Unleash your wild side with Lake Superior Zoomobile

The Lake Superior Zoomobile of Duluth is coming to all East Central Regional Library Outreach stops to open the 2018 summer reading program, Reading Takes You Everywhere. Experience fun and close-up interactions with a variety of live animals and learn about wildlife and the preservation of animals native to Minnesota. Here’s the schedule for the program, which is free and open to the public of all ages:

Monday, June 4

10 a.m.—Rolf Olsen Community Center, Onamia

1:30 p.m.—Zion Holden Lutheran Church, McGrath

Tuesday, June 5

10:30 a.m.—Jacobson Community Center

1 p.m.—Hill City Community Room

Monday, June 11

10 a.m.—Duquette Town Hall

1 p.m.—Wagner Town Hall, Giese

Tuesday, June 12

10:30 a.m.—Braham Event Center

2:30 p.m.—Isanti Community Center

This project was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

ECRL Outreach Presents Professor Marvel

The 2017 ECRL Outreach summer reading program, Reading by Design, kicks off with a special show for kids of all ages.  Join us for non-stop action as Professor Marvel brings books to life with magic, story-telling and comedy.  Selected children’s books will be interwoven in to this magical presentation filled with audience participation and more.  The entire show focuses on books and literacy and the fun of “doing it yourself”.   The event is free and open to all ages.  The program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Catch Professor Marvel and his Do-It-Yourself Magic Show at the following ECRL Outreach stops:

Friday,  June 2 – 10:30 am – Braham Event Center

Monday, June 5 – 10:30 am – Hill City Community Room ; 1:00 pm – Jacobson Community Center

Wednesday, June 7 – 10:00 am – Giese – Wagner Town Hall; 1:00 pm – Duquette Town Hall

Thursday, June 8 – 10:00 am – Onamia – ROC, Rolf Olsen Community Center; 1:30 pm – McGrath – Zion Lutheran Church; 6:30 pm – Isanti Community Center



National Bookmobile Day 2016

Today is National Bookmobile Day, which celebrates the role of bookmobiles and outreach services in fulfilling the mission of libraries and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day.

While East Central Regional Library retired its last bookmobile in May 2009, ECRL continues to provide outreach services to 8 sites by van. Our outreach communities are: Braham, Onamia, Isanti, Giese, Duquette, Jacobson, Hill City, and McGrath. ECRL Outreach Services provides individuals who are unable to get to one of our branches many of the same library services!

Here’s celebrating the role bookmobile service has played in ECRL history with a look back at some of our old bookmobiles.

Stanchfield School students in 1960 eagerly wait to board the East Central Regional Library Bookmobile.*
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In 1986, the box from a previous East Central Regional Library bookmobile was mounted on a new truck frame. Because the lights and heat ran off the alternator, it did not run during the coldest months. Nevertheless, this bookmobile logged 298,000 miles during its service.*
East Central Regional Library bookmobile visiting Cloverton, in Pine County.*
East Central Regional Library’s last bookmobile. Purchased in 1996 for $103,000, it was the first new bookmobile in 20 years. It was built on a Bluebird bus chassis, held 3,500 items, had an onboard generator and a lift for accessibility, and it featured an “air ride.” *
Outreach Van
The current outreach van that delivers library materials to community centers, city and town halls, a depot, church, and pavilion in 8 ECRL communities.

ECRL recognizes the service of its many bookmobile librarians, drivers, and outreach librarians since 1959!

*These items were digitized by the Minnesota Digital Library as part of the Public Library Partnership Project with the Digital Public Library of America.  View these and other historical ECRL images in Minnesota Reflections or DPLA.



ECRL Blue Ribbon Reader Named

It’s fair time and everyone wants to win a blue ribbon! This year, the Minnesota Summer Reading Program and Youth Services Committee decided to recognize a Blue Ribbon Reader from each public library region in the State of Minnesota.

Each of the 12 public library systems in Minnesota was asked to submit the name of one child (K-12) who has shown great enthusiasm in the summer reading program, participation in summer reading events and who deserves to be recognized for their summer reading achievements.

Each of the 14 branch libraries, two link sites and the outreach program in the East Central Regional Library system submitted the name of one such summer reading participant. The names of the children nominated from each were put in a hat and a winner drawn from the nominations. Irene Oquist representing our East Central Regional Library Outreach program was named the Blue Ribbon Reader for the ECRL region. Irene is 12 years old and lives in Braham. She received a four pack of MN State Fair tickets plus her very own “Star Reader” blue ribbon!

Tim Olson, ECRL Outreach Librarian, congratulates Irene on being chosen East Central Regional Library’s 2012 Blue Ribbon Reader!

Vickie Sorn, Youth and Community Services Librarian