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…)

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 titles will be published in April 2016.

TOP 40

Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello by Cheap Trick  4/1/16
White Album by Weezer   4/1/16
Cleopatra by The Lumineers   4/8/16
NOW That’s What I Call Music 58   4/29/16
Santana IV by  Santana  4/15/16


Music is Medicine by Marie Osmond   4/15/16
New Lane Road by Josh Kelley  4/22/16
Reckless by Martina McBride  4/29/16
Upland Stories by Robbie Fulks   4/1/16
Never Enders by Lonestar   4/15/16

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.