ECRL locations closed Monday, Nov. 12, to observe Veterans Day

All East Central Regional Library locations will be closed Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day. 

Veterans Day is a national holiday, first proclaimed as Armistice Day by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

ECRL Reads: Tall Water, Steel Ships talk dives into Lake Superior

Learn about the Great Mataafa Storm of 1905 on Lake Superior, marine weather forecasting and lifesaving equipment during Tall Water and Steel Ships, a special ECRL Reads presentation at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Rush City Public Library. Presenting will be Thom Holden, former director of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

Everyone in the counties of Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine are encouraged to read this year’s ECRL Reads title, The Fate of Mercy Alban, a spine-tingling, modern-day haunted house story set on Lake Superior by award-winning Minnesota novelist Wendy Webb.

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City of Cambridge Location Option Sales Tax Referendum Results

Yesterday citizens of the City of Cambridge voted on a local option sales tax referendum.

The question ballot read: Do you approve a one-half (.5) percent local sales tax to fund the construction of a new Cambridge Public Library and East Central Regional Library Headquarters, the City’s street improvement program, and outdoor park development through calendar year 2043? By voting “yes” on this question you are voting to increase the sales tax in Cambridge.”

The official results are in.  With 2 out of 2 precincts reporting, the referendum has passed.

  • YES: 2115 (61.63%)
  • NO: 1317 (38.37%)

You can find other election results on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.

Thank you to the volunteers for your hard work on this campaign!

Write your novel

Make East Central Regional Library your partner in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Our online resources, books, and meeting spaces can get you started and keep you going.

MN Writes MN Reads

Use this collection of online tools to publish and share your novel. Use Pressbooks to create professional-quality versions of your book in EPUB, MOBI, PDF and more formats. After formatting your book with Pressbooks, you can submit it to SELF-e to share it with readers across the state and potentially across the country.

Learn more about MN Writes MN Reads.

Other online resources

Books

Are you looking for tips on writing and publishing?  Try these handbooks and guides.

Maybe you’re just looking for inspiration?  Reading other novels written during NaNoWriMo might do the trick!

Quiet spaces

Many East Central Regional Library locations offer meeting space. Use a study room for yourself or a small group to write. Reserve a library meeting room to discuss your writing with others; even start a writing group that meets at the library.