60th Anniversary Kick-Off!

Please join in celebrating 60 years of East Central Regional Library.

To mark this occasion we are distributing a passbook! This passbook is your opportunity to visit and learn about the branch libraries of East Central Regional Library via the #TourDeECRL.

How to participate:

  • Stop by your local branch or outreach stop to pick up a passbook.
  • For each branch you visit, collect a stamp and enter your name into a drawing for fabulous ECRL loot. Drawings will occur after Sept 30.
  • Collect 3 stamps & receive a celebratory ring pop as the 60th anniversary is the diamond anniversary! (while supplies last)
  • Visit all 14 locations and be featured on ECRL’s Facebook as a grand champion of the #TourDeECRL

Passbook runs April 8—Sept. 30, so get touring

Stay tuned for information on 60th anniversary celebration events to be hosted in every branch in September! Watch for more details this summer.

 

You can also watch a short clip of Executive Director Carla Lydon giving a more detailed explanation with Sherlock the Fox. Spoiler Alert: Stay tuned until the end to see Sherlock and friends’ latest dance moves.

Registration now open

Library pro tip:

Some of the awesome upcoming library events require registration.  Registration for many of those events opened today. Register yourself online, from wherever you are!

Grab your spots now, so you don’t miss out!


These are just a few of the stellar library events coming up this summer where space/supplies are limited.  Be sure to check out the full events calendar for a complete listing.

The Great War: Minnesota in World War I with Arn Kind

Learn all about “The War to End All Wars” with popular historical presenter Arn Kind.  Kind is presenting “Minnesota in the Great War” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. This two hour exciting, living history program is free and open to the public and will be held at the Chisago Lakes Area Library on Saturday, November 4 at 10:30 am and at the Princeton Area Library on Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 pm.

For the United States, the First World War lasted just 19 months and involved more than 100,000 men from Minnesota. They served in the army, navy, marine corps and medical corps. Of that number more than 1,400 were killed in battle or fatally wounded. Another 2,000 died of disease, many from the flu epidemic that broke out during the war.

Kind, in his presentation, will discuss the causes of the war; why and how America got involved; strategies used to win the war; the uniform, weapons, equipment and the life of the typical Minnesota soldier or “Doughboy;” and the role women played in the war.

The audience will learn about the new technologies that were introduced during the war. Technologies such as the airplane, submarine, tank and the introduction of lethal gas on the battlefield made the Great War the first “industrial war.” Minnesotans found themselves on battlefields and seas that were far more lethal than anything that had come before.

The event is funded with funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Prohibition in Minnesota: an ECRL Reads program

The 1920s is probably best known for Prohibition, a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933.

Minnesotans, along with the rest of the country, were plunged into what many called “The Great Experiment.” PROHIBITION. A primary theme of the ECRL Reads book, Ice-Out, is prohibition in Minnesota, the struggle for many to survive and how it changed the lives of ordinary people. As gangsters grabbed the headlines, everyday Minnesotans quietly set up their own stills and speakeasies, producing what many considered, the best corn liquor in the nation.

Learn all about Minnesota’s wild and woolly prohibition days as ever popular historical re-enactor, Arn Kind presents Prohibition in Minnesota. He will be visiting six branches within the ECRL system.

Thursday, September 21 – Mora Public Library – 6:00-8:00 pm

Saturday, September 23 – Hinckley Pubic Library – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Monday, September 25 – Cambridge Public Library – 6:00-8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 26 – Chisago Lakes Area Library – 6:00-8:00 pm

*Thursday, September 28 –Event Center at McQuiod’s Inn, 1325 Hwy 47 North, Isle, MN. –  6:00-8:00 pm – in partnership with McQuiod’s Inn and the Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

Saturday, September 30 – McGregor School Auditorium – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm – in partnership with McGregor Community Ed and presented by the McGregor Public Library

Join us for this in-depth and interactive look at how this constitutional ban played a part in Minnesota’s history. All programs are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

*LAST MINUTE CHANGE OF VENUE!

The Tin Lizzie: Mr. Ford’s Model T: an ECRL Reads program

The ECRL Reads program includes numerous programs and events based on the life and culture of 1920s Minnesota.  An integral part of the 1920s was the introduction of the automobile.  Join us for the very first ECRL Reads event at the Sandstone Public Library on Saturday, September 16 at 10:30 am for a special program entitled The Tin Lizzie:  Mr. Ford’s Model T.

Historian Dale Blanshan tells us how Henry Ford revolutionized automobile production, putting auto ownership within the reach of ordinary folks and how the nation embraced the “Tin Lizzie” in the early 1900s. The event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The 2017 ECRL Reads book, Ice-Out by Minnesota author Mary Casanova, is inspired by real events in early 1920s Minnesota and the story of young romance against terrible odds and true grit on the border between license and responsibility, rich and poor, and right and wrong.

While at the Sandstone Public Library be sure and check out their “Signs of the Times” window display with information about the 1920s era in the Sandstone area and Pine County.  It is sponsored by the Friends of the Sandstone Public Library.