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.

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, 2023.

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’ll receive one entry into the prize drawings at your home ECRL branch. For every activity badge you earn, you will receive one entry into the region-wide prize drawings for $25 Amazon gift cards.

A snowy winter forest scene that reads Winter Tales 2023 Reading Challenge

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


2022 ECRL Reads Title: Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman

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 selection is Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman.

Join us for small group book discussions at each ECRL branch, 6 in-person and 1 virtual author visits with Matt Goldman himself, and fun special events between October 1 and November 30, 2022. Find additional information on the Events Calendar, and grab informational brochures and bookmarks at your local ECRL branch.


Author Visits with Matt Goldman as he discusses Gone to Dust:

Saturday, November 12 at 10:30 a.m. – Aitkin Public Library

Monday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m. – Pine City Public Library

Tuesday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m. – Milaca Community Library

Thursday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. – Cambridge Public Library

Saturday, November 19 at 10:30 a.m. – Mora Public Library

Tuesday, November 22 at 6:00 p.m. – Wyoming Area Library

Tuesday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. – Virtual via Zoom

Past ECRL Reads selections include:

2020- The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson

2019 – Virgil Wander by Lief Enger

2018 – The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb

2017 – Ice-Out by Mary Casanova

Gone to Dust Cover Image


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


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:

Celebrate Women’s History Month

March 1-31, 2023

All ages!

Celebrate Women’s History Month! Log your reading and complete activities to earn badges throughout the challenge. Enroll in the Celebrate Women’s History Month challenge in the free Beanstack app or online today!

Cartoon versions of five women line the bottom of a graphic that reads Beanstack Women's history Month Reading Challenge.