Learn to balance rocks in nature

It’s a growing art form that uses ordinary rocks in nature to create startling sculptures.

Learn all about the art of stone or rock balancing, and the photography of it, from artist Peter Juhl during a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at the Mora Public Library. Participants will discover how just shape, weight and friction are used to create balanced stone art, as no glue, magnets or other artificial supports are needed.

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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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