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‘Tis the season when ghouls and goblins come knocking at our doors for tricks and treats. That is certainly the case here at Peninsula Community Library (PCL), where Halloween is one of our favorite holidays!

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Aaron’s Crossing by Linda Alice Dewey

Author Shares ‘Inspiring True Ghost Story’

Author Linda Alice Dewey shares her own special ghost story this Thursday at 7 p.m. Her presentation is based on her book, Aaron’s Crossing: An Inspiring True Ghost Story (buy it here). Not all ghost stories are chilling. Some, like Linda’s, show us what it means to love from the heart. This program is appropriate for adults and teens.

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A Special PCL Haunting!

A special haunting happens here at Peninsula Community Library and Old Mission Peninsula School this Friday, Oct. 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., when we’ll gather for our Haunted Halloween. We have changed things up a bit with all the rain, the condition of the trail and fewer volunteers. Come into the library where the ghosts and goblins of Old Mission come out from their hidey holes in the stacks to scare us in good old fashioned fun.

Snacks and a craft will be available in the cafeteria, as well as dancing in the spookiness of the gym. At 7:30, we will gather in the gym for storytelling with Witch Wendy who now knows she must ALWAYS ALWAYS tell the tale of the Vinder Viper! Snack treats are needed – please bring them to the library anytime during regular hours on Thursday or before noon on Friday. Brownies, cookies, doughnuts, candy, etc. are most appreciated. This program is co-sponsored by PCL and the OMPS PTO!

Please note that PCL will close at noon on Friday so we can entice the witches and skeletons out of their closets before the program.

This Week at PCL

Regular programming this week includes Story Stew at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. Preschoolers are invited to join Mrs. Gerber for tales, crafts and snacks of Roly Poly Pumpkins!

Ghosts at Peninsula Community Library? Hmmm….

Are there ghosts at Peninsula Community Library? Well, I would say skeptically, no. However, a few years ago, we invited the Michigan Area Paranormal Team out to tell us about their investigations. After the program, one of the investigators dawdled in front of a section of stacks with books by a romance author. When I went over to talk to her, she asked abruptly, “Did an older woman who loved the library and read romance books once work here? She worked at the library until the day she died.”

I had to catch my breath before I answered. We indeed had such an employee. She passed away just before we moved back from Peninsula Market after the school was renovated. She did not work the day she died; however, she worked on a Thursday, went into the hospital the following day and passed away Monday. She loved both the library and romance novels. She was 84 years old. Skeptical? Yes. Totally unbelieving? No! Come to the library yourself this week and decide for yourself!

The library upon the hill,
Eerie in the night,
Stacked with books of creepy things
Fills readers with delight!
– Unknown

Update on the New Peninsula Community Library

We have yet to know if the land where our new library will be located – on the corner of Island View Road and Center Road – is haunted. It seems quiet there now, but one never knows! Environmental testing has been completed and soil samples have passed muster. The architectural committee met again with Township Planner Brian VanDenBrand and planning commissioner Marilyn Elliott. Soon we will submit the paperwork for our special use permit.

Fundraising and pledges stand at close to $1.6 million. We hope to make it to $2 million before the end of the year and $2.5 million thereafter. Look for a year end appeal in your mailbox soon. Please give generously toward a community gathering place for all! Our land was once Carroll land. The Carrolls go way back on the Old Mission Peninsula. If shadows of the past linger there yet, we think they would be happy that the library will keep the home fires going there for our community!

Happy Halloween!

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.

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