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.


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


A colorful poster advertising the summer reading program for 2023: Find Your Voice. The image is a cartoon drawing of kids building a tree house together.

June 1 - August 13, 2023

The 2023 Summer Discovery Program at East Central Regional Library will begin on Thursday, June 1 and run through Sunday, August 13, 2023. This year’s theme is Find Your Voice! 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! Find programs happening at your local library by visiting our Events Calendar.

Summer Opener Event: Live Music with Justin Roberts (June 5-15)

Outreach Opener Event: Sustainable Safari (June 20-26)

StoryCon: Celebrating Storytelling in its Many Forms (June 10)

Science Heroes: Saving Earth Together (June 13-July 26)

Kinder Konzerts Out and About (July 11-28)

More events coming soon!

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.


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:


October 1- October 31, 2023

All ages- kids, teens, & adults!

Spooky season is here! Log your reading to earn badges throughout the challenge.

Enroll in the Hallow-Read challenge in the free Beanstack app or online today!