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It actually sounds like a library here at PCL for once! School kids and staff are on spring break, and we are NOT used to the sounds of silence here! In case you get bored this week with the kids under foot all week long, know that Peninsula Community Library is open normal hours all week. Adults are invited to come on in and have a hot beverage on us!

Also, a Movie Morning will be offered Thursday, March 30 at 10 a.m. We will be showing the animated film Angry Birds (Rated PG). We will have lots of yummy snacks to go with.  Bring blankets and pillows to lounge on the floor. Come in your jammies if you like!

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1000 BOOKS

Are you the parent of an infant or child who will start Kindergarten in the fall? Sign your child up for our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program! This is a DIY reading program. It is simple. Pick up at a packet at PCL and log the number of books you read to your child. For every 100 books read, bring us the form and your child may pick out a free book from our basket at PCL to keep, as well as the form for the next 100 books. The goal of the 1000 Books Foundation is to promote child-parent bonding, as well as early child literacy. The rewards are priceless. Get started today!

If you are traveling over spring break, we wish you safe journey. If a staycation is in the works, come keep the librarians of PCL company. We are here for you!


It’s that time of year when we are looking for volunteers for our aid station at the Bayshore Marathon. Thanks to Linda and Jon Goode who have generously offered to chair again this year, our Friends’ group will be able to count this among their annual fundraisers. The marathon is Saturday, May 27, 2017 and you must be there no later than 6:30 a.m. – no exceptions. A minimum of 30 volunteers are needed. If you can help out, please email Linda and Jon directly at [email protected].


Spring is also a time of new beginnings, and that is certainly true here at Peninsula Community Library! Our architectural renderings were revealed by Cornwell Architects at our Books at the Boathouse event on March 14 (see photos here). Those boards are now on display in the library. Come on in and see what we envision for the corner of Island View and Center Roads. The architects incorporated almost all of your community suggestions!

Pick up a yard sign to display in your neighborhood or a button to show your love for Peninsula Community Library – the HEART of the Community! Much gratitude goes to Doug and Erin Kosch and the Boathouse Crew who put on an unforgettable evening for the Library! Between tickets and the silent auction, more than $10,000 will have been raised for our building fund!

Thanks as well to the Friends of Peninsula Library, especially Nancy Davy and Penny Campo-Pierce, who helped extensively with the event.  Music for the evening was donated by Jane Arney and Hillar Bergman.

I leave you with this poem by Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001- 2003:


If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze
that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house
and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,
a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies
seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking
a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,
releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage
so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting
into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers like the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and magazines like Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So of course, I started my own newspaper. Because the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the Old Mission Peninsula. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb

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