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Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
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Day 1: Brawl in the morning, party that night – HE and SHE meet and fall madly in love.

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Day 2: HE convinces her to marry him that day. They marry in secret and sleep together that night.

Day 3: SHE fakes her death to avoid marrying another man.

Day 4: HE commits suicide when HE believes SHE is dead.

Day 5: SHE finds HE is dead and stabs herself.

Daytime soap opera??? Well, if you have not guessed by now, I have shared with you a very poor summary of Romeo and Juliet, who, according to Shakespeare himself, were married this week – on March 11 – in 1302. Should you care to read the master playwright’s version, we have his complete works here at Peninsula Community Library (PCL), along with many other classics!

Books at the Boathouse

Books at the Boathouse has become a classic fundraiser here at PCL , thanks to Boathouse proprietor Doug Kosch and his staff. This year’s event is April 9 and tickets are available now for $150 per person. $100 is tax deductible.

This annual premier event features appetizers, wine, dinner, dessert and an update on our building project. Our guest speaker is Angie Morgan, bestselling author of “Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success.” The evening will also feature a live auction with none other than Ron Jolly, host of The Ron Jolly Show on WTCM AM 580. Be sure to get your tickets at PCL soon! All proceeds go to our building fund!

Upcoming Events at PCL

Adults may join us for round 2 of Bingo for Books, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a St. Patty’s Day theme. Special prizes for the best green garb! RSVP at (231) 223-7700 or!

Adults may also join us March 19 at 6 p.m. for an evening of euchre with friends and neighbors. You bring the tricks; we will provide the cards and snacks. RSVP.

It IS March and Spring is just around the corner, so we are already putting out the call for volunteers to work our aid station at the Bayshore Marathon the morning of May 26. Email me,, if you are able to help out that day.

Buy a Brick! Help Build a New Library 

Are you looking for a great way to honor a friend, child, parent or other relative? Check out the Building a New Library page on our website – click here – and download the form to order an engraved brick for the garden at the new library. Bring it into PCL with your check and we will take care of the rest. Read more about the Bricks program here.

A special request from our OMPS PTO friends – bring canned goods and personal toiletry items to the table outside the library to benefit the students at Traverse City High School Alternative Education. Many of these kids are couch surfing or have children of their own and count on the high school pantry for every day needs. Last day to bring items in is this Friday, March 16.

Over the years, many big Hollywood films have been based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” including “West Side Story” and “The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride.” It is interesting to note that Shakespeare’s play was based on a true family feud that took place in Verona, Italy in the 12th century. The feud evolved into legend, and Shakespeare perfected it from there.

Legends have evolved here on the Old Mission Peninsula, as well. Did you know that we had a Lover’s Leap here on the Peninsula? The library owns an old photo on the back of which is written, “August 13, 1924, Lover’s Leap, East Bay” (check it out here). Hmm … I wonder what legends and stories could evolve from there?

In any case, we have many stories, both local and foreign, here at PCL to keep you interested. Come on in and lose yourself in our shelves!

“Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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