Upcoming Closure

East Central Regional Library will be closed in all locations Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, May 28th.

Memorial Day honors the memory of soldiers who died in the nation’s wars.


Summer Learning at East Central Regional Library

The 2019 Summer Learning Program at East Central Regional Library will be out of this world! Our summer program, A Universe of Stories, begins Tuesday, May 28th, and we encourage everyone to stop by their local branch and pick up their materials!

For kids ages 3-11, you will be asked to complete 20 hours of reading and/or reading-related activities. For each 5 hour milestone you will get a prize! When you reach 20 hours you will also get your name in the Grand Prize Drawing! Grand prizes vary by location but every location, including Outreach, has 4 packs of tickets to the Minnesota State Fair to give away.

For teens, you will be asked to submit book reviews. For each review submitted, your name will go in the prize drawing for fabulous prizes including 4 packs of tickets to the Minnesota State Fair!

At select locations, we have our Rubber Ducky Club for younger readers,ages 0-3. We ask that caregivers and children complete tasks that will help develop early literacy skills. Prizes are a rubber ducky and a board book!

Adults, we have something fun for you, too! At select locations, we’ll be offering an adult version of our summer program. You will be asked to complete reading related activities or submit book reviews for your chance to win prizes!

Before you blast off, check out some stellar events this summer. The fun begins with a visit from The Jolly Pops, a musical trio of Dads who live to rock out with kids of all ages.

Tuesday, June 4
10:30 a.m. Aitkin Public Library
2:30 p.m. McGregor Public Library
Wednesday, June 5
10:30 a.m. Mille Lacs Lake Community Library, Isle
1 p.m. Milaca Communi ty Library
3:30 p.m. Princeton Area Library
Thursday, June 6
10:30 a.m. North Branch Area Library
1 p.m. Rush City Public Library
3:30 p.m. Mora Public Library
Tuesday, June 11
10:30 a.m. Cambridge Public Library
1 p.m. Chisago Lakes Area Library, Chisago City
3:30 p.m. Wyoming Area Giese Memorial Library
Wednesday, June 12
10:30 a.m. Pine City Public Library
1 p.m. Hinckley Public Library
3:30 p.m. Sandstone Public Library
To reserve your spot pick up a free ticket at the location you wish to attend starting on May 28th.
To see all the events check out our events calendar at ecrlib.org
Sponsored by the Minnesota State Fair, local partners, Friends of the  Library and East Central Regional Library.

Prescription med use subject of free event in Chisago County

Learn how to get the best possible results from prescription medications at Dine & Discover, an event that will include free food, education and conversation on Tuesday, May 21 at venues including the Chisago Lakes and Wyoming libraries.

Featured speaker Ashley Schoen, Hospital Pharmacist at Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center, will present Prescription Use and Misuse: Do’s and Don’ts, sharing helpful pointers on prescription drugs and answer questions.

Registration is requested by May 14. Choose one of the following three times and locations:

  • 9-10:30 am—Chisago County Community Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch
  • 12-1:30 pm—Chisago Lakes Area Library, 11754 302nd St., Chisago City
  • 3:30-5 pm—Wyoming Area Giese Memorial Library, 26855 Forest Blvd., Wyoming

Register online at www.nbaceonline.org and scroll to Senior Offerings—Dine and Discover – Prescription Use and Misuse: Do’s and Don’ts – #79 or by calling 651-674-1025. For questions, email natalie.matthewson@cmcoa.org or call 320-253-9349.

This event is hosted by the Chisago Age Well Coalition in partnership with Fairview and East Central Regional Library.


Night at the Library: History Comes Alive

Meet President Theodore Roosevelt and a soldier from the Vietnam War … along with the men portraying them … by way of two extraordinary rides through American history.

First up, East Central Regional Library is pleased to welcome back Minnesota living history speaker Arn Kind for a presentation on one of the most fascinating yet controversial eras in the history of our nation and world. In the uniform of a typical American soldier, Kind presents Minnesota in the Vietnam War at the Cambridge Public Library on Tuesday, May 7; Pine City Public Library on Thursday, May 16; and Mille Lacs Lake Community Library in Isle on Thursday, May 30. All programs start at 6 p.m.

Also returning is Minnesotan Adam Lindquist whose award-winning impersonation of the 26th president of the United States inspires people around the nation. The program, called Being Teddy, is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at East Central Regional Library – Chisago Lakes.

Both events are recommended for all ages. No registration necessary.

These programs are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Keep informed of all East Central Regional Library events by visiting the events calendar or following us on Facebook.


New Materials!

Add these soon-to-be released titles to your to-read list and place your holds now to be at the top of the list.

Owl Be Home for Christmas by Donna Andrews

Outfox by Sandra Brown

No Judgments by Meg Cabot

The Christmas Boutique by Jennifer Chiaverini

Mumbo Gumbo Murder by Laura Childs

The Widow Maker by Clive Cussler

Strangers She Knows by Christina Dodd

Lethal Agent by Vince Flynn

The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen

Hold on Tight by Shelley Shepard Gray

What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

Over the Line by Kelly Irvin

Sins of the Fathers by Judith A. Jance

A Mrs. Miracle Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Spirit of the Season by Fern Michaels

The Pursuit by Joyce Carol Oates

Wyoming Heart by Diana Palmer

The 19th Christmas by James Patterson

What Comes My Way by Tracie Peterson

Bloody Genius by John Sandford

Child’s Play by Danielle Steel

Stealth by Stewart Woods


Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

Salmon and the Earth by Mark Kurlansky

Unfreedom of the Press by Mark R. Levin

Songs of America by Jon Meacham

The United States of Trump by Bill O’Reilly

Library Pro Tip: Want your hands on these titles as quickly as you possibly can?

Are you willing to read Large Print or listen to the Book on CD version? Advanced Holds Options might be for you! Advanced holds are used when you want to receive the first available copy of a title, regardless of format. It allows you to place a hold and select the physical formats you are willing to receive.

How to place an advanced hold:

  1. Log in and search for the title and click “Place Hold.”
  2. Click on “Advanced Hold Options.”
  3. Highlight the formats you would be willing to receive, and click “Submit.”
  4. If no formats are selected, any available physical format (Book on CD, Large Print, or Print) will be used.