Local musician Robert Everest presents Latin music program

Spend an hour touring the world through the guitar and voice of Robert Everest during his Latin music program at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Parmly on the Lake, 28210 Old Towne Rd., in Chisago City. The performance will be held inside the Chapel.

Everest, a Twin Cities native, will be playing music from multiple countries in several languages, with emphasis on Latin America, Southern Europe, and West Africa, along with a number of original compositions. In this performance he accompanies himself on the unique, seven-string Brazilian guitar.

Everest has been exploring the music of the world for nearly 30 years. He has delighted audiences from local and national venues to around the globe with his vast repertoire of acoustic world music, solo and multiple ensembles.

Presented by the East Central Regional Library, this project was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

A fun-filled show with The Sutter Brothers

Explore the experience of Scandinavian immigrants and their descendants with a fun-filled blend of music and storytelling by two talented brothers at the Wyoming Area Library. People of all ages will enjoy The Sutter Brothers and their program, “Greet the Folks at Home,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. No registration is necessary, so swing on by the library and join the fun at 26855 Forest Blvd. in Wyoming.

Poet, essayist and writer Bart Sutter has authored eight books and had four plays produced. Awards for his writing include the George Morrison Artist Award for his many contributions to the arts in northeastern Minnesota, three Minnesota Book Awards in various categories, and in 2006 he was named the first Poet Laureate of Duluth. Ross Sutter is best known as a singer of Scandinavian, Scottish, and Irish songs, and for his wide repertoire of American traditional and popular songs. He also plays guitar, dulcimer, button accordion and bodhran (the Irish goat-skin drum). Performances have brought him to numerous venues, and he has appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion.”

When the Sutter Brothers perform as a pair, their work has the kind of counterpoint and easy intimacy unique to sibling acts. Their show highlights their small town, preacher’s kid roots and Scandinavian heritage. Presented by the East Central Regional Library, this project was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

All ECRL Branch Hours to Change Starting March 4, 2018

In an effort to better serve the public and their busy schedules, in December the East Central Regional Library Board approved new operating hours at all 14 library branches across the six county area. The new hours will begin on Sunday, March 4, 2018, and can be viewed by clicking on any of the listed libraries on the Location & Hours page.

According to Carla Lydon, ECRL Executive Director, these changes are a culmination of a multi-year process during which time ECRL sought public feedback in our communities and consulted staff, Board members, and local officials in an effort to better balance our resources across our six county region. Prior to this, open hours had remained the same for more than a decade, despite changes in facilities, communities and traffic patterns. It is our hope that these new schedules will better serve the public and provide appropriate staffing levels to continue to provide the excellent customer service that people rely on when visiting our libraries.

 

Warm up with Hot Reads for Cold Nights Reading Program

Celebrate Hot Reads Cold Nights at your local East Central Regional Library branch this winter. All 14 branches plus outreach locations of ECRL will be offering this winter adult reading program.

Read or listen to a book in print or on your computer, phone, or tablet and be eligible to win prizes. The program starts in January. Contact your local ECRL branch for more details regarding specific dates, prizes and participation guidelines or participate online.

The kids get all the fun during the summer, so now it’s time for the adults to have a turn. Warm up this winter by participating in ECRL’s Hot Reads Cold Nights program. The program is sponsored by ECRL, local Friends of the Library groups, and other local organizations.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights online entry form