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News Bits

  • Funky Possum Dance Party
  • ECRL Final Summer Reading Program
    • Thursday, July 31 -
      • 10:00 am - McGregor City Hall
      • 1:00 pm - Princeton Area Library
    • Monday, August 4
      • 10:00 am - Aitkin High School Choir Room
      • 1:00 pm - Mora Public Library
      • 3:30 pm - Cambridge-Isanti High School Cafeteria
    • Tuesday, August 5
      • 10:00 am - Mille Lacs Lake Community Library
      • 1:00 pm - Milaca Community Library
      • 3:30 pm - Rush City Public Library
    • Wednesday, August 6
      • 10:00 am - Pine City Elementary School Auditorium
      • 1:00 pm - Sandstone Public Library
      • 3:00 pm - Hinckley Public Library
    • Thursday, August 7
      • 10:00 am - North Branch Area Library
      • 1:00 pm - Chisago Lakes Area Library
      • 3:30 pm - Wyoming Area Library 
              Join us for this high-energy, fun and interactive show for children
              and families featuring the stars of the Emmy award winning "The
              Zinghoppers Show" as seen on PBS.  The event is funded with money
              from Minnesota's Arts and Cultura Heritage Fund. 
  • Aitkin Library Lawn Party
  • Aitkin Public Library
  • Friday, August 1 - 2:00-4:30 pm
          Join us for our annual summer lawn party!
          There'll be delicious ice cream floats.  For all ages!
  • Smokey the Bear
  • Milaca Community Library
  • Thursday, July 31 - 10:30 am
          Come to a Smokey Bear themed preschool storytime
          and hang out for a photo or two with Smokey!
  • Crusing Critters
  • Hinckley Public Library
  • Wednesday, July 30 - 2:00 pm
          Use your detective skills to decode the
          messages left by wildlife.  Presented by
          a St. Croix State Park naturalist.
  • Frog Guy
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Wednesday, July 30 - 11:15 am
          Join us for an amphibian interactive activity
          with Frog Guy.  For kids K-6.
  • Experiment with Nature
  • Princeton Area Library
  • Thursday, July 24 - 1:00 pm
          Use your sense of wonder to explore nature!
          Read a story, ask questions and learn how to be
          a naturalist through hands-on activities.  For ages
          3-12.
  • Local Magician, Collin Staup
  • Milaca Community Library 
  • Thursday, July 24 - 10:30 am
          Local magician, Collin Staup, will dazzle audience members
          with a magic show after our storytime presenter reads a
          few books about magic.  Come join the fun!
  • Cruising Critters
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Wednesday, July 23 - 11:15 am
          Childresn ages K-6 are welcome to join us for
          this special program presented by the MN DNR.
  • Smokey the Bear to Visit Preschool Storytime
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Wednesday, July 23 - 10:30 am
          Kids ages 3-5 are invited to join us for a special storytime.
          In celebration of Smokey the Bear's 70th birthday he will
          be stopping by the library.  Learn the true story about Smokey
          and bring your cameras so you can take a picture with him.
  • Turtle Hurdle
  • Rush City Public Library
  • Tuesday, July 22 - 3:30-4:30 pm
           Join the naturalist from St. Croix State Park and
           learn about the challenging lives of our local turtles
           and make a turtle craft to take home.  Geared for ages
           3-12 and sponsored by the MN DNR.

  • Evening Book Club
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • Thursday, July 17 - 7:00 pm
           Join us as we discuss the book, The Friday Night Knitting
           Club by Kate Jacobs.  Everyone welcome to attend!
  • Book Club Discussion Group
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Thursday, July 17 - 6:30 pm
          Please join us as we discuss Vanessa Diffenbaugh's, The
          Language of Flowers at the library.  Everyone is welcome.
  • St. John's Arboretum
  • Princeton Area Library
    • Thursday, July 17 - 10:30 am
  • Cambridge Public Library
    • Thursday, July 17 - 1:30 pm
          Join the staff from St. John's Arboretum as they present
          a special program about nature and the outdoors for kids ages 3-12. 
  • Morning Book Lovers
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Thursday, July 17 - 10:00 am
          Our July book club selection is Wild by Cherly Strayed. 
          Come join us discuss the book as we discover new authors
          and books.
  • Evening Book Group
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Tuesday, July 15 - 7:00 pm
          Stop by the library and join us as we discuss Bluest Eye by Tony
          Morrison.  Discuss interesting books and share with fellow book lovers!
  • Butterfly Businesss
  • Rush City Public Library
  • Tuesday, July 15 - 3:30 pm
          Join the naturalist from St. Croix State Park and learn about the lives
          of butterflies and how to help them.  Make a butterfly craft to take home.
          Geared for ages 3-12.
  • Legacy Event
  • Illusionist and Magician, Jared Sherlock
  • Princeton Area Library
  • Tuesday, July 15 - 2:00 pm
          Join us as this award-winning illusionist and comic magician blends his
          modern magic with comedy and audience interaction.  Appropriate for ages
          12 and up.  The event is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and
          Cultural Heritage Fund.
  • Lake Superior Zoo
  • Milaca Community Library
  • Tuesday, July 15 - 2:00 pm
          Stop by the library for a special Animals in Action program presented
          by the Duluth Lake Superior zoo.  Free and open to the public.
  • Paws To Read Stuffed Animal Sleepover
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library
  • Thursday, July 10 - 7:00 pm
          Wear your pj's and join us for storytime and bring your favorite stuffed
           animal or doll for a sleepover at the library.  Pick them up on Friday, July
           11 and see what mischief they have gotten into overnight!
  • D.I.Y. Pet-Toy-a-Thon
  • Milaca Community Library
  • Thursday, July 10 - 3:00 pm
          All teens are invited to the library to make toys for cats and dogs.  All
          toys will be donated to Ruff Start Rescue in Princeton.  Materials will be
          provided.
  • St. John's Arboretum
  • Mora Public Library
  • Thursday, July 10 - 1:30 pm
          Use your sense of wonder to explore nature at the library.  We'll read
          a story, answer questions and you'll learn how to be a naturalist through
          hands on activities.
  • Lake Superior Zoomobile
  • Princeton Area Library
  • Thursday, July 10 - 1:00 pm
          Stop by the library for a special Animals in Action program presented
          by the Duluth Lake Superior zoo.  Free and open to the public.
  • Lake Superior Zoomobile
  • McGregor City Hall
  • Wednesday, July 9 - 10:00 am 
           Learn how animals move and groove and meet some MN animals.
           Free and open to the public.
  • Northwoods Humane Society
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • Tuesday, July 8 - 6:30 pm
          Join us as a volunteer stops by to talk about the shelter!
  • Book Club Discussion Group
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Monday, July 7 - 12:30 pm
          Please join us as we discuss William Kuhn's, Mrs. Queen Takes the Train, at the
          librry.  Everyone is welcome.











   

       
       



      
    
       
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