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“The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” – Albert Einstein

How true this statement is. Here at Peninsula Community Library (PCL), we offer books, movies, music, digital materials, copies, FAX, notary services, instruction on tech devices, internet access, programs for entertainment and education, play areas, and answers to a vast array of questions, from how to refinish historic wood floors to how to remove cat urine from your clothes (yes, actual requests!). If you cannot find it anywhere else, you CAN find it at your public library!

Old Mission Gazette is Reader Supported.
Here to Keep the Gazette Going.


Join us for a good old fashioned farm fun on Sunday, June 25, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Paula Kelley is sponsoring a picnic dinner to benefit the library’s building fund. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids, or you may purchase a family ticket for $50. Tour the Kelley’s historic barn and farmhouse in the village of Old Mission, check out a snake habitat, pet a duck or chicken, enjoy a golf cart ride, or walk to a historic cemetery.

Tickets MUST be purchased in advance at the library. No alcohol or pets are allowed. The entire ticket price goes to PCL for our new building! Come out and enjoy the fun. Questions? Call the library at (231) 223-7700.


Lab Girl, Hope Jahren
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

There are always things happening at PCL! Yoga is offered every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. for a small fee. Threads meets on the second and fourth Mondays at 10 a.m. Bring your latest needlework or fiber arts project and work among friends. Our book discussion group for adults, Pageturners, meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome. Books are available on a first come basis at PCL. Our book for June is “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren.

Story Stew for little ones happens on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 9:30 a.m., but does not meet in July. Look for changes in August when Story Stew moves to the second and fourth Thursdays of the month to make room for 5 to One, an early childhood playgroup that is parent led and co-sponsored by the Great Start Collaborative. An organizational meeting will be August 3 at 9:30 a.m., and all interested parents and their children are invited to participate. Thereafter, 5 to One will be offered on the first and third Thursdays of the month, alternating with Story Stew on the second and fourth Thursdays.

Our Reading Dog, Zeb, will be in this summer on Tuesday mornings. Call us to reserve a spot for your child. You may also see Zeb’s little sister! Coco just received her therapy dog certification!

If you have little ones at home, please ask about signing up for our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Here at PCL, your child earns free books and gets their name on our wall for every hundred books read. Literacy begins at birth! The books YOU read to your child or infant count, too!

Summer Reading Club starts NOW at Peninsula Community Library for patrons of ALL ages, including adults. Be sure to stop in and pick up a brochure. Programs, prizes and activities are offered for all. The theme is perfect for PCL this year – Build a Better World. The District Library also offers a program, and you can participate in both! .  Information about TADL’s program is available at this link.


Summer hours start the week of June 18. The schedule is the same except that we are closed on Saturdays until after Labor Day. Library hours: Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Tues., Wed. and Fri., 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed on July 4, Sept. 2 and Sept. 4.


The FRIENDS OF PCL BOOK SALE begins July 20, but you may sign up to volunteer now. A signup sheet is available in the library or you can sign up online soon. Bring your donations of books, DVDs, puzzles, games and music in now!


The big news at PCL is, of course, no secret. Actually, we want to shout it from the highest library shelves! Our Building Campaign has surpassed the halfway mark! At this writing, we have received $1,134,492.90 in donations and legally binding pledges. We are well on our way to the $2,000,000 needed to build.

Many thanks to donors Bill and Nancy Davy for their gift of $750,000. While we will always be the Peninsula Community Library, the new building will be called The Davy Building or a similar title of the Davys’ choice.

Another big announcement is Tim Carroll’s gift of $45,000 to fund the Carroll Johnson Local History Room. As you know from recent media news, our date for raising $2,000,000 has been moved up to December 2017. Many naming opportunities are available. This is a lasting way to honor the memory or love for someone special. Call the library for details!

We promise that you will always have a truly public library on Old Mission. We are not just dreaming the possibilities! Our community is making them happen!


In celebration of the half way mark, the Friends of Peninsula Community Library are sponsoring a Million Dollar Party at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 23, on PCL’s land (site of the new building!) at the corner of Island View and Center Roads. All are invited.

Many thanks to the Friends, Bill and Penny Pierce, for the pig roast, and Doug Kosch of The Boathouse Restaurant for the side dishes.

You will need to bring blankets, chairs and beverages. We will be offering guided tours around our new building layout! There is no charge, but we need to know how many to plan for, so please RSVP to me via email, [email protected], or by calling (231) 223-7700. Hope to see you there! This is truly a community celebration of a truly community library!!!

Libraries in America are no longer the quiet, stodgy institutions they were stereotyped as years ago. Libraries have reinvented themselves into dynamic community gathering places. So come on in this summer! We are open! Make a joyful noise! Libraries are alive and thriving. Peninsula Community Library is headed into a secure and bright future! You know where we are and where we are going! Come along for the ride!


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