Reach for the stars with origami

Learn the basics of paper folding and making a variety of origami stars during a special workshop from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the Milaca Community Library. Minnesota Center for Book Arts instructor Kathleen Sheridan will show how origami stars can be used as ornaments or strung together to create garland. This workshop is for ages 18 and up, and pre-registration is required. Drop by or call the library at 320-983-3677.

This project, presented by East Central Regional Library, was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more programs and events, check out our events calendar!

New Storytime Kits to Go Added

We’ve got a problem.  Our Storytime Kits to Go are such a hit it’s hard to find one on the shelves!  But what a wonderful problem to have.  So we decided to add more to the collection.  Twelve more kits have been added to the library catalog.

The new kits include:  Camping, Cowboys, Fairy Tales, Fishing, Happy Birthday, Imagination, Minnesota, Nursery Rhymes, Teddy Bears, Toys, Weather and Wolves

Remember the kits include 5 books, a musical CD and a manipulative (puzzle, puppet, etc.)  Simply stop by any East Central Regional Library branch or search the catalog using the terms “Storytime to Go” and place a hold on one today!  You and the kids will love them.

MN author Candace Simar to visit Aitkin

East Central Regional Library is excited to present a special visit featuring Minnesota author Candace Simar at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at the Aitkin Public Library.

A writer and poet in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, Simar’s novels include Shelterbelts, 2015, receiving awards from both the Midwest Book Awards and the WILLA Literary Awards in Historical Fiction, and her Abercrombie Trail Series earned the coveted Spur Award. Her latest book is Escape to Fort Abercrombie. She along with her sister wrote Farm Girls, 2013, which celebrates growing up on a dairy farm.

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How are those New Year’s resolutions going?

Find the perfect ‘diet’ at the library

Need a jump-start on those New Year’s resolutions? Turn to the library. We’ll help you find better health and happiness without breaking the bank.

If you’re looking to lose a few pounds or gain a new skill – whether professionally or in your personal life – explore the plethora of online resources available for free with your library card. You’ll find just about anything, from car repair to health advice, from learning a new language to tackling that new tablet or device you got over the holidays.

Preschool and toddler storytimes are often a hit with parents, grandparents, daycare providers and, of course, the kids. Now you can inspire a child to read from the comfort of home with our new Storytime to Go kits – complete with picture books, a children’s music CD, a puppet, puzzle, or other teaching tools and more. Also available for checkout are Brain Fitness kits, Reminiscence kits and Book Club kits. Check out the variety at your library.

For those with long commutes to work or time spent exercising, gardening, sewing or sitting in waiting rooms, welcome some company with an eBook or eAudiobook, which can be downloaded for free right to your phone or tablet. Search for digital books and audiobooks on OverDrive and RBdigital. RBdigital also includes eMagazines!

Does your list of New Year’s resolutions include getting out more? The library can help with that, too. Events like live music, author visits, comedy, arts and crafts and even a Civil War re-enactment can be found on the schedule, so don’t miss a thing by checking out the online Events Calendar. You can always follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Got a question about what the library has to offer? “Ask a Librarian” via email, instant messaging, or phone.