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Literacy Treasures in Our Community

Do you want your kids to love books? Maybe they already do, and you want to encourage them! Either way, get out to some of the great spots in our community for literacy lovers!

Cambridge Library

The first spot is our beautiful new Cambridge Library. The children’s book selections are fantastic, and the building is worth a visit. Check out the website, too, which reminds us that the library has many features in addition to books. The library has classes, activities, contests, and more. Currently, there is a Tree Decorating Contest in November, and each family can enter. Just register to pick up a tree from the library, decorate it and return it to be part of the contest.

Storytime

The library also features storytimes, both during the day and evenings (5-5:30)! The next two evening storytimes are November 16th and November 30th. Be sure to register in advance since space is limited. Bookmark this webpage; it is a good starting spot to register online: ECRL Events Want to try some cooking or crafts? Check out the upcoming events, especially if you are a fan of “Nailed It”! You can even check out Minnesota State Park Passes! And it is all free! Free! 

eBooks

You can also enjoy the library with your electronic device. There are thousands of books online (both to read and listen to), and there are no overdue fines with online books. If you are unsure about setting up an account, just ask a helpful library worker. If you want to try it yourself, though, just start with the webpage: https://ecrlib.org/ navigate to eBooks, and let them guide you through the system. This writer has checked out over 100 books online using “Libby” through our library. It is very convenient and easy to use. It is perfect for busy parents concerned about keeping track of library books: there are no fines, and the books have a 21-day check-out. At the end of 21 days, the books just come off of the device! Readers can renew if they want more time and no one else is waiting, and they can recheck out books as much as they want.

Easy pick-up

One of my favorite services from the library for busy parents is putting books on ‘hold.’ You can do this from the comfort of home, and it is a little like online shopping. If you want to hold an item (book, magazine, TV show, film on DVD...or anything), the staff will place items for pick-up in a handy spot at the library! So you are in and out in moments, picking up your treasures. Also, as you look online for titles, your search can widen to include all of the libraries in the East Central Regional Library System. So if a DVD you want is in Mora, for example, you can request the DVD for delivery to Cambridge for you to pick up. And this is all free. 

Scout & Morgan Books

Another literacy treasure in our community is our independent bookseller, Scout & Morgan Books. There you’ll find a welcoming fireplace, a beautiful children’s section, and books and gifts for everyone. The store features new and gently used books, and they are always willing to make special orders and do book searches. Browsing is always encouraged, and you’ll love relaxing in one of the comfy chairs while you enjoy this great local shop! Judith, the store owner, says she and her staff “Love working with kids, talking with them, and giving them that specialized one-on-one service. Also, we love helping everyone pick out books as gifts for every age, even when it might seem challenging! Planning a visit? Feel free to call 763-689-2474 or go online: https://scoutandmorganbooks.com/ 

Two great options

Another wonderful thing about the Cambridge Library and Scout & Morgan Books is that the weather doesn’t matter! So when the colder days arrive, go to the library and the bookstore, and you will find yourself in an oasis!

Trina Godfrey
tgodfrey@c-ischools.org