Winter Tales Reading Challenge 2021

Join East Central Regional Library for the Winter Tales Reading Challenge 2021! Register for a Beanstack account online or on the Beanstack Tracker mobile app (Android or Apple) and enroll in the Winter Tales Reading Challenge. Winter Tales 2021 is geared towards adults and runs from January 11 – March 6. Read books, write book reviews, and complete […]

Prevent the ‘summer slide’ and Read – For the Win!

Readers of all ages are encouraged to read like a champ and bring home the gold this summer as part of the East Central Regional Library’s 2016 summer reading program: Read – For the Win! Youths in preschool through teen are welcome to participate, along with those from all generations, in many of the programs, […]

Prisoners in Fantasy and Fact

SYNC 2016 Week 2’s featured eAudiobook opens a new and popular fantasy series. Paired with it is a true-life account by an attorney who played a significant role in changing the destiny of a young man in a faraway land. Together, this week’s eAudiobook pair illustrates hope in the face of some of the most […]

More Big Library Read!

Have you finished American Sniper, but just can’t get enough? Taya Kyle, the widow of author Chris Kyle, visited with OverDrive’s Professional Book Nerds podcast to share more about their story and talk about the version of Chris you may not see in American Sniper. Taya, who is also a New York Times best-selling author, shared wonderful insight into their experiences […]

Search for eBook and eAudiobooks in the Catalog

Physical books or digital books?  If you’re like most digital readers, you don’t read digital books exclusively but also read physical books .  Previously, if you were a physical AND digital book reader from ECRL, you had to search in more than one place.  If you were looking for physical books like hardcovers or Books on CD from ECRL, you […]


Famous actors, renowned directors, best-selling authors, and popular books… Studios and production companies are gearing up for their big fall releases.  Grab the books before seeing the movies!  Look for these films in your local movie theatres and ask for the books at your local branch library! THE FAMILY(Based on The Family by Tonino Benacquista)Starring Robert […]


        During his lifetime, The Great Gatsby brought F. Scott Fitzgerald only $8397.00 in royalties. Today the book is a staple in high school and university English classrooms and is widely regarded as one of the greatest 20th century American novels. On June 10, 2009, a first edition copy sold for $180,000.00 […]

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 […]


Publishers are gearing up for fall!  New biographies and memoirs are sure to be popular and many will hit the bestseller lists.  Check the ECRL catalog in the coming weeks for the following: Bruce by Peter A. Carlin – the life of Bruce Springsteen based on interviews with family, band members, friends, and ex-girlfriends But […]

Why can’t I get this eBook from ECRL?

ECRL very much wants to offer popular titles to you in the eBook platform; however, when it comes to purchasing eBooks, libraries do have a limited market to select from.  Why are popular titles unavailable as eBooks?   First, not every book that gets published is published as an eBook.  For example, it wasn’t until […]