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April 2016

Upcoming Library Events

Island House Readers
Wednesday, March 6th 

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 Sisters From Hardcscrabble Bay by Beverly Jensen. Come join the group for a lively discussion!

Coloring, Coffee & Conversation!
Every Monday from 6-7:30 pm
        On the porch
     Adults and Teens 

Bring your coloring books and pencils to the serenity of the porch. Relax and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee, coloring and good conversation!



Poem in Your Pocket Day

Stop in the week of April 21st
and pick your very own poem from our poetry basket. 
Share it with your friends. 
Poetry...It's a good thing!

2016 Youth Poetry Contest! 

Choose a subject and write!!
Imagination is the key.

Open to ages 4-18.

Drop your original poem at the Elk Rapids Library. Be sure to include your name, age, and phone number. One winner in each age group will be chosen by a real New York poet, and the winning poems will be published in the ER News! 

Age groups are as follows:
4-6 years
7-10 years
11-14 years
15-18 years


We look forward to reading your wonderful poetic work!


Steve Jobs - DVD
Trumbo - DVD
Spotlight - DVD
Slumdog Millionaire - DVD
My Name is Mahtob - Mahtob Mahmoody
The Nest - Cynthia Sweeney
Off the Grid - CJ Box
Fool Me Once -  Harlan Coben
Waters of Eternal Youth - Donna Leon
Property of a Noblewoman - Danielle Steel
The Vegetarian - Han Kang
Far From True - Linwood Barclay
Brotherhood in Death - JD Robb
The Steel Kiss - Jeffrey Deaver
Two If By Sea - Jacquelyn Mitchard
The Opposite of Everyone - Joshilyn Jackson
Missing Pieces - Heather Gudenkauf
Find Her - Lisa Gardner
The Turner House - Angela Flournoy

More being cataloged...

Green Elk Rapids Reads
April 26th, 5-7pm
Siren Hall
Discussion on The Nature Principle by Richard Louv

Website of the Month
Earth Day
April 22nd
click on the tree!

and for the kids..
The Life of a Tree

 Just in time for all your spring shopping, the Friends of the  Elk Rapids Library have new, roomy tote bags to hold your  purchases. Made of sturdy canvas and adorned with our  colorful new logo, each purchase contributes to the Friends'  efforts to enhance our Library. Best of all, using the bag will  “spread the word” and help us make new Friends! Buy yours today at the Library for just $15.

The FOEDL will hold their first general meeting of the year on Tuesday, April 26th at 10:15 in the Library meeting room. Join us!



  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach, rinsed and dried
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 (5 ounce) package candied pecans (such as Emerald(R) Pecan Pie Glazed Pecans)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing


  1. Place the chicken breast meat into a skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette over medium heat; cook and stir until the chicken is browned, no longer pink in the center, and the juice has nearly evaporated, about 10 minutes. Remove the chicken to a bowl and let cool.
  2. Place the spinach into a salad bowl; scatter the strawberries, goat cheese, and candied pecans over the spinach. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette over the salad and top with the chicken. Serve slightly warm or chilled.


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