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December 2015

Upcoming Events

The Island House Readers
Wednesday, December 2nd, 12 p.m.
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 In Sunlight, In a Beautiful Garden, by Kathleen Cambor. Come join Sue and the group for a lively discussion!

Make Noise at the Library
Friday, December 4th, 10:30 a.m.

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 experience with local musician, Kathryn Christian. They will have so much fun they won't even know they are learning!


Fun Holiday Websites for Kids




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


We Were Soldiers
Paper Towns
Woman in Gold
Madam Bovary
The Fog of War
The Girls in the Band
The Office
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl


MeLCat borrowing is suspended until December 12. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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

There will be no Story Hour on December 23rd or 30th. 
Join Sue again at 10:30 on January 6th!  

"Chill December brings the sleet,
 blazing fire, and Christmas treat."

Sara Coleridge, "The Garden Year"


Family Holiday Concert
December 6th, 3 p.m., at the Historic Town Hall, 401 River Street

Younce Guitar Duo and Miriam Pico will bring the soulful sounds of jazz and the melodic rhythms of world music to traditional holiday tunes at a special holiday concert.

Christmas Cantata
December 13th, 4 p.m., Elk Rapids Peterman Auditorium

The Elk Rapids Community Choir will present their annual Christmas Cantata. A free will offering will be taken to benefit local charities.

A Switchback Christmas
December 10th, 7 p.m., at the Historic Town Hall, 401 River Street
Switchback performs its annual concert at the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall. Includes local talent and an audience sing-along. A holiday favorite!
For details and tickets: A Switchback Christmas

Friends of the Library

Merry Christmas from the Friends of the Elk Rapids District Library. Looking for gift ideas? Gently used books from The Book Cellar make great gifts. You might also consider honoring a friend or family member with a donation to the Friends of the Elk Rapids District Library. We will be happy to send an acknowledgment to your special someone. An added bonus: your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Remember the donations for the books go for many wonderful causes like advertising library events, speakers, technology, e-books and more. You could say we are the ERDL's Santa.

Gingerbread Biscotti


· 1/3 cup vegetable oil
· 1 cup white sugar
· 3 eggs
· 1/4 cup molasses
· 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
· 1 cup whole wheat flour
· 1 tablespoon baking powder
· 1 1/2 tablespoons ground ginger
· 3/4 tablespoon ground cinnamon
· 1/2 tablespoon ground cloves

   1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet.
2. In a large bowl, mix together oil, sugar, eggs, and molasses. In another bowl, combine flours, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg; mix into egg mixture to form a stiff dough.
3. Divide dough in half, and shape each half into a roll the length of the cookie. Place rolls on cookie sheet, and pat down to flatten the dough to 1/2 inch thickness.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, and set aside to cool.
   When cool enough to touch, cut into 1/2 inch thick diagonal slices. Place sliced biscotti   on cookie sheet, and bake an additional 5 to seven minutes on each side or until toasted and crispy.


The Explorer’s Guild, by Jon Baird & Kevin Costner
The Mistake I Made, by Paula Daly
All Together Now, by Gil Hornby
Dragon Fish, by Vu Tran
The Comfort of Black, by Carter Wilson
Golden Lion, by Wilbur Smith
The Beat Goes On, by Ian Rankin
Humankind, by Alexander Harcourt
Give Us the Ballot, by Ari Berman
Saving Capitalism, by Robert Reich
Project Animal Farm, by Sonia Faruqi
The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 3 
Katrina, by Gary Rivlin

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