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View From the Porch
December 2016

Programs & Events


Wednesday, December 7th
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 Heroic Measures, by Jill Ciment. Come join the group for a lively discussion!

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Wreath Making Class
Saturday, December 10th
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Library Meeting Room

Join Sharon Craig as she teaches you how to make a fresh Christmas wreath. You supply the greens and any decorations you may want. We supply the wreath forms, wire and instructions. Join the fun and leave with a beautiful holiday wreath for your door!

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!

Wednesdays in December
(No Storytime December 23rd or 30th) 
10:30 a.m.
Elk Rapids Library 

Bring the kids for stories, music and a craft!

Fridays in December
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
On the Porch

Would you like to learn how to win the challenging games of Chess and Checkers? Join us on the Porch to learn what it takes to play two of the oldest games in existence.

We will be closed December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st.

The staff and board of the Elk Rapids District Library wish you a happy, healthy, heartwarming holiday season!

December 18th
Music House -- Holiday Open House
12pm - 4pm
7377 U.S. 31 North
Williamsburg, Michigan 49690

Happy Holidays from the Friends of the Library. We are very grateful to the community for another successful year. The continued donation of gently used books to the Book Cellar and the wonderful volunteers that serve by sorting, shelving and displaying the books have allowed us to continue to provide cultural and educational activities for the community. 

“A book is a present you can open again and again.” Book Cellar books make terrific gifts. Stop by and visit us in the lower level of the library. While making a selection for someone else you might find a new read for yourself.

A wonderful way to give a lasting remembrance to a friend or family member is to make a donation in their name to the Friends of the Elk Rapids District Library. We will send an acknowledgement to the honored recipient. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Friends happily welcomed new board members.
Serving on the board for 2017 are: 

Chair: Susan Calkins 

Vice Chair: Sharon Bacon 

Treasurer: Nell Lockhart 

Secretary: Judith Lewandowski 

Fund Raising: Cathy Walle 

Public Relations: Linda Smith Bell 

Book Cellar: Terri Hogarth 

Corresponding Secretary: Nancy Evans 

“Good libraries create services, great libraries create communities." Please join the Friends in our commitment to create enhancement and enrichment for our community library.

Best Wishes for a Happy New Year.



From the Recipe

Cranberry Scones
Cranberry Scones


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, chilled and diced
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 grated zest of one orange
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. In a separate bowl, toss cranberries with sugar; add to flour mixture along with orange peel and nuts. Mix lightly.
  4. In another bowl, beat together cream and egg; slowly pour into dry ingredients, mixing with rubber scraper until dough forms. Knead dough 4 or 5 times, being careful not to over handle. Divide dough in half. Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Shape each half into a 6 inch circle. Cut each circle into 6 wedges. Place scones on lightly greased baking sheets.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

For Your Listening Pleasure
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Mary Did You Know

Light One Candle
~~Peter Paul & Mary

Fun Holiday Websites

Merry Christmas
Why Christmas

Hanukkah Fun

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