Closed for Inventory

These East Central Regional Library branch locations will be closed for inventory on the following days:

  • Cambridge Public Library on Tuesday, December 4th
  • Princeton Area Library on Thursday, December 6th
  • Mora Public Library on Tuesday, December 11th and Wednesday, December 12th
  • Aitkin Public Library on Wednesday, December 12th
  • Pine City Public Library on Monday, December 17th
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library on Wednesday, December 19th
  • North Branch Area Library on Thursday, December 20th

Completing an inventory of the East Central Regional Library collection helps keep the collection organized, current, and complete. This helps you, our library patrons, by making sure that books are where they should be when you look for them, that the information and titles we have on the shelf are up to date and accurate, and that we have a wide variety of titles that encompass all areas of interest.

Other East Central Regional Library locations will be open their regular hours during the inventory process; feel free to check out a neighboring library! In addition, digital library services are available 24/7/365!

Please make your plans accordingly. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience as we work to improve your library experience.

Celtic holiday music with Laura MacKenzie

The community is welcome to free, holiday performances featuring traditional Irish and Scottish music beginning this weekend at select branches. Laura MacKenzie brings her Celtic holiday program, a celebration of Yuletide favorites, many with Celtic origins, presented on a unique array of wind-powered instruments like wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, various types of bagpipes, gemshorn and voice.

The following performances are presented by East Central Regional Library:

Refreshments will be provided by Friends of the Library groups at all branches.

This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

ECRL Reads: Finding Minnesota’s haunted and bizarre

Take a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in Minnesota with paranormal researcher, author, and lecturer Chad Lewis. From hunting vampires in Transylvania to chasing ghosts in Ireland castles, Lewis brings 18 years of paranormal experience to his presentations.

In Minnesota’s Most Haunted Locations-The Scariest Places in Minnesota, Lewis will discuss phenomena such as wandering ghosts in the North Woods, a haunted B&B in Wabasha and graveyard apparitions in our own backyards.

Come if you dare and discover that no place in Minnesota is without its own hauntings:

In addition, Lewis will be showcasing over 100 bizarre and “hidden” newspaper stories from Minnesota in another presentation, Bizarre History of Minnesota—Strange Stories from our Past:

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Storytime with Laura Purdie Salas

Join award-winning, Minnesota author Laura Purdie Salas during children’s storytime at the Cambridge Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 19, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Salas has written more than 125 books for kids, including “Meet My Family!,” “If You Were the Moon,” “Water Can Be…” and “BookSpeak!” Growing up in Florida, she now lives and writes in Minnesota. She loves to get kids excited about reading and writing.

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Raptor Center closes summer reading program; free tickets still available

East Central Regional Library is closing its 2018 Summer Reading Program – Reading Takes You Everywhere — with a presentation by The Raptor Center. In this free, family-friendly program, learn all about the raptors of Minnesota. Live raptors will be on hand during the presentation.

Free tickets are required at all locations for this final event of the 2018 Summer Reading Program. Space is limited due to fire code restrictions. Stop by your local library branch starting Tuesday, July 24, to pick up your free tickets.

The Raptor Center schedule is listed below and also can be found on the Events Calendar.

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