‘Stringman’ Paul Imholte brings holiday show to McGregor

Paul Imholte is called the “Musical Stringman” for the many string instruments he brings to every performance.

East Central Regional Library presents Imholte and his holiday show at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at the McGregor Public Library. Experience his talent with instruments like the hammered dulcimer, auto harp, guitar, violin, harmonica, jaw harp and more. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the McGregor Library.

The McGregor Public Library, located at Center Avenue and 2nd Street, can be reached at 218-768-3305. For more information, go to the ECRL Events Calendar.

This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Spotlight on music at 21st Annual Aitkin Christmas Tea

Warm your winter heart with songs by pianist George Maurer and vocalist Rachel Holder at this year’s Christmas Tea event at the Aitkin Public Library.

The duo will be performing live at the 21st Annual Aitkin Christmas Tea, beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. Presented by the Aitkin Public Library branch of the East Central Regional Library, in partnership with the Friends of the Aitkin Library, the event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Pre-register at the Aitkin Public Library, 110 1st Ave. NE, or call the library at 218-927-2339.

Maurer and Holder are entertainers with a sensitivity and expressiveness far beyond their years, filling rooms from the Dakota Jazz Club to Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. They offer a warm, personable stage presence, with songs from Gershwin to Motown, Ellington to Eva Cassidy, the Great American Songbook to the Beatles and music of the holidays.

This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Celebrated cook to discuss ‘Homemade’ at Milaca Library

An author and celebrated cook from the land of 10,000 lakes has a new book out, chock-full of recipes, anecdotes and humor that bring to life the Finnish culture of northern Minnesota as well as the wider culinary world.

Beatrice Ojakangas will discuss her book, “Homemade,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Milaca City Hall. Folks of all ages are invited to this free program presented by the East Central Regional Library and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Milaca City Hall is located right next door to the library at 235 1st St. E. in Milaca. For more information about other ECRL events, check out the Events Calendar.



Libraries closed for Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day, all 14 branches of the East Central Regional Library will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 11. ECRL headquarters in Cambridge will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10.

For more information on the many programs and events happening around ECRL land, visit our Events Calendar. Explore our website for additional information, and you can always find us on Facebook and Twitter (@ecrlib).

Library board open to new home for ECRL headquarters

The East Central Regional Library is seeking information about potential, available facilities for the headquarters operations of the regional library system.

ECRL is a Joint Powers Agreement of Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties that provides library service through 14 branch libraries throughout the region. The headquarters office, currently based in Cambridge, is a central services management facility where all common tasks for the regional library system are performed.

About 20 staff positions, including the Executive Director and central management team, work out of headquarters.

The ECRL Board of Directors has issued a Request for Information with an established list of criteria for a suitable headquarters facility. Find the RFI and details on how to respond at www.ecrlib.org/locations/ecrl-headquarters.

The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. Monday, May 1. Documents can be submitted to clydon@ecrlib.org or via traditional mail to Executive Director, East Central Regional Library, 244 S. Birch St., Cambridge MN 55008. Address questions to Executive Director Carla Lydon.