New Year Holiday Closings

Wyoming Area Library –Closed Sunday, January 1, 2017
ECRL HQ, Aitkin, Cambridge, Chisago Lakes, Mora, North Branch, and Princeton branch libraries – Closed Monday, January 2, 2017
Braham Outreach – Closed Monday, January 2, 2017
Hinckley, McGreogor, Milaca, Mille Lacs Lake, Pine City, Rush City and Sandstone branch libraries – Closed Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Holiday Closings

The Wyoming Area Library will be closed on Sunday, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day Holiday. 

Branches in Aitkin, Cambridge, Chisago Lakes, Mora, North Branch, Princeton and the ECRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, July 4th

The Hinckley, McGregor, Milaca, Mille Lacs Lake, Pine City, Rush City and Sandstone branches will be closed on Tuesday, July 5th.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend.

Library Resources for Making Homemade Gifts

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Looking for a way to save money on holiday gifts for friends and family? Have you ever considered making homemade gifts but aren’t sure how to get started?

Your local ECRL library has got you covered! We’ve got books that can help you learn to make handmade toys, gift baskets, greeting cards, gifts in a jar, home-baked goodies, and more. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro at being handy & crafty, we’ve got something for you.

Here’s a brief sample:

Simply green giving: create beautiful gift wrapping, tags, and handmade materials from everyday materials


Simply handmade: 365 easy gifts & decorations you can make


Simply handmade: 365 easy projects for every occasion

Country gifts: handmade & homebaked

Better Homes & Gardens handcrafted gifts & toys


The gift basket design book


The how to’s of gift baskets


Creating the happiest of holidays


Creating the happiest of holidays, book 2


Handmade gift cards: over 50 original designs for all occasions


Gifts to make: 365 beautifully easy ideas


Mary Engelbreit wrap it up!: gifts to make, wrap, and give


Pretty gifts that say I love you: over 35 projects with step-by-step instructions


Homemade gifts in a jar


Last-minute Christmas gifts: crafting quick & classy presents for everyone on your list


Martha’s homemade holidays (DVD)


Gooseberry Patch Christmas: book 12


To find more items on this same topic, try searching the ECRL catalog with the following subject terms (which will give you more targeted results than you’d get searching with keywords):


textile crafts
gift baskets
greeting cards
toy making
holiday decorations
Christmas decorations
holiday cookery
Christmas cookery
Christmas cooking

If you’re looking for children’s materials, try adding a second subject term, “juvenile literature,” to your search.

Don’t forget that each ECRL branch library also has current magazines that may be able to help you with project ideas (such as Martha Stewart Living, Crafts ‘n Things, Better Homes & Gardens, etc.). 

As always, your friendly local librarian is happy to help you with all your information needs. Give us a call or stop in today!

Robin Duple, Pine City Branch Librarian