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  • Chemists-in-the-Library Program
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • Saturday, May 3 - 10:30 -12:30
          Kids come and experiment with volunteer chemistry students,
          teachers and professionals as they come together to bring fun
          and wonder to kids ages 6 and up.  The program is organized by
          Dr. Phillippe Buhlmann, Director of Graduate Studies in Chemistry
          at the University of Minnesota.
  • Legacy Event
  • Best-Selling MN Author Sarah Stonich
  • Hinckley Public Library
  • Saturday, May 3 - 2:00 pm
         Join MN author, Sarah Stonich, as she discusses her
         best-selling book, Vacationland.  The book is "inspired by those
         rustic mom and pop resorts that are disappearing along with their
         big fish, bad mattresses, wooden docks and bonfires."  Funded
         with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
  • Legacy Event
  • What a Wonderful World
  • Thursday, May 1 - 7:00 pm
  • Noth Branch High School Auditorium
          This special event combines the talents of David Eicholz and
          Ted Manderfeld ina show featuring beloved musical standards,
          spirituals and sing-alongs sprinkled with comedy, costumes and wit.
          Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Free and open tot he public.  Funded with
          money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Hertitage Fund.
  • Community Wide Read Book Discussion
  • North Folk Winery
  • Thursday, May 1 - 6:30 pm
          The Cambridge Friends of the Library invite you to join
          us for a discussion of our Community Wide Read Book,
          Vacationland by Sarah Stonich. 
  • May Day Party
  • Milaca Community Library
  • Wednesday, April 30 - 3:15-4:30 pm
          School-age children are invited to make May Day Baskets and
          learn more about the history of May Day.  Pre-register by calling
          the library at 320-983-3677 or stopping by the desk.
  • Legacy Event
  • Minnesota Zoomobile
  • Milaca Community Library
  • Tuesday, April 29 - 4:00 pm
          Everyone is invited to stop by for the program, "All Things Connected",
          presented by the MN Zoomobile.  Using a variety of animal, props and activities,
          the zoomobile naturalists will lead children through a process of discovery to
          recognize the relationships that connect all life on earth.  Funded with money from
          Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 
  • Spring Crafts Workshop and Story Time
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Monday, April 28 - 2:00 pm
          Kids, ages 5-11, are invited to join us for a spring crafts workshop and
          storytime.  Due to limited resources, pre-registration is required.  Register by
          calling the library at 651-674-8443 or stopping by during open hours. 
  • Legacy Event
  • Beer and Brewing in the Land of Sky Blue Waters
    • 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, and the very basics of brewing itself for beer novices
          and fledgling beer geeks alike.  It will be a hoppin' good time. 
          In partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society.  The event
          is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
  • Legacy Event
  • Movie Night
  • Mille Lacs Lake Community Library
  • Thursday, April 24 - 5:30 pm
          Join us for an evening of a "madcap cross-country rush to find
          some treasure" as we watch Stanley Kubrick's, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad
          Mad World.  Popcorn and beverages, too.  The event is funded with money
          from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
  • Senior Surf Day
  • Milaca Community Library
  • Wednesday, April 23 - 10:30 am -12:30 pm
          Join us for a free session on learning to surf the
          Internet.  These classes are geared towards seniors
          who have little or no experience with computers.  You
          MUST pre-register by called Frances Nelson at
          1-800-333-2433.
  • Basic Computer Class
  • Pine City Public Library
    • Email Basics
    • Wednesday, April 23 - 2:00-3:30 pm
          Introduction to using email, including setting up an
          email account.  Registration is required and class size
          is limited - adults only.  Call 320-629-6403 to register.
  • Wyoming Book Club
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • Thursday, April 17 - 7:00 pm
          Join us for a discussion of April's book selection, Tallgrass
          by Sandra Dallas.  Copies of the book are available at the front
          desk.
  • Book Discussion Group
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Thursday, April 17 - 6:30 pm
           Please join us as we discuss Rache Hauck's, The Wedding Dress, at
           the library.  Everyone is welcome!
  • Morning Book Lovers Book Club
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Thursday, April 17 - 10:00 am
          Not an evening person?  Than join the early morning book
          club as we discuss The Big Sky by A. B. Guthrie at the library.
  • Evening Book Club
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Tuesday, April 15 - 7:00 pm
           Join us as we discuss The Language of Flowers by Vanessa
           Diffenbaugh at the library.  It's free and a great time!
  • Legacy Event
  • Beer and Brewing in the Land of Sky Blue Waters
    • Aitkin Public Library - Saturday, April 12 - 1:00 pm
    • Milaca Community Library - Tuesday, April 15 - 5:00 pm
          Explore the history of Minnesota's beer scene, the
          innovators and home brewers that spurred a new generation
          of breweries, and the very basics of brewing itself for beer novices
          and fledgling beer geeks alike.  It will be a hoppin' good time. 
          In partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society.  The event
          is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
  • Spring Book Sale
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Saturday, April 12 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
          Stop by and check out the great bargains on children's
          and adult hardcover and paperback books, plus much more.
  • Book Sale
  • Princeton Area Library
    • Thursday, April 10 - 3:00-8:00 pm
    • Friday, April 11 - 12:00-5:00 pm
    • Saturday, April 12 - 9:00-12 Noon (Bag sale $2 per bag)
          Sponsored by the Friends of the Princeton Area Library.  Come
          early for the best selection!
  • Local Author Visit with Dean Hovey
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library
  • Thursday, April 10 - 7:00 pm
          Dean Hovey will be visiting to talk about his latest work,
          Whistling Sousa, book #2 in the hilarious Whistling Pines
          cozy mystery series, set in Two Harbors, MN.
  • Two Authors in One Evening
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Tuesday, April 8 - 6:30 pm
          Join us as authors, A. L. Sanderson (The Last Dance) and
          Dean Hovey (Whistling Sousa) talk about their books.  Everyone
          is invited to attend.  Refreshments will be served;  Sponsored by the
          Friends of the North Branch Area Library.
  • Book Club Discussion Group
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Monday, April 7 - 12:30 pm
          Please join us as we discuss Kate Morton's,
          The Forgotten Garden.  Everyone is welcome.
  • Legacy Event
  • Historical Craft Workshop
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Saturday, April 5 - 11:00 am
         Join us for the Civil War Sewing Kit workshop at the library
         presented by the MN Historical Society.  This is for adults only
         and class size is limited, so you must pre-register by stopping
         by the library or calling 651-674-8443. 
  • Legacy Event
  • ECRL Presents Erin Hart & Paddy O'Brien
  • Hinckley Public Library
  • Saturday, April 5 - 2:00 pm
          Paddy plays tunes on a button accordion and offers
          tales of growing up in rural Ireland, while Erin spins
          the story of her latest novel, The Book of Killowen.
          The event is funded with money from Minnesota's
          Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
  • Legacy Event
  • Tonic Sol Fa
  • Princeton High School Performing Arts Center
  • Friday, April 4 - 7:00 pm
          Before rock n' roll and jazz their was only one instrument -
          the human voice.  Join us as this popular and successful
          "a capella" quartet entertains.  Doors open at 6:30.  Free and
          open to the public.  Limited seating available.  The event is funded
          with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
  • Cambridge Book Club
  • Cambridge Public Library
  • Thursday, March 27 - 6:30 pm
          Come join us as we discuss The Weatherman by
          Minnesota author, Steve Thayer.  Sponsored by the
          Friends of the Cambridge Public Library.

  • Basic Computer Classes
  • Pine City Public Library
    • Computer & Internet Basics
    • Saturday, March 22 - 10:00 - 12:00 noon
          Hands on class for those with little or no computer experience.
          Registration is required and class size is limited - adults only.
          Call 320-629-6403 to register.
  • Wyoming Book Club
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • Thursday, March 20 - 7:00 pm
          This month's selection is The Rest of Her Life by
          Laura Moriarty.  Join us for the discussion in the
          community room.  Copies of the book are available at
          the front desk.
  • Book Club Discussion Group
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Thursday, March 20 - 6:30 pm
          Stop by the library and join us as we discuss Barbara Deese's
          Murder at Spirit Falls.  Everyone is welcome.
  • Morning Book Lovers Group
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Thursday,  March 20 - 10:00 am
          Can't make it to our evening book club, then why
          not join us as we discuss The Language of Flowers by
          Vanessa Diffenbaugh at the library.
  • Evening Book Group
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Tuesday, March 18-7:00 pm
          Join us at the library as we discuss The Aviator's Wife by
          Melanie Benjamin.  Join the camaraderie and discussion!
  • Book Sale
  • Mora Public Library
  • Friday, March 7 - 10:00 am-5:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 8 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
          Stop by the library this weekend (the weather is supposed to
          warm up) and check out the bargains for sale at the library.
  • Legacy Event
  • Kids Design Glass Event and Exhibition
    • Monday, March 3 - 6:30 pm - Cambridge Public Library
    • Tuesday, March 4 - 6:30 pm - Rush City Public Library
    • Thursday, March 6 - 6:30 pm - Hinckley Public Library
    • Saturday, March 8 - 10:30 am - Mille Lacs Lake Community Library
    • Monday, March 10 - 6:30 pm - North Branch Area Library
    • Tuesday, March 11 - 6:30 pm - Milaca Community Library
    • Thursday, March 13 - 6:30 pm - Pine City Public Library
    • Tuesday, March 18 - 6:30 pm - Wyoming Area Library
    • Thursday, March 20 - 6:30 pm - Princeton Area Library
    • Saturday, March 22 - 10:30 am - McGregor Public Library
    • Monday, March 24 - 6:30 pm - Aitkin Public Library
    • Tuesday, March 25 - 6:30 pm - Mora Public Library
    • Thursday, March 27 - 6:30 pm - Chisago Lakes Area Library
    • Saturday, March 29 - 10:30 am - Sandstone Public Library
          Glassblower Anthony Michaud-Scorza will give a presentation on
          the glassblowing process followed by a question and answer period.
          You'll also get a chance to see all 14 sculptures from each ECRL branch and
          meet the child that drew the inspiration for their branch's individual sculpture.  The
          event is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.
  • Heroes vs Villains March Mania Contest
  • All ages 
  • Entries Due March 5
          Pick up a Heros vs Villains bracket at any of the following ECRL branches:
          Cambridge, Chisago Lakes, McGregor, Mille Lacs Lake, North Branch, Pine      
          City, Princeton or Rush City to particpate.  Make your picks and then come in
          each week to vote for the winners from each bracket to keep your bracket
          choices alive.  You'll receive points for each correct choice.  A winner will be
          chosen from each of the above branches and a prize donated by each local Friends
          group.  Winners to be announced by April 1st!
  • Book Club Discussion Group
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Monday, Marct 3 - 12:30 pm
          Please join us as we discuss G.M. Malliet's Pagan Spring at the library.
          Everyone is welcome!
  • 3rd Annual Poetry contest
  • North Branch Area Library 
  • Entries due Saturday, March 1
  • Poetry reading- Saturday, March 8 - 11:00 am
          Create an original poem with a winter theme.  Include your name, phone #,
          age and grade.  All participants are required to read their poem on Saturday,
          March 8 at 11:00 am in the Community Room.  Prizes will be awarded and
          refreshments served.  Sponsored by the Friends of the North Branch Area Library.
  • Legacy Event
  • Bev Proulx's Quilts and Quilters Through Time
  • Quarry Quilts and Yarn
    • 326 Quarry Place, Suite 1, Sandstone, MN
  • Saturday, March 1 - 10:00 am
          Using Bev's quilt collection, you will learn about the
          quilters and quilts that lived and were made during
          the time period of 1750-1900.  This event is funded with
          money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
  • Legacy Event
  • Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers
  • Friday, February 28 - 7:00 pm
  • East Central School Auditorium
    • 61085 State Highway 23, Finlayson, MN
          Feel the beat of the drum, experience the hypnotizing power of
          dance and enjoy the rhythm of the music as you learn about the
          culture, tradition and history of Native Americans.  The event is
          free and open to the public and funded with money from Minnesota's
          Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds.
  • Basic Computer/Internet Class
  • Aitkin Public Library
  • Wednesday, February 26 - 10:00 am - Noon
          A hands on class for those with little or no computer
          experience.  Class size is limited so please stop by or
          call the library at 218-927-2339 to register.  The class is
          FREE and computers will be provided. 
  • Milaca Friends Annual Meeting
  • Tuesday, February 25 - 6:30 pm
  • Milaca Community Library
          The Friends will be hosting their Annual Meeting with
          special guests from Milaca Soil and Water.  They will be giving a
          presentation about which trees and shrubs you should plant to
          attract birds this coming spring.  Join us to learn more!
  • Library Book Sale
  • Milaca Community Library
    • Friday, February 21 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Satuday, February 22 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
          The Milaca Friends of the Library are hosting its quarterly
          booksale.  Stop by for a selection of hardovers, paperbacks,
          DVDs and more for both adults and children. 
  • Dads and Donuts - Pirate Style
  • Cambridge Public Library
  • Saturday, February 22 - 10:00 am
          Children ages 4-7 are encouraged to bring their favorite guy, be
          it father, grandfather, uncle or friend and join us for a pirate themed
          storytime and treasure hunt.  Registration is required and space is
          limited.  Stop by the library or call 763-689-7390 x15 to register.  The
          program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library.
  • February Book Club
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • Thursday, February 20 - 7:00 pm
          Join us for a lively discussion of the novel, Bold
          Spirit:  Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across
          Victorian America by Linda Hunt.  Copies of the
          book are available at the front desk.
  • Book Club Discussion Group
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Thursday, February 20 - 6:30 pm
          Please join us as we discuss Jess Lourey's September Fair
          at the library.  Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Morning Book Lovers Book Club
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Thursday, February 20 - 10:00 am
          Stop by the Pine City Public Library and join us as
          we discuss Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
  • Evening Book Group
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Tuesday, February 18 - 7:00 pm
          Join us as we discuss the Worst Hard Times by Timothy Egan.
          Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Legacy Event
  • World War II Interactive Experience with Arn Kind
    • Saturday, February 15 - 10:00 am - Pine City Public Library
    • Tuesday, February 18 - 6:00 pm 0 Chisago Lakes Area Library 
    • Tuesday, February 25 - 6:30 pm - North Branch Area Library
          Learn about WWII through the eyes of a war correspondent.  Arn portrays
          an Ernie Pyle-type news reporter who is embeded with an infantry company
          in war-torn France during the Allied Offensive to librerate Europe.

  • Milaca Valentine's Day Party
  • Milaca Community Library
  • Wednesday, February 12 - 3:15 -4:30 pm
          The library will host a Valentine's Day party for students in grades K-3.
          There will be craft stations and stories.  Pre-register by calling the library at
          320-983-3672 by February 8th!
  • Legacy Event
  • Storyteller Bob Gasch
  • Milaca Community Library
  • Tuesday, February 11, 3:45 pm
          All ages are welcome to join us at the library as veteran
          storyteller, Bob Gasch, shares this talents and entertains
          with his many stories and family lore.  The event is funded with
          money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 
  • Mysteries of the Moon Kids Program
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Monday, February 10 - 2:00-3:00 pm
          Join us on a cosmic mission to explore our moon with stories, games
          and hands-on activities.  This is a free one-hour program presented by
          St. John's Outdoor University and is geared for children ages 3-12. 
          Registration is required for this event.  Call the library at 651-674-8443 of stop
          by to register.  The event is sponsored by the Friends of the North Branch Library. 
  • Valentine's Day Party
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • Saturday, February 8, 12:20 - 1:30 pm
          Register by Thursday, February 6 for our Valentine's Day
          Party.  People of all ages are invited.  Children under 11 must be
          accompanied by an adult.  We'll decorate cookies, make valentines
          and do other craft projects.  You may stop at the library to register or
          call 651-462-9001.  Sponsored by the library and Meadows on Fairview.
  • Paws to Read
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library
  • Saturday, February 1 and Saturday, March 1
  • 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
          Your child can read aloud to a registered therapy dog in the relaxed
          atmosphere of the library.  Participants may register for a 15 minute
          one-on-one session.  Sign up begins at 10:30 am on the each day.
  • Used Book Sale
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library
    • Thursday, January 23, 10:00 am -8:00 pm
    • Friday, January 24, 12 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Saturday, January 25, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
          Stop by the library and browse through all the donations
          for sale.  Great bargains to be found.  Sponsored by the
          Friends of the Chisago Lakes Area Library.
  • Sit and Knit at the Library
  • Aitkin Public Library
  • First and Third Tuesdays of each month
  • 6:30-8:30 pm
          An open knitting group will meet 2 times a month at the
          library.  Open to all.  Bring your current knitting project.
          Open to all levels of expertise.  Very casual group that loves
          to knit and talk books.
  • FREE Computer Tutoring at the Library
  • Aitkin Public Library
  • Tuesdays - 11:00-11:45 or 11:45 to 12:30 pm
          Call the library at 218-927-2339 for an appointment.  Individual
          volunteer tutoring on software, hardware, Internet, email, etc.
  • Book Club Discussion Group
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Monday, February 3 - 12:30 pm
          Please join us as we discuss Perri O'Shaughnessy's, Move
          to Strike at the library.  Everyone is welcome.
  • Evening Book Lovers Club
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Tuesday, January 21 - 7:00 pm
          Celebrate the Pine City Reads selection, Orphan Train by
          Christina Baker Kline, as we discuss this interesting novel.
          Everyone is welcome to attend. 
  • Morning Book Lovers Club
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Thursday, January 16 - 10:00 am
          Please join us as we discuss The Worst Hard Times by
          Timothy Egan.  Everyone welcome to attend.
  • Legacy Event
  • Bev Proulx presents Grandma Keeps it Going
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Saturday, January 18 - 10:00 am
          Join us as Bev talks about the history of quilt making and exhibits
          her many quilts representing the different periods of quiltmaking
          history.  The event is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts
          and Cultural Heritage Fund.

  • Hot Reads for Cold Nights programs
    • Cambridge Public Library - January 13 thru March 13
    • Chisago Lakes Area Library - January 6 thru March 15
    • Pine City Public Library - January 8 thru February 28
    • Princeton Area Library - January 6 thru February 28
    • Rush City Public Library - January 21 thru March 8
    • Wyoming Area Library - January 10 thru March 7
          Adults!  Stop by any of the above ECRL branches and participate
          in this great winter reading program.  Participation and prizes vary
          with each library.  So stop by and find something to fill those cold
          nights and "days" this winter!
  • January Book Discussion Group
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • Thursday, January 16 - 7:00 pm
          Please join us for a lively discussion of the book Postmistress by Sarah
          Blake at the library.  Copies of the book are available at the front desk.
  • Book Club Discussion Group
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Thursday, January 16 - 6:30 pm
          Please join us as we discuss Fannie Flagg's I Still Dream About You at the
          library.  Everyone is welcome!
  • Social Networking Classes at Mille Lacs County Branches
  • Funded by a Blandin Foundation Community Grant in partnership with Mille Las County and East Central Regional Library
         The Milaca, Mille Lacs Lake (Isle) and Princeton ECRL branches will be offering classes on the
         social networking with an emphasis on Facebook and Skype.  Basic computer skills are required for these classes. Space is limited so
         you must pre-register by calling the library at least 3 days prior to the class. The schedule for the upcoming classes is below:
    • Milaca Community Library - Saturday, January 4 - 11:00 am
    • Princeton Area Library - Tuesday, January 7 - 6:30 pm
    • Mille Lacs Lake Commmunity Library - Thursday, January 9 - 6:30 pm
    • Mille Lacs Lake Community Library, Saturday, January 11 - 11:00 am 
    • Milaca Community Library - Tuesday, January 14 - 6:30 pm
    • Princeton Area Library - Thursday, January 16 - 6:30 pm
  • Certified MnSure Navigators at ECRL branches
  • See schedule below:
    • Monday, January 6 - Cambridge Public Library - 3:00-8:00 pm
      • call 763-689-7390 x15 to register
    • Tuesday, January 7 - Mille Lacs Lake Community Library - 12 Noon - 5:00 pm
      • call 320-676-3929 to register
    • Wednesday, January 8 - Rush City Public Library - 3:00-8:00 pm
      • Call 320-358-3948 to register
    • Saturday, January 11 - Princeton Area Library - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
      • Call 763-689-3753 to register
          The MNsure Navigators will help you work through the process of applying
          and enrolling in the program.  Please contact the library listed above to
          register for an hour help session at that library.   You MUST register to talk with
          a MNsure navigator.
  • "Make It and Take It" Crafts Workshop
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Monday, December 30 - 2:00-4:00 pm
          Kids ages 5-11 are invited to stop by the library anytime
          between 2:00-4:00 pm to make a couple of winter themed
          craft items.  Pre-registration is required by calling the library
          at 651-674-8443 or stopping by.
  • Christmas Break Movies
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library
    • Friday, December 27 - 1:00 pm
    • Monday, December 30 - 1:00 pm
         Join us for an afternoon of movie fun.  Free and open to the public.
         Funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
         Call the library at 651-257-2817 for the titles of each movie.
  • Holiday Pajama Storytime
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library
  • Saturday, December 14 - 10:30 am
          Come join us as we celebrate the holidays with a special pajama storytime.
          Everyone is encouraged to dress in their favorite pjs and bring their favorite
          stuffed animal.  We will have holiday stories and songs, crafts and a visit from
          Santa!  Parents:  remember to bring your camera!  There is no need to register
          and everyone is welcome to attend.
  • 4th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception
  • Chisago Laks Area Library
  • Tuesday, December 10 - 7:00 pm
           Have you volunteered at the Chisago Lakes Area Library during the
           past two years?  To show our appreciation, we invite you to join us for
           good company, treats and prizes.  Thank you to all our awesome volunteers.
  • Chisago County Libraries Host Annual "Giving Trees"
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library, North Branch Area Library, Rush City Public
    Library and the Wyoming Area Library
          Help make the holidays warmer for young Chisaog County residents with a
          gift of a book.  Simply: 1) select a tage from a tree; 2) purchase a new book
          or two for the child identified on the tag; and 3) return your unwrapped book
          with the tag to the library by Wednesday, December 11th. 

          All books received will be given to the Chisago County Health and Human
          Services for distribution to young Chisago County residents.  Monetary donations
          are also accepted and will be used to purchase books for donation.
  • Language of Flowers Holiday Tea
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Saturday, December 7 - 1:00 pm
          Please join us as Jayne Becker from the Alexander Ramsey House
          discusses the history, symbolism and impact of flowers throughout our lives.
          The discussion will be followed by a holiday tea. Program size is limited and
          pre-registratio​n is required to attend. Contact the library by stopping by or
          calling 651-674-8443. Ages 13 and older only.  The event is funded with money
          from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
  • Book Club Discussion
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Monday, December 2 - 12:30 pm
          Please join us as we discuss Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone
          at the library.  Everyone is welcome to join.
  • 17th Annual Christmas Tea
  • Aitkin Public Library
  • Sunday, December 1 - 3:00 pm
          Join us for our 17th annual Christmas Tea featuring harpist, Andrea
          Stern at the library. The event is sponsored by the Aitkin Friends of
          the Library and is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural
          Heritage Fund. It is free and open to the public but space is limited. Please
          pre-register by November 26 at the Aitkin Public Library (218) 927-2339.
  • MNsure navigators available at some ECRL branches
  • See schedule below:
    • Saturday, November 30 - Cambridge Pubic Library
      • 10:00-3:00 - call 763-689-7390 x15 to register
    • Tuesday, December 3 - Chisago Lakes ARea Library
      • 3:00-8:00 pm - call 651-257-2817
    • Wednesday, December 4 - Aitkin Public Library
      • 12 Noon-5:00 - 218-927-2339
    • Thursday, December 5 - Mora Public Library
      • 3:00-8:00 pm - 320-679-2642
    • Saturday, December 7 - Pine City Public Library
      • 9:00-2:00 - 320-629-6403
    • Monday, December 9 - Cambridge Public Library
      • 3:00-8:00 - 763-689-7390 x15
    • Tuesday, December 10 - Rush City Public Library
      • 10:00-3:00 - 320-358-3948
    • Thursday, December 12 - Mille Lacs Lake Community Library
      • 3:00-8:00 pm - 320-676-3929
    • Friday, December 13 - Princeton Area Library
      • 10:30-3:30 - 763-689-3753
          The MNsure Navigators will help you work through the process of applying
          and enrolling in the program.  Please contact the library listed above to
          register for a hour help session at that library.   You MUST register to talk with
          a MNsure navigator.
  • Basic Computer Class
  • Onamia Link Site
  • Saturday, November 23 - 11:00 am
         Join us for a presentation about basic computer skills.  This is not
         a hands-on class since space is limited and wi-fi is not available.  However,
         you will learn about terminology specific to computers, web browsers, how to
         navigate a mouse, open software programs, save files and more.  Pre-register
         for the class by calling the ECRL Outreach Librarian at 763-689-7390 x 21 and ask
         for Tim or leave a message.  The class is made possible from a Blandin Foundation
         Grant, Mille Lacs County and ECRL.
  • Local Author Visit
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library
  • Friday, November 22 - 4:00-6:00 pm
         Linda Bartlett, former teacher in the Chisago Lakes Area, has a story
         featured in the book, Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Just us Girls, a book
         about women and their relationships.  Come listen as she talks about her
         story in the book that deals with her growing relationship with her daughter-in-law.
  • Wyoming November Book Club
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • Thursday, November 21 - 7:00 pm
          Please join us for a discussion in the community room as we
          talk about The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
          Copies of the book are available at the front desk.
  • Book Club Discussion Group
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Thursday, November 21 - 6:30 pm
          Please join us as we discuss Joe Kimball's Secrets of the
          Congdon Manions at the librry.  Everyone is welcome.
  • 3rd Thursday Evening Book Club
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library
  • Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 pm
          Join us as we discuss author Robert Kurson's book,
          Shadow Divers at the library.  Everyone is welcome to attend
  • 3rd Thursday Morning Book Club Lovers Club
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Thursday, November 21 - 10:00 am
          Stop at the library and join us as we discuss Sacre Bleu:  A Comedy
          d'Art by Christopher Moore.  All are welcome.
  • 3rd Tuesday Evening Book Club Group
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Tuesday, November 19 - 7:00 pm
          Join us as we discuss the biography Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
          at the library.
  • Usborne Book Fair
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library
  • Tuesday, November 19 and Wednesday, November 20
          Select from award winning non-fiction, fiction, activity books and homework
          helpers.  Purchase books for gifts, your home library or for the library.  The
          library will receive up to 50% of sales in FREE books.  You are able to browse
          the full Usborne catalog and place your order online at
          https://t2449.myubam.com/21319.

  • Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg
  • Series of programs celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
  • Presenter Dale Blanshan will be in full period costume
  • Funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund
    • Aitkn Public Library - Tuesday, November 19 - 6:30 pm
    • Cambridge Public Library - Wednesday, November 20 - 1:00 pm
    • Milaca Community Library - Wednesday, November 20 - 4:00 pm
    • Chisago Lakes Area Library - Thursday, November 21 - 2:00 pm
    • Pine City Public Library - Thursday, November 21 - 6:00 pm
  • Fall Book Sale
  • Cambridge Public Library
  • Thursday, November 14 - 4:00-8:00 pm
  • Friday, November 15 - 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 15 - 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
         Checkout the donated items for sale by the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library.
         Hardcovers and paperbacks for children, teen and adults. 
  • Minnesota author, Julie Kramer
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Thursday, November 14 - 6:00 pm
          Join us as author and former journalist, Julie Kramer, talks about her mystery books.
          Part of Pine Citys National Novel Writing Month celebration.  Funded with money from
          Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
  • Internet/Email Classes at Mille Lacs County Branches
  • Funded by a Blandin Foundation Community Grant in partnership with Mille Las County and East Central Regional Library
         The Milaca, Mille Lacs Lake (Isle) and Princeton ECRL branches will be offering class on the
         Internet and basic email  Basic computer skills are required for these classes. Space is limited so
         you must pre-register by calling the library.  The schedule for the upcoming classes is below:
    • Milaca Community Library - Thursday, November 14 - 6:30 pm
      • register by November 11 by calling 320-983-3677
    • Mille Lacs Lake Community Library - Saturday, November 16 - 11:00 am
      • register by November 13 by calling 320-676-3929
    • Princeton Area Library - Thursday, November 21 - 6:30 pm
      • register by November 18 by calling 763-389-3753
    • Mille Lacs Lake Community Library - Thursday, December 5 - 6:30 pm
      • register by December 2  by calling 320-676-3929
    • Princeton Area Library - Tuesday, December 10 - 6:30 pm
      • register by December 7 by calling 763-389-3753
    • Milaca Community Library - Saturday, December 14 - 11:00 am
      • register by December 11 by calling 320-983-3677
  • After the Idea:  Writing Workshop with Author Jess Lourey
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Saturday, November 9 - 10:00 am- 12 Noon
          Join us for this 2 hour presentation for ages 13 and up as you learn
          how to go from idea to completed novel in seven steps.  You'll also
          learn about the world of publishing.  Class size is limited and pre-registration
          is necessary.  Stop by or call the library at 320-629-6403.  This event is
          funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
  • Library Book Sale
  • Milaca Community Librry
  • November 8 and 9
  • During Library Open Hours
          Hardcover, paperbacks, cds, videos, dvds and more for sale.
          Come check it out!
  • Friends of the Library Silent Auction
  • Milaca Community Library
  • During Library Open Hours
          Items will be displayed on the shelves in the children's area.  Bidding
          will close on Saturday, November 9 at 2:00 pm.  All proceeds will
          benefit the Milaca Friends of the Library and help the library fund
          library programming including the Summer Reading Program.
  • Book Club Discussion Group
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Monday, November 4 - 12:30 pm
          Please join us as we discuss Louis L'Amour's Last of the Breed at
          the library.  Everyone is welcome!

  • Fall Book Sale
  • Aitkin Public Library
  • Saturday, November 2 thru November 9
  • During Library open hours
          Lots of hardcovers, paperbacks and children's books to choose from!
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • Pine City Public Library
  • October 29 thru Novmeber 16
    • Tuesday, October 29 - 6:00 pm
      • NaNoWriMo Kick- off Party
        • Light refreshments, writing games and camaradrie with local writers
    • Thursday, November 7 - 5:30 - 8:00 pm
      • Write-In
        • Looking for a quiet place to write come join fellow writers and share
    • Saturday, November 9 - 10:00 am - 12 Noon
      • After the Idea:  a Writing Workhop with author Jess Lourey (registration needed)
        • 2 hour presentation for ages 13 and older.  Class size is limited.  Call the library     
          to register - 320-629-6403.  Funded with money from Minnesota's Arts & Cultural
          Heritage Fund.
    • Thursday, November 14 - 6:00 pm
      • Minnesota Author Julie Kramer
        • Listen as journalist turned novelist and mystery writer talks about her books.       
          Funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
    • Saturday, November 16 - 10:00 am - Noon
      • Open Mic Morning
        • Come share an excerpt from your writing with fellow writers.
      
    
       
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