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—Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) German writer, romantic poet, social essays


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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 

   Thursdays from 12:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

   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.

Preschool Story hour

   Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. when school is in session

   Chuck and Sue welcome you to join them for an hour of stories, songs, and a craft. Free and no registration required.

Meditation Series: Bringing more You into your life by learning to pause, breathe and relax

   Wednesday, October 22nd at 2:00 p.m.

   This meditation course will be led by Sharon Huxford, who has been practicing meditation for over 20 years. The series will feature walking meditation as weather permits, sitting meditation indoors and practicing 'The Pause'. There will be time for questions and discussion during portions of each class. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Classes are free and no sign up required. 

Jazz and Poetry with Kwame Alexander and the Elk Rapids Jazz Band Saxophone Quartet

   Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Elk Rapids Historical Museum (301 Traverse St.)

   Michigan Reads author and award winning poet, Kwame Alexander, will read some of his poetry and highlight stories from the lives of jazz greats, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk, while sharing the spotlight with our hometown jazz sax quartet. This not to be missed performance is free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Island House Readers

   Wednesday, November 5th at 12:00 p.m.

   A book club that meets monthly. This month's selection is The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Lake Michigan Water Levels: A Historic Perspective with Roger Gauthier

   Thursday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the Elk Rapids Historical Museum (301 Traverse St.)

   As the former head of the U.S. Army Corps or Engineers in our region and current chairman of Restore Our Water International, Mr. Gauthier is an expert on hydrology, hydraulics, and climate, as well as economic and environmental changes. This promised to be a robust discussion about the history of lake levels, the best approaches governments and citizens can implement, and answers to frequently asked questions. There is no sign up or fee. 

Make Noise at the Library!

   Friday, November 7th at 10:30 a.m.

   Bring your preschooler up the hill for a fun hour of music with local musician Kathryn Christian. Studies have shown that singing, kinetic movements, and rhyming improve early literacy success. This program is free and no registration required.

An Evening with a Photographer: Ken Scott

   Saturday, November 8th at 3:00 p.m. at the Elk Rapids Historical Museum (301 Traverse St.)

   Using his photographs and related materials, Ken Scott will talk about his artistic process while focusing on the images, not the technical jargon. His work will be available for sale after the presentation. There is no cost and no sign up. Light refreshments will be provided.

As Seen on Pinterest

   Saturday, November 15th at 11:00 a.m.

   Kim Cook is back with another crafting adventure from Pinterest! The class is free, and you get to take home your creation. To spend the morning supporting the right side of your brain, please call or stop by the library to sign up.

Book Chats With Friends

   Wednesday, November 19th at 3:30 p.m. 

   The public is invited to attend Book Chats once a month and share a recently read book or an old favorite. The group meets the third Wednesday of the month. There is no charge, no sign-up, and it isn't necessary to attend each month.


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Location & Hours

300 Isle of Pines
PO Box 337
Elk Rapids, MI 49629

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Mon-Thu: 10am-8pm
Fri-Sat: 10am-5pm
Sun: 1pm-5pm

The Library will be closed on Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day.

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