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The View From The Porch

                                                January 2017

Programs & Events

Wednesday, January 4
12:00 p.m.
Elk Rapids Library

A traditional book club that meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at noon at the Elk Rapids District Library. This month's selection is Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf. Come join the group for a lively discussion!

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Basic Knitting on the Porch
Sundays in January beginning
January 8th
2-4 p.m. 

Do you need help with a knitting project or just wish to learn the basics? There will be a knitting group on the porch, beginning Sunday, January 8th, from 2-4 p.m. Stop in and join the fun.
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Cursive Handwriting Lessons
Mondays from 3-5 p.m.
Beginning Monday, January 9th
Sign up required.

Do you need to learn or refine your cursive handwriting skills? The Library is offering Cursive Handwriting Lessons, on Mondays, beginning January 9th. Call to reserve your space.
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Wednesdays in January
10:30 a.m.
Elk Rapids Library
(If school is closed, no Storytime!) 

Bring the kids up the hill for stories, music and a craft!

Monday afternoons on the porch
3:00 p.m.

Bring your coloring books and pencils to the serenity of our porch. Enjoy conversation and complimentary coffee while you color your cares away!


~John Updike

The days are short,
The sun a spark
Hung thin between
The dark and dark.

Fat snowy footsteps
Track the floor,
And parkas pile up
Near the door.

The river is
A frozen place
Held still beneath
The trees' black lace.

The sky is low.
The wind is gray.
 The radiator
 Purrs all day.

"We all ask each other a lot of questions. But we should all ask one question a lot more often: What are you reading? It is a simple question but a powerful one, and it can change lives."
~~Excerpt from Books for Living by Will Schwalbe

From the Director's Chair

2016 was a very exciting year for the Library! As a result of our strategic planning it was determined we need more space to accommodate the wishes of the community. We chose the team of architects we felt would do the best job renovating and expanding the Island House, while retaining its historic integrity. Over the summer we had community forums to gather input on design, and in the fall the board chose its preferred design from four options presented. Now in 2017 we will be giving presentations to groups to show what the improved Library will look like. If you have any questions about this process please feel free to contact me.

We have an open board seat representing the Village, term ending in February 2018. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Trustees, and live in the Village, go to the Government Center to apply.

Happy New Year!


Reflections on 2016

2016 was an incredible first year for the reorganized Friends of the Elk Rapids District Library.
The Friends successfully presented the Baffling Bill Magic Show free of charge that many in the community attended and enjoyed.
The Friends participated in Evening on River Street and successfully enrolled new members and increased awareness of the organization.
The Friends, with support from the Garden Club, were thrilled to give an original John Goss sculpture to the library that will be on display for many years.
The Friends hosted a community dedication and unveiling event for the sculpture in July.
The Friends continued to very successfully operate The Book Cellar, enabling them to provide program support for the library.  
Resolutions for 2017
The Friends resolve to continue to support the library as a cultural and educational asset to the community.
The Friends resolve to increase our membership and volunteers in order to better serve the library.
The Friends resolve to spread the word of the value, pleasures and rewards of literacy.
 The Friends hope you will make a New Year’s resolution to join us in a supporting role to accomplish our endeavors for the Elk Rapids District Library.

"A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life."  – Henry Ward Beecher

For Your Listening Pleasure
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This Is The New Year
by Ian Axel

Auld Lang Syne
Traditional Scottish

Happy New Year
by Nat King Cole

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On The New Shelf

The Jealous Kind - James Lee Burke
Leave Me - Gayle Foreman
Three Sisters, Three Queens - Philippa Gregory
Our Revolution - Bernie Sanders
The Seventh Plague - James Rollins
Four Futures - Peter Frase
Madeline Finn & The Library Dog - Lisa Papp
Dark of the Moon - John Sanford
The Whole Town's Talking - Fannie Flagg
The Wrong Side of Goodbye - Michael Connelly
I'll Take You There - Wally Lamb
The Sleeping Beauty Killer - Mary Higgins Clark
Settle for More - Megyn Kelly
The Award - Danielle Steel
The Other Einstein - Marie Benedict
Thank You For Being Late - Thomas Friedman
Sex, Lies & Serious Money - Stuart Woods
News of The World - Paulette Jiles
The Hidden Life of Trees - Peter Wohlleben
The Chemist - Stephanie Meyer
Moonglow - Michael Chabon
Victoria - Daisy Goodwin
Hag-Seed - Atwood Margaret
Moral Defense - Marcia Clark
Odessa Sea - Clive Cussler
Cross the Line - James Patterson

and many more...

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From the Recipe Box

January is the time for Comfort Food!

Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pie
Double-Crust Chicken Pot PieRecipe


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 medium leeks, sliced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can chicken broth
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen cubed hash browns with onions and peppers
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 (17.3-oz.) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
  • 1 large egg


1. Preheat oven to 375°. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add leeks, and sauté 3 minutes. Sprinkle with flour; cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes. Whisk in chicken broth; bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Remove from heat; stir in chicken and next 5 ingredients.

2. Roll each pastry sheet into a 12- x 10-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Fit 1 sheet into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate; spoon chicken mixture into pastry. Place remaining pastry sheet over filling in opposite direction of bottom sheet; fold edges under, and press with tines of a fork, sealing to bottom crust. Whisk together egg and 1 Tbsp. water, and brush over top of pie.

3. Bake at 375° on lower oven rack 55 to 60 minutes or until browned. Let stand 15 minutes.

Here's To A Happy and Healthy and Kinder 2017!
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