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On Jan. 3, 1959, Alaska was admitted to the Union as the 49th state. Purchased from the Russian empire for two cents an acre, political opponents of the day called its acquisition “Seward’s Ice Box” after the Secretary of State who encouraged its purchase.  Today, we revere Alaska as one of our last frontiers. You might think you were in Alaska if you ventured outside today! Actually, we are colder and snowier than Juneau, Alaska, which is a rainy and balmy 39 degrees at the moment!

We encourage you to come in out of the cold and visit your township library where you can find books, movies, music, games, puzzles and crafts. You can even enjoy a hot beverage while perusing our magazines!

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If you are really up for some fun, adults can join staff members Mary and Cathy on Thursday January 11 at 7 p.m. when they lead a rousing tournament of BINGO. The evening is free of charge and includes snacks and prizes of books and puzzles from our sale cart. Call us to let us know you are up for the challenge!

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The King’s Daughter by Daniel Hendrix


On Monday, January 15 at 7 p.m., author Daniel Hendrix joins us to talk about his book, The King’s Daughter (check it out here). Historical fiction based on the true tale of a band of Mormons who settled and declared a kingdom on Beaver Island, the book is a riveting adventure. Copies will be available for sale and signing.


The Friends of PCL meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17.  Newcomers are always welcome! This group has pledged $30,000 toward a room in the new library! Help plan summer fundraisers!


Speaking of the new library, a public hearing is scheduled for Monday, January 22 at 7 p.m. at Peninsula Township Hall, 13235 Center Road. It’s the first step in obtaining the permits to build on our land on the corner of Center Road and Island View Road. Come and stand up to say that you love Peninsula Community Library! Our building  fund stands at almost $1.8 million in gifts, pledges and expected donations. Help us reach the $2 million mark! You can mail a check to the library made out to the building fund or give by credit card at the PCL website.

Call for information on gifts of stock and/or wire transfers, and read more about the new library here.


Regular PCL programming includes:

  • Pageturners on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
  • Gentle Yoga happens Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. for $7.
  • The Great Start Collaborative offers their 5 to One playgroup on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
  • Story Stew for kids is offered the 2nd, 4th and any 5th Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Our Reading Therapy Dog Zeb loves to listen to kids read – call for times.
  • Bring your project to THREADS at PCL on Mondays at 10 a.m. and work among friends!
  • Chapter Chicks Mother Daughter Book Club for tweens meets January 20 at 9:30 a.m.

Note that PCL will be open on Martin Luther King Day – Monday, Jan. 15. We will honor Dr. King’s commitment to service by being here to serve our community.

Just a reminder that when Traverse City Area Public Schools are closed due to weather, PCL is also closed. When conditions are treacherous, we may close early on other days, as well. Call before coming out in nasty weather! Books due? Worry not! We always backdate when checking in to the last day we were open!

Keep warm! Drive safely!

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 Old Mission Gazette is a "Reader Supported Newspaper" -- meaning it exists because of your financial support -- I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks our 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. In a time when local news is becoming a thing of the past, supporting an independent community newspaper is more important now than ever.

To keep the Gazette going, click here to make a donation. Thank you so much for your support. -jb

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