Winners announced for Minnesota Author Project

Winners have been announced for the first annual MN Writes MN Reads Minnesota Author Project, which recognizes the best self-published  authors in the state of Minnesota.


Congratulations to these great authors!


Adult Fiction Winner:

Betting on Paradise by Lizbeth Selvig










Young Adult Fiction Winner:

Journey’s Middle by B.K. Parent










Read the eBooks now on MN Writes MN Reads No wait lists and no library card needed! Or, if you prefer to read print, place a hold in the East Central Regional Library catalog at the links above.


ECRL embraces Lights on Afterschool to keep kids safe, inspired

East Central Regional Library is participating in Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide effort that celebrates after-school programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. Check out what these locations have planned for school age kids on Thursday, Oct. 25:

In America today, 11.3 million children are alone and unsupervised after school. After school programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. Lights On Afterschool is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs.

All year round, East Central Regional Library locations take pride in offering programs and events for kids after school as well as into the evening. We encourage you to visit our Events Calendar for all the fun and educational opportunities that await.

ECRL Reads: Celtic music with ‘Stringman’ Paul Imholte

Experience the sweet sounds of Celtic music with “Musical Stringman” Paul Imholte during a special ECRL Reads performance at the Mille Lacs Lake Community Library in downtown Isle.

The performance will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. Imholte performs Irish and Scottish reels and jigs on the fiddle and hammered dulcimer, sings traditional ballads and leads sing-alongs with his guitar and banjo. He uses original songs to echo the experience of Irish emigrants to America. Along with his solo work, Imholte is a founding member of the Celtic/American band Ring of Kerry.


Spooktacular events at the library!

With pumpkins carved and yards decorations in place, people are once again anticipating the night of October 31, Halloween. While trick-or-treating is the main event, consider what the library has in store up to the big day. Some of the following events are for kids, others for adults. Either way, you’re sure to have a hauntingly, super fun time!

Wednesdays in Wyoming: Spooky Stuff, Ghosts, Aura, ESP: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7-8 p.m., Wyoming Area Library. A fun program for adults in the spirit of Halloween.

Minnesota’s Most Haunted Locations- the Scariest Places in MN: Monday, Oct. 22, 6:30-8 p.m., Princeton Area Library. Paranormal researcher Chad Lewis presents a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in the state.