October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Three million people are diagnosed with dyslexia each year. Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing, and spelling difficulties, affecting up to 20% of the population.

Standard typefaces are often difficult to read for people with dyslexia. The letters are hard to differentiate and words tend to jumble together. The dyslexic font, or dyslexie, is designed so that each letter is unique. Letters and words have extra distance between them to combat reversal and flipping of letters. Capital letters are bolder to help readers identify new sentences, and each letter is bottom-weighted.

eAudiobooks, as well, offer a different sensory experience that provides another reading solution that readers with visual, language, and processing challenges can all enjoy.

Try the Libby app by OverDrive today!

Cowboy Pride: join the digital book club!

Inspired by Pride and Prejudice, author Lacy Williams has introduced a new dual love story with a Wild West twist. Voted on by librarians and library readers, Cowboy Pride, has been selected for the next Big Library Read.

From July 9-23, East Central Regional Library readers will be able to borrow the eBook with no wait lists or holds at https://ecrl.overdrive.com/ or by downloading the Libby app.


We’re looking for the best self-published books in the state of Minnesota!

Through this project, libraries are helping local authors get the recognition they deserve for writing great books.

This year’s contest kicks off on April 1, 2018, and submissions will be accepted through June 30, 2018.

The winners of this contest will receive:

  • $1,000 each in Adult and Young Adult categories. Prizes sponsored by the Minnesota Library Foundation and BiblioLabs.
  • A write-up in the December print issue of Library Journal.
  • Honors at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Seattle.
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) in Minnesota public libraries.
  • A Library Journal Digital Review (Winners + Honorable Mentions).
  • If available, print copies of your book will be purchased and made available for checkout through Minnesota’s public libraries.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome.

 Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Self-published
  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
  • Written by a Minnesota resident
  • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

Submit your work!

For books that do not win, you will still have the opportunity to have your book assessed by Library Journal curators to be included in SELF-e Select and to make your book available statewide in the Indie Minnesota collection at MN Writes MN Reads.

East Central Regional Library Challenges Readers to Try Digital

East Central Regional Library is on a mission: Get more people to try digital reading!

While we have offered eBooks and eAudiobooks to the community for 6 years, we know that many people are still surprised to learn their library card gives them access to over 11,000 free digital titles. 

Throughout the rest of this year, the library is participating in OverDrive’s “Digital Dash” contest.  If we hit 90,524 digital checkouts by the end of the year, we will be eligible to win additional funds to buy more eBooks and eAudiobooks for our OverDrive collection.  



eAudiobooks are especially rising in popularity. East Central Regional Library’s eAudiobook usage is seeing a 45% increase over last year. We want even more people to know that we have eAudiobooks and eBooks available to borrow at no cost for anyone with an East Central Regional Library card.

Current popular titles include ECRL Reads selection Ice-Out by Mary Casanova, Escape Clause by John Sandford, and Night School by Lee Child. Users can borrow bestsellers and classic eBooks and eAudiobooks to enjoy on smart phones, tablets, Kindles and other eReaders, MP3 players, and computers. East Central Regional Library also offers dedicated spaces for younger readers, with a variety of children and teen titles. There are never late fees with digital titles, as they return automatically at the end of the lending period.

Access the library’s digital collection 24/7 by visiting https://ecrl.overdrive.com or by downloading the Libby app from your device’s app store.

RBdigital Web Updates

An update for RBdigital will start around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20. This update may take up to 8 hours to complete. During this period, service disruptions are expected for all RBdigital products on both web and mobile, including RBDigital audiobooks, magazines, and  eBooks, and the Atomic Training database.

The RBdigital update will deliver a number of new features.  We apologize for the inconvenience during this time.