Comedy juggling duo kicks off summer reading program

East Central Regional Library is kicking off its 2018 Summer Reading Program – Reading Takes You Everywhere — with performances by In Capable Hands. Made up of Steve Russell and Kobi Shaw, this family-friendly act will tickle the funny bone of any age, any audience, and it’s free and open to the public.

Due to fire code limitations, FREE tickets for all locations will be available for pick up at your local East Central Regional Library branch starting Tuesday, May 29. Limited seating is available at all venues.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Tuesday, June 5 
    • 10 a.m. McGregor Public Library
    • 1 p.m. Aitkin Public Library
  • Wednesday, June 6
    • 10 a.m. Mille Lacs Lake Community Library/Isle
    • 1 p.m. Milaca High School Dahlager Theater
    • 3:30 p.m. Princeton Area Library
  • Thursday, June 7
    • 10 a.m. Wyoming Area Library
    • 1 p.m. Rush City Public Library
    • 3:30 p.m. Mora Public Library
  • Monday, June 11
    • 10 a.m. Chisago Lakes Area Library
    • 1 p.m. North Branch Area Library
    • 3:30 p.m. Cambridge Primary School Multi-Purpose Room
  • Tuesday, June 12
    • 10 a.m. Sandstone Public Library
    • 1 p.m. Hinckley Public Library
    • 3:30 p.m. Pine City Public Library

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

Learn more about the 2018 Summer Reading Program Reading Takes You Everywhere

Monkeewrench author talk continues in Cambridge, Milaca

PJ Tracy’s Monkeewrench series has become a must-read around the world. Now you can meet the Minnesota author who continues to write about this coveted thriller at upcoming appearances in Cambridge (May 15) and Milaca (May 22). The author was well received during her first visit held earlier this month at the Pine City branch.

PJ Tracy was the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht, winners of the Anthony, Barry, Gumshoe and Minnesota Book Awards. Their eight novels, Monkeewrench, Live Bait, Dead Run, Snow Blind, Shoot to Thrill, Off the Grid, The Sixth Idea and Nothing Stays Buried have become national and international bestsellers.


Where Do You Want to Go This Summer?

Why not let Reading Takes You Everywhere?  Excitement and fun await those who want to take the journey with us.  Join the East Central Regional Library 2018 summer reading program, Reading Takes You Everywhere starting Tuesday, May 29.  Throughout the summer, check out great books, earn prizes and attend lots of fun and exciting library programs for kids of all ages.

Each ECRL branch will offer both a youth (ages 3-11) and teen (ages 12-17) program.  Plus some branches will also offer a special Rubber Ducky program for kids birth to 35 months. The summer reading program is free and open to the public

Checkout all the fun and find out more about the upcoming 2018 summer reading program!

Find your inner artist with zentangle® pattern drawing

Take a break from your computers and cell phones and discover the relaxation, focus and inspiration that comes with the zentangle® method of pattern drawing. East Central Regional Library presents zentangle® pattern drawing with Esther Piszczek, CZT, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the North Branch Area Library and again from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at the Milaca Community Library. Participants will create this art form on a 3.5-inch by 3.5-inch paper tile with pen and ink and pencil shading. No previous drawing experience is necessary. Pre-registration is required.


American Revolution program brings history to life

East Central Regional Library is pleased to present Birth of Our Nation: The American Revolution, a special presentation by Arn Kind at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Milaca Community 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.