Raptor Center closes summer reading program; free tickets still available

East Central Regional Library is closing its 2018 Summer Reading Program – Reading Takes You Everywhere — with a presentation by The Raptor Center. In this free, family-friendly program, learn all about the raptors of Minnesota. Live raptors will be on hand during the presentation.

Free tickets are required at all locations for this final event of the 2018 Summer Reading Program. Space is limited due to fire code restrictions. Stop by your local library branch starting Tuesday, July 24, to pick up your free tickets.

The Raptor Center schedule is listed below and also can be found on the Events Calendar.

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Feel good music from the Heart of Africa

East Central Regional Library encourages kids and families to join Siama and his wife, Dallas, for songs and stories that bring Siama’s Congolese culture to life during performances at Chisago Lakes, Aitkin, Pine City, Wyoming, Cambridge and North Branch libraries.

The program, Siama’s Congo Roots: Feel-good music from the Heart of Africa, engages both kids and adults to sing along to catchy songs in Kikongo, Lingala and Swahili and play fun hand percussion instruments. Along with learning about Siama’s rural childhood in DR Congo, hear Siama play guitar and mbira with Dallas singing harmony.

Mark your calendars for this one-of-a-kind program, funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund:

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New Wyoming Branch Librarians

East Central Regional Library is pleased to welcome Bruce Willms and Debbie Willms as the new Branch Librarians at the Wyoming Area Giese Memorial Library.  Bruce and Debbie succeed Erica Myhre, who left us last fall to take a new position in Washington County.  Debbie and Bruce (yes, they’re married) are sharing Branch Librarian duties, and will each be in the branch about 20 hours a week.  Debbie will have primary responsibility for programming and children and teen activities, while Bruce will handle day-to-day operations.

Prior to joining East Central Regional Library, Debbie spent most of her library career at St Paul Public Library, beginning as a library specialist, then moving to become a supervisor in the West Seventh branch, and finally become Deputy Director.  Becoming Branch Librarian in Wyoming pulls her back into library public services for the first time in a long time.

Bruce has spent his career in many libraries throughout the Twin Cities, including the East Side Freedom Library, Metropolitan State University Library, Ramsey County Library and Hennepin County Library systems, and Macalester College Library. He came to East Central Regional Library a little over a year ago as a Library Assistant in Wyoming. He served as interim Branch Librarian during the search for a new librarian.

East Central Regional Library is thrilled to be able to call on the years of library experience both Bruce and Debbie bring with them to the Wyoming Branch.

If you haven’t yet, please stop by the library to say hello and welcome them to Wyoming.

 

A fun-filled show with The Sutter Brothers

Explore the experience of Scandinavian immigrants and their descendants with a fun-filled blend of music and storytelling by two talented brothers at the Wyoming Area Library. People of all ages will enjoy The Sutter Brothers and their program, “Greet the Folks at Home,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. No registration is necessary, so swing on by the library and join the fun at 26855 Forest Blvd. in Wyoming.

Poet, essayist and writer Bart Sutter has authored eight books and had four plays produced. Awards for his writing include the George Morrison Artist Award for his many contributions to the arts in northeastern Minnesota, three Minnesota Book Awards in various categories, and in 2006 he was named the first Poet Laureate of Duluth. Ross Sutter is best known as a singer of Scandinavian, Scottish, and Irish songs, and for his wide repertoire of American traditional and popular songs. He also plays guitar, dulcimer, button accordion and bodhran (the Irish goat-skin drum). Performances have brought him to numerous venues, and he has appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion.”

When the Sutter Brothers perform as a pair, their work has the kind of counterpoint and easy intimacy unique to sibling acts. Their show highlights their small town, preacher’s kid roots and Scandinavian heritage. Presented by the East Central Regional Library, this project was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.