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  • 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. 

  • 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!
  • Author Visit
  • 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.

  • Legacy Event
  • Straw Bale Gardens
    • Saturday, February 21
      • Hinckley Public Library - 10:30 am
      • Wyoming Area Library - 2:00 pm
    • 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. 

  • Book Club Discussion Group
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Thursday, February 19 - 6:30 pm

          Please join us as we discuss William Kuhn's Mrs. Queen Takes the Train.  Everyone is welcome!

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

          Join us for an interesting discussion of the book Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, the story
          of Sarah, a ten year old girl and her mission to save her brother from the Nazis in WWII.

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

          Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger is our February selection.  Join us for a lively discussion,
           camarderie, and more.

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

          Our February selection is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.  Discover this real-life story about survival
          and WWII which was recently made into a major motion picture.  Everyone is welcome to attend. 

  • Legacy Event
  • MN Author Renee Wendinger
  • Mora Public Library
  • Sunday, February 15 - 3:00 pm

          Join us as Ms. Wendinger talks about her books, Last Train Home:  an Orphan Train Story and Extra! Extra!
          The Orphan Trains and Newsboys of New York at the library.  Renee is an authority on the subject of orphan
          trains and the immigration experience.  The event is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

  • Family Valentine's Day Craft Party
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • Saturday, February 14 - 12:30-2:00 pm

          Open to kids of all ages!  No registration required.  Fun for all!

  • Coffee with Author, Dean Hovey
  • Sandstone Public Library
  • Saturday, February 14 - 10:00 am

          Join us as local author, Dean Hovey talks about his new Pine County mystery book, Undeveloped.

  • Valentine's Day Party
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library
  • Thursday, February 12 - 6:30 pm

          Children and their parents are invited to a party.  We'll read Valentine's Day stories and make cards
          for patients at Gillette Children's Hospital in St. Paul.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Chisago Lakes Area Library.

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

           Join us as we discuss One Thousand White Women:  The Journals of Mary Dodd by Jim Fergus.  All are welcome!

  • Heart Science
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library
  • Saturday, February 7 - 10:15-11: 15 am

          Ever wonder what a heart beat sounds like?  Learn about your heart and make a stethoscope.  For ages 5-11.
          This S.T.E.M. program is sponsored by the Friends of the Chisago Lakes Area Library. 

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

          Please join us as we discuss Sonia Sotomayor's My Beloved World at the library.  Everyone welcome!

  • 4th Annual Poetry Contest
  • North Branch Area Library 
  • Deadline to enter January 31

          Kids and teens can create an original poem and submit it to the library no later than Saturday, January 31.
          The poem must be original and based on a friendship theme.  All participants are required to read their poem
          on Saturday, February 14 at 11:00 am.  Prizes will be awarded.  For more information, please contact the library
          at 651-674-8443.  Sponsored by the Friends of the North Branch Library.

  • Coffee with Master Gardeners
  • Sandstone Public Library
    • Saturday, January 31 - 10:00 am - Mary Thorvig:  Poison Plants, House Plant Care
    • Saturday, February 21 - 10:00 am - Sandy Johnson:  Care of seasonal plants, amaryliss, Xmas cactus
    • 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

  • Paws to Read
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library
  • Saturday, January 31 - 11:00 am- 1:00 pm

          Practice reading aloud with Scout, a certifed reading dog and his volunteer!  Children
          preschool thru grade 6 are welcome to attend.  Sign up starts only at 10:30 on Saturday!

  • 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, January 29 - Goodreads
    • Thursday, February 12 - Internet Music (iTunes, Pandora, Spotify)
    • 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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