1 Million OverDrive Checkouts!

Text that reads We just reached 1 million OverDrive checkouts! surrounded by blue and orange streamers and silver balloons.

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 […]

April Reading Challenge: National Poetry Month

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April’s Beanstack reading challenge is here! The National Poetry Month challenge has age specific categories for readers of all ages, and runs April 1- April 30. This month’s challenge is activity based! Simply complete poetry related activities in the Beanstack app to earn fun badges all month long. In celebration of National Poetry Month, we encourage youth […]

Spring for Libraries Fundraiser

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East Central Regional Library is excited to announce our first annual fundraiser, Spring for Libraries, which will run April 1-30, 2022!  For this campaign, each library branch within ECRL has chosen specific wish list items that will directly impact that library’s patrons. Read more about each branch’s wish list items and campaign goals on our Spring […]

Request for Proposal- IT Services Provider

ECRL currently manages its IT infrastructure and outsources some applications to outside vendors. It is the desire of the Library to out-source the following support: Network, email, infrastructure support, network security, disaster recovery, and on site and remote client service.  This Request will be used to obtain proposals from qualified IT service providers. Proposals are […]

NASA Space Explorers Backpacks Have Arrived!

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East Central Regional Library patrons participated in December 2021’s NASA @ My Library reading challenge through the free Beanstack App. Participants read books, logged their minutes, and completed space-themed activities to earn badges in the app. Readers across the U.S. logged over 2 million minutes, read nearly 1,000 books, and completed nearly 3,000 activity badges […]

Understanding the Ukraine Crisis

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Are you looking to understand the tragedy occurring in Ukraine? Your library is here to get you the sources you need.  Before you search, be aware that there is a lot of misinformation and disinformation out there. So when you look at a source, double check that the post you’re seeing is the original source of the […]