Acting Games for Beginners

Learn the tricks of the trade from an experienced Guthrie Teaching Artist.  Come to the Mora Public Library on Saturday, May 20 from 10:30 am – 12 Noon.   No experience necessary, but get ready to play!  Grade groupings will be for GRADES 6-9 and 9-12.  Pre-registration is required by calling the library at 320-679-2642 or stopping by at the desk.

The event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

Alison Feigh, Program Manager for Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, to speak at the Mora Public Library

Parents, grandparents, youth leaders and teachers! How do you talk to children about personal safety without scaring them to death? Join Alison Feigh, Program Manager for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, as she presents Teachable Safety Skills: Replacing Myths with Facts at the Mora Public Library on Thursday, March 30 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Her presentation will provide current information about various safety concerns children and teens are facing today, both in-person and online, and how to educate youth on those concerns in a positive way.

Ms. Feigh has been working in the sexual abuse prevention field for more than 15 years. She firmly believes that personal and online safety messages can be positive, empowering and accessible.

Ms. Feigh came to Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC) initially in 2001 from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She enjoys her work at JWRC as she collaborates with students, parents, law enforcement and the media with the ultimate goal of reducing abductions and abuse of children.

As a subject matter expert on child and teen safety, Alison is a speaker in high demand. She relates well with children and youth while also engaging adult audiences on topics around criminal justice and the media, child internet exploitation, and sex crimes and sex offenders. She has offered proactive prevention messages through extensive media interviews, including CNN, Fox News and local news stations.

As a classmate of Jacob Wetterling, Alison learned early on how important it is to protect children and youth from exploitation. She believes strongly in avoiding fear-based approaches to empower children and teens to walk around smart and not scared. The high-energy presentations that Alison is known for are fed by her passion for working with children and youth.

Ms. Feigh will also be presenting the same program at the North Branch Area Library on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 pm. This special presentation is funded by a grant from Resource Training & Solutions and presented by East Central Regional Library.

To listen to an interview with Alison Feigh and ECRL Youth & Community Services Librarian about the program on KBEK:

Straw Bale Gardening Author to Visit Mora Public Library

Discover the method of straw bale gardening with Minnesota author Joel Karsten on Sunday, March 19 at 3:00 pm. The presentation will include information about how to use straw bales as planting containers for vegetable gardening from his book Straw Bale Gardens Complete.

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

Save Energy by Checking Out a Power Check Meter

Everyone wants to save energy – whether it’s to lower your monthly bills and/or to help save the environment.  East Central Regional Library has partnered with Xcel Energy to help members of the community learn more about their energy use and determine ways they can save money and conserve energy.
All of East Central Regional Library branches now have a Power Check Meter available for check out by library users.  With the meter you can:
·        * Determine the approximate operating costs of various appliances and electronics
·         *Identify high energy-use appliances
·         *Calculate the cost savings for replacing older appliances with more energy-efficient ones
·      *   Discover which appliances use energy even when they are switched off

In the Power Meter case you checkout you will find the power meter, a brochure with information and quick-start instructions, a manufacturer’s instruction booklet and a USB cable.  ECRL branch staff cannot answers questions about the Power Meters, however, if you need help using the Power Meter you can go to for an instructional video.   To place a hold on a “Power Meter” simply go to the ECRL catalog on our homepage at www.ecrlib.organd type in “power meter” under the keyword search  or call your local ECRL branch for more assistance.  
Watch a video on how to use the power check meter:
Vickie Sorn, ECRL Youth & Community Services Librarian