Where Do You Want to Go This Summer?

Why not let Reading Takes You Everywhere?  Excitement and fun await those who want to take the journey with us.  Join the East Central Regional Library 2018 summer reading program, Reading Takes You Everywhere starting Tuesday, May 29.  Throughout the summer, check out great books, earn prizes and attend lots of fun and exciting library programs for kids of all ages.

Each ECRL branch will offer both a youth (ages 3-11) and teen (ages 12-17) program.  Plus some branches will also offer a special Rubber Ducky program for kids birth to 35 months. The summer reading program is free and open to the public

Checkout all the fun and find out more about the upcoming 2018 summer reading program!

All ECRL Branch Hours to Change Starting March 4, 2018

In an effort to better serve the public and their busy schedules, in December the East Central Regional Library Board approved new operating hours at all 14 library branches across the six county area. The new hours will begin on Sunday, March 4, 2018, and can be viewed by clicking on any of the listed libraries on the Location & Hours page.

According to Carla Lydon, ECRL Executive Director, these changes are a culmination of a multi-year process during which time ECRL sought public feedback in our communities and consulted staff, Board members, and local officials in an effort to better balance our resources across our six county region. Prior to this, open hours had remained the same for more than a decade, despite changes in facilities, communities and traffic patterns. It is our hope that these new schedules will better serve the public and provide appropriate staffing levels to continue to provide the excellent customer service that people rely on when visiting our libraries.

 

Inside the Library at Downton Abbey

East Central Regional Library has a unique event in store for Edwardian era history buffs and fans of a certain British drama series that has captured the hearts of America.  A free presentation on the library at Highclere Castle, or Downton Abbey—as it’s known to the legion of followers of the PBS series, is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20 at Pine City Public Library. Discover insights into life on English country estates in the Edwardian era and the treasures collected over generations that filled country house libraries.

Discussed will be several topics, including book binding, significant authors, the influence of The Grand Tour (a rite of passage for the wealthy), along with tales and mysteries of the “Downton Abbey” library. Presenting is Tim Johnson, Curator of Special Collections & Rare Books/E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections housed at the University of Minnesota.

This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

 

 

Creating Art with Nature

Hey, adults!  Discover the art of nature printmaking, a process in which an object (leaf or flower, for instance) is pressed into a plane surface to make a direct printing surface or matrix.  Learn how to transfer the beauty found in nature into art with a nature printmaking workshop for adults at the North Branch Area Library.

Minnesota artist and contemporary printmaker Michael Weatherly will be leading the program, scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Sign up at the library or call 651-674-8443 and ask for the North Branch Area Library.  Presented by the East Central Regional Library, this project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Chisago Lakes Library open!

UPDATE (12:33 p.m. Wednesday, July 5): The Chisago Lakes Area Library has opened its doors, effective immediately, following a temporary closure due to building construction. So come on in, and thank you for your patience!

UPDATE (9:17 a.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2017): The Chisago Lakes Area Library in Chisago City remains closed today (Wednesday, July 5) because of building construction. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, check out our website for all the exciting resources and services available to patrons, our new events calendar and much more!

Monday, July 3, 2017: The Chisago Lakes Area Library on Monday, July 3, is closing early, effective immediately, due to building construction. We apologize for any inconvenience. Stay tuned for further updates.