Thursday, May 29, 2014

Forthcoming titles - May 2014

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


Title Author
Annie's People Lewis, Beverly
Betrayed Scottoline, Lisa
The Burning Room Connelly, Michael
The Cinderella Murder Clark, Mary Higgins
Cold Judgment Fluke, Joanne
Dead But Not Forgotten Harris, Charlaine
The Discovery Saga Collection Brunstetter, Wanda E.
The Escape Baldacci, David
Flesh and Blood Cornwell, Patricia Daniels
The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe McCall Smith, Alexander
Hope to Die Patterson, James
The Job Evanovich, Janet
Revival King, Stephen
Shopaholic to the Stars Kinsella, Sophie
Top Secret Griffin, W. E. B.


Title Author
The Beekeeper's Ball Wiggs, Susan
The Burning Room Connelly, Michael
Cop Town  Slaughter, Karin
Eggs in a Casket Childs, Laura
The Escape Baldacci, David
Flesh and Blood  Cornwell, Patricia Daniels
Heaven Sent Rain  Snelling, Lauraine
Hope to Die Patterson, James
The Job  Evanovich, Janet
Untitled Thriller Grisham, John


Title Author
Betrayed  Scottoline, Lisa
Blood Magick Roberts, Nora
The Burning Room Connelly, Michael
Busted: A Novella Slaughter, Karin
The Christmas Bouquet Woods, Sherryl
The Cinderella Murder Clark, Mary Higgins
The Defiant Hero Brockmann, Suzanne
Diamond Bay Howard, Linda
The Drop Lehane, Dennis
The Escape Baldacci, David
Flesh and Blood  Cornwell, Patricia Daniels
Hope to Die Patterson, James
The Job  Evanovich, Janet
Out of Control Brockmann, Suzanne
Over the Edge Brockmann, Suzanne
Pegasus  Steel, Danielle
Revival  King, Stephen
Shopaholic to the Stars  Kinsella, Sophie
The Unsung Hero Brockmann, Suzanne
Untitled Thriller Grisham, John
When the Snow Falls Michaels, Fern

Marcia Ledin, Technical Services Manager

Monday, May 19, 2014

Paws to Read Summer Reading Program Begins Soon!


Paws to Read Summer Reading Program Begins Soon!

We’re all waggin’ our tales in anticipation of the 2014 Paws to Read summer reading program.  Children ages preschool thru grade 6 are invited to participate at any East Central Regional Library branch.  Younger children may have an adult or older child read to them.  A tween/teen program will also be offered at each branch.  Stop by the library and pick up a flyer listing all the activities and events offered this summer for kids and teens alike.  All activities are free and open to the public.

To kick-off the Paws to Read program, Cock-a-Doodle Zoo will be bringing animals from their zoo in Scandia, MN. including an African porcupine, wallaby and alligator.  Cock-a-Doodle Zoo is licensed by the USDA and the MN DNR, a member of the Zoological Association of America and is fully insured.  The program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Fund. 

So pounce, jump, or spring over to any East Central Regional Library branch and “paws” to discover all the fun and excitement that awaits you at your ECRL this summer!

Check out these great videos from our local ECRL branches:

Vickie Sorn
ECRL Youth & Community Services Librarian

Friday, May 16, 2014

SYNC eAudiobooks are back!

East Central Regional Library is participating in SYNC and you are invited to join us!  In April 2014, 751 eAudiobooks were checked out from East Central Regional Library's Digital Library.  Now, see what everyone is listening to and get the young adults in your life listening to eAudiobooks by joining SYNC!

SYNC is a program that gives away two complete eAudiobook downloads–a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic title–each week to listeners ages 13+ each summer.  In 2014, 26 titles will be given away over 13 weeks from May 15th- August 20th

Titles are delivered through OverDrive Media Console, the same software/app you already use to access eBooks and eAudiobooks from ECRL’s Digital LibraryIf you don’t already have OverDrive Media Console you can download it here:  The titles are all in MP3 format, are Windows and Mac compatible, and are supported on most listening devices.

Each SYNC eAudiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days, and once downloaded, they are yours to keep (i.e. never expire and can be listened to at any time).

The first week’s young adult title is WARP: THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by Eoin Colfer and the first week’s classic title is THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells.  They are available for download now through May 21st. Check out the complete SYNC 2014 Summer lineup here:

Afraid you’ll miss a week? You can get text message alerts when the next SYNC eAudiobooks are available by texting syncya to 25827. You can also receive reminders by signing up for the email newsletter or by following the SYNC blog here:

The SYNC program is a great way to introduce young adults to eAudiobooks!  SYNC is dedicated encouraging literacy and introducing the listening experienc to young adults, a goal shared with East Central Regional Library.  So SYNC some young adult and classic literature into your earphones this summer!  And don’t forget about the other eAudiobooks ECRL offers year-round via our Digital Library.  

Sarah Hawkins, Resource Librarian

*SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through OverDrive Media Console.

Growing Season Coming Soon

The growing season is coming soon to east central Minnesota.  A stop at your local ECRL library to check out some gardening books and magazines can inspire you to start planting.  These books from the ECRL collection offer some tips and advice for growing food and flowers throughout the summer.

  •   Plant marigolds near tomatoes or roses to reduce attacks by aphids.
  • Pests are less of a problem in weedy gardens but yield is lower.
  •  Frogs and toads should be encouraged in any garden because they feed on garden pests
  • Some weeds are useful.  Dandelion leaves make a great salad, nettle is an important food for butterflies and can be eaten as a spinach substitute and clover takes nitrogen from the air and brings it to the soil.

  •  Try growing your leaf lettuce around your broccoli plants to act as a living and harvestable mulch
  • Leave kale plants in the garden in the fall and they’ll product new growth next spring.
  • Newspapers make very good mulch.  Spread in sheets before adding compost on top.
  • One way to use herbs is to make sun vinegar.  Clean herbs such as chives, rosemary or tarragon and fill half of a jar with herbs and the rest with white distilled vinegar.  Cap and place in sun for one to two weeks.
  • Narrower walkways allow more space for beds.
  • Plants need space for roots and thrive best in 18 inches of loosened soil.
  • Rotate plants to avoid depleting the soil and get rid of diseases and pests.

Here are a few new ECRL books and some magazines from which to get up-to-date gardening ideas:

First, Jack.  Hot Beds: hot to grow early crops using an age old technique.  Totnes, 2013.
Hartung, Tammi.  The wildlife friendly vegetable gardener:  how to grow food in harmony with nature.  Storey, 2014.
Jabour, Niki. Groundbreaking food gardens: 73 plants that will change the way you grow your garden.  Storey, 2014.
Shelton, Neil.  The everything backyard farming book: a guide to self-sufficient living through growing, harvesting, raising and preserving your own food.  Avon, 2013.

Northern Gardener
Organic Gardening(available on Zinio)
Mother Earth News(available on Zinio)
Better Homes and Gardens

Kathy Morrow
Mille Lacs Lake Community Library
Branch Librarian