Final Paws to Read Events – July 22 thru August 1

  • Turtle Hurdle
  • Rush City Public Library 
  • Tuesday, July 22 – 3:30-4:30 pm

           Join the naturalist from St. Croix State Park and
           learn about the challenging lives of our local turtles
           and make a turtle craft to take home.  Geared for ages
           3-12 and sponsored by the MN DNR.

  • Smokey the Bear to Visit Preschool Storytime

  • North Branch Area Library
  • Wednesday, July 23 – 10:30 am

          Kids ages 3-5 are invited to join us for a special storytime.
          In celebration of Smokey the Bear’s 70th birthday he will
          be stopping by the library.  Learn the true story about Smokey
          and bring your cameras so you can take a picture with him.

  • Cruising Critters
  • Pine City Public Library 
  • Wednesday, July 23 – 11:15 am
         

 Children ages K-6 are welcome to join us for
 this special program presented by the MN DNR.











  • Local Magician, Collin Staup
  • Milaca Community Library 
  • Thursday, July 24 – 10:30 am
          Local magician, Collin Staup, will dazzle audience members
          with a magic show after our storytime presenter reads a
          few books about magic.  Come join the fun!

  • Experiment with Nature
  • Princeton Area Library 
  • Thursday, July 24 – 1:00 pm 
          Use your sense of wonder to explore nature!
          Read a story, ask questions and learn how to be
          a naturalist through hands-on activities.  For ages
          3-12.

  • Frog Guy
  • Pine City Public Library 
  • Wednesday, July 30 – 11:15 am
          Join us for an amphibian interactive activity
          with Frog Guy.  For kids K-6.

  • Cruising Critters
  • Hinckley Public Library 
  • Wednesday, July 30 – 2:00 pm
          Use your detective skills to decode the
          messages left by wildlife.  Presented by
          a St. Croix State Park naturalist.

  • Smokey the Bear
  • Milaca Community Library
  • Thursday, July 31 – 10:30 am
          Come to a Smokey Bear themed preschool storytime
          and hang out for a photo or two with Smokey!

  • Aitkin Library Lawn Party
  • Aitkin Public Library 
  • Friday, August 1 – 2:00-4:30 pm
          Join us for our annual summer lawn party!
          There’ll be delicious ice cream floats.  For all ages!



PAWS TO READ EVENTS

More Paws to Read Summer Reading Program 
Upcoming Events – July 6 thru July 19


Stuffed Animal Sleepover at Pine City Public Library 

Northwoods Humane Society at Wyoming Area Library

McGregor Presents the Lake Superior Zoomobile!

Learn how animals move and groove and meet some animal ambassadors from the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth.  Stop by the McGregor City Hall on Wednesday, July 9 at 10:00 am.  Free and open to the public.

All About Pets at the Pine City Public Library

Staff from the Pine City Animal Hospital will stop by the library on Wednesday, July 9 at 11:15 to talk about their hospital and what they do.  For grades K-6.

Special Storytime Visitor at Milaca Community Library
Join us for a special storytime visitor on Thursday, July 10 at 10:30 am.  Local author Christine Nelson will be reading her book and sharing information about the importance of being patient.  Copies of the book will be available for ale and all proceeds will go to the local food shelf.

Lake Superior Zoomobile to Visit Princeton Area Library 

Learn how animals move and groove and meet some animal ambassadors from the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth.  Stop by the library for the program “Animals in Action” on Thursday, July 10 at 1:00 pm.  Free and open to the public.

Experiment with Nature at the Mora Public Library

Use your sense of wonder to explore nature at the library on Thursday, July 10 at 1:30 pm.  Read a story, ask questions and learn how to be a naturalist through hands on activities with staff from St. John’s Arboretum.  For ages 3-12.



Chisago Lakes Paws to Read Sleepover


Lake Superior Zoo to Visit Milaca Community Library and Hinckley Public Library

The “Animals in Action” program will be at the both libraries on Tuesday, July 15.  Stop by the Milaca Community Library at11:00 am or the Hinckley Public Library at 2:00 pm and check out some great animals.  If you missed Cock-a-Doodle Zoo, or you’re just an animal lover, stop by and enjoy the program.  All ages are welcome.

Animals In & Near the Garden Program

The Pine Gardeners will present a program for children in grades K-6 about all the animals you may find in or near your garden.  Join us on Wednesday, July 16 at 11:15 am. 

Butterfly Business at the Rush City Public Library

Join the naturalist from St. Croix State Park and learn about the lives of butterflies and how to help them.  Make a butterfly craft to take home.  Stop by the library on Tuesday, July 15 at 3:30 pm. The program is presented by the MN DNR and geared for ages 3-12 years of age.

St. John’s Arboretum to Visit Mora Public Library  

Join the staff from St. John’s Arboretum on Thursday, July 17 at 10:30 am as they talk about Minnesota animal tracks.  Learn about animal tracks through storytelling, activities and create a field guide of tracks.  

Experiment with Nature at the Cambridge Public Library

Use your sense of wonder to explore nature at the library on Thursday, July 17 at 1:30 pm.  Read a story, ask questions and learn how to be a naturalist through hands on activities with staff from St. John’s Arboretum.  For ages 3-12.  To participate, sign up at the front desk or call the library at 763-689-7390.  

Paws to Read Stuffed Animal Sleepover 
at the Rush City Public Library


Vickie Sorn
Youth & Community Services Librarian

Paws to Read Summer Reading Program Begins Soon!

 

Paws to Read Summer Reading Program Begins Soon!
We’re all waggin’ our tales in anticipation of the 2014 Paws to Read summer reading program.  Children ages preschool thru grade 6 are invited to participate at any East Central Regional Library branch.  Younger children may have an adult or older child read to them.  A tween/teen program will also be offered at each branch.  Stop by the library and pick up a flyer listing all the activities and events offered this summer for kids and teens alike.  All activities are free and open to the public.
To kick-off the Paws to Read program, Cock-a-Doodle Zoo will be bringing animals from their zoo in Scandia, MN. including an African porcupine, wallaby and alligator.  Cock-a-Doodle Zoo is licensed by the USDA and the MN DNR, a member of the Zoological Association of America and is fully insured.  The program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Fund. 
So pounce, jump, or spring over to any East Central Regional Library branch and “paws” to discover all the fun and excitement that awaits you at your ECRL this summer!
Check out these great videos from our local ECRL branches:
Vickie Sorn
ECRL Youth & Community Services Librarian

ECRL Kids Create Glass Art Contest Winners

 
Example of  Kids Create Glass contest
courtesy of glassblower, Anthony
Michaud-Scorza

This past summer ECRL ran a Kids Design Art contest.  Children ages 4-10 were invited to enter a special contest to have their drawing turned into a glass sculpture by local glassblower, Anthony Michaud-Scorza.  Over 150 entries from our 14 branch libraries were turned in.  One drawing from each branch was chosen and will have their drawing turned into a glass sculpture this fall.  The following children were chosen as winners:  Aitkin – Savannah Watson; Cambridge – Emily Ruyman; Chisago Lakes – Sydney Barnick; Hinckley – Madelyn Churchill; McGregor – Emma Arnold; Milaca – Tucker Anderson; Mille Lacs Lake – Priscilla Elizabeth Bonilla; Mora – Mattea Van Hale; North Branch – Caleb Thyng; Pine City – Billy Brown – Princeton – Griffin Sager; Rush City- Hunter Fuller; Sandstone – Nevaeh Sedillo; and Wyoming – Kirsten Swanson.  The winners ranged from ages 5-10. 

The winners will get their picture taken with their individual glass sculpture and be invited to the glassblower’s studio to observe the art of glassblowing.  A brochure including all of the drawings and the glass designs will also be produced.  The 14 sculptures will also travel to each of the 14 ECRL branches for a display and Mr. Michaud-Scorza will give a presentation on glassblowing.  The event is planned for February 2014.  The event is funded with Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

Vickie Sorn, ECRL Youth & Community Services Librarian

2013 ECRL Blue Ribbon Reader Named

Faith, 2013 Blue Ribbon Reader
 
 
It’s fair time and everyone wants to win a blue ribbon!  This year, the Minnesota Summer Reading Program and Youth Services Committee decided to recognize a Blue Ribbon Reader from each public library region in the State of Minnesota.

Each public library system was asked to submit the name of one child (K-12) who has shown great enthusiasm in the summer reading program, participation in summer reading events and who deserves to be recognized for their summer reading achievements. 



Vickie Sorn, Youth &
Community Services
Librarian presents Faith
her ribbon & tickets.

Each of the 14 branch libraries, our two link sites and outreach program in the East Central Regional Library system participated.  The names of the children nominated from each branch were submitted and a winner drawn from the nominations.  Faith Ann Larson representing our East Central Regional Library’s Mille Lacs Lake Community Branch Library was named the Blue Ribbon Reader for the ECRL region.  Faith is 7 years old, lives in Wahkon and is the daughter of Aaron and Alecia Larson..  She received a four pack of MN State Fair tickets plus her very own “Star Reader” blue ribbon!