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
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FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE
by Johnny Cash
"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