Memories Make the Library

Among Joe Yuchasz’s earliest library recollections are visiting the original library in the government building (now Java Jones) on River Street, and the library’s 1949 move to its current location. Joe remembers his mother helping to get army surplus shelving as part of her continuing support for the library. As Joe put it, “Mom was on the Library Board forever.” She also campaigned vigorously in support of permanent millages in the district to fund the library.

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Gera Witte
Elk Rapids Library: “Like Dessert for our Brains”

Marlene Boik of Elk Rapids seeks out our library and spends a lot of hours there, feeling right at home. She is an avid reader, and so appreciates having a library right here in the center of our village. She says, “When I read a book, I feel like I’m part of that book –wherever it takes me.”

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Gera Witte
Thanks for the Love!

A successful fundraising event like the "It Takes a Village" gala doesn’t happen without the support and generosity of a caring and engaged community. The Elk Rapids District Library is deeply grateful to everyone who attended and those who supported the event in many different ways.

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Gera Witte
Heart of the Community: An Interview Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake is thrilled to be living in Elk Rapids with her husband James and raising their daughter here. She’s also a very involved community member and enthusiastic supporter of the Library expansion project. Lauren appreciates the sense of community in Elk Rapids and sees the public library as a key contributor to community life.

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Gera Witte
A Look Back at the Historic Island House Library

By Terry Miller

My family moved permanently to Elk Rapids in 1955, and I soon learned one of the best places to hang out was in or near the library, which was already a vibrant part of our village. Margaret Kaiser was the librarian and, as luck would have it, her son Stephen was in my grade at school. That meant we often got special access.

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