January 2017
Volume 7, Issue 1
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Barbara Misselt is retiring from ECRL

Barbara Misselt, who for nine years led the East Central Regional Library in providing library service to residents around the region, is retiring from her position as Library System Director effective April 1, 2017. The ECRL Board of Directors accepted her decision in November 2016.

The ECRL Board has appointed a five-member hiring committee for the new ECRL Executive Director. The post oversees a six-county consolidated public library system, operating 14 branches and outreach services, served by 80 staff (31 full-time), across east central Minnesota. The job posting can be found here .

Review of applications begins January 18, 2017.

Misselt said she will miss "all the people who have become partners and friends," while she looks forward to retirement with "new adventures as well as increased family opportunities."
Meet the 2017 ECRL Board officers

Executive Director Barbara Misselt administered the Oath of Office to all Board members during the ECRL Board's 2017 organizational meeting. 

Pictured, from left, officers for 2017: Karen Lee, Vice President; Barbara Kruschel, Secretary; Isanti County Commissioner Mike Warring, President; Mille Lacs County Commissioner Genny Reynolds, Treasurer.  The ECRL Board meets the second Monday of each month. Meeting agendas are posted prior to each meeting on the ECRL website - click here .

Friends groups share ideas in Cambridge

Friends of the Library groups exist in almost every city where library services are provided. 

The Friends of the Cambridge Library hosted Isanti County Friends groups from Braham and Isanti on January 5 to share ideas about promoting library service in their communities. 

ECRL provides outreach service through Link sites at the Braham Community Center on Mondays from 12:30-4:30 p.m. and Isanti City Hall on Wednesdays from 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Love your library? Help us tell our legislators in postcard form

If you love your library, then consider telling our legislators why on a special postcard found at your local library.

Library systems including East Central Regional Library have been busy with Minnesota Loves Libraries, a grassroots advocacy campaign that encourages community members to tell their legislators why the library is important to them. Now through the end of January, ECRL and its 14 branch libraries are looking for stories that exemplify service, community connections and individual success 

Library users are invited to stop by their local library to fill out a postcard or click here  to use the online form.

Library supporters who attend Legislative Day at the Minnesota Capitol on February 22 will hand deliver these postcards from across the region. Legislators will receive comments from their constituents so they can get a glimpse of library services provided in their district, and to provide an opportunity for them to respond directly to them.
ECRL photo makes MN Reflections calendar

This photo of the old bookmobile in Stanchfield was selected as a cover shot for the MN Reflections 2017 calendar.
In May 1960, a photograph was taken of people standing in line for the East Central Regional Library bookmobile in Stanchfield. More than 50 years later, that image and many more like it live on thanks to a unique project in Minnesota.

ECRL last year announced its first digital collection of historical images in Minnesota Digital Library's Minnesota Reflections, courtesy of the Digital Public Library of America's Public Library Partnerships Project. ECRL's contribution to the Reflections project provides insight into the oldest existing multi-county regional public library system in Minnesota.

The collection (click here) includes images used in ECRL's history book, East Central Regional Library: Fifty Years of Connections, 1959-2009, by Marilyn McGriff.  One photograph, the one showing the ECRL bookmobile line at Stanchfield, was even selected as a cover shot for the Minnesota Digital Library's Minnesota Reflections 2017 calendar. Download your copy here .
Staff Recommendations
Bivald tackles small
town life, attitudes in
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

I am currently listening to  Katarina Bivald's  The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend , a lovely book about a small town in Iowa where a woman from Sweden comes for a visit and ends up opening a bookstore and making the local people care about reading. Obviously there are some twists and turns, but it is a wonderful story about small town life and attitudes.
-Betty Evans, Branch Library Assistant, Milaca Community Library

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
This soon-to-be feature film is a great young adult novel for fans of books like We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. The story follows Maddy, a teenager who is allergic to everything. This results in her never being able to leave her hospital-like home. She knows no one "in real life," she only has friends through online connections. Then one day a cute boy, Olly, moves in next door. Can the two develop a relationship that will be anything but a disaster?
-Kirsten Vaughan, Branch Librarian, Chisago Lakes Area Library
Upcoming Legacy Programming
(Events funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund)

Check out the following events, and don't forget about all the other activities going on throughout ECRL. Simply check the Events Calendar on our website, ECRL Facebook page or follow us on Twitter@ecrlib.

Chisago Author Series showcases MN authors

Joel Karsten
January 31, 6:30p, Brian Freeman
February 28, 6:30p, Joel Karsten
March 14, 6:30p, Erin Hart & Paddy
Chisago Lakes Area Library
T he Chisago Author Series begins with Brian Freeman appearing for a talk and book signing event.  Freeman  is an international bestselling thriller author who is known for the Jonathan Stride series, based in 
Paddy O'Brien and Erin Hart
D uluth, MN.  Gardening enthusiasts don't want to miss Joel Karsten and his story behind  Straw Bale Gardens Complete The Series concludes with Erin Hart discussing  The Book of Killowen , the fourth in an acclaimed suspense series, and  Paddy O'Brien sharing his many adventures in The Road from Castlebarnagh: Growing Up in Irish Music, a Memoir .

ECRL welcomes Norah Rendell and the Lost Forty

Thursday, Feb. 2, 6:30 pm, Princeton Area Library
Saturday, Feb. 4, 10:30 am, Mora Public Library
Monday, Feb. 6, 6:30 pm, Cambridge Public Library
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:30 pm, Chisago Lakes Area Library
Thursday, Feb. 9, 6:30 pm, Pine City Public Library
Saturday, Feb. 11, 1:00 pm, Aitkin Public Library

ECRL and six of its branch libraries invite music enthusiasts to check out the traditional Irish sounds of Norah Rendell and the Lost Forty. Inspired by Celtic traditions from Newfoundland to Minnesota, t he trio features Live Ireland's "Best Irish Vocalist of 2011 and 2012," Canadian singer and flutist Norah Rendell, with multi-instrumentalists Brian Miller and Randy Gosa.

Stride's Duluth: A Brian Freeman Author Tour

Brian Freeman    
Feb. 16, 6:30 pm, Mora Public Library
Feb. 18, 10:30 am, Hinckley Public Library
Feb. 21, 6:30 pm, North Branch Area Library
Feb. 23, 6:30 pm, Aitkin Public Library
Feb. 25, 10:30 am, Princeton Area Library
Feb. 27, 6:30 pm, Cambridge Public Library
Join Minnesota author Brian Freeman for his Stride's Duluth slideshow presentation, profiling real-life places in the Northland that have been featured in his thrillers. You'll never look at Duluth the same way again.
ECRL libraries c losed Monday, Jan. 16, to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:  Aitkin Public Library, Cambridge Public Library, Chisago Lakes Area Library, Mora Public Library, 
North Branch Area Library, Princeton Area Library, and ECRL headquarters.

Closed Tuesday, Jan. 17: Hinckley Public Library, McGregor Public Library, Milaca Community Library, Mille Lacs Lake Community Library, 
Pine City Public Library, 
Rush City Public Library, Sandstone Public Library, and Wyoming Area Library.
Overdrive Titles
 (Search for these titles 
Adult eBook Titles
* The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
* Golden Prey by John Sandford
* How Will I Know You? by Jessica Treadway
* The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
* Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis
* The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
* Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
* The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
* If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock
* The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Adult eAudio Titles
*Dakota Born by Debbie Macomber
*Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica
*Never Never by James Patterson
*Blood Vow by J.R. Ward
*Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia
*Fatal by John Lescroart
*Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr
*Minimalist Parenting by Christine Koh
*Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
* What I Know For Sure  by Oprah Winfrey
January CDs 
  (Search for titles 
i n the  ECRL catalog)

TOP 40
*Climate Change by Pitbull
*Feel Your Feelings Fool by The Regrettes
*Oczy Mlody by The Flaming Lips
*I See You by The xx
*11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory by Dropkick Murphys

*Road Less Traveled by Lauren Alaina
*Devil Don't Sleep by Brantley Gilbert
*Lonestar State of Mind by
Bo Outlaw & Løiten Twang Depot
* Tennessee Moon by Ray Cardwell
* Here's Diff & Dudley Featuring The Big Sirs  by Diff & Dudley
Adult Fiction Books
(Search for these items 
in the ECRL catalog)

*Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank
*Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson
*The Ultimatum by Karen Robards
*Dying Breath by Heather Graham
*The Wanted  by Robert Crais
* Sandpiper Cove  by Irene Hannon
* The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer
*Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
*The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
*Nighthawk by Clive Cussler
New  Adult 
Non-Fiction Books
(Search for any of these titles in the ECRLcatalog)

*Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca
*The Private Lives of the Tudors by Tracy Borman
*Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders
*Sundown at Sunrise by Marty Seifert
*His Father's Son by Tim Brad
*Food, Health, and Happiness by Oprah Winfrey
*Glacier National Park by Becky Lomax
*Furious George by George Karl
*The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes
*All the Gallant Men by Donald Stratton
New DVDs
(Search for any of these 
i n the ECRL catalog)

* Ben-Hur
* The Edge of Seventeen
* Trolls
* Deepwater Horizon  
* Urge
* Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

* Masterminds
* Loving
* Keeping Up with the Joneses
Welcome & Farewell
(Recent staff changes reported to the ECRL Board)

Welcome to staff members new to positions:
Dennis Meyer, Custodian, ECRL Headquarters, Cambridge.

Farewell and thank you to departing staff members: Judy Hunt, Branch Assistant, Mille Lacs Lake Community Library, and Barbara Misselt, ECRL Director, whose retirement takes effect on April 1, 2017.
For employment opportunities at East Central Regional Library, v isit our Jobs page.
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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