Bestselling author coming to Cambridge May 16

The Cambridge Friends of the Library 2016 Cambridge Community Read Author Event

International bestselling author Fredrik Backman is coming to Cambridge to sign books andMan Called Ove read from A Man Called Ove, this year’s choice for the Cambridge Community Read.

The book has been a No. 1 bestseller in the author’s native Sweden, a local bestseller and quite popular with area book groups. A Man Called Ove is published in more than 25 languages around the world and is currently on the New York Times bestseller list for Trade Fiction Paperback.

Backman will arrive in Cambridge on Monday, May 16 for a 4 p.m. book signing at Scout & Morgan Books. This will be followed by a reading, presentation and book signing at the Cambridge Campus of the Anoka Ramsey Community College at 7 p.m.

In the novel, Ove is a grump and curmudgeon, yet lovable man, living in a small Swedish community. His world is turned upside down when a boisterous young family moves in next door. The novel reveals the story and sadness behind Ove’s crankiness and ultimately is a heartwarming tale of unexpected friendship and the profound impact one life can have on countless others.

A 2015 film adaptation of A Man Called Ove was a smash box office hit in Sweden. The movie with the same name will open in select theaters in the United States later this fall.

Backman is a Swedish blogger and columnist. In addition to A Man Called Ove, he is the author of a work of nonfiction, Things My Son Needs to Know About Life, as well as a second novel, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry. His third novel, Britt-Marie Was Here, will be released in May of this year. He lives in Stockholm with his wife and two children.

Fredrik Backman

Cambridge Community Read

Now in its ninth year, the Cambridge Community Read is an annual literacy event hosted by the Cambridge Friends of the Library. The goal of the program is to encourage community members to come together through the reading and discussion of a common book and strengthen the community while supporting literacy.

The Community Read committee is grateful to the author’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, for agreeing to send the author to Cambridge for the program’s grand finale event. It is a testament to the many readers in the community who have supported the program over the past nine years that it is now recognized by a national publisher.

Books and additional information are available at the Cambridge Public Library, Scout & Morgan Books and www.facebook.com/cambridgecommunitywideread. All Cambridge Community Read events are free and open to everyone.


(Updated 5/12/16.  We previously mistakenly reported that Backman would have a 5 p.m. book signing at Scout & Morgan Books. In fact, he will have a 4 p.m. book signing at Scout & Morgan Books, followed by a reading, presentation and book signing at 7 p.m. at the Cambridge Campus of Anoka Ramsey Community College.)

Brain Fitness Kits at Cambridge Public Library

The Cambridge Public Library, a branch of East Central Regional Library, has received a grant from the Cambridge ACT on Alzheimer’s group to purchase resources on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, care-giving, and brain health, to increase awareness and provide support information in order to create a dementia-friendly community. In addition to purchasing books, DVDs, and books on CD, East Central Regional Library seeks to be proactive in stimulating and engaging the brain.

Brain Fitness KitWith this grant funding, East Central Regional Library has developed 18 Brain Fitness Kits. Studies have shown a direct link between playing games and retaining brain functions. Each Brain Fitness Kit contain 4 games, recommended by the Alzheimer’s Association and Mayo Clinic as being designed to keep or build brain power. The kits were created with this purpose, but all ages will enjoy the games. (more…)

Lego Parent/Child Workshops at Cambridge Public Library

Children in grades 2-5 may sign up with one parent and/or guardian for 2 – 1 ½ hour workshops on consecutive Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Cambridge Public Library.  Instructors from the Youth Enrichment League will be presenting their Extreme Logo workshop for moms and daughters; father and sons; moms and sons; fathers and daughters or any parent/guardian and child combination.

Each parent and child team will be given a different project to build, test and modify.  Then they use use their project to investigate basic aspects of engineering.  Emphasis is place on hands-on experiential activities and kid friendly lesson plans.  This is an excellent opportunity for parent and child to work together.  The kids will think it’s cool and you’ll know it’s educational!

There will be three 2 – 1 ½ hours workshops offered on the following dates:

Session #1 – Monday & Tuesday, March 14 & 15 (register by March 11)

Session #2 – Monday & Tuesday, March 21 & 22 (register by March 18Lego workshop flyer (1)

Session #3 – Monday & Tuesday, April 11 & 12 –FULL (waiting list ONLY)

You must be able to attend both evenings of the workshop and you can only sign up for ONE session.  The same lesson will be taught at each 2-day session.   Space is VERY limited.  To register for one of the two-day workshops, please stop by the Cambridge Public Library or call 763-689-7390 and ask to sign up for the Cambridge Lego workshop.  We’ll need the name of the parent, child, grade the child is in and contact information.  You must be able to attend both days of each session!

The workshops are made possible by a grant received by East Central Regional Library from Resource Training & Solutions, a Minnesota Service Cooperative.

Paws to Read Events

More Paws to Read Summer Reading Program 
Upcoming Events – June 24 thru July 3
Minnesota Animal Tracks Program by St. John’s Arboretum

Tuesday, June 24 at 1:30 pm – Princeton Area Library
Tuesday, June 24 at 4:00 pm – Cambridge Public Library 
(must pre-register for Cambridge program by calling 763-689-7390)

Join us as we learn about animal tracks through storytelling, activities and create a field guide of Minnesota Animal Tracks to take home with you.  For ages 3-12.  


Hinckley Experiment with Nature Program

Use your sense of wonder to explore nature!  Read a story, ask questions and learn how to be a naturalist through hands-on-activities a the Hinckley Public Library on Wednesday, June 25 at 2:00 pm.  For ages 3-12.  Funded by the Hinckley Lions.  


Paws to Read Animal Sleepover at Milaca Community Library 

Chisago Lakes Reach Out ‘n’ Read Storytime with Pete the Cat
(Sherlock the Fox – ECRL’s Mascot will also appear)

“Bear” Necessessities Program at the Pine City Public Library 

Kids in grades K-6 are welcome to join us as the MN Department of Natural Resources teaches us all about bears.


Lake Superior Zoo – Animals in Action 
at Cambridge Public Library

Learn how animals move and groove and meet some animal ambassadors from the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth on Tuesday, July 1 at 1:00 pm at the Cambridge Public Library.  


Rush to Rescue Program at the Rush City Pubic Library 

Join us on Tuesday, July 1 at 3:30 pm as we learn about the Rescued Tails Animal Sanctuary and their work with pairing homeless dogs with prison inmates.  Meet one or more of the dogs being saved through this collaborative effort!

Curious Canines at the Hinckley Public Library

On Wednesday, July 2 at 2:00 pm a naturalist from the St. Croix State Park will teach us about Minnesota’s three wild dogs and we’ll make a canine mask to take home.

Vickie Sorn
Youth & Community Services Librarian



Upcoming Summer Reading Events at ECRL Branches!

 Upcoming Summer Reading Events at ECRL Branches!

Northwoods Humane Society at Chisago Lakes Area Library 


Father’s Day Storytime at the Rush City Public Library!

Animal Life Cycles with the Lake Superior Zoo 
at the Pine City Public Library 

Join us on Wednesday, June 11 at 11:15 am – Who hatches from an egg? Who sheds their skin? Students will explore the stages an animal goes through after being born, and how they must learn and develop skills and behaviors in order to survive.  For kids in grades K-6.

Farm Animals Program with the Ambitious Pines 4-H Group

Join us on Wednesday, June 18 at 11:15 am.  For kids in 
grades K-6.

Professor Marvel’s Amazing Aussie Adventure 
at the Hinckley Public Library

Our favorite reading magician is back and we’re going to the Australian Outback for some “awesome” fun.  Join us on Wednesday, June 18 at 2:00 pm.  The event is funded by the Hinckley Lions.   
Ruff Start Rescue program at Princeton Area Library 

Paws for Poetry at the Cambridge Public Library 


Kids and teens ages 10-18 are invited to join us as we write poems about our favorite pets and/or animals on Thursday, June 19 at 2:00 pm.  To participate sign up at the Cambridge Public Library or call the library at 763-689-7390.

Vickie Sorn
Youth & Community Services Librarian