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Inside the Library at Downton Abbey

East Central Regional Library has a unique event in store for Edwardian era history buffs and fans of a certain British drama series that has captured the hearts of America.  A free presentation on the library at Highclere Castle, or Downton Abbey—as it’s known to the legion of followers of the PBS series, is set for […]

Norwegian Music Comes to Pine County Historical Society in Askov

East Central Regional Library in partnership with the Pine County Historical  Society in Askov welcome people of all generations and dance levels to check out a series of folk dance instruction and live performance at the Pine County Historical Society in Askov. On Saturday, May 6 at 1:00 pm. join us for the third event in […]

Folk Dance Series Continues with Finn Hall

East Central Regional Library in partnership with the Pine County Historical  Society in Askov welcome people of all generations and dance levels to check out a series of folk dance instruction and live performance at the Pine County Historical Society in Askov. On Saturday, April 1 at 1 p.m. join us for the second event in […]

New librarian joins the ECRL team!

East Central Regional Library is pleased to announce Amelia Birkholz has accepted the Branch Librarian position at the Hinckley Public Library. She began her full-time position at Hinckley on August 23. Amelia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English/ Communications, Media, and Rhetoric from the University of Minnesota Morris in spring 2015. There she worked in Circulation at the Rodney A. Briggs […]

Framed Art Collection on Display at Hinckley Public Library

Be sure to stop by the Hinckley Public Library to view the framed art collection currently on display! The collection will especially be of interest to local history buffs, as the art was displayed at stores in Hinckley in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Those nostalgic for a time past might be interested in reminiscing about the Up Town Sanitary […]

Why Read?

If you participate in Pine City Reads, the community-wide reading event, you might have read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury this winter. One of the main themes of the book is a lack of access to ideas and information. In Bradbury’s dystopian future, all books are banned. Some resist this, reading in secret and risking […]

Library Resources for Making Homemade Gifts

Photo by Flickr user asenat29. Creative Commons License.   Looking for a way to save money on holiday gifts for friends and family? Have you ever considered making homemade gifts but aren’t sure how to get started? Your local ECRL library has got you covered! We’ve got books that can help you learn to make […]

Last-Minute Election Information

If you’ve suddenly realized that you’re not quite prepared for the upcoming elections, your friendly local librarians are ready to help you out. Except where it’s noted otherwise, all of the following information comes from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s web page. Register to vote in Minnesotahttp://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=204 Find your polling placehttp://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/ Need a ride to your […]

Projects for Pets, Wild Birds, and More!

As it gets a little colder outside, I’ve been answering a lot of reference questions about planning and constructing animal shelters. Some of these questions have been about building projects for pets, like doghouses and rabbit hutches, and other people have asked about building outdoor structures for wild animals, like birdhouses. Whether you’re catering to domesticated […]

Grand Marshals

Both outgoing and incoming Pine City Branch Librarians were honored on Saturday, August 6 as they served as Grand Marshals in the Pine City Parade. Retiring Librarian(on the left), Christy Koch and new librarian (on the right ), Sarah Biro, led the parade on this gorgeous Saturday. Christy retired after 17 years of service as […]