2023 ECRL Reads Title Announced!

The Twenty-ninth Day Book Cover

Each year we encourage readers across the region to read the same book and come together as a community around that book. We are happy to announce that this year’s selection is The Twenty-Ninth Day by Alex Messenger. Join us for small group book discussions at each ECRL branch, 6 in-person and 1 virtual author visits with […]

Presentation: Minnesota in the Vietnam War, by Arn Kind.

Presenter Arn Kind wears an American's uniform from the Vietnam War while standing in front of his multimedia display

Who were the Vietnamese and what was their fight all about? How did the U.S. get involved in the war? If you’re interested in the history of the Vietnam War and how Minnesota was involved, we’ve got just the program for you! Experience a unique way of learning about this fascinating, yet controversial, period in […]

Storigami: Kids Origami and Storytelling

If you put the word Storytelling and the word Origami together, you get Storigami. Join us for a fun fill Zoom meeting where we will use our imaginations as paper artist, Kathleen Sheridan, folds paper and shapes become a story. The second time the story is told, we’ll ask you to provide the supply kit […]

Virtual Concert – Available until Wednesday, July 15th

Instead of Storytime this Wednesday we’re going to have a FAMILY CONCERT WITH THE JOLLY POPS!!! We had to Pops out to all of our libraries last summer and are excited to welcome them back again. As we can’t gather together as a large group we’re going to have our concert via Facebook Live. On […]

60th Anniversary and Lucie B. Amundsen

Author Visit: Lucie B. Amundsen Monday, Oct. 7, 6:30pm – Pine City Public Library Lucie Amundsen is a writer, marketer, and reluctant farmer who co-owns Locally Laid Egg Company, a Minnesota farm that aims to change the way eggs are produced in America. In her book, Locally Laid, which earned her a 2016 Midwest Booksellers […]

60 Years in the Books

It’s our 60th Anniversary! Join East Central Regional Library for inspiring music, special guests and open house receptions this fall!   In celebration of providing six decades of library service to the region, all branches of East Central Regional Library will be hosting a special event followed by an open house reception. All events are […]

Workshop will show kids how to decorate Ojibwe-style shoulder bags

So far, kids have enjoyed creating their very own dream catchers and corn husk dolls. Now it’s time to decorate Ojibwe-style shoulder bags that can be taken home in the last of a series of workshops instructed by the Mille Lacs Indian Musuem and Trading Post. For ages 6 and up, the program will run […]

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 […]

Quilted origami workshop at North Branch Library

East Central Regional Library presents a quilted origami workshop for ages 18-plus from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at the North Branch Area Library, 6355 379th St. Join Minnesota Center for Book Arts instructor Kathleen Sheridan to learn basic origami techniques while folding colored paper into symmetrical quilt block patterns. Then make a small paper […]

His Irish tunes are smiling on Irish tradition

East Central Regional Library presents the traditional Irish music of Sean Gavin, accompanied by bandmate Brian Miller, coming up at branch libraries in North Branch, Aitkin and Milaca. Gavin’s play on the Irish flute and uilleann pipes—the national bagpipe of Ireland—reflect his lifelong love for Irish traditional music. Originally from Detroit, he was first encouraged […]