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The library has received a generous gift of over $400,000.00!! We are conducting a community survey as part of our strategic planning to spend the money. Tell us what you think!

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Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)

Use your library card to get a free or reduced cost pass for over 60 arts and cultural organizations across the state! The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) is the product of a partnership between Michigan's nearly 400 public libraries and 60 arts and cultural organizations across the state of Michigan. Use your valid library card to reserve and print a pass, either from home or at the library. Take that pass with you to the cultural attractions, and present it to staff. That's all there is to it!

Each MAP pass expires within one week from the date it is printed. Limit one pass per library card. Each library will have five passes available per week for each of the participating organizations.
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For a map showing all participating attractions, click here.

Mango Languages

Mango is an online language-learning system that teaches actual conversation skills for dozens of languages, with more being added all the time. This includes several English as a Second Language (ESL) courses designed for native language speakers. It's so easy to use, you'll see incredible results after just one lesson! Get started with Mango now.

Upcoming Library Events

One-on-one Tech Tutoring is back! 

   Thursdays from 12:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. starting February 20th

   Do you need help figuring out your new kindle or want to learn how to use your computer? We can help! Call the library to schedule an appointment.    

Tai Chi in the Park

   Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. weather permitting

   Tai Chi is a gentle exercise modality that can be enjoyed by participants of all ages and levels of fitness. The hour long class will be held on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. Free and no sign up required.

Summer Reading: "Fizz, Boom, Read!"

   Wednesday, July 23rd at 10:30 a.m.

   This summer we will be exploring the fascinating world of science! Join us for an action-packed hour of stories, activities, and experiments! For kids ages 0-10. Free and no sign up required.   

Summer Reading! There's Magic in Books

   Wednesday, July 30th at the HERTH (401 River Street)

   Ignite your imaginations with this magical reading enrichment program. This fun performance conveys the importance of practicing good reading habits and enjoying reading. Things magically appear out of books just like reading. The story comes alive when using your imagination! Free and no registration required.

An Afternoon With an Author: LB Dunbar

   Wednesday, July 30th at 4:30 p.m. at the Elk Rapids Historical Museum (301 Traverse Street)

   Set in Elk Rapids, Dunbar's debut novel highlights Harbor Days, Evenings on River Street, the marina, and water adventures on our lakes. No fee or registration.

Speed Painting and Storytelling by Martina Hahn

   Saturday, August 2nd at 2:00 p.m.

   Master storyteller and Northern Michigan artist Martina Hahn will bring her five foot canvas to Elk Rapids again for an unforgettable performance. Can you guess the painting before she's finished?

Wednesday Evenings on River Street

   Wednesdays at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

   Stop by our booth to learn about library services, fill out a survey, or just say hi. We will be having a new fun hands-on science demonstration every week, so bring the kids!! This week we will be doing pendulum painting.

Island House Readers

   Wednesday, August 6th at 12:00 p.m.

   A book club that meets monthly. This month's book is And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. Click here to see the reading list for the coming year.

Fancy Nancy Ice Cream Soiree

   Thursday, August 7th at 2:00 p.m.

   You are cordially invited to join our fancy gathering at the library! We will read stories, explore fancy words, craft fantastic accessories, and walk downtown for a delicious scoop of ice cream. Please dress fancy if you would like. There is no cost, but please sign up by calling 264-9979, sending an email to, or stop in the library so that we can be sure to have enough materials for everyone! 

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