History of Minnesota—Strange Stories from our Past:

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