Sign Your Support for High Speed Internet

The East Central Regional Library and all 14 of its branch libraries across six counties are encouraging community members to sign their support for equal Internet access to all.

By putting thBroadband logoeir name to the Minnesota Broadband Vision, residents of all generations and backgrounds are letting their local legislators know that access to affordable, high-quality broadband needs to be available in rural areas, too, for new opportunities in education, health care and the economy of tomorrow. Already supporting the initiative have been cities, counties and stakeholders including the East Central Regional Library, which is encouraging the Minnesota Legislature and governor to provide sufficient leadership, resources and legal framework to ensure the state of Minnesota achieves this vision by 2020.

In addition, ECRL encourages local residents to share their “broadband story” in terms of how limited Internet access has affected their quality of life and livelihood. Perhaps you or your child is unable to do homework. Or maybe your home business is struggling to provide a service, even as simple as printing a single document. We want to hear your stories.

Sheets designated for signatures and “broadband stories” can be found at your local ECRL library or take the online survey here until March 26.

The Blandin Foundation, Minnesota Office of Broadband Development and many other stakeholders across the state developed the Minnesota Broadband Vision at last year’s Border to Border Broadband: Better Together conference. The mission: “Everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable world-class broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in our communities and across the globe.”

Sign your support and share your “broadband story” today. For more information on this initiative, contact your local ECRL library or visit

Lego Parent/Child Workshops at Cambridge Public Library

Children in grades 2-5 may sign up with one parent and/or guardian for 2 – 1 ½ hour workshops on consecutive Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Cambridge Public Library.  Instructors from the Youth Enrichment League will be presenting their Extreme Logo workshop for moms and daughters; father and sons; moms and sons; fathers and daughters or any parent/guardian and child combination.

Each parent and child team will be given a different project to build, test and modify.  Then they use use their project to investigate basic aspects of engineering.  Emphasis is place on hands-on experiential activities and kid friendly lesson plans.  This is an excellent opportunity for parent and child to work together.  The kids will think it’s cool and you’ll know it’s educational!

There will be three 2 – 1 ½ hours workshops offered on the following dates:

Session #1 – Monday & Tuesday, March 14 & 15 (register by March 11)

Session #2 – Monday & Tuesday, March 21 & 22 (register by March 18Lego workshop flyer (1)

Session #3 – Monday & Tuesday, April 11 & 12 –FULL (waiting list ONLY)

You must be able to attend both evenings of the workshop and you can only sign up for ONE session.  The same lesson will be taught at each 2-day session.   Space is VERY limited.  To register for one of the two-day workshops, please stop by the Cambridge Public Library or call 763-689-7390 and ask to sign up for the Cambridge Lego workshop.  We’ll need the name of the parent, child, grade the child is in and contact information.  You must be able to attend both days of each session!

The workshops are made possible by a grant received by East Central Regional Library from Resource Training & Solutions, a Minnesota Service Cooperative.



Once Upon a Reader, entering its 2nd year, is a Minnesota one-book program designed for pre-K children and their families. The focus of the program is to promote Minnesota children’s literature and authors and encourage families to talk, sing, read, write, and play together – five important practices that build early literacy skills.    Once Upon a Reader is sponsored by the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA) and funded from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Ten Pigs Cover (1)The book chosen for the 2016 Once Upon a Reader program is Ten Pigs:  an Epic Bath Adventure by Minnesota author and illustrator, Derek Anderson.  For the second year as well, all children enrolled in Head Start in Minnesota will receive a paperback copy of Ten Pigs:  an Epic Adventure by Derek Anderson.  Books will be distributed to over 500 Head Start children in Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibway.  This year ECRL also earmarked money from its Legacy funds to purchase a paperback book to be distributed to every licensed daycare provider and center in our 6 county-region as well.



ACTIVITIESAll Branches Ten Pigs Traveling Trunk Show (blog)

Join Minnesota author and illustrator, Derek Anderson, for a one-of-a-kind show that will be held at three branches of East Central Regional Library on March 8 and 9 as part of the Once Upon a Reader program.  He will read his book Ten Pigs:  an Epic Bath Adventure aloud, lead a reenactment of the book, sketch, sing and more in his portable one-man show.  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for fun! Suitable for families and groups with children ages 0-6.

For those East Central Regional Library branches not being visited by Derek Anderson and the Ten Pigs Trunk show, we have something special for you.  Nalah and the Pink Tiger is a book and also a delightful, interactive, original puppet show designed and performed by artist, author and puppeteer, Sawyer-Aitch that will be presented at each of the other eleven of East Central Regional Library. This program is free, open to the public and suited for children pre-K thru Grade 5. Nalah and the Pink Tiger program is also part of the Once Upon a Reader program.



Anne has worked with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, Barebones Productions, Three Legged Race, Steppingstone Theatre, Artstart, Galumph Interactive Theatre, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Open Eye Figure Theatre.

All East Central Regional Library branches will also be offering the Ten Pigs: an Epic Scavenger hunt contest and Ten Bubbles: an epic early literacy adventure during March and April for children ages 0-6. Check with your local ECRL branch for the dates of each contest.  Help us celebrate the Once Upon a Reader by attending the puppet show and participating in these activities at your local ECRL branch.

For more information about the Once Upon a Reader program visit the website at

New Books Coming Soon!

Recently added to the catalog! Click here to search for and place holds on titles from your favorite authors before they are released.


Die like an eagle by Donna Andrews
Whitefern by V.C. Andrews
As time goes by by Mary Higgins Clark
Killer look by Linda A. Fairstein
Dark carousel by Christine Feehan
Knit your own murder by Monica Ferris
Sunday kind of love by Dorothy Garlock
Broken trust by W.E.B. Griffin
Night and day by Iris Johansen
Dragonmark by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Sweet tomorrows by Debbie Macomber
Where hope prevails by Janette Oke
Damaged by Lisa Scottoline
Family tree by Susan Wiggs
No other will do by Karen Witemeyer


Blood orange by Susan Wittig Albert
The 14th colony by Steve Berry (more…)

New Music CDs

The following music CD titles have been added to our catalog. Click here to search for and place holds on your favorite artist. All these new titles will be published in March 2016.

TOP 40

Us And The Night by 3 Doors Down
Painkillers by Brian Fallon
The Contradiction Of Mali by Mali Music
Party Rock Mansion by Redfoo
Something Beautiful by Jordan Smith
This Is What The Truth Feels Like by Gwen Stefani
Lukas Graham by Lukas Graham


The Critics Give It 5 Stars by Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots
Full Circle by Loretta Lynn
Remington by Granger Smith
Fired Up by Randy Houser
Southern Family