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Peninsula Community Library

"Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first of September was crisp and golden as an apple." 

 JK Rowling in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  


It has been an unusual summer to say the least, almost normal in some ways and in other ways fraught with anxiety over the future. While some of you are saddened I am sure over summer's coming end, there are others who celebrate the cooler days, bountiful harvests and rich colors that autumn offers.  What the coming seasons bring is unknown, but we - staff, board and patrons - have adapted well here at PCL.  We have followed the rules and kept safe, allowing us to serve with a semblance of whatever "normal" has become.  I am grateful to each and every one of you who come in and, without being asked, continue to wear your masks, socially distance and use the hand sanitizer.  Keep up the good work! 

It is hard to believe with all that has happened in the past year that next week, our beautiful new library will be one year old!  Happy birthday, PCL!  Stop in September 8 from 10-4 for a carryout cupcake and free book of your choice from the book sale that never happened.  A community built our lovely new home and I am so very grateful to each and every one of you for your part in it.  Special hugs to Bill and Nancy Davy, our generous lead donors, without whom there would be no new PCL.  So many tourists have stopped in this summer awestruck.  More than once, I have heard the words, "This is the most beautiful library I have ever been in!"  Thank you all!

Be sure to check our newsletter which was sent snail mail to OM residents this week or our website for fall programming.  During this time of distancing, we offer several of our ongoing programs virtually.  Call the library to register.  Story Stew for kids is offered the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 11 AM.    Pageturners Book Club meets on the 3rd Thursday at 6:30 PM, books available on a first come basis at PCL.  Our French Conversation Group calls all language Francophiles, fluent and beginning, to meet the 3rd Saturday at 11 AM.    

Grade school kids are invited to pick up Takeout Bags filled with crafts and activities the first and third weeks of each month.  Bags will be available while supplies last.  Story Stew craft bags are offered for pickup the 2nd and 4th week of the month.  Still to come later this fall are craft bags for adults! 

Chapter Chicks, our book club for grade school girls, meets via Zoom October 17 at 10 am.  Books are geared toward 3rd to 5th grade readers and are available at the circ desk, but older girls are most welcome,  The books are chosen for discussion value  not reading level and are mostly quicker reads since we know how busy our kids get!   Let me know if your daughter wishes to join us.  Takeout bags will be available with themed discussion materials, snack, craft and activities the week before we meet.   A few of you have expressed an interest in a similar club for boys.  We have offered one in the past with poor attendance, but I am willing to try again if enough young grade school men commit.  Let me know!  Like Chapter Chicks, it would be geared toward independent readers, books chosen for discussion value.

Families are invited to join us 9/12 at 10:30 AM for distanced art in the garden. We will provide oil pastels and line prints on high quality paper as well as x marks the spot space.  You MUST call to register as openings are limited.   Program is weather dependent and the project is strictly DIY.    

The Friends of Peninsula Community Library meet via Zoom September 16 at 1 pm.  Call for details.  Bring your ideas!  

Speaking of the garden, our Mack and Lorraine Beers Children's Garden behind the library is a sight to behold.  Feel free to wander or enjoy anytime.  Pick a little parsley, sage or rosemary to take home.  In season, there are blueberries and strawberries too!  There are now picnic tables and benches, as well as the Zwemer Family Little Free Library with books for kids.  Help yourself, but for the time being, do not leave any books.  Our Little Free Libraries (including the one out front for adults) are take only during the pandemic.

Still not comfortable coming into the library?  We are open, but now offer CURBSIDE PICKUP as a regular service.  Please pull into the two MARKED SPACES - there are signs - remain in your car, call us and pop your trunk.  We will bring your items out and shut the trunk for you! 

Please note that PCL will be closed September 5-7.  We wish you a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend.  

62 years ago today, the Pulitzer prize winning novel The Old Man and the Sea was published.  It was the last major work by Ernest Hemingway published during his lifetime.  It is the story of Santiago, an old but expert fisherman and his struggle to catch an incredibly large marlin.  The bane of many high school students as required reading, it is a beautiful tale of  perseverance and resilience in the face of adversity.  Manolin, the young boy who cares for the old man, is a symbol of hope in the future.  We see that  hope in the future here at Peninsula Community Library in the kindness our patrons young and old show to one another and my staff.  Thank you for being a part of our community family!  


Vicki (9/1/2020)

"The only thing that you absolutely need to know is the location of the library." Albert Einstein
Peninsula Community Library opened on the stage of the Old Mission Peninsula School in 1957.  In 1959, by the vote of the people, PCL became a certified township library under the laws of the State of Michigan.  Peninsula Community Library has long been the heart of the community. 

In 2016 with changes happening in the school, the Director and Board of Trustees decided to mount a campaign to build on the 5.25 acres the library had purchased back in 1990.  In a short 2.75 years, the  financial goal of 2.5 million dollars was surpassed, an architect hired, a contractor engaged and a structure built.  The move into our beautiful 5600 square foot facility was facilitated by volunteer community members in early September of 2019. 

To quote an Old Mission citizen when asked in the past why people turn out to help at the library, "This is what communities do!"  Peninsula Community Library is fortunate to serve as a beloved institution in a rural area surrounded by orchards, vineyards and  the best wineries in the state.  We are often an unexpected tourist destination, when curious visitors stop by to ask about the library in the fields. 

I am honored to be director  in a community that values and loves its library and its library staff.  The feeling is mutual.  When a small child playing in the children's area with the train set or pretend market runs up to give me a hug, or when elderly patrons come to say goodbye as they leave for warmer places in the winter, or when  someone wants to volunteer just because they love the library, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for my community and the people who live here. 

A library has books and movies and music and activities and more, but a library is really about the people.  It is the people who work here and use the library who make it special.   

Peninsula Community Library is truly a gift by the community to the community.  Come visit us soon! 

Vicki Shurly, Library Director