April 2014
Volume 4, Issue 4
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Lives Change @ your Library: Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19
This week, East Central Regional Library joins libraries in communities, schools, and campuses nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to recognize the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries in 2014 are more than repositories for books and other resources. Libraries are the heart of their communities, campuses or schools. Libraries are the place TO BE -- trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities' needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
The theme for National Library Week 2014 is Lives change @ your library. How has your library impacted your life? Tell us, with a tweet, a picture, or a story. Tweet your story with the hashtags #LivesChange and/or #NLW14. If you need more than 140 characters, send it to us at ecregion@ecrlib.org. If you have a photo, send it to us at the same email address and we'll add it to the ECRL Flickr stream. Please include a statement giving us permission to share!
Kids Design Glass Program a Hit!
The Minnesota Department of Education recently featured ECRL's Kids Design Glass Legacy project on its website.   This was a wonderful opportunity for East Central Regional Library to showcase one of its programs and provided great exposure for our library region.   
This past week they also added a blog about the project which showcases all 14 sculptures.  Check it out on their BloggED page.

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


Beer and Brewing in the Land of Sky Blue Waters
Milaca Community Library                  
Tuesday, April 15 - 5:00 pm 


Mille Lacs Lake Community Library 
Saturday, April 26 - 10:30 am


Hinckley Public Library
Saturday, April 26 - 2:00 pm

Explore the history of Minnesota's beer scene, the innovators and home brewers that spurred a new generation of breweries.  It will be a hoppin' good time. In partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society.
MN Zoomobile pres
ents All Things Connected 

Tuesday, Ap
ril 29 - 4:00-5:00 PM
Milaca Community Library

All Things Connected: Using a variety of animals, props, and activities, the Zoomobile naturalist will lead children through a process of discovery to recognize the relationships that connect all life on earth.
What a Wonderful World
North Branch High School Auditorium
Thursday, May 1 - 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
This event combines the talents of David Eicholz and Ted Manderfeld in a show featuring beloved musical standards, spirituals and sing-alongs sprinkled with comedy, costumes and wit!

Best-Selling MN Author Sarah Stonich
Saturday, May 3 - 2:00 PM                          
Hinckley Public Library

MN Author Sarah Stonich will speak about her latest book, Vacationland. "Vacationland's Naledi Lodge is inspired by those rustic mom-and-pop resorts that are disappearing along with their big fish, bad mattresses, wooden docks, and bonfires."

Plus check out all the other activities going on throughout ECRL.  Simply check any of the following spots on our website:  NewsBits at www.ecrlib.org, Google calendar, ECRL Facebook page or follow us on Twitter@ecrlib.
Sherlock Visits Schools, Expos and More!
Sherlock, ECRL's mascot, has come out of hibernation and has made several appearances in the past month.  He appeared at the Chisago Lakes Area Library and Fairview Clinic for a Reach Out 'n' Read program, the Princeton Community and Business Expo, and the Rush City Parent Teacher Organization Carnival at Jacobson Elementary School in the month of March. 
Sherlock visits with a family at Jacobson Elementary School in Rush City for the PTO carnival.
Sherlock has upcoming appearances in Cambridge at the Week of the Young Child celebration and the East Central School Carnival in Finlayson in April and May.
ECRL's Mission
Connecting and strengthening communities
through the power of knowledge.


*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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Overdrive Titles
 (Search for any these in the Overdrive catalog)
eBook Titles
*Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber
*Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman
*Distortion by Terri Blackstock
*He's Gone by Deb Caletti
*Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach
*Joyland by Stephen King
*The Last Bride by Beverly Lewis
*Power Play by Danielle Steel
* Sensitive Arrangement by Tracie Peterson
*Vanishers by Heidi Julavits
*Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke
eAudio Titles
*The Chase by Janet Evanovich
*Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy
*Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
*Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley
*Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor
*Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
*Nightingale by Emily March
Forthcoming Print Fiction in the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these items in the ECRL catalog:
*Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Fenollera
*Bootlegger by Clive Cussler
*Family Affair by Fern Michaels
*Games People Play 
*Glorious by Jeff Guinn
*Innocent Sleep by Karen Perry
*Marshlands by Matthew Olshan
*Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
*Out of Ashes by Dick Couch
*Snapshot by Lis Wiehl
Forthcoming Print Non-Fiction in the ECRL Catalog
Search for any of these titles in the ECRL Catalog:
*Amsterdam by Christopher Catling
*Authentic Aromatherapy by Sharon Falsetto
*Available Parent by John Duffy
*Code Name:  Johnny Walker by Johnny Walker
*I Heart My Little A-holes by Karen Alpert
*Mission is Remission by Pat Williams
*New Life, No Instructions by Gail Caldwell
*Slow Cooker Cookbook 
*Stylish Weddings by Jenny Doh
*Wooden:  a Coach's Life by Seth Davis
Forthcoming Children's DVDs to the ECRL catalog
Search for any of these in the ECRL Catalog:
*Berenstain Bears Family Values (2014)
*Dora in Wonderland (2014)
*Monsters vs. Aliens:  Supersonic Joyride (2014)
*Mouse Trouble (2014)
*Nut Job (2014)
*Peppa Pig:  My Birthday Party (2014)
*Pirate Fairy (2014)
*Scooby-Doo and the Vampires (2014)
*Strawberry Shortcake Moonlight Mysteries (2014)
*Touchdown Charlie Brown (2014)

Heroes Vs. Villains Winners
Looks like the villains narrowly escape victory as the winners in our Heroes vs. Villains March Mania contest at several of our ECRL branches. 
When one branch winner came to pick up their prize, his young kids were thrilled that "dad" won!  Fun was had by all the participants in trying to pick who would come out the ultimate Hero or Villain at their branch.  
Even staff had some "heated" discussions as to who was better -  Hermione or Katniss? And would Hermione's powers win over Darth Vader?  
The list below is of those individual winners at the ECRL branches that held the contest at their branch:
Darth Vader Wins!
Winner: Quintin Holmberg
Chisago Lakes
Loki Wins!
Winner: Madelyn Barten
Darth Vader Wins!
Winner:John Cirilli
Millie Lacs
Hermione Wins!
Winner: Alecia Minenko
North Branch
Dementor Wins!
Winner: Melina Demars
Pine City
Gollum wins!
Winner:Daniel Ovick
Rush City
SamWise Wins!
Winner:Sam Hageman  
Prizes were donated by local area library Friends' groups.