ECRL embraces Lights on Afterschool to keep kids safe, inspired

East Central Regional Library is participating in Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide effort that celebrates after-school programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. Check out what these locations have planned for school age kids on Thursday, Oct. 25:

In America today, 11.3 million children are alone and unsupervised after school. After school programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. Lights On Afterschool is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs.

All year round, East Central Regional Library locations take pride in offering programs and events for kids after school as well as into the evening. We encourage you to visit our Events Calendar for all the fun and educational opportunities that await.

Corn Husk Doll Workshop at Sandstone Public Library

Join the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post for a kids craft workshop!

Participants will learn how to make a corn husk doll to take home. Corn husk dolls are an American Indian toy, made from the outer covering of an ear of corn and typically made during the fall.

Register yourself online, from wherever you are!

All materials are provided. The workshop is recommended for ages 8 and up.


Program funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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.

ECRL presents Selfish Elfish at Rush City Public Library

It’s the time of holiday season when girls and boys all over the world are thinking about the choices they’ve made this year. But what happens when one of Santa’s own helpers doesn’t make the “nice” list?

It might take a miracle, or maybe just a little holiday magic…

The East Central Regional Library presents Selfish Elfish, a program for all ages at the Rush City Public Library. The event is slated for 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, thanks to funding from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Rush City Public Library, 240 W. 4th St., can be reached at 320-358-3948. For more information, log on to www.ecrlib.org or visit ECRL on Facebook or Twitter.