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PCL Crew at Bayshore Marathon 2017 | PCL Photo
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“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa

There is nothing truer than this quote when it comes to Peninsula Community Library. You may have noticed some activity on the 5.25 acres that the library owns at the corner of Island View and Center Roads. The beautiful renderings done by Cornwell Architects are on display in the library, and the surveying and soil samplings are complete.

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Our fundraising campaign is well under way with the guidance of the fundraising firm of Zrimec and Wick. I am very grateful and pleased to announce that, thanks to a donation of $750,000.00 by Bill and Nancy Davy (more here), we have surpassed the halfway mark on our way to the goal of $2,000,000.00 seven months early.

Nancy is the president of the Friends of Peninsula Community Library, a weekly volunteer here and the head of the Building Campaign’s Events Committee. Their generous donation came out of the Davy’s pure love for the library and PCL. To date, our building fund stands at more than $1.1 million dollars from 217 donations and pledges. Our heart overflows for everyone in our community and for all who have given in order to ensure that we always have a truly public library on Old Mission Peninsula.

Be sure to come by Talbot’s this Thursday between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to support the Friends of Peninsula Community Library! A portion of every sale will be donated to the Friends. Our very own PCL model, Board President Heatherlyn Johnson Reamer, will be on hand from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., during which time you may enjoy refreshments while you shop. I hope to see you there! Thanks to Talbot’s’ manager and PCL patron Mary Rybka for making this event possible.

Much is happening at PCL this summer. Our quarterly newsletter was mailed to all residents, and you can also check our website for news and events. This week, we invite you to Story Stew for little ones on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. The theme is Going on an Adventure, Michigan style!

I want to thank Linda and Jon Goode for chairing our Bayshore Marathon Aide Station this year. Sixty-one volunteers got up at the crack of dawn to hand out energy drinks and water and to cheer the runners on! Good job, all! Funds earned go to the Friends of PCL, who support our programming and fund major purchases for the library.

I leave you with a special story. When it comes to what is most dearest to our hearts, we all give what we are able. Last week, the library received a gift from the JAM kids of the Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church. The kids held a bake sale at Peninsula Market and voted to give the funds earned to the library’s building fund! Everyone can make a difference. If you are interested in giving, please contact the library. Special naming opportunities are available for larger gifts, and several of these have already been earned with pledges of support.

“Anyone who thinks they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room.” – Christine Todd Whitman

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Future Home of Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo

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 and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, 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 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 OMP. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb

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