In celebration of providing six decades of library service to the region, all branches of East Central Regional Library will be hosting a special event followed by an open house reception. All events are free and open to all ages. We look forward to seeing you there!
Don’t forget to bring your 60th Anniversary Passbook, and get it stamped! This Passbook is your opportunity to visit and learn about the branch libraries of East Central Regional Library via the #TourDeECRL. Remember: for each branch you visit, collect a stamp and enter your name into a drawing for fabulous ECRL loot. Visit all 14 locations and be featured on Facebook as a grand champion of the #TourDeECRL (if you so choose). The Passbook runs until Sept. 30, so get touring!
Here’s our 60th Anniversary Schedule of Events:
Music with Becky Schlegel
Monday, Sept. 16th, 6:30pm — Pine City Public Library
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6:30pm — Chisago Lakes Area Library
Her music is original, drawing on the influence of classic country, bluegrass, folk, and her own thoughtful spirit. This program begins with Becky Schlegel’s performance from 6:30-7:15pm, followed by an open house from 7:15-8pm.
Belle Amour, vintage jazz
Thursday, Sept. 12th, 6:30pm — Princeton Area Library
Belle Amour is a fun, high energy jazz group that performs vintage jazz standards with a touch of international flair. This event begins with Belle Amour’s performance from 6:30-7:15pm, followed by an open house from 7:15-8pm.
Boyd Huppert, KARE 11’s Land of 10,000 Stories
Thursday, Oct. 10th, 6:30pm — Cambridge Public Library
Award-winning journalist Boyd Huppert got his start in broadcasting as a 16-year-old announcer at his hometown radio station in River Falls, Wisconsin. He joined KARE 11 in 1996, where he now produces and hosts the weekly Land of 10,000 Stories segment. Boyd’s presentation begins at 6:30pm and will be followed by an open house until 8pm.
Briand Morrison, jazz guitar
Monday, Sept. 23th, 6:30pm — Mille Lacs Lake Community Library
Tuesday, Sept. 24th, 6:30pm — Sandstone Public Library
Briand Morrison is celebrated by many as the North Shore’s finest jazz guitar player. He plays music on a full-time basis and is praised for his clear sound, unique style, and dedication to music. Morrison’s performance from 6:30-7:15pm will be followed by an open house from 7:15-8pm.
Corpse Reviver, American folk
Tuesday, Sept. 10th, 6pm — Aitkin Public Library
Come on down to the library for some good ol’ American folk music with Corpse Reviver, a Minneapolis trio that likes to play music from the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music. The program begins with Corpse Reviver’s performance from 6-7pm, with an open house to follow.
Dancing Light, “cosmic acoustic”
Thursday, Sept. 5th, 6:30pm — Mora Public Library
Saturday, Sept. 21st, 10:30am — Hinckley Public Library
Saturday, Sept. 28th, 10:30am — Wyoming Area Library
Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 6:30pm — Rush City Public Library
Thursday, Oct. 3rd, 6:30pm — McGregor Public Library
Get ready to go on a musical journey where the world shines a little brighter. Kiki and Greg, from the group Dancing Light, fuse folk, classical, rock and pop genres for a unique musical experience. This program begins with Dancing Light’s performance for the first 45 minutes, followed by an open house.
Holy Rocka Rollaz, ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll
Monday, Sept. 30th, 6:30pm — North Branch Area Library
Let’s go back to the ‘50s! If you’re into the music of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and the like, then you will love Holy Rocka Rollaz. This high energy trio will perform from 6:30-7:30 pm, with an open house to follow.
Mike Munson, blues musician
Tuesday, Sept. 17th, 6:30pm — Milaca Community Library
From sad and somber slow tunes to swampy, caterwauling stompers, Mike Munson’s music is a master class in creative blues composition and performance. His performance from 6:30-7:15 pm will be followed by an open house from 7:15-8 pm.
These programs are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.