Do You Work With Young Children?

…then you’ll appreciate our new and updated early literacy resources!  Whether you are looking to use a Storytime Kit for the first time, refresh an existing program, or simply want to explore new titles and fun resources, we can help you. We’ve invested lots of time and effort purchasing new books and materials to refresh and update our Storytime Kits.

The kits are based on Every Child Ready to Read, 2nd edition, and feature books, songs, rhymes, early literacy tips for parents, and hands-on activities that correspond with the critical early literacy activities of reading, talking, singing, writing, and playing.

For a list of the 48 Storytime Kits available for check out and an inventory of each kit, please visit our Storytime Kit page! Storytime Kits are available for checkout by licensed daycare providers, Head Start staff, ECFE staff, and school staff.

New Zinio for Libraries app Features

The  Zinio for Libraries mobile app was recently updated, and major enhancements were introduced. The biggest news is that you may now check out magazines from within the mobile app.  See the example above.

Other updates include setting preferences to auto-download magazines and queue multiple magazines for batch downloading, and improved offline reading experience for Kindle Fire.

Learn more about digital magazines and other digital reading here!

Introducing HeritageQuest!

East Central Regional Library is pleased to announce that it now offers a family history tool that complements the already popular Ancestry Library Edition. We are thrilled to add HeritageQuest Online database to our growing list of high-quality resources. HeritageQuest is conveniently accessed via the library’s website anywhere with an internet connection by logging in with your library card!

HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive database of American genealogical and historical sources with unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.  With coverage dating back to the 1700s, it is a great place for people to start searching for their ancestors or discovering a place’s past.
This authoritative resource consists of the following core data sets:heritagequest_webbanner_sm[1]

  • U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1940, with every-name indexes for all years.
  • Genealogy and local history books and directories deliver more than 40,000 family histories, local histories, city directories, and other books.
  • Revolutionary War records contains original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.
  • Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, and full-page register views, it offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the U.S. Civil War. It is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research.
  • U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI) Archive (1800-2009), published by the Allen County Public Library, it contains more than 2.3 million records covering both English and French periodicals published around the world since 1800.

To learn more about HeritageQuest Online or for help using HeritageQuest Online, view the LibGuide.

Whether you are a beginner or an expert family historian, try HeritageQuest today.

Sarah Hawkins, Resource Librarian

Introducing Mango Languages!

East Central Regional Library is pleased to announce that it now offers an online language-learning database to our patrons. We are thrilled to add the Mango Languages system to our growing list of resources.
Mango is free for all library patrons and is available 24/7 anywhere with an Internet connection. All you need is your library card! You can also create a Mango profile to track your progress.  Mango can be accessed via the library’s website or on-the-go with apps for iPhone, Android, Kindle, and Nook.  To access Mango on the app, first register for a Mango profile via the library’s website.
Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English as second language courses. These courses include a variety of specialty mini-courses including Medical Spanish, Shakespearean English, Endangered Languages, Pirate, and more.
Each Mango lesson teaches conversation through audio from native speakers and critical thinking exercises. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.
Mango_Premiere_colorIn addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through with Mango Premiere, the first of its kind program to teach language through full-length foreign films.  Users are able watch a film in “Movie Mode,” watching the entire movie with subtitles (English subtitles, subtitles in the language you’re learning, or both) or “Engage Mode,” learning each scene’s dialogue, part-by-part.
We are always looking to provide patrons relevant online resources that can be used whenever and wherever is easiest for the learner. Whether you want to learn a second language for business or travel, personal or professional development, or just for fun, Mango is the place to start!

Sarah Hawkins, Resource Librarian


2013 BOOK AWARDS – Booker, Nobel, Pulitzer !

The votes are in, and the winners have been announced!  Here are the authors and books that received major literary awards in 2013:





Cited as a “master of the contemporary short story”, Munro is the first Canadian to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.  She is also a three-time winner of Canada’s Governor General’sAward for Fiction.  Her works include:

Dance of the Happy Shades (1968)             

The Progress of Love (1986)

The Love of a Good Woman (1998)

Dear Life(2012)




Johnson is a South Dakota native and Associate Professor in Creative Writing at Stanford University.  He received the Pulitzer for The Orphan Master’s Son.  His works include:


Parasites Like Us (2003)

The Orphan Master’s Son (2012)



McBride is a writer and musician whose 1996 memoir, The Color of Water, was a huge bestseller.  He received the National Book Award for The Good Lord Bird.  His works include:

 The Color of Water (1996)

 Miracle at St. Anna (2002)

 Song Yet Sung(2008)

 The Good Lord Bird (2012)


 THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE – Eleanor Catton


A native of New Zealand, Catton attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2008.  She received the Booker Prize for The Luminaries and is the youngest recipient (at age 28) of that award.  Her works include:

 The Rehearsal (2008)

 The Luminaries (2013)


Many of these titles and various other award-winners are in the East Central Regional Library collection.  Check Evergreen (our online catalog) or contact your nearest ECRL branch library for assistance!

Bob Gray, Reference and Interlibrary Loan Librarian