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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.

Activities

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. The pandemic prevented the large annual summer sale in 2020, but some books have been sold in bundles and new ways of selling are being explored which may offer lots of interesting volunteer opportunities.

The Friends are accepting gently used books, DVDs and CDs again as part of our ongoing fundraising efforts. If you would like to make a donation please read the Book Donation Guidelines for more information.

The Friends have conducted several silent auctions, such as Wine Down with Chocolate in 2019.  This year’s auction, A Picture Can Be Worth $1000...or More will be virtual. 

Book Sale
Friends Gail Williams, Carol Roeder & Florence Morrison

Children's Garden Library
Photos courtesy of Jane Boursaw

The Friends also serve as hosts for the annual Parade of Homes and operate an aid station at the Bayshore Marathon.  Both of these annual events result in extra funds for PCL as well as rewarding and fun experiences for participants.

In anticipation of the Children’s Garden behind the new building, the Friends several years ago began selling personalized bricks that have been incorporated into the landscape design. 

Click here for a 2022 Brick Order Form.

Meetings

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 Minutes Nov17, 2021.docx

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FPCL minutes Sept22, 2021.docx

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FPCL minutes July 21, 2021 (1).docx

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PCL Book Sale
Our book sales are GREAT!

Officers

Current officers are:
President                      Mary Kennedy
Vice President              Madelyn Ryan
Secretary                      Nancy Tucker
Membership Chair        Robbin Stott
Treasurer                      Pat Wittcopp
Trustees:                       Robbin Stott, Penny Campo Pierce and Michele Westcott

MEMBERSHIP 

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