Last Call in Lake Land: Prohibition in the North Woods

Speakeasies were illicit establishments that sold alcoholic beverages during Prohibition. Last call was meant to inform customers in a drinking establishment that closing time was approaching and that any further drinks should be purchased immediately.

The Prohibition era and music go hand in hand. In many aspects, the banning of alcohol led to the establishment of speakeasies and eventually the evolution of music in the 1920s. Musicians were now able to find numerous employment opportunities in the speakeasies.

Take a musical journey to when lumberjacks, railroad workers & sailors sang the praises of small saloon keepers through the jazz craze and the backwoods bootlegging in the 1920s and listen to Norah Rendell and the Last Forty as they present “Last Call in Lake Land.”

Join us at the Rush City Public Library on Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30 pm as they weave together history and song to give you a unique North Woods perspective on American life before and during Prohibition.

The program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Libraries Closing Early Due to Weather – Tues, 2/2/16

Libraries Closed at 3:00 p.m.

Chisago Lakes Area Library. Author event scheduled for this evening is cancelled

Wyoming Area Giese Memorial Library

Libraries Closed at 4:00 p.m.

North Branch Area Library

 Libraries Closed at 5:00 p.m.

Rush City Public Library

Libraries Closed at 6:00 p.m.

Milaca Community Library

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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