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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.

Be sure to check out the

Friends’ shelf the next time

you visit the library!


Activities

As a 501(c)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

Hosting Summer Solstice Picnic featuring The Banjo Boys, June 2022

 

Summer Solstice Picnic and Ice Cream, June 2022

Hosting the Bayshore Marathon Aid Station, May 2022

Collecting Book Donations and Sorting in preparation for August 2022 sale

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.

We were able to hold our large annual BOOK SALE in September 2021 with great results. This year's (2022) book sale will be held August 12 through August 20.

In addition to the annual book sale, we now offer an ONLINE BOOK SALE (TinyCat). As a result of 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: https://www.librarycat.org/lib/FPCL

The Friends have conducted several SILENT AUCTIONS such as Wine Down with Chocolate in 2019. Due to the Pandemic last year, the Friends held a VIRTUAL AUCTION, A Picture Can Be Worth $1000... or More. This had people viewing and bidding on auction items online, donated by individuals, businesses and artists in the community. The Friends made over $5,000 with participants just using computers and phones to make purchases.

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.

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 2022 Brick Order Form

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 or pick one up at the library. Please click here for the 2022 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

Quarterly meetings remaining in 2022 are to be held July 20 and October 19 in the Library Community Room.

Friends 2022 Calendar

Current Friends of PCL Officers are:

President:  Mary Kennedy

Vice-President:  Madelyn Ryan

Secretary:  Nancy Tucker

Treasurer:  Michele Westcott

Trustees:  Penny Campo-Pierce, Robbin Stott and Marcia Decker

Questions, comments or ideas? Please email the friends at pclfriends.omp@gmail.com