Library board open to new home for ECRL headquarters

The East Central Regional Library is seeking information about potential, available facilities for the headquarters operations of the regional library system.

ECRL is a Joint Powers Agreement of Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties that provides library service through 14 branch libraries throughout the region. The headquarters office, currently based in Cambridge, is a central services management facility where all common tasks for the regional library system are performed.

About 20 staff positions, including the Executive Director and central management team, work out of headquarters.

The ECRL Board of Directors has issued a Request for Information with an established list of criteria for a suitable headquarters facility. Find the RFI and details on how to respond at

The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. Monday, May 1. Documents can be submitted to or via traditional mail to Executive Director, East Central Regional Library, 244 S. Birch St., Cambridge MN 55008. Address questions to Executive Director Carla Lydon.

Libraries closed for President’s Day

East Central Regional Library headquarters and all 14 branch locations will be closed on either Monday, February 20, or Tuesday, February 21, to observe President’s Day.

Closed Monday, Feb. 20: Aitkin Public Library, Cambridge Public Library, Chisago Lakes Area Library, Mora Public Library, North Branch Area Library, Princeton Area Library, and ECRL headquarters.

Closed Tuesday, Feb. 21: Hinckley Public Library, McGregor Public Library, Milaca Community Library, Mille Lacs Lake Community Library, Pine City Public Library, Rush City Public Library, Sandstone Public Library, and Wyoming Area Library.

ECRL welcomes the Irish sounds of Norah Rendell and the Lost Forty

Music enthusiasts are invited to check out the traditional Irish sounds of Norah Rendell and the Lost Forty coming soon to several branch libraries of the East Central Regional Library system.

The trio features Live Ireland’s “Best Irish Vocalist of 2011 and 2012,” Canadian singer and flutist Norah Rendell, with multi-instrumentalists Brian Miller and Randy Gosa. Inspired by Celtic traditions from Newfoundland to Minnesota, they perform songs that crossed the Atlantic and became part of the cultural heritage of the Great Lakes and Canada.

Here is the group’s performance schedule:

East Central Regional Library is proud to present Norah Rendell and the Lost Forty, thanks to funding from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.