Reading Reflections: December 2022 Reading Challenge

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December’s Beanstack reading challenge starts today! The Reading Reflections challenge is designed for readers of all ages, and runs December 1- 31, 2022. Simply log your reading and complete fun activities in the Beanstack app to earn digital badges all month long. We hope you will join us for this fun reading challenge! Enroll in the Reading Reflections reading […]

ECRL Receives 2022 Spirit of Community Award

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East Central Regional Library (ECRL) was honored by the Lakes & Pines Community Action Council, Inc. on Monday, October 3 with the 2022 Spirit of Community Award! Lakes and Pines had this to say on award night: “ECRL is this year’s Spirit of Community Award winner for being an asset to the communities and individuals […]

2022 ECRL Reads Title Announced!

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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 selection is Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman. Join us for small group book discussions at each ECRL branch, 6 in-person and 1 virtual author visits with […]

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

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Queen Elizabeth II was Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. She came to the throne when she was just 25 years old, in 1952. On Thursday, September 8, 2022 her 70- year reign ended when she died peacefully in her home at the age of 96. As the world mourns the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, we hope […]

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

A female cartoon mouse holds a public library card in one hand and a microphone in the other. Next to her text reads, " Let your imagination sing at the library." Text at the top of the photo reads, "September is Library Card Sign-Up Month" and sisters Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel are pictured standing back to back on the right side of the graphic.

 September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, when libraries nationwide join the American Library Association (ALA) to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning. Libraries play a crucial role in the education and development of children, offering a variety […]

1 Million OverDrive Checkouts!

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Today we are doing a happy dance because our 1,000,000th digital title was checked out in OverDrive! The lucky title that brought us to the 1 million mark was “The Other Mrs.” by Mary Kubica. Interested in reading this book yourself? Place your hold on the eBook or eAudio book here. Here are some other […]

New Reading Recommendation eNewsletter Coming in July!

The Books’n’More eNewsletter is retiring in June to make room for our new Reading Recommendations eNewsletter. Reading Recommendations will allow you to pick and choose which book categories interest you specifically, sending you a once monthly email full of book recommendations in those categories! There are 24 categories to choose from and you can choose […]

Minnesota State Parks Library Program Continues!

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As of June 1, 2022, the DNR has announced that they will continue and expand their state park library program for another three years! This means through July 1, 2025, ECRL (and 116 other participating libraries that have partnered with Minnesota State Parks and Trails) will continue to offer patrons free Minnesota State Park passes! […]

Thank You, Spring for Libraries Fundraiser Supporters!

The totals are in for our first annual Spring for Libraries Fundraiser, which ran from April 1-30, 2022. Thanks to the generous support of our local communities, we raised $11,225.05 across the region! The following branch locations met and/or exceeded their fundraising goals and will be using the donations to purchase the Wish List items […]

Read Across America: May Reading Challenge

Read Across America Reading Challenge dates of May1 through May 31 through the Beanstack App. Blue sky, green grass, the statue of liberty, and San Francisco Bridge in the background.

May’s Beanstack reading challenge has launched! The Read Across America challenge is designed for readers of all ages, and runs May 1- May 31, 2022. Simply log your reading and complete activities in the Beanstack app to earn digital badges all month long. We hope you join in on the fun! Enroll in the Read Across […]