Stories of a 911 Dispatcher and Calltaker

East Central Regional Library invites the community to an author visit featuring Caroline Burau, who writes about her past career as a 911 dispatcher and calltaker, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27 at Princeton Area Library.

In her new book, “Tell Me Exactly What Happened,” Burau shares her on- the- job experiences at both a single- person call center and a ground and air ambulance service. Whatever the position, the challenges for a dispatcher never end. Tragedy, boredom, and mind- bending weirdness are constant companions, as her stories— some funny, some odd, some sad— show.

Burau, who switched careers to technical writing in 2014, will appear at the Princeton Library thanks to sponsorship from the East Central Regional Library and funding from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Paws to Read Events

More Paws to Read Summer Reading Program 
Upcoming Events – June 24 thru July 3
Minnesota Animal Tracks Program by St. John’s Arboretum

Tuesday, June 24 at 1:30 pm – Princeton Area Library
Tuesday, June 24 at 4:00 pm – Cambridge Public Library 
(must pre-register for Cambridge program by calling 763-689-7390)

Join us as we learn about animal tracks through storytelling, activities and create a field guide of Minnesota Animal Tracks to take home with you.  For ages 3-12.  


Hinckley Experiment with Nature Program

Use your sense of wonder to explore nature!  Read a story, ask questions and learn how to be a naturalist through hands-on-activities a the Hinckley Public Library on Wednesday, June 25 at 2:00 pm.  For ages 3-12.  Funded by the Hinckley Lions.  


Paws to Read Animal Sleepover at Milaca Community Library 

Chisago Lakes Reach Out ‘n’ Read Storytime with Pete the Cat
(Sherlock the Fox – ECRL’s Mascot will also appear)

“Bear” Necessessities Program at the Pine City Public Library 

Kids in grades K-6 are welcome to join us as the MN Department of Natural Resources teaches us all about bears.


Lake Superior Zoo – Animals in Action 
at Cambridge Public Library

Learn how animals move and groove and meet some animal ambassadors from the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth on Tuesday, July 1 at 1:00 pm at the Cambridge Public Library.  


Rush to Rescue Program at the Rush City Pubic Library 

Join us on Tuesday, July 1 at 3:30 pm as we learn about the Rescued Tails Animal Sanctuary and their work with pairing homeless dogs with prison inmates.  Meet one or more of the dogs being saved through this collaborative effort!

Curious Canines at the Hinckley Public Library

On Wednesday, July 2 at 2:00 pm a naturalist from the St. Croix State Park will teach us about Minnesota’s three wild dogs and we’ll make a canine mask to take home.

Vickie Sorn
Youth & Community Services Librarian



Upcoming Summer Reading Events at ECRL Branches!

 Upcoming Summer Reading Events at ECRL Branches!

Northwoods Humane Society at Chisago Lakes Area Library 


Father’s Day Storytime at the Rush City Public Library!

Animal Life Cycles with the Lake Superior Zoo 
at the Pine City Public Library 

Join us on Wednesday, June 11 at 11:15 am – Who hatches from an egg? Who sheds their skin? Students will explore the stages an animal goes through after being born, and how they must learn and develop skills and behaviors in order to survive.  For kids in grades K-6.

Farm Animals Program with the Ambitious Pines 4-H Group

Join us on Wednesday, June 18 at 11:15 am.  For kids in 
grades K-6.

Professor Marvel’s Amazing Aussie Adventure 
at the Hinckley Public Library

Our favorite reading magician is back and we’re going to the Australian Outback for some “awesome” fun.  Join us on Wednesday, June 18 at 2:00 pm.  The event is funded by the Hinckley Lions.   
Ruff Start Rescue program at Princeton Area Library 

Paws for Poetry at the Cambridge Public Library 


Kids and teens ages 10-18 are invited to join us as we write poems about our favorite pets and/or animals on Thursday, June 19 at 2:00 pm.  To participate sign up at the Cambridge Public Library or call the library at 763-689-7390.

Vickie Sorn
Youth & Community Services Librarian