November 2016
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The Library will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday,
November 23, and will reopen on Friday, November 25

Happy Thanksgiving!
Programs & Events

Wednesday, November 2nd
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 Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. Come join the group for a lively discussion!

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Resources & Services of the

Thursday, November 3rd
6:30 p.m.
Elk Rapids Library Meeting Room

Join Jannette Ransom, MLS, as she explains the many resources and services available to the public at the Munson Community Health Library.


Thursday, November 10th
6:30 p.m.

Elk Rapids Library Meeting Room

Author: Mary Navarre, OP
Book: Tapestry in Time

Sister Mary Navarre was a guest speaker this spring at The Moth in Traverse City. The Moth Mainstage is a staple of the literary and art scenes in NYC, L.A. & beyond!
Organized around the four principles of Dominican life—prayer, study, common life, and service, Sr. Mary weaves together written and oral histories from the Sisters to describe religious life during the radical changes since Vatican II.

Monday evenings on the porch
6:00 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 November
(No Storytime on Nov. 23rd) 
10:30 a.m.
Elk Rapids Library 

Bring the kids for stories, music and a craft!

Fridays in November 
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.

Friends Give Thanks

It’s November, a time of Thanksgiving, a time for expressions of gratitude.

As we enter a somewhat dormant season (we don’t have regular meetings until next April), the Friends of the Elk Rapids District Library are counting many blessings. Among them…

•       The nearly 100 individuals and families who have become members of the Friends since May.

•       The special gifts-in-kind and underwriting we received from Friends Board members and others: Graphic design services; a tent (in memory of Jim Lewandowski); a great banner with our new name and logo; Chamber of Commerce membership; a matching gift for new memberships; the foundation and bench to complete the sculpture,“Grandpa’s Gift”; the John Goss fish sculpture we succesfully raffled throughout the summer; the new signs promoting “The Book Cellar;” and the sweet desserts we enjoyed at the Baffling Bill Magic Show.

•       The volunteer hours of Friends who staff The Book Cellar, faithfully sorting and stacking the shelves and keeping the area neat and welcoming.

•       The tireless efforts of our Board members, working diligently to enhance and enrich the Elk Rapids District Library.

From the Recipe Box



  • 3 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes, (from about 2 to 3 small baked potatoes)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup self-rising cake flour
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Souffle: Preheat the oven to 400°. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish.
In a large bowl, combine the sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, milk, 8 tablespoons of melted butter, vanilla and salt. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
Topping: Combine the brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of butter cubed at room temperature, flour, and pecans in a separate bowl. Crumble the topping over the sweet potato mixture.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the topping is golden brown. Serve hot.

5 Reasons the World is Still a Wonderful Place 

1. Libraries still exist
"A place where you can go without a penny in your pocket and be given a room full of worlds. For each book is a doorway you can walk through into another land. There are a million people, from across the world and through time, who are sitting on those shelves, dying to tell their stories and become your friend."
2. We're not alone
3. Beauty surrounds us
4. We have the power to change our perspective

5. We look out for each other

Full article available at

Island House Readers Book List

Thanksgiving Prayer
by Johnny Cash

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"Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell he so,
And they are better for her praise."
 ~from My November Guest by Robert Frost
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