Do You Work With Young Children?

……then you’ll appreciate our new and updated early literacy resources!  Whether you are looking to use a storytime kit for the first time, refresh an existing program, or simply want to explore new titles and fun resources, we can help you. We’ve invested lots of time and effort purchasing new books and materials to refresh and update our Storytime Kits.

The kits are based on Every Child Ready to Read, 2nd edition, and feature books, songs, rhymes, early literacy tips for parents, and hands-on activities that correspond with the critical early literacy activities of reading, talking, singing, writing, and playing.
FOR A LIST OF THE 48 STORYTIME KITS AVAILABLE FOR CHECK OUT and an inventory of each kit, PLEASE VISIT OUR STORYTIME KIT PAGE on our website.  They are available for checkout by licensed daycare providers, Head Start staff, ECFE staff, and school staff.

American Revolution program brings history to life

East Central Regional Library is pleased to present Birth of Our Nation: The American Revolution, a special presentation by Arn Kind on upcoming dates in Cambridge, North Branch and Milaca.

Kind, a teacher of 40 years, will appear in period attire, portraying the people who participated in the events that gave birth to our nation. His use of drama, role-playing, living history experiences and displays give audiences an understanding of this turbulent time and make history come alive.


Meet President Theodore Roosevelt … kind of

Travel back in time with Minnesotan Adam Lindquist whose award-winning impersonation of President Theodore Roosevelt entertains, educates and inspires thousands of people around the nation each year. East Central Regional Library presents Adam Lindquist as Theodore Roosevelt at 6 p.m. Monday, April 23 at the Aitkin Public Library. A second presentation has been booked for 1 p.m. Friday, April 27 at the Sandstone Public Library.


Libraries launch statewide author contest

Minnesota Author Project helps promote self-published authors.

Minnesota writers of young adult and adult fiction have a chance at winning $1,000 and bragging rights to the top self-published books in the state through a new contest just announced by East Central Regional Library and libraries statewide.

Along with a $1,000 prize, winners in each category will be included in Indie Minnesota, a statewide digital collection of local indie authors. They also will receive:

  • a review in Library Journal, one of the country’s oldest and most renowned trade publications for library news
  • honors at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Seattle
  • opportunities to promote and have print copies of books available in Minnesota public libraries.