Thursday, July 24, 2014

Funky Possum Dance Party to Celebrate End of Summer Reading Program

The summer has flown by and it’s about time for us to end our Paws to Read Summer reading program at our libraries.  But there’s one last thing to do!  We’re going to celebrate with a program, the Funky Possum Dance Party.  Funky Possum Dance Party is a high-energy, fun, and interactive show for children and families featuring the stars of the EMMY Award winning “The Zinghoppers Show”, as seen on over 100 PBS Kids member stations nationwide.  The program is geared toward families and kids 8 and under. 

Funky Possum sings, dances, giggles and we’ll have you and your family joining in the fun.  Funky Possum will also bring along with her pals the goofy breakdancing rapper Coconuts the Kangaroo and friendly Sunny Fixalot on the turntable. 

The concert features original songs from the TV series as well as classic kid’s tunes and dance numbers.  Families will be singing, dancing and hopping along to this fun, interactive show where kids in the audience become the stars of the show.  So get ready for a funky time with Funky Possum’s Dance Party as we celebrate another successful summer of reading at your ECRL branch.  The event is sponsored by East Central Regional Library and made possible with funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Check out the flyer below for the nearest show to you....and come to all 14 if you'd like!  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Final Paws to Read Events - July 22 thru August 1

  • Turtle Hurdle
  • Rush City Public Library 
  • Tuesday, July 22 - 3:30-4:30 pm

           Join the naturalist from St. Croix State Park and
           learn about the challenging lives of our local turtles
           and make a turtle craft to take home.  Geared for ages
           3-12 and sponsored by the MN DNR.

  • Smokey the Bear to Visit Preschool Storytime
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Wednesday, July 23 - 10:30 am
          Kids ages 3-5 are invited to join us for a special storytime.
          In celebration of Smokey the Bear's 70th birthday he will
          be stopping by the library.  Learn the true story about Smokey
          and bring your cameras so you can take a picture with him.

  • Cruising Critters
  • Pine City Public Library 
  • Wednesday, July 23 - 11:15 am
 Children ages K-6 are welcome to join us for
 this special program presented by the MN DNR.

  • Local Magician, Collin Staup
  • Milaca Community Library 
  • Thursday, July 24 - 10:30 am
          Local magician, Collin Staup, will dazzle audience members
          with a magic show after our storytime presenter reads a
          few books about magic.  Come join the fun!

  • Experiment with Nature
  • Princeton Area Library 
  • Thursday, July 24 - 1:00 pm 
          Use your sense of wonder to explore nature!
          Read a story, ask questions and learn how to be
          a naturalist through hands-on activities.  For ages

  • Frog Guy
  • Pine City Public Library 
  • Wednesday, July 30 - 11:15 am
          Join us for an amphibian interactive activity
          with Frog Guy.  For kids K-6.

  • Cruising Critters
  • Hinckley Public Library 
  • Wednesday, July 30 - 2:00 pm
          Use your detective skills to decode the
          messages left by wildlife.  Presented by
          a St. Croix State Park naturalist.

  • Smokey the Bear
  • Milaca Community Library
  • Thursday, July 31 - 10:30 am
          Come to a Smokey Bear themed preschool storytime
          and hang out for a photo or two with Smokey!

  • Aitkin Library Lawn Party
  • Aitkin Public Library 
  • Friday, August 1 - 2:00-4:30 pm
          Join us for our annual summer lawn party!
          There'll be delicious ice cream floats.  For all ages!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Forthcoming titles - July 2014

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


Title Author Pub Date
Courting Catherine Roberts, Nora 01/27/2015
Insatiable Appetites Woods, Stuart 01/06/2015
Knocked: A Regan Reilly Mystery Clark, Carol Higgins 01/06/2015
Love Gently Falling Carlson, Melody 01/06/2015
The Marriage Charm Miller, Linda Lael 01/27/2015
The Old Blue Line: A Joanna Brady Novella Jance, Judith A. 07/22/2014
Private India Patterson, James 11/04/2014
Private Vegas Patterson, James 01/26/2015
Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country Box, C. J. 07/15/2014
A Steadfast Heart Peterson, Tracie 01/06/2015
The Sweet Surprise Romance Collection Brunstetter, Wanda E. 01/01/2015
Trust No One Krentz, Jayne Ann 01/06/2015


Title Author Pub Date
Angels Walking Kingsbury, Karen 09/10/2014
Cold Cold Heart Hoag, Tami 09/10/2014
Dark Blood Feehan, Christine 09/24/2014
The Eye of Heaven Cussler, Clive 09/10/2014
Festive in Death Robb, J. D. 09/10/2014
The Golem of Hollywood Kellerman, Jonathan 10/08/2014
The Homecoming Carr, Robyn 09/10/2014
Private Vegas Patterson, James 01/26/2015
Shots Fired Box, C. J. 10/01/2014
Sight Unseen Johansen, Iris 10/01/2014
A Steadfast Heart Peterson, Tracie 01/06/2015
Water Walker Dekker, Ted 10/15/2014
Windigo Island Krueger, William Kent 09/10/2014


Title Author Pub Date
Ashes to Ashes Hoag, Tami 11/25/2014
Charmed Roberts, Nora 12/30/2014
Die Again Gerritsen, Tess 12/30/2014
Dogwood Hill Woods, Sherryl 12/30/2014
Enchanted Roberts, Nora 12/30/2014
Genuine Lies Roberts, Nora 12/01/2014
Hush Robards, Karen 12/02/2014
Island of Flowers  Roberts, Nora 12/15/2014
Knocked: A Regan Reilly Mystery Clark, Carol Higgins 01/06/2015
Private India  Patterson, James 11/04/2014
Private Vegas Patterson, James 01/26/2015
Saint Odd Koontz, Dean R. 12/09/2014
Snowfall at Willow Lake Wiggs, Susan 11/11/2014
A Thin Dark Line Hoag, Tami 10/07/2014

Marcia Ledin, Technical Services Manager