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It is definitely summer here in northern Michigan!  June is always a little iffy weather wise, but with Cherry Festival, warmer waters, farm stands and tourists, summer has definitely arrived.

July was originally Quintilis in the Roman calendar, but was changed around 44 BCE to honor Julius Caesar. Considered the warmest month historically in the Northern Hemisphere, it is the coldest in the Southern Hemisphere. Hot activities are definitely happening all month long here at Peninsula Community Library (PCL)!

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We invite you to a special evening Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. when our very own patron and volunteer Nancy Tucker and her co-author Trilby Plants are on hand to talk about their mystery, Double Danger. A fast-paced romantic suspense novel, the book is set in the woods of northern Michigan’s U.P.

Now is the time to drop off your donations for our Friends and Fine Editions Used Book Sale. Books, puzzles, games, music and movies are all being accepted for the sale, which kicks off July 19. Members of “Friends of PCL” may shop from 4 – 7 p.m. that day, with the sale open to the public at 7 p.m. Come on in and sign up to volunteer! Our Local Artist’s Fair will be held Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and food trucks will be in the parking lot once again.

Regular 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. Story Stew for kids is offered Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Our Reading Therapy Dog Coco loves to listen to kids read – call (231) 223-7700 for times. Notary service is available too – call for more info. Kids enjoy crafts and play in our Imagination Station. Bring your project to THREADS at PCL on Mondays at 10 a.m. and work among friends!

Take a DIY Story Walk along the nature trail leading to the school pond this summer. Signs along the way tell the tale Rattlebone Rock by Sylvia Andrews. Surprises at trail’s end, courtesy of PCL!

Summer Reading Club (SRC) for all ages is in full swing. The theme is “Libraries Rock,” and we are truly rockin’ this summer at PCL! Be sure to pick up a pamphlet to record your books or reading time.  Fulfill the requirements, and teens and kids earn a gift card to Horizon Books. Adults will be entered into a drawing for a slew of great prizes! This year we are using the same form for all ages.  Register on the clipboard when you pick up the form. We are doing SRC the old fashioned way this year!

Here is the scoop on upcoming SRC programming:

  • July 9 @ 6 p.m. – Meditation Rocks for Teens (RSVP)
  • July 10 @ 10 a.m. – Mexican Hat Dance Rock
  • July 16 @ 6 p.m. – Meditation Rocks for Adults (RSVP)
  • July 17 @ 10 a.m. – Rattlebone Rock StoryWalk
  • July 23 @ 6 p.m. – Rock Out T-shirts for Teens (RSVP)
  • July 24 @ 10 a.m. – Musical Science Rocks
  • July 31 @ 10 a.m. – Rock the Library with Miriam Pico – All Ages

Have a wonderful weekend, and be sure to make PCL a part of your summer fun!

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

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