ECRL Reads: Quiet the noise with Novel Activism

Join authors Sarah Stonich (pictured above) and Sally Franson for a discussion about the quiet activism of literature in an era of loud headlines at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Chisago Lakes Area Library.

Novel Activism encourages attendees to engage in this conversation about books, stories, poetry—any writing that has in some way shaped or impacted an outlook on any issue, political or personal. Sarah Stonich (Vacationland, Laurentian Divide) and Sally Franson (The Lady’s Guide to Selling Out) are celebrated authors in Minnesota.

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ECRL Reads: Celtic music with ‘Stringman’ Paul Imholte

Experience the sweet sounds of Celtic music with “Musical Stringman” Paul Imholte during a special ECRL Reads performance at the Mille Lacs Lake Community Library in downtown Isle.

The performance will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. Imholte performs Irish and Scottish reels and jigs on the fiddle and hammered dulcimer, sings traditional ballads and leads sing-alongs with his guitar and banjo. He uses original songs to echo the experience of Irish emigrants to America. Along with his solo work, Imholte is a founding member of the Celtic/American band Ring of Kerry.

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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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Arn Kind brings American Revolution program to Aitkin Library

East Central Regional Library is pleased to present Birth of Our Nation: The American Revolution, a presentation by Arn Kind, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the Aitkin Public Library

Kind, a teacher of 40 years, will appear in period attire, portraying the people who participated in the events that gave birth to our nation. His use of drama, role-playing, living history experiences and displays give audiences an understanding of this turbulent time and make history come alive.

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Swedish musician, storyteller presents ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’

The magical Nordic fairy tale Three Billy Goats Gruff gets a new twist in a music and storytelling presentation by Sweden’s Anna Rynefors and her Scandinavian instruments. Come to the library and watch as this tale awakens the joy of reading in every child!

East Central Regional Library is excited to present Rynefors and her musical rendition of Three Billy Goats Gruff at libraries around the area. While the program is geared toward families and children ages 2-5, everyone is welcome! Here is the schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 20

10:30 a.m.—Sandstone Public Library

3:30 p.m.—Rush City Public Library

Monday, Oct. 1

10:30 a.m. — Cambridge Public Library

2 p.m. — Princeton Area Library

Tuesday, Oct. 2

10:30 a.m. — Aitkin Public Library

2 p.m. — Pine City Public Library

Wednesday, Oct. 3

10:30 a.m. — Chisago Lakes Area Library/Chisago City

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