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.

Monkeewrench author talk continues in Cambridge, Milaca

PJ Tracy’s Monkeewrench series has become a must-read around the world. Now you can meet the Minnesota author who continues to write about this coveted thriller at upcoming appearances in Cambridge (May 15) and Milaca (May 22). The author was well received during her first visit held earlier this month at the Pine City branch.

PJ Tracy was the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht, winners of the Anthony, Barry, Gumshoe and Minnesota Book Awards. Their eight novels, Monkeewrench, Live Bait, Dead Run, Snow Blind, Shoot to Thrill, Off the Grid, The Sixth Idea and Nothing Stays Buried have become national and international bestsellers.