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February 2016

Mardi Gras (February 9th)    Valentine's Day (February 14th)   President's Day (February 15th)
The Island House Readers
Wednesday, February 3rd

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 The Loon Feather, by Iola Fuller. Come join Sue and the group for a lively discussion!

Make Noise at the Library
Friday, February 12th
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 experience with local musician, Kathryn Christian. They will have so much fun they won't even know they are learning!

Savvy Shopping the Oryana Way
Thursday, February 18th

ERDL Meeting Room

Join us for a unique discussion focusing on healthy eating and smart shopping presented by Sandi McArthur, Education & Outreach Coordinator at Oryana Natural Foods Market. Sandi will provide helpful hints and ideas on how to make healthy choices without breaking the bank, and share a healthy snack!
Space is limited so call the Library to reserve your seat! 231-264-9979

Tech Support

Chris will be back for Tech Support appointments
beginning Feb 11th!
Call to schedule your time and have your questions answered!

Website of the Month

The New York Public Library recently released 180,000
of it's public-domain items, including maps, posters, manuscripts, sheet music, photographs, letters, ancient texts, as high resolution downloads, available to the public without restriction.

Click to access.


2015 Tax Forms

Here is what you need to know about 2015 Tax Forms:
The Post Office will not be carrying tax forms.
  • The Elk Rapids District Library will be receiving the 1040EZ, 1040 and 1040A  Federal Tax Forms, and the Michigan 1040 booklets with forms.
  •  Any form you need (other than carbon copy forms) can be found online:
    Michigan Forms or Federal Forms.
  • You may also order tax forms (including the carbon copy ones) by calling:
    1-800-829-3676 for Federal
    1-800-367-6263 for Michigan

Miss Elk Rapids Scholarship Pageant
Saturday, February 6th
7-9 pm

Elk Rapids High School Auditorium 

Valentine's Night Ski
Grass River Natural Area

Saturday, February 13th
7-8:30 pm

HERTHA Happy Hour at Pearl's
Tickets $10

Friday, February 19th
5-7 pm
Help Hertha purchase new window treatments
to enhance the historic hall.

Friends of the Library
February is the month for romance and poetry, Valentine fun and lives of presidents. Whatever your taste, check The Book Cellar, where you’ll find  shelves of romance novels, ideas for baking that special person something sweet, or crafting the perfect Valentine. Browsing the biographies, you’ll find inspiring lives remembered—among them, some incurable romantics! 
In the beauty and stillness of winter, the Friends wish all our friends and supporters a Happy Valentine's Day. May your lives be filled with love...and lots of good books!
From the Recipe Box

                      Easy Oreo Truffles



  • 1 (16 ounce) package OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, melted
  1. Crush 9 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor; reserve for later use. (Cookies can also be finely crushed in a resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin.) Crush remaining 36 cookies to fine crumbs; place in medium bowl. Add cream cheese; mix until well blended. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1-inch in diameter.
  2. Dip balls in chocolate; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover chocolate can be stored at room temperature for another use.) Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.
  3. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator.

On the New Shelf

Boys in the Trees, Carly Simon
House of the Rising Sun, James Lee Burke
Golden Age, Jane Smiley
My Life on The Road, Gloria Steinem
Secret Sisters, Jane Ann Krentz
Twain's End, Lynn Cullen
Wyoming Rugged, Diane Palmer
The Bone Labyrinth, James Rollins
After She's Gone, Lisa Jackson
No Hope: Why I Left the GOP, Jimmy LaSalvia
Dark Corners,  Ruth Rendell
The End of Memory,  Jay Ingram
The Sea Keeper's Daughter, Lisa Wingate
The Triumph of William Mckinley, Karl Rove
The Painter's Daughter,  Julie Klassen
Desperate Measures, Jo Bannister
and many more....

    Books at the Movies
(Titles Made into Movies)

Brooklyn, Colm Toibin
The Martian, Andy Weir
Room, Emma Donoghue
Still Alice, Lisa Genova
No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy
The Reader, Bernhard Schlink
Broke Back Mountain, Annie Proulx
Ordinary People, Judith Guest
Terms of Endearment, Larry McMurtry
Howard's End, E.M. Forster
Mystic River, Dennis Lehane
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesy
Mutiny on the Bounty, Charles Nordhoff
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
Lolita, Vladamir Nabokov
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
The Giver, Lois Lowry
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

Never judge a book by its movie!