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

ECRL presents Selfish Elfish at Rush City Public Library

It’s the time of holiday season when girls and boys all over the world are thinking about the choices they’ve made this year. But what happens when one of Santa’s own helpers doesn’t make the “nice” list?

It might take a miracle, or maybe just a little holiday magic…

The East Central Regional Library presents Selfish Elfish, a program for all ages at the Rush City Public Library. The event is slated for 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, thanks to funding from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Rush City Public Library, 240 W. 4th St., can be reached at 320-358-3948. For more information, log on to www.ecrlib.org or visit ECRL on Facebook or Twitter.

‘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.