ECRL Reads: Quiet the noise with Novel Activism

Join authors Sarah Stonich (pictured above) and Sally Franson for a discussion about the quiet activism of literature in an era of loud headlines at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Chisago Lakes Area Library.

Novel Activism encourages attendees to engage in this conversation about books, stories, poetry—any writing that has in some way shaped or impacted an outlook on any issue, political or personal. Sarah Stonich (Vacationland, Laurentian Divide) and Sally Franson (The Lady’s Guide to Selling Out) are celebrated authors in Minnesota.

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ECRL embraces Lights on Afterschool to keep kids safe, inspired

East Central Regional Library is participating in Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide effort that celebrates after-school programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. Check out what these locations have planned for school age kids on Thursday, Oct. 25:

In America today, 11.3 million children are alone and unsupervised after school. After school programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. Lights On Afterschool is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs.

All year round, East Central Regional Library locations take pride in offering programs and events for kids after school as well as into the evening. We encourage you to visit our Events Calendar for all the fun and educational opportunities that await.

Arn Kind brings American Revolution program to Aitkin Library

East Central Regional Library is pleased to present Birth of Our Nation: The American Revolution, a presentation by Arn Kind, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the Aitkin Public Library

Kind, a teacher of 40 years, will appear in period attire, portraying the people who participated in the events that gave birth to our nation. His use of drama, role-playing, living history experiences and displays give audiences an understanding of this turbulent time and make history come alive.

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Minnesota Book Award authors to present at Mora Library

East Central Regional Library and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, will present an author event as part of the Moving Words series, a tour of Minnesota Book Award winners across Minnesota.

Authors J. J. Austrian, Andrew DeYoung, Nicole Helget, and Kao Kalia Yang will come together for readings and discussion at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Mora Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided.

Featuring multi-genre, Minnesota Book Award-winning authors, Moving Words is an opportunity for writers and readers to explore various themes together: the impact of literature in their lives, their connection as fellow Minnesotans, and the lens through which we read. (more…)