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 […]

Nasa @ My Library Reading Challenge Stats

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CONGRATULATIONS to all the NASA @ My Library December Reading Challenge finishers! We’re still waiting on NASA to calculate the winning libraries, so stay tuned to see if we win any cool programing materials from them. In the meantime, we are SO excited to share the final ECRL stats from the challenge! Total Readers: 109 […]

Winter Tales Reading Challenge 2022

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Our annual winter reading challenge, Winter Tales, is back! 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. Winter Tales runs January 1 – February 28, 2022. Here’s […]

Read for a Better World Beanstack Challenge

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It’s time for another reading challenge! Join us for the Read for a Better World Beanstack Reading Challenge, which takes place January 1-31, 2022. All ages are encouraged to participate! We are excited to be participating in Beanstack’s 5th Annual Winter Reading Challenge. This year’s theme encourages readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, […]