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Preserve Family Photos & History with Scan for Keeps Event

East Central Regional Library encourages you to preserve your collection of family history memorabilia with Scan for Keeps, a program hosted by your local library during the 2nd Annual ECRL Reads.

Start by bringing photos or letter-sized documents important to you or your family history to be scanned with professional equipment provided by the Minnesota Digital Library. Then take home your original items as well as a high-quality digital scan on a free flash drive.

Scanning is free but may be limited to three to 10 items per person, depending on time and demand. These are drop-in sessions, so no appointments are necessary. Mark your calendars for a Scan for Keeps program near you:

· Monday, Oct. 1, Aitkin Public Library, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

· Thursday, Oct. 4, McGregor Public Library, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

· Monday, Oct. 15, Wyoming Area Library, 12-6 p.m.

· Monday, Oct. 29, North Branch Area Library, 2-8 p.m.

· Thursday, Nov. 1, Mora Public Library 2-8 p.m.

· Wednesday, Nov. 14, Pine City Public Library, 1-7 p.m.

Partnering in Scan for Keeps are the Aitkin County Historical Society, Wyoming Area Historical Society, Chisago County Historical Society and Pine City Area History Association.

Everyone in the counties of Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine are encouraged to read this year’s ECRL Reads title, The Fate of Mercy Alban, a spine-tingling, modern-day haunted house story set on Lake Superior by award-winning Minnesota novelist Wendy Webb. Watch for a variety of related events along with author visits and book discussions at East Central Regional Library locations throughout October and November.

For more information including book availability, drop by your library or visit

ECRL Reads is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.