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Friends and supporters of Peninsula Community Library (PCL) gathered at the Boathouse on Feb. 11, 2018 for an update on the capital campaign to build a new library on 5.25 acres on the corner of Center Road and Island View Road on the Old Mission Peninsula.

As of Feb. 8, 2018, the building fund, including local contributions, grants, pledged donations, fundraising events and more, has surpassed $1.8 million, edging closer to the $2.5 million goal by July 1, 2018.

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Also unveiled at the gathering was the new “Brick Project,” whereby bricks may be purchased and used in the landscaping of the new PCL grounds. Learn more about this opportunity here.

At the gathering, Fred Zwemer reported that the special use permit (SUP) for the new library construction is moving through the Peninsula Township process. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on Jan. 22, authorizing the Township Planner to draft a “Findings of Fact,” which will be reviewed and possibly adopted at the upcoming Feb. 26 Planning Commission meeting. From there, the SUP will go to the Township Board level for another public hearing, and may be approved by April.

PCL Board President Heatherlyn Johnson Reamer noted that the Planning Commission has been “an absolute joy” to work with. “We’ve had such wonderful support, and we’re at that point now where it’s real,” said Reamer. “We’re going to see that building on the corner, and that’s exciting.”

The annual “Books at the Boathouse” event will be held on April 9, 2018, and include a live auction. Watch more info about this event on the Gazette, and read about last year’s event here.

The PCL staff and board embarked on the capital campaign to build a new library in the winter of 2016. Donations thus far have included a generous lead gift from Bill and Nancy Davy, as well as gifts from Tom’s Food Markets, AcenTek Communications and The Grand Traverse Regional Foundation.

For more on how you can help support the new library, click here or visit the PCL website and Facebook page.

You’re also welcome to contact PCL Director Vicki Shurly, (231) 223-7700, vshurly@tadl.org; or PCL Board President Heatherlyn Johnson Reamer, (231) 360-7081, heatherlynjohnsonreamer@gmail.com.

Here are a few photos from the Boathouse gathering.

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Paula Kelley (l), John and Rebecca Bercini, and Nikki Sobkowski at the PCL Boathouse gathering on Feb. 11, 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Nancy Davy (l) and Anita Klein at the PCL Boathouse gathering on Feb. 11, 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Heatherlyn Reamer (l), Terilee Johnson and Vicki Shurly at the PCL Boathouse gathering on Feb. 11, 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Bill and Mary Swift at the PCL Boathouse gathering on Feb. 11, 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Wendy Warren (l) and Lorelei Warren at the PCL Boathouse gathering on Feb. 11, 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Florence and Eliot Morrison (l) with Amy and Brit Eaton at the PCL Boathouse gathering on Feb. 11, 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Madelyn Ryan (r) with Carol Raphael, Jim Raphael and Bill Ryan at the PCL Boathouse gathering on Feb. 11, 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Wouldn’t it be a better idea if that money was going towards keeping our OM elementary school open and successful and protecting the amazing parcel of prime farmland that is about to be destroyed. Peninsula Township sure has conflicting priorities! Wish I was still on the Planning Commission so I could talk some sense into some people.

  2. Hi Jane – you have Paula Kelley incorrectly identified as me in the first photo. Thanks for all your great reporting! Mary Morgan

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