60 Years in the Books

It’s our 60th Anniversary! Join East Central Regional Library for inspiring music, special guests and open house receptions this fall!


In celebration of providing six decades of library service to the region, all branches of East Central Regional Library will be hosting a special event followed by an open house reception. All events are free and open to all ages. We look forward to seeing you there!


Don’t forget to bring your 60th Anniversary Passbook, and get it stamped! This Passbook is your opportunity to visit and learn about the branch libraries of East Central Regional Library via the #TourDeECRL. Remember: for each branch you visit, collect a stamp and enter your name into a drawing for fabulous ECRL loot. Visit all 14 locations and be featured on Facebook as a grand champion of the #TourDeECRL (if you so choose). The Passbook runs until Sept. 30, so get touring!


Here’s our 60th Anniversary Schedule of Events:


Music with Becky Schlegel

Monday, Sept. 16th, 6:30pm — Pine City Public Library

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6:30pm — Chisago Lakes Area Library

Her music is original, drawing on the influence of classic country, bluegrass, folk, and her own thoughtful spirit. This program begins with Becky Schlegel’s performance from 6:30-7:15pm, followed by an open house from 7:15-8pm.


Belle Amour, vintage jazz

Thursday, Sept. 12th, 6:30pm — Princeton Area Library

Belle Amour is a fun, high energy jazz group that performs vintage jazz standards with a touch of international flair. This event begins with Belle Amour’s performance from 6:30-7:15pm, followed by an open house from 7:15-8pm.


Boyd Huppert, KARE 11’s Land of 10,000 Stories

Thursday, Oct. 10th, 6:30pm — Cambridge Public Library

Award-winning journalist Boyd Huppert got his start in broadcasting as a 16-year-old announcer at his hometown radio station in River Falls, Wisconsin. He joined KARE 11 in 1996, where he now produces and hosts the weekly Land of 10,000 Stories segment. Boyd’s presentation begins at 6:30pm and will be followed by an open house until 8pm.


Briand Morrison, jazz guitar

Monday, Sept. 23th, 6:30pm — Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

Tuesday, Sept. 24th, 6:30pm — Sandstone Public Library

Briand Morrison is celebrated by many as the North Shore’s finest jazz guitar player. He plays music on a full-time basis and is praised for his clear sound, unique style, and dedication to music. Morrison’s performance from 6:30-7:15pm will be followed by an open house from 7:15-8pm.


Corpse Reviver, American folk

Tuesday, Sept. 10th, 6pm — Aitkin Public Library

Come on down to the library for some good ol’ American folk music with Corpse Reviver, a Minneapolis trio that likes to play music from the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music. The program begins with Corpse Reviver’s performance from 6-7pm, with an open house to follow.


Dancing Light, “cosmic acoustic”

Thursday, Sept. 5th, 6:30pm — Mora Public Library

Saturday, Sept. 21st, 10:30am — Hinckley Public Library

Saturday, Sept. 28th, 10:30am — Wyoming Area Library

Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 6:30pm — Rush City Public Library

Thursday, Oct. 3rd, 6:30pm — McGregor Public Library

Get ready to go on a musical journey where the world shines a little brighter. Kiki and Greg, from the group Dancing Light, fuse folk, classical, rock and pop genres for a unique musical experience. This program begins with Dancing Light’s performance for the first 45 minutes, followed by an open house.


Holy Rocka Rollaz, ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll

Monday, Sept. 30th, 6:30pm — North Branch Area Library

Let’s go back to the ‘50s! If you’re into the music of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and the like, then you will love Holy Rocka Rollaz. This high energy trio will perform from 6:30-7:30 pm, with an open house to follow.


Mike Munson, blues musician

Tuesday, Sept. 17th, 6:30pm — Milaca Community Library

From sad and somber slow tunes to swampy, caterwauling stompers, Mike Munson’s music is a master class in creative blues composition and performance. His performance from 6:30-7:15 pm will be followed by an open house from 7:15-8 pm.


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


A morning with a storyteller/photographer

East Central Regional Library presents a special performance by Steve Maanum, an award-winner for his storytelling and photography, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Aitkin Public Library.

Maanum will perform a collection of personal stories… some from the mind of a boy growing to manhood, others through the eyes of a confused, middle-aged man who is still struggling to find or rebel against maturity. Maanum, of Park Rapids, Minnesota, won the title of Great American Storyteller in 2017.


Libraries welcome KARE 11 Meteorologist Belinda Jensen

Belinda Jensen, chief meteorologist for KARE 11 News, is coming to the Mora Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 14.

Belinda enjoys sharing her passion and enthusiasm for weather-related topics through presentations that show school age students the science behind weather. She also helps kids understand the mystery of weather with her series of children’s books featuring the character “Bel the Weather Girl,” who is already fascinated with the weather as an 8-year-old.

Belinda also will make appearances at the Aitkin Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 23, and the Cambridge Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12.

This program is recommended for ages 7 and up along with their families. It is presented by East Central Regional Library and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Unleash your wild side with Lake Superior Zoomobile

The Lake Superior Zoomobile of Duluth is coming to all East Central Regional Library Outreach stops to open the 2018 summer reading program, Reading Takes You Everywhere. Experience fun and close-up interactions with a variety of live animals and learn about wildlife and the preservation of animals native to Minnesota. Here’s the schedule for the program, which is free and open to the public of all ages:

Monday, June 4

10 a.m.—Rolf Olsen Community Center, Onamia

1:30 p.m.—Zion Holden Lutheran Church, McGrath

Tuesday, June 5

10:30 a.m.—Jacobson Community Center

1 p.m.—Hill City Community Room

Monday, June 11

10 a.m.—Duquette Town Hall

1 p.m.—Wagner Town Hall, Giese

Tuesday, June 12

10:30 a.m.—Braham Event Center

2:30 p.m.—Isanti Community Center

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