6/19 SERVICE ALERT: All ECRL branches will be closed on Wednesday, July 19 in celebration of Juneteenth. Regular service will resume on Thursday, July 20.


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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.


A mountain scene with kids planting trees, a moose in the distance, and the words, "Read, Renew, Repeat" at the top of the scene.

June 1 - August 18, 2024

The 2024 Summer Discovery Program at East Central Regional Library will begin on Saturday, June 1 and run through Sunday, August 18, 2024. This year’s theme is Read, Renew, Repeat! 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.

Registration is now open!

We’ll have plenty of programs happening across the region this summer! Find programs happening at your local library by visiting our Events Calendar, or clicking specific events below.

Summer programming:

June- Lalo’s Lunchbox live theater program.

June- University of Minnesota Raptor Center visit.

July- Grammy nominated children’s musician, Ralph Covert.

August- Snake Discovery program.

Winter Tales

Log your minutes, 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 29, 2024.

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, logging your minutes, writing reviews, and completing activities!

Each badge you earn will get you an entry into our prize drawings!

Text reads: Winter Tales 2024 Reading Challenge

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


2023 ECRL Reads Title: The Twenty-Ninth Day by Alex Messenger

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 The Twenty-Ninth day by Alex Messenger.

Join us for small group book discussions at each ECRL branch, 6 in-person and 1 virtual author visits with Alex Messenger himself, and fun special events between September 18 and November 18, 2023. Find additional information on the Events Calendar, and grab informational brochures and bookmarks at your local ECRL branch.


Author Visits with Alex Messenger as he discusses The Twenty-Ninth Day:

Tuesday, November 7 at 6 p.m. – Aitkin Public Library

Thursday, November 9 at 6 p.m. – Sandstone Public Library

Monday, November 13 at 6 p.m. – Cambridge Public Library

Tuesday, November 14 at 6 p.m. – North Branch Area Library

Wednesday, November 15 at 6 p.m. – Virtual via Zoom

Thursday, November 16 at 6 p.m. – Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

Saturday, November 18 at 6 p.m. – Mora Public Library

Past ECRL Reads selections include:

2022- Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman

2021- 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

The Twenty-Ninth Day Promo Photo

Special ECRL Reads Additional Programming

Brian Miller and Danny Diamond, musicians

Tuesday, September 19- 6:00 pm – Princeton Area Library

Tuesday, October 10- 6:00 pm – Chisago Lakes Area Library 

A Way with Words, A Wordplay Workshop

Tuesday, September 26- 5:00 pm – Milaca Community Library 

Saturday, September 30- 10:30am – McGregor Public Library 
Monday, October 2- 5:00 pm – Pine City Public Library 
So you want to be a Wildlife Photographer

Tuesday, September 19- 6:00 pm – Wyoming Area Library

Saturday, September 23- 10:30 am – Hinckley Public Library

Tuesday, September 26- 6:00 pm – Rush City Public Library


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 ecrlib.beanstack.org 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:

Smokey Bear’s 80th Birthday Celebration

May 1-31, 2024

Help us celebrate Smokey the Bear’s 80th birthday!

Enroll in the reading challenge in the free Beanstack app or online today!