Stride’s Duluth: Author Brian Freeman to Visit Aitkin Public Library

East Central Regional Library invites the public to join international bestselling author Brian Freeman for an experience that may cause you to never look at Duluth, Minnesota, the same way again.

This Minnesota author presents Stride’s Duluth, a special slideshow presentation profiling real-life places in the Northland that have been featured in Freeman’s books from the Jonathan Stride series. He has earned prestigious awards for his psychological thrillers, which have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages.

Mr. Freeman was scheduled to visit the Aitkin Public Library in February, but the event was cancelled due to the weather.  So now he’s back!  Join us for this unique program on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 pm at the Aitkin Public Library.

This project was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Pioneer Press Notice

On May 15th, 2017, East Central Regional Library will discontinue its print subscriptions to the Pioneer Press.  We will continue to subscribe to the print editions of the Star Tribune, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and local newspapers.

Patrons will still be able to access the St. Paul Pioneer Press digitally via Proquest Newsstand Complete.

This decision was not made lightly.  As a public library, we value offering a variety of reputable news sources for our patrons.  However, in the face of exorbitant price increases, we believe continuing to subscribe to the Pioneer Press would be an unwise use of taxpayer money.

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments about this upcoming change.

Branch locations with current subscriptions to the Pioneer Press funded by ECRL are: Cambridge Public Library, Chisago Lakes Area Library, North Branch Area Library, and Wyoming Area Giese Memorial Library.

Library board open to new home for ECRL headquarters

The East Central Regional Library is seeking information about potential, available facilities for the headquarters operations of the regional library system.

ECRL is a Joint Powers Agreement of Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties that provides library service through 14 branch libraries throughout the region. The headquarters office, currently based in Cambridge, is a central services management facility where all common tasks for the regional library system are performed.

About 20 staff positions, including the Executive Director and central management team, work out of headquarters.

The ECRL Board of Directors has issued a Request for Information with an established list of criteria for a suitable headquarters facility. Find the RFI and details on how to respond at

The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. Monday, May 1. Documents can be submitted to or via traditional mail to Executive Director, East Central Regional Library, 244 S. Birch St., Cambridge MN 55008. Address questions to Executive Director Carla Lydon.