Peninsula Community Library hosts reception for major donors on the Old Mission Peninsula
Front porch of the new Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo

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“The first step towards getting somewhere, is to decide you are not going to stay where you are.” – John Pierpont Morgan

Wow! We are definitely somewhere! Our new library is open and already a vibrant part of our community. People spend the day working, reading, crafting, playing and just relaxing by the fireplace with a hot beverage.

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Kids love the new grocery cart and all the toys that reappeared from storage. We have issued hundreds of new library cards. We are definitely not where we were, but in a whole new world of exciting possibilities.

We want to thank you for your patience with us during the months we were closed, for offering up free storage space for all our stuff, and for volunteering to help with the move. We are an amazing community! We are here because YOU made it happen!

Newsletter & Book Sale

A newsletter is in the works with a bit of a new look. Be sure to look for it in your mailbox in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, come peruse the Friends of Peninsula Community Library Book Sale through Saturday during normal library hours.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 25 through Friday, Sept. 27, books will be on sale for $5 per bag. On the last day of the sale – Saturday, Sept. 28 – you can cart off all that fits into a bag for just one dollar. Read more about the book sale here and here.

Friends Book Sale at Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
Book Sale organizer and superhero Gail Williams, left, with volunteers Carol Roeder and Florence Morrison | Jane Boursaw Photo

Talk With Tim!

Our very own oral history expert, Tim Carroll, joins us tomorrow at 2 p.m. for “Talk with Tim.” Tim has stories to tell and invites you to share yours, as well. The door from his ancestral Old Mission farmhouse hangs on the wall of the Local History Room. He may even let you ring the bell!

Tim will join us most Tuesdays through the fall, except for the week of Thanksgiving. Because space is limited, be sure and call the library, (231) 223-7700, to reserve your spot.

Peninsula Community Library hosts reception for major donors on the Old Mission Peninsula
Tim Carroll at a special reception for major donors of the new Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo

Story Stew, Pageturners, Threads & More

Story Stew will be offered on the first and third Thursday at 10 a.m. Bring your preschoolers for stories, crafts, song and fun! Kay Epple offers Preschool Mindfulness and Yoga for little ones at 10 a.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Our adult reading group, Pageturners, meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. (Editor’s note: We’re reading “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng right now – fantastic – and our book for November will be “Button Man” by Andrew Gross. -jb)

Pageturners leader Carol Olson, right, with Jen Viran, owner of Taproot Cider House in Traverse City, at the new Peninsula Community Library; Jen gave a presentation on making hard cider in celebration of book club book, "Hard Cider," by Barbara Stark-Nemon | Jane Boursaw Photo
Pageturners leader Carol Olson, right, with Jen Viran, owner of Taproot Cider House in Traverse City, at the new Peninsula Community Library; Jen gave a presentation on making hard cider in celebration of book club book, “Hard Cider,” by Barbara Stark-Nemon | Jane Boursaw Photo

Threads meets every Monday by the fireplace at 10 a.m. Bring along your latest knitting, needlepoint, cross stitch project, etc. and work among friends! Chapter Chicks, our mother daughter book club for 3rd to 5th graders, starts up again November 9 at 9:30 a.m. Books are available for all PCL’s book clubs on a first come basis.

Munson Healthcare Hospice invites you to join a friendly environment where grief and loss are understood. The program is co-sponsored by PCL on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 2 p.m. Share your story and learn from others. Read more about the OMP Grief Support Group here.

So much more is planned for our new gathering center. The future is ours as a community to write!

On this day in 1806, Lewis and Clark returned to St. Louis from their over two-year-long journey to the lands of the Louisiana Purchase, today the U.S. Northwest. The public excitement over their journey was huge.

Our journey down the road was not as far, took a little – just a little – longer, and has also drawn huge public excitement. We invite you to come home to the new Peninsula Community Library! You are going to love it here!

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