December 2015
Volume 4, Issue 12
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from East Central Regional Library

ECRL's mission statement for the next 3 years is to strengthen communities by connecting people with resources, spaces, and educational experiences that enrich and empower their lives.
Every one of the 80 employees and countless volunteers who bring library service in our 14 branches and 8 outreach sites are committed to this mission. We love our jobs!

Whatever the information or educational need, citizens of the counties of Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine can bring it to the library via phone, email, or in person. We're also online via Facebook, Twitter, and the new online chat service - AskMN. All of these are linked from the ECRL web page at  And remember, you can find books, magazines, or chat with a librarian any time of day or night or even in the middle of a snowstorm (as long as you have electricity and internet service).

If you're making year-end gifts, please consider investing in your library. Make your tax-deductible gift by December 31st to East Central Regional Library, 244 S Birch St, Cambridge MN 55008. You may specify your gift for a specific purpose or branch if you wish, or your gift will be used to enhance our shared collections and services. You may also make your gift directly to your local Friends or library support group. However you support us, THANK YOU. And Happy Holidays to you and yours from the ECRL staff team.

Support East Central Regional Library this holiday season!

Still have holiday shopping to do? If you plan to shop at any of the below online retailers, you can help support East Central Regional Library financially while you shop.

To access 'Buy it Now,' locate this image, on the center of the ECRL Digital Library homepage

When you click on the 'Buy It Now' link, you will be sent to your selected retail website where you can make purchases.

In return, ECRL will earn a percent of proceeds from retail sales made through those online retailers. With those proceeds, we can buy more eBooks & eAudiobooks to add to our Digital Library. When you shop via ECRL's 'Buy It Now' link, ECRL receives a content credit for your entire purchase!
We appreciate your support.

               Upcoming Legacy Programming
  (events funded with money from Minnesota's              Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund)


Arn Kind WWII Program 
Sunday, January 11 @ 3:00 pm
Mora Public Library

Learn about WWII through the eyes of a war correspondent. Arn will portray an Ernie Pyle-type news reporter who is embedded with an infantry company in war-torn France during the Allied Offensive to liberate Europe. From this unique perspective, participants see the war as current events rather than history. This is the second in a series of historical programming happening at the Mora Public Library! The last event in the series will be focus on the history of orphan trains and be held on February 15 at 3pm.  Watch for more info!
Author Brian Freeman
Tuesday, January 27 @ 7:00 pm
Wyoming Area Library

Join us for an author talk and book signing as Brian Freeman talks about his latest novel, The Cold Nowhere, along with his other popular titles.  The first in a series of mystery author programs at the Wyoming Area Library. 

Plus check out all the other activities going on throughout ECRL.  Simply check any of the following spots on our website:  NewsBits at, Google calendar, ECRL Facebook page or follow us on Twitter@ecrlib.
                    ECRL Staff Recommendations

Complicit by Stephanie Juehn (Teen Fiction, print)
A psychological thriller for older teens sprinkled with murder, romance and mental illness issues. Once you have it figured out, the author surprises you. This is an excellent book about teen mental illness and what happens when it is not treated. Sometimes love is just not enough.

Recommended by Vickie Sorn, Youth & Community Services Librarian

Wither by Lauren Destefano (Teen Fiction, print), Book #1 in the Chemical Garden Trilogy
In a Dystopian future, every person dies between the ages of 20 and 25 due to an antidote that, in the hopes of curing all illnesses, backfired and has now threatened the existence of the human population.

Recommended by Chelsea Meyers, Cambridge Branch Aide

The Arsonist by Sue Miller (print, book on CD)
This novel is set in New England area and focuses on the  mysterious fires being set. It is, however, more of a story about family, the townspeople and how they interact. The author tells the story through the eyes of various characters.  I could especially relate to the mother and the issues she must face as a mature woman.

Recommended by Betty Evans, Milaca Branch Aide

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Teen Fiction, print, Bk on CD)
Read it!  And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE." This is how We Were Liars opens. Filled with mystery, intrigue and family drama, E. Lockhart's expertly crafted novel will stay with you long after it ends.

Recommended by Elizabeth Shirek, Chisago Lakes Branch Librarian

4th of July Creek by Smith Henderson (Adult Fiction, print)
This novel is about a social worker in rural Montana who tries to help families, including survivalists and drug addicts, raise their children. Meanwhile his own family is falling apart-- his  
alcoholic wife has moved to Austin, Texas with his teenage daughter. The point of view switches from "Pete Snow", the social worker, to his daughter who has changed her name and run away. Though well written, the story depicts the sadness and dysfunction of many families.

Recommended by Kathy Morrow, Mille Lacs Lake Community Library Branch Librarian
Come join our team. We have several opportunities for rewarding careers in our libraries:

Apply soon - application review begins January 5, 2015

Branch Librarian I, Hinckley: Oversee the operation of the small community branch library in Hinckley. Bachelor's Degree, up to date technology skills and two years related experience is required. MLS/MLIS or similar library certification or advanced library training is preferred. Candidates must have demonstrated creativity and vision to provide modern public library service; ability and willingness to work independently; above average communication skills; excellent customer service skills; and the ability and willingness to lead a library team of staff and volunteers.

Technical Services Aide II at Headquarters in Cambridge: Oversee day-to-day operations of the catalog data management and processing area for the region. A high school diploma or GED plus 2 years of formal education beyond high school, 2 years job-related experience, and up to date technology skills are required.

Computer Technician at Headquarters in Cambridge: Install, troubleshoot, and repair PCs, peripherals, and software under the direction of the System Administrator. Execute routine procedures consistent with a large network environment (such as backups). High school degree or GED and 2 years technical training required, plus 1-2 years experience.

Branch Library Aide at Chisago Lakes, 5 hours per week: Responsible for the clerical operations of the automated library circulation system. Ability to work courteously and effectively with other employees and the public; ability to read, comprehend and orally communicate English; ability to be tactful and adept in dealing with a wide variety of people; ability to interpret library policies, resources, and services to others. A High School Degree or GED is required, and Bachelor's Degree is preferred. Customer service and computer skills essential.

Overdrive Titles
 (Search for any these in the Overdrive catalog)
eBook Titles
*The Cinderella Murder:  An Under Suspicion Novel by Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke
*Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
*FaceOff by David Baldacci, Lee Child, et al
*Flesh and Blood:  a Scarpetta Novel by Patricia Cornwell
*Gray Mountain by John Grisham
*Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
*Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis
*Revival by Stephen King
*Silken Prey:  Prey Series Book 23 by John Sandford
*Yes Please by Amy Poehler

eAudio Titles

*The Cinderella Murder:  an Under Suspicion Novel by Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke
*The Closers by Michael Connelly, Len Carlou
*Death in Holy Orders by P. D. James
*Everything I never Told You by Celeste Nig, Cassandra Campbell 
*The Fever by Megan Abbott
*The Future of God by Deepak Chopra
*Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich
*Hope to Die:  Alex Cross, Book 22 by James Patterson
*Small Victories by Anne Lamott
*Yes Please by Amy Poehler

eBook Juvenile & Teen Titles

*Alliegiant:  Divergent, Book 3 by Veronica Roth
*Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey
*Cupid Chronicles by Coleen M. Paratore
*Ever after High:  Once Upon a Time by Shannon Hale
*First Battle:  Warriors:  Dawn of the Clan Series, Book 3 by Erin Hunter
*Golden by Cameron Dokey
*The Long Haul:  Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 9 by Jeff Kinney
* The Selection:  Selection Series, Book 1 by Kiera Cass
*Willa by Heart by Coleen M. Paratore
*World Without Heroes: Beyonders Series, Book 1 by Brandon Mull
Forthcoming Print Fiction in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these items in the ECRL catalog:
*Between Us Girls by Sally John
*Blue Avenue by Michael Wiley
*The Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg
*Never Marry a Viscount by Anne Stuart
*Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourn
*Shadows on a Maine Christmas by Lea Wait
*Thin Ice by Nick Wilkshire
*Tightly Raveled Mind by Diane Lawson
*Trails and Targets by Kelly Eileen Hake
*Vintner's Daughter by Kristen Harnisch
Forthcoming Print Adult Non-Fiction Books in the ECRL Catalog
Search for any of these titles in the ECRL Catalog:

*The Big Book of Minecraft 
*The Ultimate Guide to Dog Training by Teoti Anderson
*Dream Decoder by Dr. Fiona Zucker and Jonny Zucker
*Indian for Everyone:  The Home Cook's Guide to Traditional Favorites by Anupy Singla
*Worthy Fights by Leon Panetta
*Miracles:  What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life
by Eric Metaxas
*Mystery on the Isle of Shoals:  Closing the Case on the Smuttynose Ax Murders of 1878 by J. Dennis Robinson
*The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka
*Anne Byrn Saves the Day Cookbook by Anne Byrn
*Village of Secrets:  Defying the Nazis in Vichy France by Caroline Moorhead
New Juvenile Non-Fiction Books
 in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these in the ECRL Catalog:

*Ariana Grande by Heather Schwartz
*Cell Phone Safety by Kathy Allen
*Digging Up the Dead: Executions & Sacrifices by Heather Moore Niver
*Football's Greatest Quarterbacks by Matt Doeden
*Getting the Most Out of Makerspaces to Build Robots by Jacob Cohen
*Recording and Promoting Your Music by Matt Anniss
*The Robot Book by Bobby Mercer
*Searching for Great White Sharks by Mary M. Cerullo
*Vehicles of the Iraq War by Rebecca Love Fishkin
*Whiz Kid Science:  Make it Boom! by Anna Claybourne
All East Central Regional Libraries will be closed on December 24 & 25 and will close at 5:00 pm on December 31.
Happy Holidays!
ECRL's Mission
To strengthen communities by connecting people with resources, spaces, and educational experiences that enrich and empower their lives.


*East Central Regional Library is funded by the counties of Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine. ECRL also receives state and federal funds.  


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