Musician Duke Otherwise Kicks Off Summer Reading

Families and children of all ages are invited to join us when children’s musician Duke Otherwise stops by all the East Central Regional Library branches beginning June 6.  With his guitar, tap shoes and distinct baritone, Duke sings hilarious and imaginative songs that all ages will delight in together.  Each performance is filled with audience participation and outrageous fun!  The event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of our summer reading program and fire code restrictions, space is limited.  Free tickets may be picked up before the program starting on either Tuesday, May 30 or Wednesday, May 31 (depending on your local ECRL branch) and their Memorial Day holiday closing.   Everyone attending the event MUST have a ticket.  If you are unable to attend the performance at one branch please contact another ECRL branch for availability.

*free tickets available starting May 30; **free tickets available starting May 31

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

10:30 am – Aitkin Public Library*

2:00 pm – McGregor Public Library**

Wednesday, June 7

10:00 am – Mille Lacs Lake Community Library**

1:00 pm – Milaca Community Library (no tickets required)

3:30 pm – Sandstone Public Library**

Thursday, June 8

10:00 am – Mora Public Library*

1:00 pm – Hinckley Public Library**

3:30 pm – Rush City Public Library (no tickets required)

Monday, June 12

10:00 am – Princeton Area Library*

1:00 pm – Cambridge Primary School Multi-purpose Room (no tickets required)

3:30 pm – North Branch Area Library*

Tuesday, June 13

10:00 am – Pine City Public Library**

1:00 pm – Wyoming Area Library**

3:30 pm – Chisago Lakes Area Library*

ECRL Outreach Presents Professor Marvel

The 2017 ECRL Outreach summer reading program, Reading by Design, kicks off with a special show for kids of all ages.  Join us for non-stop action as Professor Marvel brings books to life with magic, story-telling and comedy.  Selected children’s books will be interwoven in to this magical presentation filled with audience participation and more.  The entire show focuses on books and literacy and the fun of “doing it yourself”.   The event is free and open to all ages.  The program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Catch Professor Marvel and his Do-It-Yourself Magic Show at the following ECRL Outreach stops:

Friday,  June 2 – 10:30 am – Braham Event Center

Monday, June 5 – 10:30 am – Hill City Community Room ; 1:00 pm – Jacobson Community Center

Wednesday, June 7 – 10:00 am – Giese – Wagner Town Hall; 1:00 pm – Duquette Town Hall

Thursday, June 8 – 10:00 am – Onamia – ROC, Rolf Olsen Community Center; 1:30 pm – McGrath – Zion Lutheran Church; 6:30 pm – Isanti Community Center

 

 

Summer Reading Closing Program

Comic Magician Jerry Frasier

2016 Read – For the Win!

Fun and laughs happen fast when comic magician, Jerry Frasier, comes to thJerry Frasier Pice library! With a jolt of imagination and amazement, Jerry encourages all ages to exercise their magical minds. This national entertainer wows audiences all over the country, from New York to L. A. and everywhere in between. Described as a comedy Houdini, Jerry’s distinctively energetic magic is fun for the whole family! Everyone will be involved in the craziness! A lucky volunteer from the audience may even float on air…no wires…no forklift…no kidding!

 

*Notice: Due to fire code restrictions, tickets will be required at designated locations. Contact the library for date tickets (free) will be available.

 

Tuesday, August 2

  • 10:00 am – Aitkin Public Library *tickets necessary – available at the library starting July 26
  • 1:00 pm – Mille Lacs Lake Community Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 26

Wednesday, August 3

  • 10:00 am – McGregor Public Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 26
  • 1:30 pm – Milaca Community Library
  • 3:30 pm – Princeton Area Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 26

Thursday, August 4 

  • 10:00 am – Chisago Lakes Area Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 27
  • 1:00 pm – Hinckley Public Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 27
  • 3:00 pm – Rush City Public Library

Monday, August 8

  • 10:00 am – Mora Public Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 30
  • 1:00 pm – Cambridge Primary School Multipurpose Room
  • 3:30 pm – North Branch Area Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 30

Tuesday, August 9

  • 10:00 am – Wyoming Area Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 30
  • 1:00 pm – Sandstone Public Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 30
  • 3:30 pm – Pine City Public Library *tickets necessary– available at the library starting July 30

 

The Summer Reading Closing Program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

SYNC eAudiobooks Week 11

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e.E. Charlton-Trujillo’s heroine, Fat Angie,  seems to have enemies on every side now that her sister has been captured while serving in Afghanistan. Bullies at school, a bullying mother at home, and a reality becoming much less acceptable to Angie than her carefully guarded hopes that her sister will come home have put her into an emotional tailspin. What pulls her out of the wobble isn’t a quick fix of food, however. Instead, she makes her way forward when she notices, and then befriends, that interesting new girl at school and finds unexpected success on the basketball court.

Paired with this is Melina Marchetta’s On the Jellicoe Road. Taylor can manage on many fronts: she’s the school leader who keeps both the townies and the local boys’ school at bay and presents an air of steady confidence. Her world has been shaken, however, by the disappearance of the woman who found her when Taylor’s own mother abandoned her as a child. Looking for answers–about the disappearance now and her mother’s abandonment then–Taylor dives into a 20-year-old story about another group of kids in this same place.

A big step in every maturing teen’s social and emotional life is figuring out how to persevere when tough going and a sense of isolation have both descended at the same time. We meet Angie and Taylor at that point and each girl’s story shows a way through to the other side.

(Adapted from How to Rescue Yourself by Francesca Goldsmith)

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Thank you to Brilliance Audio and Bolinda Audio for providing this week’s titles.

SYNC Week 10

Week 10’s pair of eAudiobooks feature cities in the aftermath of devastation—and how picking up and starting over can be achieved even when the present seems to be a nightmare.

Symphony for the City of the DeadSymphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson

In September of 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history—two and a half years of bombardment and starvation. More than a million citizens perished. Survivors recall corpses littering the frozen streets, the relatives of the dead having neither the means nor the strength to bury them. Desperate citizens burned books, furniture, and floorboards to keep warm; they ate family pets and—eventually—even one another to stay alive.

Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens—the Leningrad Symphony. This testament of courage was copied onto microfilm, driven across the Middle East, and flown over the deserts of North Africa to be performed in the United States—where it played a surprising role in strengthening the Grand Alliance against the Axis powers.

A true story.

The Young World by Chris WeitzYoung World

Welcome to New York, a city ruled by teens.

After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he’s secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos.

But when a fellow tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure for the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip, exchanging gunfire with enemy gangs, escaping cults and militias, braving the wilds of the subway—all in order to save humankind.

The first in a trilogy. The final novel, The Revival, is due out July 2016!

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Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 7/14/2016! While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

New to SYNC? Learn more to get you started!

Thank you to Brilliance Audio and Hachette Audio for providing this week’s titles.