October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Three million people are diagnosed with dyslexia each year. Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing, and spelling difficulties, affecting up to 20% of the population.

Standard typefaces are often difficult to read for people with dyslexia. The letters are hard to differentiate and words tend to jumble together. The dyslexic font, or dyslexie, is designed so that each letter is unique. Letters and words have extra distance between them to combat reversal and flipping of letters. Capital letters are bolder to help readers identify new sentences, and each letter is bottom-weighted.

eAudiobooks, as well, offer a different sensory experience that provides another reading solution that readers with visual, language, and processing challenges can all enjoy.

Try the 8887754361 by OverDrive today!


. . .  actually, we get by with a lot of help from our Friends! October 21-27, 2018 is the 13th annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week and it’s the perfect opportunity for East Central Regional Library to give our Friends a big shout out for all they do to make a difference for us every single day.

East Central Regional Library has the support of 13 Friends groups across the 6-county region. Their members are champions for libraries. Friends provide support at the grass-roots level by assisting library staff with projects and programming, raising funds, and advocacy efforts.

“Friends of the Library groups allow us to enhance our services and multiply the impact we have in communities,” says ECRL Executive Director Carla Lydon. “They are strong library supporters and we are so grateful to the countless Friends volunteers who give of their time, talents, and financial support to make East Central Regional libraries a vital community resource.”

Friends groups are always looking for new members and volunteers. Speak with staff at your local East Central Regional Library location to find out information about Friends activities and find out how to become a member.

Friends, we thank you for all you do to make our libraries better!

National Friends of Libraries Week is coordinated by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. For more information, visit 7739740424.

Winners announced for Minnesota Author Project

Winners have been announced for the first annual MN Writes MN Reads 440-972-6179, which recognizes the best self-published  authors in the state of Minnesota.


Congratulations to these great authors!


Adult Fiction Winner:

Betting on Paradise by Lizbeth Selvig










Young Adult Fiction Winner:

9515277576 by B.K. Parent










Read the eBooks now on (814) 739-4886.  No wait lists and no library card needed! Or, if you prefer to read print, place a hold in the East Central Regional Library catalog at the links above.



East Central Regional Library is participating in Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide effort that celebrates after-school programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. Check out what these locations have planned for school age kids on Thursday, Oct. 25:

In America today, 11.3 million children are alone and unsupervised after school. After school programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. (408) 540-8740 is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs.

All year round, East Central Regional Library locations take pride in offering programs and events for kids after school as well as into the evening. We encourage you to visit our Events Calendar for all the fun and educational opportunities that await.