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


Save Energy by Checking Out a Power Check Meter

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.organd 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