Summer Reading Closing Program

Comic Magician Jerry Frasier

2016 Read – For the Win!

Fun and laughs happen fast when comic magician, Jerry Frasier, comes to thJerry Frasier Pice library! With a jolt of imagination and amazement, Jerry encourages all ages to exercise their magical minds. This national entertainer wows audiences all over the country, from New York to L. A. and everywhere in between. Described as a comedy Houdini, Jerry’s distinctively energetic magic is fun for the whole family! Everyone will be involved in the craziness! A lucky volunteer from the audience may even float on air…no wires…no forklift…no kidding!

 

*Notice: Due to fire code restrictions, tickets will be required at designated locations. Contact the library for date tickets (free) will be available.

 

Tuesday, August 2

  • 10:00 am – Aitkin Public Library *tickets necessary – available at the library starting July 26
  • 1:00 pm – Mille Lacs Lake Community Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 26

Wednesday, August 3

  • 10:00 am – McGregor Public Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 26
  • 1:30 pm – Milaca Community Library
  • 3:30 pm – Princeton Area Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 26

Thursday, August 4 

  • 10:00 am – Chisago Lakes Area Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 27
  • 1:00 pm – Hinckley Public Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 27
  • 3:00 pm – Rush City Public Library

Monday, August 8

  • 10:00 am – Mora Public Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 30
  • 1:00 pm – Cambridge Primary School Multipurpose Room
  • 3:30 pm – North Branch Area Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 30

Tuesday, August 9

  • 10:00 am – Wyoming Area Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 30
  • 1:00 pm – Sandstone Public Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 30
  • 3:30 pm – Pine City Public Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 30

 

The Summer Reading Closing Program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

ECRL PRESENTS: Fool in a Mask Productions !

From June 28th through July 9th the library will present Fool in a Mask Productions in “The Amazing Adventures of Stuart Lindman and Other Short Plays”.

Four young actors will perform in four short plays commissioned for the “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation Project”. This program is made possible through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and results from a new partnership between the Minnesota Regional Public Library System (MRPLS) and the Minnesota Historical Society.
Danielle Bronshteyn, Jacob Budnick, Tylinn Fahrni, and Marshall Sonsteby will entertain ECRL patrons in the following plays, all of which are based on oral histories and original historical documents:

“The Amazing Adventures of Stuart Lindman” by Joseph Scrimshaw
“Parachute Silk” by Carson Kreitzer
“The Secret Storm” by Sheri Wilner
“Swell” by Craig Johnson

Please check the ECRL homepage for the dates and times of scheduled performances. The theatre troupe will perform at all branch libraries in the ECRL service area.

This FREE program is suitable for the entire family!
Bob Gray
Reference and Interlibrary Loan Librarian

Arts and Culture in the Library

Libraries are at the center of their communities in providing information and recreation. Now, thanks to funds provided through the Legacy Amendment, we will be providing arts and cultural experiences in our libraries. The Legacy Amendment was approved by 56% of Minnesota voters in November 2008. This Amendment raised the state sales tax 3/8 of 1% (starting July 1, 2009 and lasting 25 years) to generate money for four funds: Clean Water, Outdoor Heritage, Parks and Trails, and Arts and Cultural Heritage.

Libraries were included in the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the legislation*, which will receive 19.75% of the sales tax generated each year. This Fund will be divided among many recipients, including the following:

  • Board of Arts (with opportunities for partnerships with libraries and schools)
  • Regional Public Library funding for arts and arts education programs (will receive $4.25 million in FY 2010 and $4.25 in FY 2011)
  • Minnesota Digital Library (will receive $500,000 in FY 2010)

Public Library funding for arts and arts education programs will be allocated to the 12 regional public library systems according to the current regional library basic system support (RLBSS) grant formula. The Department of Education will administer this funding. In addition to our local programming, ECRL will participate along with the other regional public library systems to fund a state project to bring arts and culture into libraries.

The funding from the Legacy Amendment must be used to supplement, not supplant, traditional sources of funding. Recipients of the funding will need to prove that their use of the money was “supplemental” in nature—not a supplanting of current funding.

At its August 10th meeting, the ECRL Board of Directors authorized a committee to oversee the use of ECRL’s portion of the Legacy Funds. We will also be participating in a statewide project of arts in libraries.

*Minnesota Session Laws 2009, Chapter 172, Article 4, Section Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, Subdivision 3

Barbara Misselt, Director