Embrace Ojibwe culture through puppetry with Summer Outreach

East Central Regional Library welcomes the community to learn about Ojibwe culture and loon biology through storytelling by puppetry.

The puppets will be used to tell the story of Loon’s Song. As the constellations move into their spring location, Grandfather Turtle eagerly awaits the return of his beloved granddaughter, Loon. He remembers the Ojibwe stories and the lessons they carry that he used to guide her as she matured.

Loon’s Song, a program led by In the Heart of the Beast puppeteers Julie and Gustavo Boada, will be held at each Outreach location from June 17-20. All ages are welcome, and no registration is necessary. Here’s the schedule:

Monday, June 17

10 a.m.—Braham (Braham Events Center, 655 8th St. SW)

1 p.m.—Isanti (Isanti Community Center, 208 1/2 1st Ave. NW)

Tuesday, June 18

10 a.m.—Onamia (Rolf Olsen Community Center, 807 W. Main St.)

1:30 p.m.—McGrath (Zion Holden Lutheran Church, 207 First St. N.)

Wednesday, June 19

10 a.m.—Hill City (Hill City Community Room, 125 Lake Ave. NE)

1 p.m.—Jacobson (Jacobson Community Center, 65534 Great River Rd.)

Thursday, June 20

10 a.m.—Duquette (Duquette Town Hall, 88235 State Hwy. 23, Kerrick)

1:30 p.m.—Giese (Wagner Town Hall, 11550 State Hwy. 18, Finlayson)

Julie Boada is an Anishinabe artist, puppeteer and arts educator. Gustavo Boada is a theater-based, multidisciplinary artist with more than 25 years experience working in professional theater.

For more events and information, visit the events calendar and follow East Central Regional Library on Facebook.

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


Prescription med use subject of free event in Chisago County

Learn how to get the best possible results from prescription medications at Dine & Discover, an event that will include free food, education and conversation on Tuesday, May 21 at venues including the Chisago Lakes and Wyoming libraries.

Featured speaker Ashley Schoen, Hospital Pharmacist at Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center, will present Prescription Use and Misuse: Do’s and Don’ts, sharing helpful pointers on prescription drugs and answer questions.

Registration is requested by May 14. Choose one of the following three times and locations:

  • 9-10:30 am—Chisago County Community Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch
  • 12-1:30 pm—Chisago Lakes Area Library, 11754 302nd St., Chisago City
  • 3:30-5 pm—Wyoming Area Giese Memorial Library, 26855 Forest Blvd., Wyoming

Register online at www.nbaceonline.org and scroll to Senior Offerings—Dine and Discover – Prescription Use and Misuse: Do’s and Don’ts – #79 or by calling 651-674-1025. For questions, email natalie.matthewson@cmcoa.org or call 320-253-9349.

This event is hosted by the Chisago Age Well Coalition in partnership with Fairview and East Central Regional Library.


Night at the Library: History Comes Alive

Meet President Theodore Roosevelt and a soldier from the Vietnam War … along with the men portraying them … by way of two extraordinary rides through American history.

First up, East Central Regional Library is pleased to welcome back Minnesota living history speaker Arn Kind for a presentation on one of the most fascinating yet controversial eras in the history of our nation and world. In the uniform of a typical American soldier, Kind presents Minnesota in the Vietnam War at the Cambridge Public Library on Tuesday, May 7; Pine City Public Library on Thursday, May 16; and Mille Lacs Lake Community Library in Isle on Thursday, May 30. All programs start at 6 p.m.

Also returning is Minnesotan Adam Lindquist whose award-winning impersonation of the 26th president of the United States inspires people around the nation. The program, called Being Teddy, is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at East Central Regional Library – Chisago Lakes.

Both events are recommended for all ages. No registration necessary.

These programs are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Keep informed of all East Central Regional Library events by visiting the events calendar or following us on Facebook.


New Materials!

Add these soon-to-be released titles to your to-read list and place your holds now to be at the top of the list.

Owl Be Home for Christmas by Donna Andrews

Outfox by Sandra Brown

No Judgments by Meg Cabot

The Christmas Boutique by Jennifer Chiaverini

Mumbo Gumbo Murder by Laura Childs

The Widow Maker by Clive Cussler

Strangers She Knows by Christina Dodd

Lethal Agent by Vince Flynn

The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen

Hold on Tight by Shelley Shepard Gray

What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

Over the Line by Kelly Irvin

Sins of the Fathers by Judith A. Jance

A Mrs. Miracle Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Spirit of the Season by Fern Michaels

The Pursuit by Joyce Carol Oates

Wyoming Heart by Diana Palmer

The 19th Christmas by James Patterson

What Comes My Way by Tracie Peterson

Bloody Genius by John Sandford

Child’s Play by Danielle Steel

Stealth by Stewart Woods


Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

Salmon and the Earth by Mark Kurlansky

Unfreedom of the Press by Mark R. Levin

Songs of America by Jon Meacham

The United States of Trump by Bill O’Reilly

Library Pro Tip: Want your hands on these titles as quickly as you possibly can?

Are you willing to read Large Print or listen to the Book on CD version? Advanced Holds Options might be for you! Advanced holds are used when you want to receive the first available copy of a title, regardless of format. It allows you to place a hold and select the physical formats you are willing to receive.

How to place an advanced hold:

  1. Log in and search for the title and click “Place Hold.”
  2. Click on “Advanced Hold Options.”
  3. Highlight the formats you would be willing to receive, and click “Submit.”
  4. If no formats are selected, any available physical format (Book on CD, Large Print, or Print) will be used.

Special gifts for special moms

Shower mom on her special day with gifts folded from the heart during a special origami workshop Thursday, May 2, from 6-8 p.m., at East Central Regional Library Rush City. This event was rescheduled from February.

Licensed instructor Kathleen Sheridan will show you how to create a variety of models including a colorful tulip, sweet 2D models to be put on a card or made into a pin, and a container to hold sweets or any other gift. The workshop is recommended for ages 18 and up, and registration is required on our events calendar. Space is limited!

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

The Rush City Library is located at 240 W. 4th St. in downtown Rush City and can be reached 320-358-3948. For more events & news, visit our events calendar and follow us on Facebook.