Embrace Ojibwe culture through puppetry with Summer Outreach

East Central Regional Library welcomes the community to learn about Ojibwe culture and loon biology through storytelling by puppetry.

The puppets will be used to tell the story of Loon’s Song. As the constellations move into their spring location, Grandfather Turtle eagerly awaits the return of his beloved granddaughter, Loon. He remembers the Ojibwe stories and the lessons they carry that he used to guide her as she matured.

Loon’s Song, a program led by In the Heart of the Beast puppeteers Julie and Gustavo Boada, will be held at each Outreach location from June 17-20. All ages are welcome, and no registration is necessary. Here’s the schedule:

Monday, June 17

10 a.m.—Braham (Braham Events Center, 655 8th St. SW)

1 p.m.—Isanti (Isanti Community Center, 208 1/2 1st Ave. NW)

Tuesday, June 18

10 a.m.—Onamia (Rolf Olsen Community Center, 807 W. Main St.)

1:30 p.m.—McGrath (Zion Holden Lutheran Church, 207 First St. N.)

Wednesday, June 19

10 a.m.—Hill City (Hill City Community Room, 125 Lake Ave. NE)

1 p.m.—Jacobson (Jacobson Community Center, 65534 Great River Rd.)

Thursday, June 20

10 a.m.—Duquette (Duquette Town Hall, 88235 State Hwy. 23, Kerrick)

1:30 p.m.—Giese (Wagner Town Hall, 11550 State Hwy. 18, Finlayson)

Julie Boada is an Anishinabe artist, puppeteer and arts educator. Gustavo Boada is a theater-based, multidisciplinary artist with more than 25 years experience working in professional theater.

For more events and information, visit the events calendar and follow East Central Regional Library on Facebook.

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


Night at the Library: History Comes Alive

Meet President Theodore Roosevelt and a soldier from the Vietnam War … along with the men portraying them … by way of two extraordinary rides through American history.

First up, East Central Regional Library is pleased to welcome back Minnesota living history speaker Arn Kind for a presentation on one of the most fascinating yet controversial eras in the history of our nation and world. In the uniform of a typical American soldier, Kind presents Minnesota in the Vietnam War at the Cambridge Public Library on Tuesday, May 7; Pine City Public Library on Thursday, May 16; and Mille Lacs Lake Community Library in Isle on Thursday, May 30. All programs start at 6 p.m.

Also returning is Minnesotan Adam Lindquist whose award-winning impersonation of the 26th president of the United States inspires people around the nation. The program, called Being Teddy, is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at East Central Regional Library – Chisago Lakes.

Both events are recommended for all ages. No registration necessary.

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

Keep informed of all East Central Regional Library events by visiting the events calendar or following us on Facebook.


Special gifts for special moms

Shower mom on her special day with gifts folded from the heart during a special origami workshop Thursday, May 2, from 6-8 p.m., at East Central Regional Library Rush City. This event was rescheduled from February.

Licensed instructor Kathleen Sheridan will show you how to create a variety of models including a colorful tulip, sweet 2D models to be put on a card or made into a pin, and a container to hold sweets or any other gift. The workshop is recommended for ages 18 and up, and registration is required on our events calendar. Space is limited!

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

The Rush City Library is located at 240 W. 4th St. in downtown Rush City and can be reached 320-358-3948. For more events & news, visit our events calendar and follow us on Facebook.


The Civil War Experience

Learn something new about “The War Between the States” through a truly unique presentation.

People of all ages are welcomed to The Civil War Experience: Minnesota and the Civil War with Arn Kind at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 at East Central Regional Library Princeton. Kind is a member of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, a reenactment group based out of Fort Snelling that has appeared in many documentaries and historical feature films, such as  “The Blue and the Gray,” “North and South,” and “Glory.”


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.