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Peninsula Community Library

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Purpose and Benefits

The Friends of Peninsula Community Library is a dedicated group of people who value the presence of a top quality library here on Old Mission Peninsula and volunteer their time to promote and support it. Their efforts enhance literacy and learning throughout the community.

In addition to the opportunity to meet other like minded people, members enjoy early access to book sales & involvement in many fun activities that benefit the local community.

Old Mission residents and visitors alike look forward to the annual summer sale

as well as smaller sales hosted occasionally throughout the year.


Be sure to check out the Friends Shelf next time you stop in the library!


As a 501(c)3 organization, the Friends raise funds in order to support PCL beyond its operating budget. This year the Friends are contributing over $20,000 to help fund Programs and Services. Most recently, PCL Friends have:

  • Funded activities such as Take-Out Craft Bags for children and adults

  • Provided equipment and art supplies for the Library

  • Provided the subscriptions to Traverse City Record Eagle, New York Times & Wall Street Journal

  • Helped cover expenses for Summer Reading Club

  • Sponsored speakers and musicians

  • Paid performers for Zoom appearances

  • Contributed to the new PCL building construction by donating $35,000 to the Capital Campaign Fund

  • Contributed to the purchase of the library's new generator

  • Contributed to the establishment of PCL's new Library of Things

Dozens of volunteers turn out to help at the

Bayshore Marathon Aid Station

sponsored each year by PCL Friends.

The Friends' first ever Coloring Party drew plenty of friends

who enjoyed the conversation as much as the coloring.

From left: Harriet Lemke, Dinah Kretschner, Edith Sommers & Becky Dykstra.

Good Friend Ellen Kerr is often on hand
supporting and enjoying Friends' activities.

Kayla Keenan photographed individuals, 
families and even pets at the recent photo shoot
fundraiser which benefitted the Friends.

How do the Friends make money?

The Friends benefit greatly from generous donations from PCL patrons and yearly membership dues. In addition, most Friends’ activities involve donated books...collecting them, organizing them, storing and selling them.

In August 2022, the Friends Book Sale brought in over $6,000. Stay tuned for details on the 2023 book sale.

The Friends are currently accepting book donations the first and third Mondays of each month from 4 to 6 pm. Please follow these guidelines.

The Friends receive a significant donation from the Bayshore Marathon for OPERATING AN AID STATION during this Memorial Day weekend event and are always looking for volunteers for this fun experience.

Friends and library fans have a lot of fun and provide a great community service every year at the Bayshore Marathon.

Photos courtesy of Jane Boursaw

The Friends have been able to contribute to the Children's Garden behind the library both in fundraising and landscaping by selling PERSONALIZED BRICKS over the last several years. We will continue to offer the purchase of these bricks each year. To have your brick installed in the current year, your order needs to be made by June 30th of that year.

Click here for a Brick Order Form


Membership is open to anyone interested in becoming involved. Beyond paying the membership fee, there are no assigned duties, but involvement is rewarding for those who wish to connect with others and pitch in with the group's efforts. New Friends are always welcome!

You may download the application or pick one up at the library. Please click here for the 2023 Friends of PCL Membership Form. Completed forms and dues should be submitted to a staff member at the circulation desk.

Annual dues are structured to accommodate both households and individuals:

Friend                                   $15/Individual

Friend(s)                               $25/Household

Lifetime Friend                    $100/Individual age 75+

Meetings and Events

Quarterly meetings are held in the Library Community Room.

Friends of PCL 2023 Meeting and Event Dates

FPCL Minutes

Detailed minutes of past Friends of PCL meetings can be found here.

April 19, 2023

January 18, 2023

October 19, 2022

July 20, 2022

January 19, 2022

Budget and Financial

Current Friends of PCL Officers:

President:  Marcia Decker

Vice-President:  Madelyn Ryan

Secretary:  Nancy Tucker

Treasurer:  Mary Kennedy

Trustees:  Robbin Stott, Lisa Taylor, and Michele Westcott

Questions, comments or ideas? Please email the friends at