Peninsula Community Library Construction on the Old Mission Peninsula, August 2019
Peninsula Community Library Construction, August 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Construction on the new Peninsula Community Library continues to move forward, and at last week’s library board meeting, they set an opening date.

Stay tuned to Old Mission Gazette for more info about the celebration being planned, but we can now confirm that the new library will be open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at 10 a.m.

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The amount of people involved in this project – that started with a seed of an idea a few years ago – is astounding. As library director Vicki Shurly says, the new library is definitely a community project that will be “The Heart of the Community.” I can’t wait to attend the official opening and post photos on the Gazette for folks who can’t be there.

Until then, here are a few photos of what things look like at the moment. Well, this first photo is actually outdated already. There is now an actual parking lot with asphalt on it!

Peninsula Community Library Construction on the Old Mission Peninsula, August 2019
Peninsula Community Library Construction, August 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo

We recently reported that the angel at Tim Carroll’s house would be flying to the new library. The angel has flown! Right onto the roof of the library’s Carriage House.

Peninsula Community Library Construction on the Old Mission Peninsula, August 2019
The Carriage House with Tim Carroll’s Angel; Peninsula Community Library Construction, August 2019 (library director Vicki Shurly is talking with one of the G.T. Construction team) | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Community Library Construction on the Old Mission Peninsula, August 2019
The Carriage House with Tim Carroll’s Angel; Peninsula Community Library Construction, August 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Community Library Construction on the Old Mission Peninsula, August 2019
The Carriage House with Tim Carroll’s Angel; Peninsula Community Library Construction, August 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo

And here is the antique door from Tim Carroll’s house just a stone’s throw north of the new library (the Carroll family homestead that dates back generations). The door is now displayed proudly in the new history room that will bear Tim’s name. Thank you, Tim!

Peninsula Community Library Construction on the Old Mission Peninsula, August 2019
Tim Carroll’s Door in the History Room; Peninsula Community Library Construction, August 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo

Here is the Mary Johnson Fireplace (bearing my mom’s name because of her dedication and foresight, along with the library board back in the 1990s, to buy the five acres on which the new library currently sits).

I can’t wait to sit in front of this fireplace “with Mom” (she won’t be there, as she is currently in assisted living with dementia, but she will always be there in spirit). Thank you, Mom and previous library board! Oh, and the mantel fireplace is from our family barn north of Mapleton. Thank you, Dean! (My brother, Dean Johnson)

Peninsula Community Library Construction on the Old Mission Peninsula, August 2019
The Mary Johnson Fireplace; Peninsula Community Library Construction, August 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo

And lastly, I was very excited that I got to be part of this decision. When I was taking photos the other day, Vicki Shurly was there going over some details with one of the Grand Traverse Construction team members. She asked my opinion on whether this “building date marker” should be sort of in back of the building or out front where people can see it. I said out front, and that’s her feeling, too. Thanks, Vicki! I can’t wait to see the new marker in place.

It also reminded me of all of the many big and small decisions that have been made during the construction process. Vicki and the current Library Board (including my niece, Heatherlyn Johnson, who’s the board president – we are a library family, like so many others on the OMP) have been on task with that all along. Big thanks to everyone.

Peninsula Community Library Construction on the Old Mission Peninsula, August 2019
Building Marker; Peninsula Community Library Construction, August 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo

A new Peninsula Community Library website is in the works, as well. Until then, though, be sure and check out the goings-on at the current website here.

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 and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, 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 I started my own newspaper.

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