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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 and involvement in many fun activities that benefit the local community.


As a 501c 3 organization, the Friends raise funds in order to support PCL beyond its operating budget. Most recently, PCL Friends have:

  • Funded activities in 2020-21 such as Take-Out Craft Bags for children and adults
  • Provided equipment and art supplies for the Library
  • Provided the subscription to the Traverse City Record Eagle
  • 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

How do Friends make money?

Most Friends’ activities involve donated books…collecting them, organizing them, storing them, and selling them. We were able to hold our large annual BOOK SALE in September 2021 with good results. This year's (2022) book sale will be held August 12 through August 20. We are currently accepting gently used books, DVDs and CDs as part of our ongoing fundraising efforts. If you would like to make a donation please read the Book Donation Guidelines for more information.

In addition to the book sale, we now offer an ONLINE BOOK SALE (TinyCat)From generous community donations, we have many books that are more valuable than our typical $2 book sale pricing.  We have beautiful coffee table books, best sellers, autographed copies, collectable items, vintage books, and first editions. Please check out the How-To document with detailed instructions on how to browse and purchase the online books. To go directly to the bookshelf, visit

Book Sale
Friends Gail Williams, Carol Roeder & Florence Morrison

The Friends have conducted several silent auctions, such as "Wine Down with Chocolate" in 2019.  Due to the pandemic last year, 2021, Friends held a virtual auction, "A Picture Can Be Worth $1000...or More!". This had people viewing auction items online, donated by people, businesses and artists in the community, and place the highest bid. Friends made over $5,000 with everyone just using computers and phones to make purchases.

Children's Garden Library
Photos courtesy of Jane Boursaw

The Friends operate an aid station at the Bayshore Marathon over Memorial Day weekend and we are always looking for volunteers for this fun experience.

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 2022 Brick Order Form.


Friends meetings for 2022 will be at 1:00 pm on January 19, April 20, July 20 and October 19 in the library Community Room.


FPCL Meeting minutes April 20, 2022.docx

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FPCL Minutes Jan 19, 2022.docx

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FPCL Minutes Nov17, 2021.docx

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PCL Book Sale
Our book sales are GREAT!


Current officers are:

President:  Mary Kennedy

Vice President:  Madelyn Ryan
Secretary:  Nancy Tucker
Treasurer:  Michele Westcott
Trustees:  Robbin Stott, Penny Campo Pierce, and Marcia Decker

Membership Chair: Robbin Stott

Annual Book Sale Chair:  Marcia Decker        


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 below or pick one up at the circulation desk.  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+

Books in carriage house

FOL Membership Form 2021

Friends Membership Form 2021

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Books in Community Room