Quilted origami workshop at North Branch Library

East Central Regional Library presents a quilted origami workshop for ages 18-plus from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at the North Branch Area Library, 6355 379th St. Join Minnesota Center for Book Arts instructor Kathleen Sheridan to learn basic origami techniques while folding colored paper into symmetrical quilt block patterns. Then make a small paper quilt. This program is great for beginners.

Pre-registration is required and now open on the Events Calendar. This project was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Mark Moran Event Update

Due to some last minute cancellations we now have spots OPEN for the last Mark Moran appraisal program at the North Branch Area Library on Thursday, November 2 from 5:00-8:00 pm

To register for the North Branch event call 763-392-0657.  Please leave only ONE message and do not call your local ECRL branch.  They cannot register you for the event.  Someone will get back to you during HQ office hours with details about the event.

What’s it Worth with Mark Moran

Have you ever wondered the worth of that prized possession you keep in your display case or jewelry box? Or how about a coveted piece of fine art, old toy or sports memorabilia?

Now you can find out.

The East Central Regional Library presents author and appraiser Mark Moran and his traveling antique appraisal program at select branch locations this month. Moran, who has appeared on the PBS program, Antiques Roadshow, will evaluate your item and help you learn more about its history.

Here is the schedule:

  • Monday, Oct. 23, 5-8 p.m., Cambridge Public Library
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, 5-8 p.m., Mora Public Library
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Princeton Area Library
  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 5-8 p.m., North Branch Area Library

One item per household may be appraised. Acceptable items include fine art, furniture, ceramics, glassware, vintage photographs, advertising, folk art, assorted toys, metalware, clocks, costume jewelry, musical instruments, books and sports memorabilia.

Excluded items include all weapons, including swords and knives (folding knives with advertising accepted); traps, like leg-hold; Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; and Beanie Babies.

Registration for appraisals is required. You can only register by calling 763-392-0657.  Please leave only ONE message and do not call your local ECRL branch.  They cannot register you for the program.  Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.  Additional guests who would just like to listen and observe are welcome.

Opinions of value are informal and may not be used for insurance or charitable donation, which requires a certified appraisal. This is not a certified appraisal.

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

 

Jazz of the 20s and 30s with Belle Amour

Jazz music played a significant part in the life and culture of 1920s Minnesota.  But why did the Prohibition era and jazz go hand in hand?  In many aspects, the banning of alcohol led to the establishment of speakeasies and eventually the evolution of jazz music in the 1920s.  Jazz musicians were now able to find numerous employment opportunities in the speakeasies and became friends with many of the era’s gangsters.

The 1920s was a period of great change in American life and the jazz movement was spurred by the invention of the automobile as a new and independent mode of transportation helped the shift the population from rural areas to cities, plus the advancement of modern media including phonographs, radio and talking pictures enabled jazz to become an integral part of 20s culture.

Belle Amour, a fun, high-energy jazz group will perform on Saturday, October 7 at 7:00 pm at the North Branch High School Auditorium.  Join us as they present a mix of classic American 20s and 30s jazz standards, and be transported to a vintage era that will leave you feeling nostalgic.  You are welcome to come dressed in period attire (or not) and drift back in time to when jazz was the “bee’s knees.” The program is sponsored by East Central Regional Library and the North Branch Area Library in partnership with North Branch Community Ed.  The Belle Amour event is part of our ECRL Reads program and is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Alas! North Branch Area Library invites ye to Pirates: Predators of the Seas

What was it really like to be a pirate and live aboard a ship on the high seas? What were the dangers, and why did they choose to live the pirate life?

Minnesota historical reenactor and educator Arn Kind is back, and this time he’s bringing his historical program about pirates to North Branch Area Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19. Learn fact from fiction about piracy, from ancient times to modern day pirates.  By the way, September 19 is also “talk like a pirate day.”

People of all ages are invited to this free program presented by the East Central Regional Library and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.