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—Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4BC?-AD 65) [The Younger] Roman Stoic philosopher, writer, tutor


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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.

For a map showing all participating attractions, click here.

Learn a new language

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

Borrow eBooks from the Library

Thousands of digital titles (ebooks and audiobooks) to choose from. Download books instantly to your home computer and transfer to another device, such as a Kindle, iPad, etc. To get started, click here.

Upcoming Events

One-on-one Tech Tutoring is back! 

   Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 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.    

Preschool Story Hour

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

   Bring your child ages 0-5 for an hour of stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. 

Trashformations Felted Wool Bag workshop

   Saturday, April 26th at 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Repurpose those old wool sweaters! A two-hour workshop is being offered to anyone wishing to learn how to create a beautiful, one of a kind, felted wool bag. Participants should bring: two or three felted wool sweaters (directions can be found on the internet for felting the wool); heavy-duty thread and needles and pins; a sewing machine if you have one, but not necessary. Bring your creativity and a sense of adventure into the world of felting. As space is limited, please contact Connie Clark no later than Wednesday, April 23, at 231-264-5977(leave a message) to reserve a spot.

Youth Advisory Council Meeting

   Monday, April 28th at 3:00 p.m.

   Open to all high school students interested in shaping how the library serves our community. Last meeting we started planning our first program. We will continue with our program planning, with the council members taking the lead! 

New Lego Club!

   Monday, April 28th at 6:00 p.m.

     The New Lego Club will meet for an hour of building fun. April's theme is create a creature! There is no sign up or charge.

Island House Readers

   Wednesday, May 7th at 12:00 p.m.

   A book club that meets monthly. This month's book is The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. Click here to see the reading list for the coming year.

Evening with an author: Ellen Airgood

   Thursday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the Elk Rapids Historical Museum (301 Traverse St.)

   Our next author in this series is a waitress from the Upper Peninsula. Her debut novel, South of Superior, perfectly depicts the small town ambiance we all are intimately familiar with in a heartwarming story with strong characters and a charming setting. It was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition and was selected as the Michigan Notable Book for January 2012. No fee and no sign up. Light refreshments will be provided.

Make Noise at the Library!

   Friday, May 9th at 10:30 a.m.

   Did you know that singing and music can teach early literacy skills? It's true and happening at your Library! Bring your preschooler up the hill for some fun music and rhythm experience with local musician, Kathryn Christian. They'll have so much fun they won't even know they're learning!

Little Rembrandts

   Friday, May 16th at 10:30 a.m.

   A hands on art class for preschoolers. We will be learning about Claude Monet, the Spring season, and butterflies. It may get messy, so dress appropriately! Free and no sign up.

Community Book Talk 

   Wednesday, May 21st at 3:30-5:00 p.m.

   If you love reading and have a hard time finding new authors, if you enjoy discussing what you've read lately, or just want to get out of the house, this is the group for you! This book group doesn't have a required reading list--just come and talk about books and authors while you enjoy good company. There is no charge and no need to sign up.

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Location & Hours

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

Elk Rapids Area Map

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

The Library will be closed Easter Sunday.

The Library will also be closing Wednesday, April 30th at 4:00 p.m. through Friday, May 2nd for staff and board training, and spring cleaning.

The Library will resume normal hours Saturday, May 3rd at 10:00 a.m.

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