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L to R, Nikki Sobkowski, Vicki Shurly, Nancy Davy (holding photo of new library ground) and Heatherlyn Johnson Reamer | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Peninsula Community Library (PCL) received a major donation that brings them that much closer towards their fundraising goal of $2 million for the new library to be built on the corner of Island View Road and Center Road.

At a presentation tonight entitled “What Makes a Public Library,” PCL director Vicki Shurly made the announcement that Old Mission Peninsula residents Bill and Nancy Davy had pledged $750,000 towards the building of the new library.

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Shurly said this donation, along with a $10,000 donation from PCL board member Nikki Sobkowski and her husband Steve, puts them ahead of their fundraising goal by about seven months. They’ve now raised $1.1 million to date, and may reach their $2 million goal by the early part of 2018, instead of their anticipated date of August 2018.

“The fact that we have moved ahead in our timeline is really great,” said Nancy Davy, who is president of Friends of Peninsula Community Library. “But it also means we have a lot to do, and I look forward to working with everyone.”

Shurly noted that every donation, big or small, is very much appreciated. The “Kids JAM” group from Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church, voted to give two donations totaling $499 to the library building fund, including $269 from a recent bake sale at Peninsula Market. “The heart and soul that is in that donation says it all,” notes Shurly.

For more on PCL’s building project and to see architectural renderings, read our story on the “Books at the Boathouse” fundraiser in March.

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.

For more info, visit Peninsula Community Library’s website or call (231) 223-7700.

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Memories of Mrs. Arney and 6 Reasons Why We Need a New Library

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