Monkeewrench author talk continues in Cambridge, Milaca

PJ Tracy’s Monkeewrench series has become a must-read around the world. Now you can meet the Minnesota author who continues to write about this coveted thriller at upcoming appearances in Cambridge (May 15) and Milaca (May 22). The author was well received during her first visit held earlier this month at the Pine City branch.

PJ Tracy was the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht, winners of the Anthony, Barry, Gumshoe and Minnesota Book Awards. Their eight novels, Monkeewrench, Live Bait, Dead Run, Snow Blind, Shoot to Thrill, Off the Grid, The Sixth Idea and Nothing Stays Buried have become national and international bestsellers.

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What’s it Worth with Mark Moran

Have you ever wondered the worth of that prized possession you keep in your display case or jewelry box? Or how about a coveted piece of fine art, old toy or sports memorabilia?

Now you can find out.

The East Central Regional Library presents author and appraiser Mark Moran and his traveling antique appraisal program at select branch locations this month. Moran, who has appeared on the PBS program, Antiques Roadshow, will evaluate your item and help you learn more about its history.

Here is the schedule:

  • Monday, Oct. 23, 5-8 p.m., Cambridge Public Library
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, 5-8 p.m., Mora Public Library
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Princeton Area Library
  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 5-8 p.m., North Branch Area Library

One item per household may be appraised. Acceptable items include fine art, furniture, ceramics, glassware, vintage photographs, advertising, folk art, assorted toys, metalware, clocks, costume jewelry, musical instruments, books and sports memorabilia.

Excluded items include all weapons, including swords and knives (folding knives with advertising accepted); traps, like leg-hold; Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; and Beanie Babies.

Registration for appraisals is required. You can only register by calling 763-392-0657.  Please leave only ONE message and do not call your local ECRL branch.  They cannot register you for the program.  Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.  Additional guests who would just like to listen and observe are welcome.

Opinions of value are informal and may not be used for insurance or charitable donation, which requires a certified appraisal. This is not a certified appraisal.

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

 

Prohibition in Minnesota: an ECRL Reads program

The 1920s is probably best known for Prohibition, a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933.

Minnesotans, along with the rest of the country, were plunged into what many called “The Great Experiment.” PROHIBITION. A primary theme of the ECRL Reads book, Ice-Out, is prohibition in Minnesota, the struggle for many to survive and how it changed the lives of ordinary people. As gangsters grabbed the headlines, everyday Minnesotans quietly set up their own stills and speakeasies, producing what many considered, the best corn liquor in the nation.

Learn all about Minnesota’s wild and woolly prohibition days as ever popular historical re-enactor, Arn Kind presents Prohibition in Minnesota. He will be visiting six branches within the ECRL system.

Thursday, September 21 – Mora Public Library – 6:00-8:00 pm

Saturday, September 23 – Hinckley Pubic Library – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Monday, September 25 – Cambridge Public Library – 6:00-8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 26 – Chisago Lakes Area Library – 6:00-8:00 pm

*Thursday, September 28 –Event Center at McQuiod’s Inn, 1325 Hwy 47 North, Isle, MN. –  6:00-8:00 pm – in partnership with McQuiod’s Inn and the Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

Saturday, September 30 – McGregor School Auditorium – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm – in partnership with McGregor Community Ed and presented by the McGregor Public Library

Join us for this in-depth and interactive look at how this constitutional ban played a part in Minnesota’s history. All programs are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

*LAST MINUTE CHANGE OF VENUE!

Movin’ & Groovin’ with the Bunny Clogs

Ready to have some fun on a hot summer day?  Adam Levy and his two daughters take pop music and make it kid-friendly.  Join us on Monday, July 24 at the Cambridge Public Library at 10:30 am and at the Chisago Lakes Area Library at 2:00 pm.  Hear such songs as Potatoes with Problems and 3 Dogs and a Pancake from this musical family group.  It’s family friendly entertainment for the whole family.

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

Register NOW for MN Center for Book Arts Programming

Japanese Art of Paper Folding at the Cambridge Public Library

Ages 12 through adult are encouraged to participate in Folders to Books: Japanese Paper Folding from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, June 29 at Cambridge Public Library. This kind of Japanese folder is a single piece of decorative paper folded several times to create multiple pockets. By itself it’s perfect for storing papers, cards and even CDs.

Registration is required. Sign up at the front desk, call and ask for the Cambridge Public Library at 763-689-7390 or send an email to cambridge@ecrlib.org. Space is limited.

Make a Tunnel Book at the Pine City Public Library 

Ages 12 through adult can count on the Pine City Public Library for an event that will challenge you to think creatively as you explore depth perspective with text and image.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 pm.   Registration is required and space is limited.  Sign up at the library or call 320-629-6403 and ask for the Pine City Public Library.

The workshops are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.