Libraries to close in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

East Central Regional Library headquarters and all 14 branch locations will be closed on either Monday, January 16, or Tuesday, January 17, to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Closed Monday, Jan. 16: Aitkin Public Library, Cambridge Public Library, Chisago Lakes Area Library, Mora Public Library, North Branch Area Library, Princeton Area Library, and ECRL headquarters.

Closed Tuesday, Jan. 17: Hinckley Public Library, McGregor Public Library, Milaca Community Library, Mille Lacs Lake Community Library, Pine City Public Library, Rush City Public Library, Sandstone Public Library, and Wyoming Area Library.

New Kids and Teen OverDrive websites

Introduce your kids and teens to East Central Regional Library’s Kids and Teen Collections of digital titles!

East Central Regional Library has expanded its services with new digital library experiences just for kids and teens. The main digital collection, which can be accessed by the East Central Regional Library collection in the OverDrive app or by visiting http:/, now offers a way to provide safe and easy browsing experiences just for kids and teens.

The Kids collection filters the digital site to only show Children’s content, and the Teen collection filters the digital site to only show Young Adult content.  This filtering gets kids and teens to the titles they want faster!  These appealing and user-friendly collections contain eBooks and eAudiobooks, including popular titles such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.

Kids and teens need a safe environment to browse the library. Just as children and teens have their own sections of the physical branch libraries, now they too have their own section of the ECRL Digital Library!

These new age-friendly digital spaces are free to use with an ECRL library card and password. Digital titles are available anytime, anywhere and expire automatically, with no late fees.

Barbara Misselt announces retirement from ECRL

Barbara Misselt, who for nine years led the East Central Regional Library in providing library service to residents around the region, is retiring from her position as Library System Director effective April 1, 2017. The ECRL Board of Directors accepted her decision in November 2016.

“Thank you for the opportunity to lead this organization…,” Misselt wrote in her letter of retirement to the Board. “I appreciate the support and positive commitment of the Board as well as our partner counties and cities. I believe that ECRL is in a good position to continue positive growth with a competent leadership team and staff. I have enjoyed the relationships with staff and board team and have found this a fulfilling career.”

In the transition, the ECRL Board has appointed a five-member hiring committee for the new ECRL Executive Director. The post oversees a six-county consolidated public library system, operating 14 branches and outreach services, served by 80 staff (31 full-time), across east central Minnesota. The job posting can be found at

Review of applications begins January 18, 2017.

Misselt has offered her assistance in the transition, as she knows all about a leadership position that requires skills in financial, marketing and program development; staff and community relations; and technology development within a $3.1 million budget. She also knows that she will miss “all the people who have become partners and friends,” while she looks forward to retirement with “new adventures as well as increased family opportunities.”

Established in 1959, East Central Regional Library is the oldest multi-county library cooperative and one of 12 regional library systems in Minnesota. The ECRL mission is to strengthen communities by connecting people with resources, spaces, and educational experiences that enrich and empower their lives. ECRL includes libraries in Aitkin and McGregor (Aitkin County); Cambridge (Isanti County); Chisago Lakes, North Branch, Rush City and Wyoming (Chisago County); Hinckley, Pine City and Sandstone (Pine County); Milaca, Isle-Mille Lacs Lake and Princeton (Mille Lacs County); and Mora (Kanabec County).