at East Central Regional Library


East Central Regional Library hosts a variety of events, storytimes, and other programs across the region. Check out upcoming events happening near you on the Events Calendar.


East Central Regional Library hosts several reading-focused region-wide events throughout the year. Find information on these events below.


Read Beyond the Beaten Path Summer Discovery Program poster of children doing outdoor activities

June 1 - August 13, 2022

The 2022 Summer Discovery Program at East Central Regional Library will begin on Wednesday, June 1 and run through Saturday, August 13, 2022. This year’s theme is Read Beyond the Beaten Path! East Central Regional Library hopes you will participate by joining us on Beanstack and at local events all across the region this summer!

The Summer Discovery Program is open to readers of all ages- kids, teens, and adults. Register to participate by visiting your local ECRL branch, downloading the free Beanstack Tracker app (App Store for iOS devices or Google Play Store for Android devices), or by visiting ECRL’s Beanstack online. Readers will be able to sign up, track their reading, complete activities, and earn entries for local and regional prize drawings all through Beanstack!

We’ll have plenty of programs happening across the region this summer, including live animals with Sustainable Safari, Seed Art Workshops, Bruce the Bug Guy, Take & Make Kits, and so much more! Find programs happening at your local library by visiting our Events Calendar.

For the Love of Loons Storytime Event

Sustainable Safari

Seed Art Workshops

Bruce the Bug Guy

Tuey the Comic Stunt Juggler

Winter Tales

Read books, write book reviews, and complete reading activity challenges in the Beanstack app for your chance to win prizes!

This program is intended for adults, but patrons ages 12+ are welcome to participate as well.

January 1 – February 28, 2022.

Here’s how it works:
  1. Register for a Beanstack account online OR register on the Beanstack Tracker mobile app (Android or Apple)
  2. Enroll in the Winter Tales Reading Challenge
  3. Start reading books, writing reviews, and completing activities!


For each book review badge you earn, you will receive one entry into the prize drawings at your ECRL branch. For each activity badge you earn, you will receive one entry into the regional prize drawings. 

Winter Tales 2022 Reading Challenge graphic with the ECRL fox reading a book near a fireplace

The program is sponsored by East Central Regional Library, local Friends of the Library groups, and other local organizations.


Stay tuned for information on the 2022 ECRL Reads!

2021 ECRL Reads Title: The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson.

Each year we encourage readers across the region to read the same book and come together as a community around that book. We are happy to announce that this year’s book is The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson.

Join us for small group book discussions at each ECRL branch, 3 in-person and 1 virtual author visits with Diane Wilson herself, and fun special events between October 1 and November 30, 2021. Find additional information on the Event Calendar and grab informational brochures and bookmarks at your local ECRL branch.


Author Visits with Diane Wilson as she discusses The Seed Keeper:

Wednesday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. – Aitkin Public Library*

Monday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m. – Cambridge Public Library*

Tuesday, November 23 at 6:30 p.m. – Chisago Lakes Area Library*

Tuesday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. – Virtual Program via Zoom

*Per the author’s request, face coverings will be required at all in-person events.

Past ECRL Reads selections include:

2019 – Virgil Wander by Lief Enger

2018 – The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb

2017 – Ice-Out by Mary Casanova

The Book Cover Art of The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson

Interested in reading books similar to Diane Wilson’s The Seed Keeper? Download a Read-Alike guide here.


East Central Regional Library hosts fun reading challenges throughout the year on the free Beanstack Tracker app. Learn more about the current reading challenges below.


Getting started:

Access Beanstack by visiting to view the desktop version, or by downloading the Beanstack Tracker app on your smart phone or tablet.

Download on the App Store or get it on Google Play.

Then create an account in Beanstack and enroll in the challenges you’re interested in. Log your reading, complete activities, earn badges, and even win prizes from certain challenges!
QR Code for downloading the Beanstack Tracker App on your smart phone or tablet

Current Reading Challenges:

Read Across America

May 1-31, 2022

Log your reading and complete activities in the Beanstack app to earn fun badges all month long. Enroll in the Read Across America challenge in the Beanstack app or online today!


Read Across America Reading Challenge dates of May1 through May 31 through the Beanstack App. Blue sky, green grass, the statue of liberty, and San Francisco Bridge in the background.