Update Concerning ECRL’s Closure on January 5 & 6, 2024

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On the evening of Friday, January 5, staff at multiple ECRL libraries received phone calls about a bomb threat. Staff responded quickly, clearing buildings and contacting law enforcement. Threats did not specify location(s) and, as such, we were unable to determine which library or libraries the threat related to. Law enforcement agencies in all locations […]

Second Annual Spring For Libraries Fundraiser Starts April 1, 2023

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East Central Regional Library is excited to launch our second annual fundraiser, Spring for Libraries, which will run April 1-30, 2023!  For this fundraising campaign, each library branch within ECRL has chosen specific wish list items that will directly impact that library’s patrons. Read more about each branch’s wish list items and campaign goals on our Spring […]

TESTIFY: Americana from Slavery to Today Exhibit Coming to ECRL

A brown sign sits on top of an American Flag that reads. "Our Country, shall be one country!" and a gray banner across the bottom of the graphic reads, "TESTIFY: Americana Slavery to Today, the Diane & Alan Page Collection.

The photo gallery exhibit features images of art and artifacts from the Diane and Alan Page Collection, which is currently on display at the Minneapolis Central Library’s Cargill Gallery, and includes audio narration. The photo exhibit will be at the Cambridge Public Library from Saturday, March 4 to Wednesday, March 15.  At a time of […]

ECRL Receives 2022 Spirit of Community Award

A wooden Plaque for the 2022 Spirit of Community Award sits on a countertop with a floral corsage next to it.

East Central Regional Library (ECRL) was honored by the Lakes & Pines Community Action Council, Inc. on Monday, October 3 with the 2022 Spirit of Community Award! Lakes and Pines had this to say on award night: “ECRL is this year’s Spirit of Community Award winner for being an asset to the communities and individuals […]

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 […]