SYNC listening returns April 27th!


SYNC is a free summer eAudiobook program for teens. (Adults, you can listen too.  We won’t tell the teens!)

SYNC began in summer 2010 and has been growing ever since. SYNC 2017 will consist of 32 eAudiobook titles over 16 weeks! Starting April 27th and ending August 16th, SYNC will give away two free eAudiobook downloads a week – titles paired together based on weekly themes.  Once downloaded, the eAudiobooks are yours to keep!

The 2017 line-up includes award-winning authors such as Douglas Adams, M.T. Anderson, Terry Pratchett, and more. Check out the exciting pairs!


SYNC introduces the listening experience to teens and demonstrates that listening is reading!

Listening allows busy teens to enjoy a good book while they’re multi-tasking: mowing the lawn, practicing sports, cleaning their rooms, relaxing on the beach—even playing video games with the game sound muted. SYNC hooks teens by introducing a wide variety of popular titles.  

Parents, audio listening promotes literacy by increasing reading accuracy by 52% and reading comprehension by 76%. Learn more here.


SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine, powered by OverDrive, and supported by East Central Regional Library. Titles are delivered through the OverDrive app. If you are not yet an OverDrive user, download the app to your device today and be ready to go!


Be first to know when new titles are available to download:

  • Text syncya to 25827 to receive text alerts about all the featured titles.*
  • Visit and sign up for alerts by email.*

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  • Downloads are in MP3 format and are Mac and Windows compatible.
  • Most listening devices are supported.
  • Each SYNC eAudiobook is available for download for a period of 7 days (only).
  • Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep.
  • Titles change every Thursday at 6am CT throughout the duration of the program.


Stay in touch with SYNC on social media using the hashtag #audiobookSYNC!

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*Please Note: Signing up for these alerts will not send you the titles. The alerts will simply tell you when and where the title is available to download.

Having trouble? View the SYNC help page for issues or questions about the download process.

Pioneer Press Notice

On May 15th, 2017, East Central Regional Library will discontinue its print subscriptions to the Pioneer Press.  We will continue to subscribe to the print editions of the Star Tribune, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and local newspapers.

Patrons will still be able to access the St. Paul Pioneer Press digitally via Proquest Newsstand Complete.

This decision was not made lightly.  As a public library, we value offering a variety of reputable news sources for our patrons.  However, in the face of exorbitant price increases, we believe continuing to subscribe to the Pioneer Press would be an unwise use of taxpayer money.

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments about this upcoming change.

Branch locations with current subscriptions to the Pioneer Press funded by ECRL are: Cambridge Public Library, Chisago Lakes Area Library, North Branch Area Library, and Wyoming Area Giese Memorial Library.

Create special moments with Reminiscence Kits

Cambridge Public Library, a branch of the East Central Regional Library, is excited to introduce Reminiscence Kits to its collection.  Reminiscence Kits are tote boxes filled with themed items that can be used to initiate conversations for people looking to create special moments with loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Caregivers can use the items to engage the brain and ask questions.  For example, with the Sewing Kit a caregiver could ask, “Did you do any sewing when you were younger? Feel this ribbon—what does it remind you of? Did you ever make an apron? Do you like this thread color?”  Other kits themes include fishing, hunting, cooking, gardening, and outdoors and handyman.

Create a story with the items in the Kit. Talk about all 5 senses: touch, taste, sight, smell, and sound.  Encourage your loved one to touch and handle the objects in the Reminiscence Kits.

Remember, the goal is to find something the person did in their younger life that meant a lot to them, helping them unlock memories. Be creative.  Make your experience with your loved one using the Reminiscence Kits your own.

Watch a video introduction to Reminiscence Kits, created by Effingham Area Alzheimer’s Awareness, to learn more.