ECRL Receives 2022 Spirit of Community Award

A wooden Plaque for the 2022 Spirit of Community Award sits on a countertop with a floral corsage next to it.

East Central Regional Library (ECRL) was honored by the Lakes & Pines Community Action Council, Inc. on Monday, October 3 with the 2022 Spirit of Community Award! Lakes and Pines had this to say on award night: “ECRL is this year’s Spirit of Community Award winner for being an asset to the communities and individuals […]

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II wears a crown, white gown, and blue sash with jewels as she sits for a photograph.

Queen Elizabeth II was Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. She came to the throne when she was just 25 years old, in 1952. On Thursday, September 8, 2022 her 70- year reign ended when she died peacefully in her home at the age of 96. As the world mourns the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, we hope […]

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

A female cartoon mouse holds a public library card in one hand and a microphone in the other. Next to her text reads, " Let your imagination sing at the library." Text at the top of the photo reads, "September is Library Card Sign-Up Month" and sisters Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel are pictured standing back to back on the right side of the graphic.

 September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, when libraries nationwide join the American Library Association (ALA) to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning. Libraries play a crucial role in the education and development of children, offering a variety […]

1 Million OverDrive Checkouts!

Text that reads We just reached 1 million OverDrive checkouts! surrounded by blue and orange streamers and silver balloons.

Today we are doing a happy dance because our 1,000,000th digital title was checked out in OverDrive! The lucky title that brought us to the 1 million mark was “The Other Mrs.” by Mary Kubica. Interested in reading this book yourself? Place your hold on the eBook or eAudio book here. Here are some other […]

New Reading Recommendation eNewsletter Coming in July!

The Books’n’More eNewsletter is retiring in June to make room for our new Reading Recommendations eNewsletter. Reading Recommendations will allow you to pick and choose which book categories interest you specifically, sending you a once monthly email full of book recommendations in those categories! There are 24 categories to choose from and you can choose […]

Minnesota State Parks Library Program Continues!

Minnesota State Parks and Trails logo

As of June 1, 2022, the DNR has announced that they will continue and expand their state park library program for another three years! This means through July 1, 2025, ECRL (and 116 other participating libraries that have partnered with Minnesota State Parks and Trails) will continue to offer patrons free Minnesota State Park passes! […]

Thank You, Spring for Libraries Fundraiser Supporters!

The totals are in for our first annual Spring for Libraries Fundraiser, which ran from April 1-30, 2022. Thanks to the generous support of our local communities, we raised $11,225.05 across the region! The following branch locations met and/or exceeded their fundraising goals and will be using the donations to purchase the Wish List items […]

Spring for Libraries Fundraiser

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East Central Regional Library is excited to announce our first annual fundraiser, Spring for Libraries, which will run April 1-30, 2022!  For this campaign, each library branch within ECRL has chosen specific wish list items that will directly impact that library’s patrons. Read more about each branch’s wish list items and campaign goals on our Spring […]

Request for Proposal- IT Services Provider

ECRL currently manages its IT infrastructure and outsources some applications to outside vendors. It is the desire of the Library to out-source the following support: Network, email, infrastructure support, network security, disaster recovery, and on site and remote client service.  This Request will be used to obtain proposals from qualified IT service providers. Proposals are […]

Understanding the Ukraine Crisis

Understanding the Ukraine Crisis graphic with map

Are you looking to understand the tragedy occurring in Ukraine? Your library is here to get you the sources you need.  Before you search, be aware that there is a lot of misinformation and disinformation out there. So when you look at a source, double check that the post you’re seeing is the original source of the […]