ECRL Reads: Spotlight on the iron barons of Minnesota

Learn about the magnates of the Minnesota Iron Range in a historical presentation by Dale Blanshan at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Hinckley Public Library. Hear some familiar names and others that might surprise you.

Blanshan, of Rochester, Minnesota, describes himself a man with a penchant for stories from days gone by. In his travels to southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, eastern Wisconsin and the far reaches of eastern North Dakota, Blanshan enjoys sharing historical stories with libraries, historical societies, senior living sites and other places.

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Raptor Center closes summer reading program; free tickets still available

East Central Regional Library is closing its 2018 Summer Reading Program – Reading Takes You Everywhere — with a presentation by The Raptor Center. In this free, family-friendly program, learn all about the raptors of Minnesota. Live raptors will be on hand during the presentation.

Free tickets are required at all locations for this final event of the 2018 Summer Reading Program. Space is limited due to fire code restrictions. Stop by your local library branch starting Tuesday, July 24, to pick up your free tickets.

The Raptor Center schedule is listed below and also can be found on the Events Calendar.

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Bring ‘Clay Creatures’ to Life at Hinckley Public Library

East Central Regional Library presents Clay Creatures, a two-hour workshop for kids ages 8 and up, starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 at the Hinckley Public Library. Visiting artist Angee Emerson will help participants sculpt their very own clay friend out of bright, colorful polymer clay. Everyone will get to leave with their finished masterpiece and some basic sculpting techniques for future projects on their own. All supplies provided.

Pre-registration is required on the Events Calendar. Space is limited.

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

 

Visit with Minnesota author Julie Klassen at Hinckley Library

If you’re into romance novels, British accents, Jane Eyre, or anything by Jane Austen, there’s a good chance you’ll become big fans of Minnesota author Julie Klassen. The public is invited to a special visit by this bestselling author at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at the Hinckley Public Library.

Klassen is known for her inspirational Regency romance novels. Her latest, The Ladies of Ivy Cottage, is book two of the author’s first series, Tales from Ivy Hill. She has earned several awards for titles including The Painter’s Daughter. This and many of her books can be found at branches throughout the East Central Regional Library system. Click here to get started!

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