The new Peninsula Community Library (PCL) will have an outdoor drop box, thanks to a $6000 grant from the Old Mission Women’s Club.
In a letter to the club, PCL Director Vicki Shurly noted, “The special gift you made this year ensures that patrons, especially older ones, will not have to get out of their cars and trek into the building when they need only return books and movies.”
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She said that during the planning stages of the new library, an exterior drop box was at the top of patrons’ wish list. “Your generosity has made that wish a reality,” said Shurly.
“I am always unendingly proud that our small library is among the worthy recipients of your grants. Please know that we are grateful and honored. We are so fortunate to be a part of such a supportive community. You are an amazing and talented group of women. The impact you make is enormous.”
She added, “It is our sincere hope that you will all join us at the grand opening of the new library this summer. You have been a very big part of the community that has made this happen!”
Nancy Davy, President of the Friends of Peninsula Community Library group, also noted that outdoor drop boxes at libraries have very specific rules and regulations, including the fact that they need to be bomb-proof.
The new library is rapidly taking shape at the corner of Island View Road and Center Road. It’s anticipated that a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening will take place sometime this summer. We’ll keep you posted on a date and time here on Old Mission Gazette.
Organized in 1931, the Old Mission Women’s Club is a non-profit organization designed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. This year, rather than spread out the annual grants to many groups as in previous years, the club voted to award just two grants of $6000 each.
In addition to the library grant, another grant of $6000 was presented to Old Mission Peninsula School, to be used for a high-tech security system.
Visit Peninsula Community Library’s website to find out how you can help support the new library.
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