“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
All of us probably recognize the Preamble from the U.S. Constitution. On this day in 1787, 39 people signed the United States Constitution. The signers were influential people of their day, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Benjamin Franklin. The Constitution, along with its interpretations and amendments as needed over the years, is the law of our land. Many historians consider its first words as the most important in the entire document: “We the People.”
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Peninsula Community Library (PCL) is definitely a library for and of the PEOPLE! Our building campaign is driven by neighbors and friends, all of whom LOVE PCL! We are at $1.5 million of our $2.5 million goal. If you are not involved yet, you can still be involved. Volunteer, give, pass the word on! The PEOPLE of our community are making this happen! Stop by the library and see the Constitution Day display provided by the Job Winslow Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It’s all about the PEOPLE!
Come on in tonight at 7 p.m. for a special program. Artist Janet Wilson Oliver, illustrator of “Fire Bird, the Kirkland Warbler Story,” will be here to tell us how to illustrate a book. The program is appropriate for older elementary students on up through adults! PEOPLE of all ages enjoy programming at PCL!
For those of you who came to Mr. Randy’s retirement party in August, Randy and his family have asked me to convey their love and thanks to all of the PEOPLE for the many gifts and well wishes. Randy is learning to relax – hopefully – and working on that long honey-do list his wife Buffy has saved up for him!
Our reading dogs Zeb and Coco are back to work October 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Call and reserve a spot for your child to practice reading here at the library to two avid canine listeners! They will be in most Tuesdays, so be sure to RSVP a spot for your little reading PEOPLE!
Our very active Friends group meets Wednesday at 1 p.m. here in the library. This great group of PEOPLE plays a very active role in our building campaign. They are the event planners, the organizers, the labor and the drive behind our community giving. There is always room for more, so feel welcome to join us!
Our 5toOne playgroup, sponsored by the Great Start Collaborative, gathers this Thursday at 9:30 a.m. We are in need of patrons to volunteers on an alternating basis to play with the kids and bring in healthy snacks (prepackaged only please). They meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. Let me know if you can serve your community in this way! The good news is that we now have preschool programming every Thursday, with our very own Story Stew offered in the same time slot on the 2nd, 4th and any 5th Thursdays! PCL is for little PEOPLE too!
Chapter Chicks, our mother daughter book club, will be begin meeting again on Saturday November 18 at 9:30 a.m. I have revamped the program a bit, and we will enjoy a light breakfast with our discussion and craft instead of the potluck dinner. Please let me know if you are coming. Books are available in the library on a first come basis. Please return them as soon as you are done so that other people may have time to read, too. Books are chosen for discussion value, but are geared toward a 3rd to 4th grade reading level. November’s book is Katie and the Cupcake Cure by Coco Simon. Girls of all ages are welcome with their special adult PEOPLE.
What is so important about the phrase “We the People?” Today, We the People includes all citizens of the United States – of all races and color, any gender, and regardless of religious, sexual or political persuasion. Kids.laws.com says that the words convey that the people give the government its power. Here at PCL, it is the people who have made a small rural library the heart of their community. It is the people who are making sure that we will have a forever home at the corner of Island View and Center Roads!
See you at tonight’s program!
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