March 2016

Make Noise at the Library
Friday, March 4, 2016

10:30 a.m.

Bring your preschooler to the library to sing andplay with local musician Kathryn Christian. It's so much fun they won't even know they are learning!

20 Irish Novels

Ireland, considering its size, has produced a disproportionately large number of world renowned writers. From Joyce to Wild and Stoker here is Irish Central's list of the top 20 Irish novels you should read before you die. 

Ulysses (1922) James Joyce
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) Oscar Wilde
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) James Joyce

 Amongst Women (1990) John McGahern
At Swim Two Birds (1939) Flann O'Brien
The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) Oscar Wilde
Gulliver's Travels (1726) Jonathon Swift
The Third Policeman (1967) Flann O'Brien
Dracula (1897) Bram Stoker
The Book of Evidence (1988) John Banville
The Butcher Boy (1992) Patrick McCabe
Strumpet City (1969) James Plunkett
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (1950) CS Lewis
The Country Girls (1960) Edna O'Brien
Molloy (1951) Samuel Beckett
Tarry Flynn (1948) Patrick Kavanagh
Judith Hearne (1955) Brian Moore
Last September (1929) Elizabeth Bowen
Tristram Shandy (1760) Lawrence Sterne
How Many Miles to Babylon (1974) Jennifer Johnston



                  "IN PIECES"             

An Interactive Exhibition Celebrating Evolutionary Distinction
1 Fragmented Survival
30 Species, 30 Pieces

Happy Saint Patrick's Day from the Friends of the Library! Of course we all know how lucky we are to have our great Island House library, a fine staff to guide us, and a strong collection of books to read. But March also brings us closer to springtime and the Friends are gearing up for another busy season of activities. In particular we are forming working committees to focus our efforts in support of the Library. Please consider joining us to help with our Membership Campaign, fundraising programs, or in The Book Cellar. There is a lot to be done and a task to suit every interest or skill. Send an email to We are waiting to hear from you!


Project Graduation Euchre Tournament
Saturday, March 5th, 6:30-11pm
Location: AmVets
Fundraiser for Class of 2016 Graduation
Lots of great prizes, age 18+ can play. Cash bar, with non-alcoholic drinks and hors d'oeuvres provided.

We Are ER, Dinner & Auction
Saturday, March 12th, 6pm
The Hagerty Center, Traverse City

Young Miss ER Pageant
Saturday, March 19th,  6pm
Elk Rapids High School


       FROM THE RECIPE BOX       



1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar           
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt



  1. Stir the milk and vinegar together and allow to stand until curdled, about 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet. In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Gradually stir the soured milk into the flour mixture until the dough just comes together, and turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface. Knead a few times, and shape into a round. Place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. With a sharp knife, cut an X shape into the top of the dough to release steam and help the bread keep its round shape.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 45 minutes.


The Lake Isle of Innisfree

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee,
And live alone in the bee loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core. 

~~W.B Yeats


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