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  • Pinterest Party
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library
  • Tuesday, March 24 - 5:30 pm

          Create a profile & learn how to use the popular "Internet Bulletin Board" app.
          Attendees will make a simple craft from the site after the computer based session.
          Space is limited for those without their own laptop or devices.  Sign up at the front
          desk.  The program is for adult patrons and is sponsored by the Friends of the Chisago
          Lakes Area Library. 

  • Evening Book Club
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • Thursday, March 19 - 7:00 pm

           Our evening book club selection for March is Shadow Divers:  the True Story of Two
           Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII by
           Robert Kurson.  Please join us for an interesting discussion of this book.

  • Thursday Morning Book Club
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Thursday, March 19 - 10:00 am

          Join us as we discuss I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
          at the library.

  • Tuesday Evening Book Club
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Tuesday, March 17 - 7:00 pm

           Join us as we discuss I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou at
           the library. 

  • Legacy Event
  • Erin Hart & Paddy O'Brien
  • Tuesday, March 17 - 6:30 pm

           Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with songs, tunes and stories with
           authors, Erin Hart & Paddy O'Brien.  The event is funded with money from
           Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

  • Legacy Event
  • Arn Kind - Fur Trade Tour
    • Mora Public Library - Monday, March 16 - 6:00 pm
    • Princeton Area Library - Thursday, March 19 - 6:30 pm
    • Sandstone Senior Center - Friday, March 20 - 1:00 pm
    • Aitkin Public Library - Monday, March 23 - 6:30 pm
    • Cambridge Public Library - Tuesday, March 24 - 6:00 pm
    • Chisago Public Library - Tuesday, March 31 - 6:00 pm

           Experience "The French Voyageur and Minnesota's Fur Trade" as historical presenter,
           Arn Kind teaches you about how the fur trade began, the cultures and the people, the
           transportation of goods and furs plus much more.  Artifacts will also be on display.  the
           event is funded with Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

  • Winter Storytime & Craft Time for Elementary Age Kids
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library
  • Mondays - 4:15-5:15 pm
    • March 16 - Frogs

          Elementary age kids are welcome to join each month for some stories and fun!

  • Library Legos @ the Rush City Public Library
  • Saturdays - March 14, April 11 - 10:30-11:30 am

          Kids in grades 1-4 are welcome to join us as we build, create and share our Lego
          projects.  Legos are supplied by the library.  Please do NOT bring your personal
          Legos as we do not want to get them mixed up. 

  • Special Legacy Event
  • Once Upon a Reader "MOO'" Traveling Trunk Show
    • Mora Public Library - Friday, March 13 - 11:00 am
    • Aitkin Public Library - Friday, March 13 - 4:00 pm
    • North Branch Area Library - Saturday, March 14 - 10:00 am
    • Cambridge Public Library - Saturday, March 14 - 2:30 pm

          Join author David LaRochelle, illustrator Mike Wohnoutka, and Cow - the star of their book, Moo! -
          for a one-of-a-kind-show.  There will be a puppet show, music, group storytelling and a drawing
          activity.  Don't miss out on this moo-velous opportunity for fun.  Suitable for families and children 0-6.
          The program is sponsored by CRPLSA and funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage
          Fund.  It is also part of the Once Upon a Reader one book early literacy program. 

  • Legacy Event
  • Juggling Workshop with Steve Russell
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • Tuesday, March 10 - 6:30 pm

          Kids ages 10+ may register for this workshop and learn the basics of the fun and
          ancient art of juggling.  Learn a new skill!  Impress your freinds!  Annoy your cat!
          Space is limited so pre-registration is REQUIRED by calling the library at 651-462-9001
          or stopping by the library.  This program is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts
          and Cultural Heritage Fund.

  • Afternoon Book Club
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • Tuesday, March 10 - 2:00 pm

          Come join us as we discuss A Boy From C-11:  Case 9164 by Harvey Ronglien.  Call
          the library at 651-462-9001 or stop by for more information.

  • Book Sale
  • Mora Public Library
  • Friday, March 6 - 10:00-5:30
  • Saturday, March 7 - 10:00-2:00

          Stop by and check out all the bargains!

  • Legacy Event
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • MN Author Julie Kramer
  • Tuesday, March 3 - 7:00 pm

          Join us for the 2nd in our mystery author series as Julie Kramer talks about her series
          surrounding an investigative reporter.  Books will be available for purchase at the event.
          The event is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

  • Teen Book Club
  • Cambridge Public Library
  • Monday - March 2 - 4:00 pm

          Anyone in grades 7-12 is invited to join us as we discuss the book, Among the Hidden by Margaret
          Peterson Haddix.  Snacks ARE involved!  Ask for a copy of the book at the front desk.

  • Book Club Discussion Group
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Monday, March 2 - 12:30 pm

          Please join us as we discuss Daniel James Brown's The Boys in the Boat at the library.  Everyone is welcome!

  • Author Visit
    • Chisago Lakes Area Library
      • Thursday, February 26 - 6:30 pm
    • Pine City Public Library
      • Saturday, February 28 - 10:00 am

          Join us as MN author, Dean Hovey, visits the library and discusses his new book, Undeveloped!

  • Book Club Discussion
  • Cambridge Public Library 
  • Thursday, February 26 - 6:30 pm

           Come join us at the library as we discuss Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  Sponsored
           by the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library.

  • Mid-Winter Stuffed Animal Sleepover
  • Rush City Public Library
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25 - 6:30 pm

           Wear your pj's and join us for a special Slumber Party Storytime!  Bring your favorite stuffed animal
            or doll for a sleepover at the library.  Leave them at the library and come back on Thursday, February
            26 to pick them up and see what mischief they got into during the night.

  • Legacy Event
  • Straw Bale Gardens
    • Saturday, March 7
      • Aitkin Public Library - 10:30 am
      • Mille Lacs Lake Library - 2:00 pm

           Join author Joel Karsten as he tells us about a step-by-step and simple gardening method that
           requires no soil and no weeding.  The event is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural
           Heritage Fund. 

  • Coffee with Master Gardeners
  • Sandstone Public Library
    • Saturday, March 14 - 10:00 am - Sally Brewster:  Butterfly gardens and the pros and cons of pesticides

           Sponsored by the Friends of the Sandstone Public Library

  • Hot Reads for Cold Nights
  • 2015 Winter Adult Reading Program
    • Cambridge Public Library - January 12 thru March 14
    • Chisago Lakes Area Library - January 5 thru February 28
    • North Branch Area Library - January 5 thru February 28
    • Pine City Public Library - January 6 thru February 28
    • Princeton Area Library - January 5 thru February 27
    • Rush City Public Library - January 13 thru February 28
    • Sandstone Public Library - January 13 thru March 10
    • Wyoming Area Library - January 21 thru March 4

            Need a cure for those cold winter blues?  Then why not join this adult winter reading program
            at one of the above ECRL branches.  Simply read a book and/or listen to an audio book and write a short
            review and/or rate the item.  Each library has its own guidelines and prizes, so stop by and check it out!
            Keep the warmth alive at your library this winter by joining our adult winter reading program!

  • Tech Talks
  • Wyoming Area Library
    • Thursday, February 26 - Pinterest
  • Registration REQUIRED

           These are one hour sessions that cover different technology topics and websites.  There will be a brief introduction
            to the topic, followed by hands on experience.  Registration is REQUIRED by calling the library at 651-462-9001 or
            stopping by the library.  You may register for one or all three classes. 

  • Communication and Culture in the Deaf Community
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • 7 session class on Thursdays, January 15 - February 26 at @ 2:00 pm
  • Registration REQUIRED!

          Join us for this special class presented by Martha Jongewaard, a volunteer with over 30 years of
          sign language experience as she introduces you to basic sign language, as well as some history of
          the deaf community.  Registration is REQUIRED and class size is limited.  Call the library at 651-462-9001 or
          stop by to register. 


   


         




        

       
    



        
       
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