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“When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.” – Mr. Rogers

Yesterday was the very first day of school, and all of us here at Peninsula Community Library were privileged to see all kinds of heroes – none of them wearing capes – at least not that we could see.

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There were parents dropping precious children off for the first time at a new school to a new teacher in a new grade. There were the littlest students, my grandson among them, in shiny new shoes, carrying brand new backpacks overwhelming to a Kindergartner’s size. There were volunteers everywhere, directing, smiling. There were teachers and staff working hard to make everyone feel welcome.

And then, there is the library and its staff – always warm and loving – a home away from home to so many in our community – a place where your superhero power allows you to disappear into books and reappear at will!

As we start a new school year, we have been asked to let you know that the fire marshal will no longer allow parking in either of the circles. We will work hard to ensure that our less mobile patrons have a way to park close and make it in the door.  Bear with us!

Helen Vogel – What To Do With All Those Scraps

Here at PCL, all of our patrons are definitely superheroes, especially when they offer their time and talents to do programs! Quilter Helen Vogel joins us this Thursday, September 6 at 6:30 to share some creative ideas on what to do with all those Scrap Happy pieces of fabric that quilters accumulate over the years.  Feel free to bring your own completed projects to show and tell, as well!

Singer Miriam Pico at PCL

Disappointed over our cancelled summer concert with Miriam Pico, when the popular singer caught whatever bug was going around? We have rescheduled, and Miriam will be here September 20 with a concert for all ages at 6:30 pm. If the weather is nice, pack a picnic and join us out behind the library for a talent that always pleases. If the weather is not cooperative, the concert will happen in the library instead.

Register to Vote at PCL

Looking ahead, we all know that Voting Counts! Celebrate National Voters Registration Day September 25 by registering to vote right here at PCL! The non-partisan Grand Traverse League of Women Voters will be on hand to assist from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. that day.

Pageturners, Yoga, Story Stew & More

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 10 a.m. (note change), with the 4th Thursday offering free books for kids, courtesy of Born to Read and Twilight Rotary.

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 Mondays at 10 a.m. and work among friends! Chapter Chicks Mother Daughter Book Club meets October 20 and December 15 at 9:30 a.m. We have Large Print materials, audio-books and DVDs! Call for more info!

What IS a hero really? American poet, singer and civil rights activist Maya Angelou said it well: “I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.”

I cannot begin to tell you how many of YOU have been that to us over the years. I am most grateful!

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