Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Forthcoming titles- February 2014

Forthcoming titles - click here to search for and place your hold on the ECRL catalog


Title Author
Bones never lie Reichs, Kathy
Close to home Jackson, Lisa
Cold cold heart Hoag, Tami
Deadly assets Griffin, W. E. B.
Drowning spool Ferris, Monica
The healing quilt Brunstetter, Wanda E.
Her last whisper Robards, Karen
The homecoming Carr, Robyn
Love letters Macomber, Debbie
The maiden of Ireland Wiggs, Susan
The other child Fluke, Joanne
Out of the ashes Couch, Dick
Private down under Patterson, James
Sight unseen Johansen, Iris
Windigo Island Krueger, William Kent


Title Author
Bones never lie Reichs, Kathy
Carnal curiosity Woods, Stuart
Destroyer angel Barr, Nevada
The drowning spool Ferris, Monica
A family affair Michaels, Fern
Forget me not Michaels, Fern
Four friends Carr, Robyn
I've got you under my skin Clark, Mary Higgins
Keep quiet Scottoline, Lisa
Love letters Macomber, Debbie
Missing you Coben, Harlan
Private down under Patterson, James
Stone cold Box, C. J.
Woman of courage Brunstetter, Wanda E.
World gone by Lehane, Dennis


Title Author
Bodyguard Brockmann, Suzanne
Bones never lie Reichs, Kathy
Dead but not forgotten Harris, Charlaine
The healing quilt Brunstetter, Wanda E.
Heartthrob Brockmann, Suzanne
Her last whisper Robards, Karen
Kiss and tell Michaels, Fern
Love letters Macomber, Debbie
One summer Robards, Karen
Out of control Brockmann, Suzanne
Out of the ashes Couch, Dick
Power play Coulter, Catherine
Private down under Patterson, James
The winter lodge Wiggs, Susan
Woman of courage Brunstetter, Wanda E.

Marcia Ledin, Technical Services Coordinator

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Big Library Read is back again!

In 2013, the Big Library Read program brought us Michael Malone’s Four Corners of the Sky and Jane O’Connor’s Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth Now, East Central Regional Library is participating in the third Big Library Read and you are invited to join us!  

This time we are going on a culinary adventure, with Keys to the Kitchen, by Food Network and Cooking Channel star Aida Mollenkamp  Big Library Read kicked off yesterday, February 17th, and runs through March 5th.  

Big Library Read creates a "global book club" which allows users to join readers across the world in reading the same book at the same time!  Over 5,800 libraries worldwide are able to lend Keys to the Kitchen eBook to millions of users simultaneously for free.  The program demonstrates the valuable role libraries play in connecting readers with books and authors.  

Keys to the Kitchen is a cookbook by definition, but it’s also much more than that.  For members of the tech-savvy new generation who can't cook but want to, this essential reference guide is an ideal starting place. For those already at ease in the kitchen it's full of "who knew" moments for expanding your repertoire of great recipes. It doesn’t just provide ideas on what to cook, but also walks the reader through how to cook.  Keys to theKitchen is an invaluable foundation for cooking with more than 300 recipes, color photographs, informative illustrations, a substantial technique primer, and helpful how-to information on subjects as wide-ranging as rust removal, throwing a cocktail party, and knife skills.  What amateur chef doesn’t need that kind of info?  I know I do! 

To borrow Keys to the Kitchen, simply log in to ECRL’s Digital Library. You’ll see the title on the home page ready to checkout.

Remember, the especially unique aspect about Big Library Read is that, for the duration of the program, the eBook will not follow the traditional one copy/one user model but will simultaneously be available  to all ECRL eBook users to borrow via our Digital Library.  No wait lists!  The eBook is available in the OverDrive Read, Kindle, Adobe EPUB, and Adobe PDF formats. 

Get involved even more! 
  • Join the Big Library Read discussion forum to share your thoughts and favorite recipes!
  • Like Aida on Facebook, and join the Facebook chat on Wednesday February 26th at 7 pm.  Ask her your burning cooking questions and thank her for offering her book free to libraries for the Big Library Read program.
  • Follow @ecrlib, @OverDriveLibs, and @aidamollenkamp on Twitter or use the hashtag #BigLibraryRead.
  • Follow Aida on Instagram.
  • Check out her weekly web series In the Pantry on Yahoo! Shine.

 Join the global movement of passionate readers and library patrons who support the access of eBooks through your local library.   Read Keys to the Kitchen as part of the Big Library Read.

Sarah Hawkins, Branch Librarian, Chisago Lakes Area Library

Thursday, February 13, 2014

'Hot Reads' Readers Recommend Great Books

Looking for your next good book? Check out what fellow readers are reading this winter and sharing for the Hot Reads for Cold Nights program! 


A Catered Birthday Party by Isis Crawford (2010).  “Libby and Bernie own A Little Taste of Heaven, a bakery and catering store. They sleuth on the side with their father Sean. Only because the local Police Chief is too lazy to fully investigate!”  - Chisago Lakes patron

Forged by Laura Crum (2004).  “Horse vet Gail (Stormy) McCarthy finds herself involved in solving the murder of Dominic, her horseshoer. So many people wanted him dead.” - Chisago Lakes patron

Girl Who Sang to Buffalo by Kent Nerburn (2013). “Bemidji’s Kent Nerburn has a special way of writing to present the Native American story with respect and interesting characters. He has been there to see these stories. If you like this book I would encourage you to read one of his eight books!” - Pine City patron

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (2013). “Two Indian brothers coming of age in the 1950s and 1960s. One bound by tradition and the other revolution. Spare and poetic writing style – amazing!” - Pine City patron

Tending Roses by Lisa Wingate (2001). “A woman [Kate] moves with her young family to help take care of her aging Grandmother in Missouri. She has been chosen (by her family) to convince Grandma it’s time to move off the farm, which is devastating to the Grandma. Kate finds her Grandmother’s journal and the stories of families, friendships, and faith open Kate’s eyes, mind, and heart about her own family and her relationship with the Grandmother deepens and is seen in a new light.” - Chisago Lakes patron

And Then You Dye by Monica Ferris (2012). “When our favorite needlepoint draft shop owner Besty Davenpoint of Minnesota found another dead body, she must wring the truth from many suspects. The truth just might mean the difference between living and dying.” - Pine City patron


The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy (2013). “Disturbing. Self-indulgent. I couldn't put it down. Would recommend to anyone who has read the Great Santini.” - Pine City patron

Make Each Day Your Masterpiece by Michael Lynberg (2001). Contains “inspirational short stories, words of wisdom, and uplifting reminders. Easy reading but powerful possibilities.” - Chisago Lakes patron
One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson (2013).  “Historical account of notable figures in one year (1927). Interesting facts/quirks about Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Mt. Rushmore. A lot happened that year and the author brings it to life in fascinating detail.” - Chisago Lakes patron

Vintage Crafts by Clara Lidstrom (2013). “Ideas for fun vintage decorating. If you enjoy crafting, you’ll like these quick decorating projects.” - Chisago Lakes patron

Andrea Hermanson, Branch Librarian, Pine City