VIEW FROM THE PORCH                                               MAY 2016

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Wednesday, May 4th
12:00 -1:30pm

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 Euphoria by Lily KingCome join the group for a lively discussion!

Friday, May 13th at 10:30 am

Did you know that singing and music can teach early
literacy skills? It's happening at the library! Bring your preschoolers up the hill for fun, music, and rhythm with local musician, Kathryn Christian. They will have so much fun they won't even know they are learning!

 Thursday, May 12th, 1:30-3:30

A SoulCollage® Deck is the Story of You
This multi-leveled, creative process can be done by anyone, no special ‘art’ skills are needed!  All you need are a good pair of scissors, pre-cut mat board cards, and images you can cut out from magazines, greeting cards, personal photos, postcards, catalogues, and calendars. 
Please join Susan Huxford and Pat Natale to learn how to create your own SoulCollage® deck and how to use the cards as daily guides. Supplies are provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own images. The class is free but space is limited. Please call 231-264-9979 to reserve your spot.

Thursday, May 19th, 7:00 p.m.
Elk Rapids Historical Museum 
301 Traverse Street

Let Barb VanderMolen be your personal tour guide through the  83 Michigan Counties as she shares tips and tidbits about each. To learn more about her book, visit:

Saturday, May 21st at 2 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

Join Sarah in the Library meeting room to create your own one of a kind succulent garden in a book!
There is no charge and all materials are provided. 
Call to reserve your spot as space is limited.

       With  Babs Young
Monday, May 23, 6 - 7:30pm

Learn how to capture the best photographs with your camera or smart phone. The class is free but space is limited so call to reserve your spot

Robotics, Legos & Reading
May 1st, 15, 22, & 29 
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Our downstairs room will be open for you and your team to develop your skills in Robotics. We also have numerous tubs of Legos to work with. Check out a book before you leave!

Thursday, May 26th
6:00 pm - 7:30pm

Join Barbara Sorensen on the porch to learn how to knit, or improve your skills. Bring your yarn and needles and drop in!

Monday May 2, 9, 16, 23
6:00pm -7:30pm 

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

The Library will be closed on Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6 for floor maintenance. 

In observance of Memorial Day, the Library will be closed Monday, May 30th

Friends of the Elk Rapids District Library will hold their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 24 at 10:15 a.m. in the Library meeting room. All members and prospective members are welcome. Friends have a lot of exciting things coming up and you can be part of the fun! Check out their new tote bag, on sale now at the Library. Browse The Book Cellar for gardening books and much more.

Sunday, May 8th
Remember your Mom!

A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love. ~ Author Unknown

"Give me the splendid silent sun
  with all his beams full-dazzling."
   Walt Whitman,
Leaves of Grass

Language Matters (with Bob Holman)

“Speak your mother tongue at home. Respect your neighbor’s culture. Support governmental efforts to keep the planet alive and various in all it’s marvelous cultural diversity. Let the world speak!” ~ Language Matters Host, Bob Holman

"Where will meanings be when words are forgotten?"
- WS Merwin


Spring is time for asparagus!

 Asparagus Quiche

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 2 (8 inch) unbaked pie shells
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place asparagus in a steamer over 1 inch of boiling water, and cover. Cook until tender but still firm, about 2 to 6 minutes. Drain and cool.
  2. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
  3. Brush pie shells with beaten egg white. Sprinkle crumbled bacon and chopped asparagus into pie shells.
  4. In a bowl, beat together eggs, cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Sprinkle Swiss cheese over bacon and asparagus. Pour egg mixture on top of cheese.
  5. Bake uncovered in preheated oven until firm, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool to room temperature before serving.
Green ER
Speaker Richard Louv
May 4, 2016
6:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m.

Louv is the author of eight books about the connections between family, nature and community.  Details and ticket information are available at the Green Elk Rapids website, 

Super Recycling Day
Hazardous Waste Collection
May 14, 2016
9:30 am - 3:00pm
Village recycling lot on Bridge St.

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