Blast off with Lost in Space Magic Show!

Kids and their families are invited to a fun-filled magic show revolving around “A Universe of Stories,” the theme of East Central Regional Library’s Summer Learning Program.

Robert and Lynn Halbrook present their Lost in Space Magic Show from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 at East Central Regional Library-Milaca. All ages are welcome, and no registration is necessary.

“Lost in Space” helps kids discover that every time they open a book they blast off on an amazing adventure … from exploring distant planets to meeting outrageous aliens to learning how to do extraordinary things.

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This week: Storyteller Bob Gasch and Author Nicole Helget!

East Central Regional Library welcomes Minnesota storyteller Bob Gasch on Thursday, June 27 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Milaca Community Library.

Since 1971, Gasch has been visiting schools, libraries and organizations from Alaska to Louisiana and Colorado to Northern Ireland. His presentations have been helping people become more aware of and interested in history, reading, writing and storytelling.

Minnesota author Nicole Helget will focus on her novel, The End of the Wild, during a special visit at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at the North Branch Public Library.

In this coming of age story, 11-year-old Fern doesn’t have an easy life, with a stepfather out of work and responsibilities like keeping her younger brothers out of trouble. She often takes refuge in the nearby woods, until a fracking company comes to town. With no one on her side, how can she save the forest that has protected her for so long?

In addition, a discussion of The End of the Wild will be the subject of Teen Book Club on Monday, June 24, from 5-6:30 p.m. Check with staff at the front desk for copies of the book. Teen Book Club is recommended for ages 12 and up. Pizza and snacks are provided.

Helget, an award-winner for her work, has also authored The Summer of Ordinary Ways, The Turtle Catcher, Horse Camp, Stillwater and Wonder at the Edge of the World. With her family, she lives in southern Minnesota where she works as a teacher, editor, and manuscript and story consultant.

All ages are welcome to both special visits, and no registration is necessary.

These programs are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

North Woods Niche in Milaca

Develop an understanding of the relationship between the North Woods of Minnesota and the animals who live there during a special presentation at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at East Central Regional Library Milaca. Meet four live animals, as the Audubon Center of the North Woods takes you on a journey through the different levels of the deciduous forest. Find out who lives here and what tools the animals have to do their job and fulfill their role in the environment.

This program is recommended for kids ages 10 and up through adults. No registration is necessary. For more information check out the events calendar.

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

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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Henna tattoo workshop for teens at Milaca Community Library

Teens are invited to learn about henna tattoos and may even create a design on themselves during a special event at the Milaca Community Library.

East Central Regional Library presents a henna tattoo workshop on Tuesday, June 26, starting at 1 p.m. Participants ages 12-17 will learn how to make henna paste and draw both traditional and modern designs. Participants also may create a henna tattoo on themselves, as long as they have permission from a parent or guardian. Permission forms will be available at the library ahead of time and at the workshop. Henna tattoos are 100 percent natural and last approximately two weeks to a month.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required for this workshop. Sign up on the Events Calendar. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.