at East Central Regional Library


East Central Regional Library hosts a variety of events, storytimes, and other programs across the region. Check out upcoming events happening near you on the Events Calendar.


East Central Regional Library hosts several region-wide events throughout the year. 


The Annual ECRL Reads 2021 Event is Here!

Each year we encourage readers across the region to read the same book and come together as a community around that book. We are happy to announce that this year’s book is The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson.

Join us for small group book discussions at each ECRL branch, 3 in-person and 1 virtual author visits with Diane Wilson herself, and fun special events between October 1 and November 30, 2021. Find additional information on the Event Calendar and grab informational brochures and bookmarks at your local ECRL branch.


Author Visits with Diane Wilson as she discusses The Seed Keeper:

Wednesday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. – Aitkin Public Library*

Monday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m. – Cambridge Public Library*

Tuesday, November 23 at 6:30 p.m. – Chisago Lakes Area Library*

Tuesday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. – Virtual Program via Zoom

*Per the author’s request, face coverings will be required at all in-person events.

Past ECRL Reads selections include:

2019 – Virgil Wander by Lief Enger

2018 – The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb

2017 – Ice-Out by Mary Casanova

The Book Cover Art of The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson

Interested in reading books similar to Diane Wilson’s The Seed Keeper? Download a Read-Alike guide here.


June 1 - August 14, 2021

The 2021 Summer Learning Program at East Central Regional Library will begin on Tuesday, June 1 and run through Saturday, August 14, 2021. This year’s theme is Reading Colors Your World – Reading opens doors to learning and fun! East Central Regional Library hopes you will participate by joining us and readers all across the region this summer!

The Summer Learning Program is open to readers of all ages. Register to participate by visiting your local ECRL branch, downloading the free Beanstack Tracker app (App Store for iOS devices or Google Play Store for Android devices), or by visiting ECRL’s Beanstack online. Readers will be able to sign up, track their reading accomplishments, and earn entries for grand prize drawings all through Beanstack!

Winter Tales

Read books, write book reviews, and complete reading activity challenges for your chance to win prizes!

This program is intended for adults.

January 11 – March 6, 2021.

Here’s how it works:
  1. Register for a Beanstack account online 
  2. OR register on the Beanstack Tracker mobile app (Android or Apple)
  3. Enroll in the Winter Tales Reading Challenge

For each badge earned, you receive one entry into a Grand Prize drawing, with one winner being drawn from each East Central Regional Library branch.

The program is sponsored by East Central Regional Library, local Friends of the Library groups, and other local organizations.


East Central Regional Library hosts reading challenges throughout the year on the free Beanstack Tracker app.


Getting started:

Access Beanstack by visiting to view the desktop version, or by downloading the Beanstack Tracker app on your smart phone or tablet.

Download on the App Store or Get it on Google Play.

Then create an account in Beanstack and enroll in the challenges you’re interested in. Log your reading, complete activities, earn badges, and even win prizes from certain challenges!
QR Code for downloading the Beanstack Tracker App on your smart phone or tablet

Current Reading Challenges:

NASA @ My Library

December 1- 31, 2021

Look Up! Explore Our Universe: The James Webb Space Telescope Challenge

Patrons of all ages can join the NASA @ My Library challenge to learn about the James Webb Space Telescope and help our library win programming materials straight from NASA!


Blue outer space-like background with text that reads December Reading Challenge- NASA @ My Library