ECRL celebrates National Libary Week April 8-14

Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for activities for children or a student searching for your next favorite book, you belong at your library.

Today’s libraries help level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people. Libraries provide materials in print and electronic formats, job seeking resources, special classes and many other creative and resourceful programs.

Libraries have historically served as our nation’s great equalizers of knowledge. The strength of libraries has always been the diversity of their collections and commitment to serving all people. This National Library Week, join our nation’s libraries and librarians by celebrating the place where we all belong.

“Today’s libraries provide a wide range of opportunities for people with diverse needs and interests,” says Barbara Misselt, ECRL’s director. “That means providing communities with collections and services for people of different backgrounds, abilities and technological skills.”

East Central Regional Library is celebrating National Library Week by introducing a brand new patron library card. It is the first revision of the card since the library automated in 1996.

Don’t have a library card? It’s easy to get and it’s free! First you must be a resident of ECRL (Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties) to obtain a card. Then simply produce two forms of identification (one with your mailing address), fill out a registration form and the card is yours. Children under age 16 may use their parent’s identification.

If you already have an ECRL card and would like to get your hands on one of our new cards, simply stop at your ECRL branch and pay $1 for a new one. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.