MN author Candace Simar to visit Aitkin

East Central Regional Library is excited to present a special visit featuring Minnesota author Candace Simar at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at the Aitkin Public Library.

A writer and poet in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, Simar’s novels include Shelterbelts, 2015, receiving awards from both the Midwest Book Awards and the WILLA Literary Awards in Historical Fiction, and her Abercrombie Trail Series earned the coveted Spur Award. Her latest book is Escape to Fort Abercrombie. She along with her sister wrote Farm Girls, 2013, which celebrates growing up on a dairy farm.


Advocacy for libraries at the Capitol

#MNLibrariesTransform because there are 10,000 opportunities for lakeside reading.

#MNLibrariesTransform was the theme on Tuesday, March 6, when East Central Regional Library staff spent the day at the State Capitol talking to the region’s legislators about issues important to libraries including library funding. This exciting day included appointments with nine members of the House and Senate, delivering the important message about how critical libraries are to the communities they serve. Pictured is Sen. Mark Koran with Executive Director Carla Lydon (left), Rachel Howell and Sarah Hawkins (right).


New Brain Fitness Kits!

In 2016, East Central Regional Library introduced Brain Fitness Kits to its collection.  Studies have shown a direct link between playing games and retaining brain functions. Each Brain Fitness Kit contains four games that help keep or build brain power.  The kits were created with this purpose, but all ages will enjoy the games.

In the two years since introducing Brain Fitness Kits, they have been proven to be wildly popular and a valued part of the East Central Regional Library collection.  As a result, Princeton Area Library has received a donation from the Trinity Outreach Fund to purchase 6 new Brain Fitness Kits to add to East Central Regional Library’s collection. As an additional benefit, some of the games in these kits are large print, making it easier to enjoy the game more and play for longer periods without eyestrain.

Two sets of Kits #25-27 are available now. See the new games in the guide below!

Kit #25

  • Lunar Landings
  • Giant Uno
  • CODE: Rover Control
  • Swish

Kit #26

  • Fidgitz
  • CODE: Robot Repair
  • Cat Crimes
  • Safari Rush Hour

Kit #27

  • CODE: On the Brink
  • Color Cube Sudoku
  • Shape Logic
  • E-Z-See LoVision Playing Cards