Write your novel

Make East Central Regional Library your partner in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Our online resources, books, and meeting spaces can get you started and keep you going.

MN Writes MN Reads

Use this collection of online tools to publish and share your novel. Use Pressbooks to create professional-quality versions of your book in EPUB, MOBI, PDF and more formats. After formatting your book with Pressbooks, you can submit it to SELF-e to share it with readers across the state and potentially across the country.

Learn more about MN Writes MN Reads.

Other online resources


Are you looking for tips on writing and publishing?  Try these handbooks and guides.

Maybe you’re just looking for inspiration?  Reading other novels written during NaNoWriMo might do the trick!

Quiet spaces

Many East Central Regional Library locations offer meeting space. Use a study room for yourself or a small group to write. Reserve a library meeting room to discuss your writing with others; even start a writing group that meets at the library.

Popular authors!

These pre-release titles by perpetually popular authors are now in the catalog. Add these to your to-be-read list and place your holds now to beat the rush!



Take Your Genealogy Research to the Next Level

Are you looking to start a family tree project or fill in missing information in an existing tree?

East Central Regional Library is pleased to introduce access to MyHeritage Library Edition for the community.

MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind in the world. It includes billions of historical documents from over 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes and additional resources.

Content Includes:

  • More than 5 billion historical ​records from all over the world
  • The USA federal census (1790-1940) with images
  • The UK census (1841-1901)​
  • 5 billion exclusive family tree profiles from MyHeritage and Geni
  • 816 million US public records
  • Hundreds of millions of Nordic records
  • More than 100 million tombstone photos
  • More than 80 million historical photographs
  • Military records, immigration records and passenger lists
  • Citizenship & naturalization records
  • Directories, guides, references, biographies and yearbooks
  • Government, land and court records
  • Wills and probate records
  • Exclusive databases such as the Jewish Chronicle historical newspaper
  • Additional content under license including Tributes obituaries, WikiTree, Billion Graves, Canadian Headstones and many others
  • 200 million additional records added on average every month!​

Access MyHeritage Library Edition from Databases A to Z or the Genealogy Subject Guide.

Possibly the best part? Home access is available for your convenience. Use MyHeritage Library Edition anywhere with an internet connection!

MyHeritage Library Edition will replace Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest.  Access to these databases will expire on November 30, 2018.

Ask a Librarian for more information on this exciting resource for genealogy research.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Three million people are diagnosed with dyslexia each year. Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing, and spelling difficulties, affecting up to 20% of the population.

Standard typefaces are often difficult to read for people with dyslexia. The letters are hard to differentiate and words tend to jumble together. The dyslexic font, or dyslexie, is designed so that each letter is unique. Letters and words have extra distance between them to combat reversal and flipping of letters. Capital letters are bolder to help readers identify new sentences, and each letter is bottom-weighted.

eAudiobooks, as well, offer a different sensory experience that provides another reading solution that readers with visual, language, and processing challenges can all enjoy.

Try the Libby app by OverDrive today!

East Central Regional Library gets by with a little help from our Friends…

. . .  actually, we get by with a lot of help from our Friends! October 21-27, 2018 is the 13th annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week and it’s the perfect opportunity for East Central Regional Library to give our Friends a big shout out for all they do to make a difference for us every single day.

East Central Regional Library has the support of 13 Friends groups across the 6-county region. Their members are champions for libraries. Friends provide support at the grass-roots level by assisting library staff with projects and programming, raising funds, and advocacy efforts.

“Friends of the Library groups allow us to enhance our services and multiply the impact we have in communities,” says ECRL Executive Director Carla Lydon. “They are strong library supporters and we are so grateful to the countless Friends volunteers who give of their time, talents, and financial support to make East Central Regional libraries a vital community resource.”

Friends groups are always looking for new members and volunteers. Speak with staff at your local East Central Regional Library location to find out information about Friends activities and find out how to become a member.

Friends, we thank you for all you do to make our libraries better!

National Friends of Libraries Week is coordinated by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. For more information, visit www.ala.org/united.