Celtic holiday music with Laura MacKenzie

The community is welcome to free, holiday performances featuring traditional Irish and Scottish music beginning this weekend at select branches. Laura MacKenzie brings her Celtic holiday program, a celebration of Yuletide favorites, many with Celtic origins, presented on a unique array of wind-powered instruments like wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, various types of bagpipes, gemshorn and voice.

The following performances are presented by East Central Regional Library:

Refreshments will be provided by Friends of the Library groups at all branches.

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

ECRL Reads: Finding Minnesota’s haunted and bizarre

Take a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in Minnesota with paranormal researcher, author, and lecturer Chad Lewis. From hunting vampires in Transylvania to chasing ghosts in Ireland castles, Lewis brings 18 years of paranormal experience to his presentations.

In Minnesota’s Most Haunted Locations-The Scariest Places in Minnesota, Lewis will discuss phenomena such as wandering ghosts in the North Woods, a haunted B&B in Wabasha and graveyard apparitions in our own backyards.

Come if you dare and discover that no place in Minnesota is without its own hauntings:

In addition, Lewis will be showcasing over 100 bizarre and “hidden” newspaper stories from Minnesota in another presentation, Bizarre History of Minnesota—Strange Stories from our Past:

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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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Workshop will show kids how to decorate Ojibwe-style shoulder bags

So far, kids have enjoyed creating their very own dream catchers and corn husk dolls. Now it’s time to decorate Ojibwe-style shoulder bags that can be taken home in the last of a series of workshops instructed by the Mille Lacs Indian Musuem and Trading Post.

For ages 6 and up, the program will run from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, July 26 at the McGregor Public Library. All materials provided. Pre-registration (required) is open on the Events Calendar. Space is limited, so sign up today!

Presented by East Central Regional Library. Funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

 

‘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.