Peek Inside the New Peninsula Community Library! – Photo Gallery

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The new Peninsula Community Library is changing daily as it takes shape on the corner of Center Road and Island View Road on the Old Mission Peninsula. I’ve lost track of the number of times I went by there this winter, snapped pictures, didn’t get them posted to the Gazette, took more pictures the next time I went by, lather, rinse, repeat.

But I had the opportunity to tour the new library and carriage house a few days ago. It’s absolutely fabulous (and has changed yet again in the few days since I was there!).

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Things are moving along, and the Library Board expects to move into the new building sometime in the next few months. I have a general idea of when, but I’ll keep you posted as we get closer to a grand opening date. I guarantee it’ll be worth the wait.

New Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
The group gathers on the back porch of the new Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo

I was part of a group of friends, staff, volunteers and donors, some of whom checked out the space they sponsored for the first time.

The new library’s coffee bar will be named in honor of Jon and Sue Kinne, whose $10,000 contribution secured the naming rights to a part of the building that is sure to attract book lovers and caffeine fans alike.

New Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
Sue and Jon Kinne in the coffee bar area sponsored by them | Jane Boursaw Photo

Many other areas of the new library have been named via generous donations, including the building itself (a $750,000 anchor donation by Nancy and Bill Davy), the Friends Room (Friends of Neahtawanta Group), the Children’s and Teens’ Areas (Tom’s Food Markets), the Local History Room (Tim Carroll), and the Children’s Garden (the Beers Family).

New Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
Left to right, Brit Eaton, Jon Kinne, Amy Eaton and Sue Kinne in the room sponsored by the Friends of Neahtawanta Group | Jane Boursaw Photo
New Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
Tim Carroll in the Local History Room sponsored by him | Jane Boursaw Photo

The Fireplace will be dedicated to my mom, Mary Johnson, who was a member of the library board that wisely decided 20 years ago to purchase the 5.25 acres on which the new library is located. The fireplace mantel is constructed of wood from my family’s historic barn just north of Mapleton.

Thanks to Library Board member Nikki Sobkowski for snapping a pic of me and my niece, Library Board President Heatherlyn Johnson Reamer.

New Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
Yours truly and my niece, PCL Board President Heatherlyn Reamer in front of the ‘Mary Johnson Fireplace,’ in honor of my mom, at the new Peninsula Community Library (mantel is from our family’s barn) | Nikki Sobkowski Photo

Jim and Fran Krupka gifted the library with funds for the naming of the back porch, because they envision sitting on it with a great book some summer’s day.

New Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
The group gathers on the back porch of the new Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo

Take a look at a few more photos from the sneak peek tour…

New Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
PCL Director Vicki Shurly (in hard hat, center) and group in the Community Room | Jane Boursaw Photo
New Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
Sneak peek at the new Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
New Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
PCL Friends President Nancy Davy and PCL Director Vicki Shurly in Vicki’s new office | Jane Boursaw Photo
New Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
PCL Director Vicki Shurly opens a window with help from Jon Kinne and Amy Eaton | Jane Boursaw Photo
New Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
PCL Staff check out their new space in the new Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
New Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
A Grand Traverse Construction staffer displays the stone work for the ‘Mary Johnson Fireplace’ | Jane Boursaw Photo
New Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
Windows on the back side of the new Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
New Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
Looking towards the back of the building in the “stacks” area | Jane Boursaw Photo
New Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
Looking towards the front of the building in the “stacks” area | Jane Boursaw Photo
New Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
The group gathers on the second floor of the Carriage House | Jane Boursaw Photo
New Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
Happy library patrons, friends, sponsors and staff on the second floor of the Carriage House | Jane Boursaw Photo

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