Registration now open

Library pro tip:

Some of the awesome upcoming library events require registration.  Registration for many of those events opened today. Register yourself online, from wherever you are!

Grab your spots now, so you don’t miss out!

These are just a few of the stellar library events coming up this summer where space/supplies are limited.  Be sure to check out the full events calendar for a complete listing.

Where Do You Want to Go This Summer?

Why not let Reading Takes You Everywhere?  Excitement and fun await those who want to take the journey with us.  Join the East Central Regional Library 2018 summer reading program, Reading Takes You Everywhere starting Tuesday, May 29.  Throughout the summer, check out great books, earn prizes and attend lots of fun and exciting library programs for kids of all ages.

Each ECRL branch will offer both a youth (ages 3-11) and teen (ages 12-17) program.  Plus some branches will also offer a special Rubber Ducky program for kids birth to 35 months. The summer reading program is free and open to the public

Checkout all the fun and find out more about the upcoming 2018 summer reading program!

MN Zoomobile’s “Cool Animals of the North”

The Minnesota Zoomobile is bringing its Cool Animals of the North program to an East Central Regional Library location near you. All ages are invited to this free event to celebrate the end of the 2017 Reading by Design summer reading program.

Experience a variety of animals native to our state and learn about ecological concepts unique to Minnesota. This while embracing a sense of environmental stewardship toward the global ecosystem. This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Tickets are not required for the three locations listed with an asterisk (*). They include the Milaca Community Library, Cambridge Primary School and Rush City Public Library.  Free tickets are required at all other locations and available beginning Tuesday, July 25. Space is limited due to fire code restrictions.   

DOORS WILL NOT OPEN UNTIL 10 MINUTES BEFORE SHOWTIME per the MN Zoo staff.  For more information, call or stop by your local ECRL branch.

Mark  your calendars for the remainder of the Minnesota Zoomobile programs:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 9

10:30 a.m. Mora Public Library

2 p.m. Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

  • Thursday, Aug. 10

10:30 a.m. Pine City Public Library

1:30 p.m. Rush City Public Library*

Reading By Design Summer Reading Program

The library is a vibrant place, full to the rafters with kids, teens and parents during the summer.  Want to join in the fun?

Do you enjoy storytimes or making recycled art sculptures?  Want to join a Lego Club, make Art bots, or balloon powered cars? You’ll find something for everyone by participating in the 2017 summer reading program, Reading by Design.  Kids and teens may stop by their local ECRL branch anytime and pick up a starter kit (while supplies last).

Kids ages 3-11 will receive a prize for every 5 hours you read up to 20 hours. Teens ages 12-17 fill out review forms for books they read/listen to and  can enter a drawing for a grand prize. You might just win a Kindle Fire, iPod Touch, or gift certificates.  Several East Central Regional Library branches will also be offering the Rubber Ducky Club for ages birth to 35 months.

Keep in mind, however, that prizes and programming for both the kids and teen programs vary from East Central Regional Library branch to branch.

Special programming funded with Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage funds such as MN children’s musician Duke Otherwise, the Bunny Clogs, Minnesota Book Arts programs and the MN Zoomobile will also be held throughout the summer.  Local library friends groups and businesses are also sponsoring many activities throughout the summer.

Stop by your local East Central Regional Library branch and pick up a children’s or teen flyer that lists all the activities, incentives, program guidelines and more that will be offered at each branch.

Explore your own creativity and design new worlds by being a part of our 2017 Summer Reading program, Reading by Design.

Final Week of SYNC 2016

Update: SYNC 2016 has ended. SYNC will return in May 2017!

Our final week of this year’s SYNC Audiobook program is here. Thanks for participating in SYNC all summer long!  We hope you’ve enjoyed the pairings.

Bone Gap by Laura Rubybone-gap-97140-sync2016-2400x2400

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years ago, their mother hightailed it to Oregon for a brand-new guy, a brand-new life. Finn knows what really happened to Roza. He knows she was kidnapped by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turn up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

2016 Printz Award Winner, National Book Award Finalist

Classic American Short Stories

A special bundclassic-american-short-stories-09696-sync2016-2400x2400le just for SYNC listeners. Sixteen short stories by seven great 19th and 20th century American writers including Mark Twain and Jack London. These stories are classics, and are frequently assigned reading. In fact, it’s possible that you will meet every story here throughout high school or college, so download them now to have them at the ready!


 Although this week finishes up the SYNC 2016 season, the listening doesn’t stop here! Listen all year round with East Central Regional Library.  We offer downloadable eAudiobooks from both Oneclickdigital and Overdrive, as well as Books on CD at all of our branch locations.

We want to hear from you!  What was your favorite title of SYNC 2016?

Available for a Limited Time
Remember — grab these titles before they expire on  8/18/2016! While the download time is limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to keep.

New to SYNC? Learn more to get you started!

Thank you to HarperAudio and Naxos AudioBooks for providing this week’s titles.