Representatives from Peninsula Community Library (PCL) unveiled the architectural plans for the new library last night at their “Books at the Boathouse” fundraiser, which took place at the Boathouse Restaurant on the Old Mission Peninsula.
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The library has long owned 5.25 acres on the northwest corner of Center Road and Island View Road, and announced last year their plans to build a new library there. They kicked off their fundraising campaign at a community team-building meeting in February, and with last night’s dinner and silent auction kick-off, the “Building the Heart of the Community” campaign is officially in full swing.
After an exquisite Irish dinner accompanied by Old Mission Peninsula wine and Irish music played by Hillar Bergman and Jane Arney (the daughter of early PCL librarian Marge Arney), the architectural plans for the new library were unveiled by PCL Director Vicki Shurly, PCL Board President Heatherlyn Johnson Reamer, and architects Mark Humitz and Ben Loznak of Cornwell Architects. Take a look at the plans…
The new farmhouse style library will include a large community room for library programming and public use, a local history room, group rooms (including one for teens), a carriage house style “garage” for book sales and other programming, front porch, screened back porch and lots more.
The professional fundraising firm of Zrimec & Wick is leading the campaign to raise $2 million in capital funds. The goal is to raise the money by August 31, 2018, break ground as soon as possible after that date, and open to the public in the spring of 2019.
The silent auction items introduced at the “Books at the Boathouse” fundraiser are now on display at the library for viewing and bidding through March 21. Items include an original seat from Wrigley Stadium, gift certificates, artwork, signed children’s books by Old Mission author Brianne Farley, a basket of “Old Mission products” (including from Old Mission Gazette!), Waffles with Tim Carroll, and lots more.
A Mocktail “Great Gatsby” Party to announce the winners will be held at the library at 7 p.m. on March 21. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be served, and everyone is welcome to don their finest Gatsby frocks.
Contributions to PCL’s Building Fund may be made payable to Peninsula Community Library / Building Fund. Donations may be made in person at the library or mailed to Peninsula Community Library, 2699 Island View Road, Traverse City, MI 49686. Stay tuned for an online payment option, coming soon.
For more info, visit Peninsula Community Library’s website or call (231) 223-7700.
More photos from the “Books at the Boathouse” fundraiser…