Prevent the ‘summer slide’ and Read – For the Win!

Readers of all ages are encouraged to read like a champ and bring home the gold this summer as part of the East Central Regional Library’s 2016 summer reading program: Read – For the Win! Youths in preschool through teen are welcome to participate, along with those from all generations, in many of the programs, contests and activities offered. All are free and open to the public.

Reading from June to September is important to prevent the “summer slide,” as children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to two months of learning by the time they return to school in the fall. In fact, children who participate in summer reading programs and read a minimum of six books over the break score higher in reading and math when they return to school. This reflects solid preparation and confidence in reading by the time the first bell rings in the new school year.

To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. Libraries are part of the solution, and summer reading programs remind kids that reading is for fun – as well as for learning. Just think … more than 82 million children attend library programs every year.

Stop by your local East Central Regional Library to learn more about this year’s summer reading program and don’t forget to Read – For the Win!

Source: Dominican University IMLS-funded research: Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap (PDF).

New Music CDs added to the catalog


Click here to search for and place holds on your favorite artists.

Artist Title STREET DATE
TOP 40
Posner, Mike At Night, Alone 5/6/16
Rae, Corrine Bailey The Heart Speaks In Whispers 5/13/16
Trainor, Meghan Thank You 5/13/16
Fifth Harmony 7/27: Standard Edition 5/20/16
Real Friends The Home Inside My Head 5/27/16
Clapton, Eric I Still Do 5/20/16
Grande, Ariana Dangerous Woman 5/20/16


Bentley, Dierks Black 5/27/16
Lauper, Cyndi Detour 5/6/16
Swindell, Cole You Should Be Here 5/6/16
Urban, Keith Ripcord 5/6/16
Nettles, Jennifer Playing With Fire 5/13/16


Marcia Ledin, Technical Services Coordinator

Future releases added to the catalog!

The following titles have been added to the ECRL catalog. Click here to search for and place holds on your favorite authors.



Beaton, M. C. Pushing Up Daisies
Cameron, Barbara Seasons in Paradise
Carr, Robyn The Life She Wants
Childs, Laura Crepe Factor
Clipston, Amy The Courtship Basket
Coben, Harlan Home
Davidson, MaryJanice Undead and Done
Ellis, Mary Magnolia Moonlight
Evanovich, Janet Curious Minds
Fluke, Joanne Christmas Caramel Murder
French, Tana The Trespasser
Graham, Heather Darkest Journey
Gray, Shelley Shepard The Loyal Heart
Harris, Charlaine All the Little Liars
Hart, Carolyn Ghost Times Two
Hauck, Rachel The Wedding Shop
Hilderbrand, Elin Winter Storms
Hooper, Kay Wait for Dark
Irvin, Kelly The Saddle Maker s Son
Macomber, Debbie Twelve Days of Christmas : A Christmas Novel
McCall Smith, Alexander Precious and Grace
Michaels, Fern Crash and Burn
Miller, Judith The Artisan s Wife
Miller, Linda Lael Always a Cowboy
Patterson, James Missing
Patterson, James Woman of God
Picoult, Jodi Small Great Things
Sandford, John Escape Clause
Slaughter, Karin The Kept Woman


Transform your ideas about the library: celebrate National Library Week April 10-16

This weeNLW 2016 graphick, East Central Regional Library including its 14 branches and outreach program joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries. National Library Week is April 10-16, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more about what they do for and with library users as opposed to what they have for patrons. Libraries are not only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies or just relax. Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources – including collections upon collections of e-books, e-audiobooks, digital magazines and databases, Book Club and Brain Fitness kits and even microfilm of local significant sources – that can be accessed in person or online.

Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. At ECRL, we are transforming by offering regular children’s story times and book club discussions, a genealogy research class, Lego activities for families, legacy programming, author visits, acoustic music events, hands-on sessions covering various technology topics and much, much more.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” says ECRL Director Barbara Misselt. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.”

Libraries are many things to many people. They work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and address the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, providing internet access, helping with that last minute research paper or simply offering a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information, visit your local ECRL branch library or see the library’s website at

Future releases added to the catalog!

The following titles have been added to the ECRL catalog.


Adult Fiction

Puppet Master by Dale Brown – 8/30/16

Sting by Sandra Brown – 8/16/16

The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke – 8/30/16

Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman – 7/1/16

No Way Up by Mary Connealy – 7/5/16

Insidious by Catherine Coulter – 9/6/16

Pirate by Clive Cussler – 9/13/16

Because I’m Watching by Christina Dodd – 9/6/16

Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson – 5/3/16

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen – 9/6/16

Downfall by Judith A. Jance – 9/6/16

An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson – 9/13/16

Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger – 9/6/16

The Wish by Beverly Lewis – 9/6/16

High Stakes by George R.R. Martin – 8/23/16

Bullseye by James Patterson – 8/1/16

A Love Transformed by Tracie Peterson – 9/6/16

First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – 8/23/16 (more…)