OverDrive App Retiring

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Attention all OverDrive app users: this app is being retired by its creator, meaning it will no longer be updated or supported in the near future. All OverDrive app users should plan to switch to the Libby app by the end of 2022 to continue accessing free eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines with your East Central […]

Cambridge Library’s Giving Tree Program Update

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🎄 December’s Giving Tree program at The Cambridge Public Library was a HUGE success! We are blown away by the generosity of our patrons who donated 188+ books to children in need this past holiday season. These amazing donations allowed us to provide every child under 7 with 2 new books, when we’d only anticipated […]

Now Hiring Branch Assistants!

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Now hiring! ECRL is currently accepting applications for Branch Library Assistants at the McGregor Public Library, Milaca Community Library, and Cambridge Public Library. >McGregor Public Library (5-10 hours/week). Review of applications ongoing and will continue until filled. >Milaca Community Library (16-19.5 hours/week). Review of applications begins January 24, 2022 and will continue until filled. >Cambridge […]

Nasa @ My Library Reading Challenge Stats

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CONGRATULATIONS to all the NASA @ My Library December Reading Challenge finishers! We’re still waiting on NASA to calculate the winning libraries, so stay tuned to see if we win any cool programing materials from them. In the meantime, we are SO excited to share the final ECRL stats from the challenge! Total Readers: 109 […]

Winter Tales Reading Challenge 2022

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Our annual winter reading challenge, Winter Tales, is back! Read books, write book reviews, and complete reading activity challenges in the Beanstack app for your chance to win prizes! This program is intended for adults, but patrons ages 12+ are welcome to participate as well. Winter Tales runs January 1 – February 28, 2022. Here’s […]

Read for a Better World Beanstack Challenge

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It’s time for another reading challenge! Join us for the Read for a Better World Beanstack Reading Challenge, which takes place January 1-31, 2022. All ages are encouraged to participate! We are excited to be participating in Beanstack’s 5th Annual Winter Reading Challenge. This year’s theme encourages readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, […]

Holiday Schedule

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In celebration of the upcoming holidays, all ECRL locations will be closed on the following days: >Friday, December 24, 2021 >Saturday, December 25, 2021 >Saturday, January 1, 2022 Please note that all branches will also be closing by 5pm on Friday, December 31, 2021 in celebration of New Year’s Eve. Even when your favorite library […]

NASA @ My Library Reading Challenge

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It’s time for a Reading Challenge! From December 1-31st we’re partnering with NASA to host the “Look Up! Explore Our Universe: The James Webb Space Telescope Challenge” in the Beanstack Tracker app. Patrons of all ages can join the NASA @ My Library reading challenge in the FREE Beanstack app. Learn about the James Webb […]

SERVICE UPDATE: Closed for Thanksgiving

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In recognition of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 25th, all ECRL branches and Headquarters will be closed. Library services will resume on Friday, November 26th. Disappointed that you can’t visit the library on Thursday? Don’t worry, there are lots of great online services that you can access 24/7! Download eBooks and eAudiobooks with Libby & Overdrive, […]


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We are excited to announce that our Isanti, Braham, and Onamia outreach locations will be going back to 4-hour visits from our Outreach Librarian through the end of the year! Did you know that East Central Regional Library provides Outreach Services to serve many of the smaller communities in the region where there is not […]