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 […]

Service Interruption

The Hinckley, McGregor, Mille Lacs Lake, and Sandstone branches are without internet and phone access today due to a fiber being cut. We apologize for the inconvenience.

New librarian joins the ECRL team!

East Central Regional Library is pleased to announce Amelia Birkholz has accepted the Branch Librarian position at the Hinckley Public Library. She began her full-time position at Hinckley on August 23. Amelia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English/ Communications, Media, and Rhetoric from the University of Minnesota Morris in spring 2015. There she worked in Circulation at the Rodney A. Briggs […]

Downton Abbey Withdrawal Blues?

If you are like just about everyone I know, you are currently mourning the loss of a very beloved TV series, Downton Abbey. If you are such a person, here are six shows that have the potential to fill any void Downton Abbey has left in your TV viewing schedule. A Place Call Home This […]

Framed Art Collection on Display at Hinckley Public Library

Be sure to stop by the Hinckley Public Library to view the framed art collection currently on display! The collection will especially be of interest to local history buffs, as the art was displayed at stores in Hinckley in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Those nostalgic for a time past might be interested in reminiscing about the Up Town Sanitary […]

Paws to Read Events

More Paws to Read Summer Reading Program  Upcoming Events – June 24 thru July 3 Minnesota Animal Tracks Program by St. John’s Arboretum Tuesday, June 24 at 1:30 pm – Princeton Area Library Tuesday, June 24 at 4:00 pm – Cambridge Public Library  (must pre-register for Cambridge program by calling 763-689-7390) Join us as we […]

Upcoming Summer Reading Events at ECRL Branches!

 Upcoming Summer Reading Events at ECRL Branches! Northwoods Humane Society at Chisago Lakes Area Library  Check out the Chisago Lakes Paws to Read video, too! Father’s Day Storytime at the Rush City Public Library! Animal Life Cycles with the Lake Superior Zoo  at the Pine City Public Library  Join us on Wednesday, June 11 at […]

Save Energy by Checking Out a Power Check Meter

Everyone wants to save energy – whether it’s to lower your monthly bills and/or to help save the environment.  East Central Regional Library has partnered with Xcel Energy to help members of the community learn more about their energy use and determine ways they can save money and conserve energy. All of East Central Regional […]


November 4, 2008 is election day! You may want to look at the following websites and familiarize yourself with your Federal and State governments. Become an informed citizen! In this election year you may also need to locate your polling place or view election results. Check out these sites: This is the official […]