September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

A female cartoon mouse holds a public library card in one hand and a microphone in the other. Next to her text reads, " Let your imagination sing at the library." Text at the top of the photo reads, "September is Library Card Sign-Up Month" and sisters Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel are pictured standing back to back on the right side of the graphic.

 September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, when libraries nationwide join the American Library Association (ALA) to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning. Libraries play a crucial role in the education and development of children, offering a variety […]

New Reading Recommendation eNewsletter Coming in July!

The Books’n’More eNewsletter is retiring in June to make room for our new Reading Recommendations eNewsletter. Reading Recommendations will allow you to pick and choose which book categories interest you specifically, sending you a once monthly email full of book recommendations in those categories! There are 24 categories to choose from and you can choose […]

Minnesota State Parks Library Program Continues!

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As of June 1, 2022, the DNR has announced that they will continue and expand their state park library program for another three years! This means through July 1, 2025, ECRL (and 116 other participating libraries that have partnered with Minnesota State Parks and Trails) will continue to offer patrons free Minnesota State Park passes! […]

Thank You, Spring for Libraries Fundraiser Supporters!

The totals are in for our first annual Spring for Libraries Fundraiser, which ran from April 1-30, 2022. Thanks to the generous support of our local communities, we raised $11,225.05 across the region! The following branch locations met and/or exceeded their fundraising goals and will be using the donations to purchase the Wish List items […]

Read Across America: May Reading Challenge

Read Across America Reading Challenge dates of May1 through May 31 through the Beanstack App. Blue sky, green grass, the statue of liberty, and San Francisco Bridge in the background.

May’s Beanstack reading challenge has launched! The Read Across America challenge is designed for readers of all ages, and runs May 1- May 31, 2022. Simply log your reading and complete activities in the Beanstack app to earn digital badges all month long. We hope you join in on the fun! Enroll in the Read Across […]

New Financial Literacy eResource- Banzai!

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Learn real-world finance with Banzai, an interactive, award-winning financial literacy program full of resources to help you build your financial wellness, get out of debt, grow your savings, and so much more! This new resource is brought to you through a partnership with First Citizens Bank, making it absolutely free to you and your friends […]

Tell Us Why You LOVE Your Library!

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Do you love your library?? If so, we want to hear from you! We’re collecting stories to share with our legislators in the hopes of increasing library funding. Minnesota’s libraries have banded together and are collecting stories that show the positive impact libraries make on the lives of our patrons. We’d love to hear about […]

OverDrive App Retiring

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Attention all OverDrive app users: this app is being retired by its creator, meaning it will no longer be updated or supported in the near future. All OverDrive app users should plan to switch to the Libby app by the end of 2022 to continue accessing free eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines with your East Central […]

Cambridge Library’s Giving Tree Program Update

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🎄 December’s Giving Tree program at The Cambridge Public Library was a HUGE success! We are blown away by the generosity of our patrons who donated 188+ books to children in need this past holiday season. These amazing donations allowed us to provide every child under 7 with 2 new books, when we’d only anticipated […]

Now Hiring Branch Assistants!

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Now hiring! ECRL is currently accepting applications for Branch Library Assistants at the McGregor Public Library, Milaca Community Library, and Cambridge Public Library. >McGregor Public Library (5-10 hours/week). Review of applications ongoing and will continue until filled. >Milaca Community Library (16-19.5 hours/week). Review of applications begins January 24, 2022 and will continue until filled. >Cambridge […]