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The Aitkin Public Library will be closed to finish their addition and remodeling project from Monday, August 4 thru Monday, September 1st!
  • Patrons may visit any other ECRL branch while the library is closed
  • Call the library at 218-927-2339 and ECRL staff can assist you
  • You may use any of our online services (they will still be accessible to you)
  • You may still return items in the drop box while the library is closed

*For more detailed information about upcoming Paws to Read summer reading events at ECRL branches - CHECK THE ECRL BLOG  (see column on the left)!

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ECRL is gathering public opinion and information for a new Strategic Plan. Tell us what you and your community need by taking our survey and attending a focus group in a branch near you.

Take online survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ecrlplanning
print copies of surveys can be picked up at all branches

Schedule of all focus group sessions (click to enlarge)
                              for all focus groups
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News Bits

  • Local Author Visit
  • Tuesday, August 19 - 3:30 pm
  • Milaca Community Library
          Stop by the library as local author, Kris Marxhausen talks
          about her writing and her books.
  • Everyday Earth Day
  • Milaca Community Library
  • Tuesday, August 12 - 11:00 am
          Children ages 6-12 are invited to come play games and learn about
          the environment you live in.  Come and find out how you can make
          everyday earth day.
  • Library Book Sale
  • Milaca Community Library
  • August 8 and 9 during library hours
          Stop by the library on Friday, August 8 from 10:00-5:00 or
          Saturday, August 9 from 10:00-3:00 and check out all the bargains.
          Sponsored by the Friends of the Milaca Community Library.
  • Book Club Discussion Group
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Monday, August 4 - 12:30 pm
          Please join us as we discuss M. L. Stedman's, The Light Between
          Oceans at the library.  Everyone is welcome to attend!
  • 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
  • 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.



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