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November 2015

Island House Readers: Wednesday, November 4th, 12 p.m.
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 City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell. Come join the group for a lively discussion!  
An Evening with An Author: Thursday, November 5th, 7 p.m. at the Elk Rapids Historical Museum (301 Traverse Street). Join local resident Robert Campbell as he discusses the August 2nd storm that hit our area, and his new book Storm Struck. See dramatic photos of the storm and its aftermath. Books will be available for purchase at the presentation.
Make Noise at The Library: Friday, November 6th,10:30 a.m.
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!
Pinterest Craft Class for kids: Saturday, November 14th, 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. Bring your little one in for a special Christmas craft with Kim, hand-print snowmen canvas ornaments! All materials are provided, there is no cost, but registration is required by calling the Library.

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 Q: What was your favorite book this month?
 A:  Above the Waterfall, by Ron Rash
 Q: What is your favorite book of all time?
 A: The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd
 Q: Do you have a favorite author and if so, what is it about his/her writing style that you enjoy?   
 A:  It's hard to pick...I guess Stuart Woods..he tells a great "who done it" with humor and wit.
Q: Why do you love to read?
A:  You are able to escape into the story. I love the adventure
Q: Where is your favorite place to read?
A:  At home in a great comfy chair and ottoman or when I am relaxing in bed before going to sleep.
Q: Do you have a favorite time to read?
A:  In the evening before going to bed, during the week, weekends..ANYTIME I CAN!
Q: What do you like most about the library?
A:  It is my favorite "go to" place. I love passing the harbor, going up the drive, and there she is! The porch is my favorite room. It is so relaxing and the librarians are so helpful and friendly. To me it is a relaxing destination to spend some time.


Do your kids love science? This would be a fun site for them to explore..And, if they do NOT enjoy science, this could help!

X, by Sue Grafton
Dashing Through the Snow, by Debbie Macomber
Mothers Tell Your Daughters: Stories, by Bonnie Jo Campbell
The Secret Chord, by Geraldine Brooks
The Explorer's Guild, by Jon Baird and Kevin Costner
Rogue Lawyer, by John Grisham
The Lake House, by Kate Morton
All the Stars in the Heavens, by Adriana Trigiani
Winter Stroll, by Erin Hilderbrand
Front Runner, by Felix Francis
Carrying Albert Home, by Homer Hickam
Host, by Robin Cook
Fear the Dark, by Kay Hooper
"How can Friends work with the director, library staff, and trustees to carry out cooperative and collaborative activities which make the library a center of community engagement?" This was the question addressed in the Fall Workshop presented by The Friends of Michigan Libraries on October 1. The day-long workshop drew participants from across the state and to focus on "Community Engagement: How Friends Can Promote the Value of Your Library."

Four Board members of the Friends of Elk Rapids District Library traveled to Petoskey for the workshop--Susan Calkins, Marilyn Cobb, Sandi Gray and Sharon Bacon. We were treated to stimulating presentations that suggested strategies that our Friends could utilize in our efforts to promote and increase the value of the library. Informal "Table Talks" on a variety of topics allowed us to meet folks from other Friends groups who shared their experiences with fundraising, membership development, capital campaigns, governance issues, and more. It was a day chock full of new ideas. You can expect to hear more about it as we plan activities and programs in the months ahead.

Cellar Notes: Are you a foodie? Do you enjoy cooking? Check out the array of cookbooks in The Book Cellar--enticing topics range from "Beer-Can Chicken" to "Cooking for Company."