Community Event

ECRL Celebrates 60 Years!

The community is encouraged to join in the celebration of East Central Regional Library’s 60th anniversary, a diamond of an occasion this year with fun things to do for all ages.

East Central Regional Library began in 1959 with just five branch libraries in three counties: Isanti, Mille Lacs and Pine. This was a milestone in the history of Minnesota library development because for the first time, a regional association of rural counties was organized with the purpose of cooperatively providing library service to all residents within its boundaries.

East Central Regional Library has since grown substantially, adding three more counties: Aitkin in 1964, Kanabec in 1967 and Chisago in 1970, and expanding to today’s 14 branch libraries and outreach service. East Central Regional Library has the distinction of being the oldest regional library system in the state.

How can you help celebrate this monumental occasion?

  • Participate in the #TourDeECRL passbook. The passbook is an opportunity to visit and learn about the branch libraries. Read further details including how to participate for your chance to win ECRL prizes.
  • Read the history of ECRL’s first 50 years in East Central Regional Library: fifty years of connections by Marilyn McGriff available at all branch locations.
  • Check out our Facebook page on Thursdays for our Throwback Thursday feature, including historical pictures and information. Be sure to share your memories of ECRL’s first 60 years.
  • Join us for celebrations at each branch library this September. Stay tuned to the ECRL Events
  • Calendar for more details!