Little Free Library at Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Little Free Library at Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Feel free to share this post...

Looking for something new to read? There are a couple of Little Free Libraries on the Old Mission Peninsula – and probably more that I don’t know about. If you have one on your road that you’d like people to know about, let us know in the comments below.

Peninsula Community Library

In her recent update for Peninsula Community Library, director Vicki Shurly mentioned that there is a Little Free Library in front of the library, and everyone is free to take a book from there – with some guidelines.

Old Mission Gazette is Reader Supported.
Click Here to Keep the Gazette Going.

From Vicki:

There are many resources out there for you during this time we are closed. As of today, I have filled the little free library outside of PCL with books (both for kids and grownups). While we cannot by law offer you curbside service, I have been told that we can do this with some ground rules.

First and foremost, please put on gloves before you open the box or touch any books. Wear a mask or bandana! If you don’t have gloves, put a new plastic bag over your hand. Be sure to take those protective things away with you when you leave.

Only one person at a time is allowed at the little free library. Wait in your car if someone is already there. Last, but most importantly, while these little libraries are usually “take one leave one,” I temporarily declare ours “take only”! Do not return the book! Save it for our book sale way down the road, share it with other members of your immediate household, recycle it if you must! However, DO NOT RETURN IT TO THE BOX!

The rule will also be one book per customer at a time. Leave choices for your neighbors. I will continue to fill the box from our book sale shelves for as long as it seems the rules are being followed and for as long as the books hold out.

Bluff Road

OMP resident Nicole Smethells sent along a note that she has a Little Free Library at her place, 10547 Bluff Road (near the south end of Bluff Road).

Nicole says she has cleaned all the books, and I’m going to add that it’s a good idea to follow Vicki’s guidelines above: put on gloves before you open the box or touch any books (a new plastic bag over your hand works well, too). Wear a mask or bandana. Take the protective things with you when you leave.

Nicole added that folks are welcome to take as many books as they like, and also leave books that have been cleaned and sanitized. If there isn’t room in the box, books may be dropped at her door.

Nicole Smethells' Little Free Library on Bluff Road on the Old Mission Peninsula
Nicole Smethells’ Little Free Library on Bluff Road on the Old Mission Peninsula | Smethells Photo

Thanks for making these Little Free Libraries available for OMP residents! Again, if you have one you’d like to let folks know about, tell us in the comments section at the bottom of this story.

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.

Because Old Mission Gazette is a "Reader Supported Newspaper" -- meaning it exists because of your financial support -- I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks our way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the OMP. In a time when local news is becoming a thing of the past, supporting an independent community newspaper is more important now than ever.

To keep the Gazette going, click here to make a donation. Thank you so much for your support. -jb

Bay View Insurance of Traverse City Michigan


  1. What a great idea! Our library here has been closed since 3/17. Happily I was able to go the last day they were open and checked out a tall pile of books, which I have been sharing as I finish them…


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here
Please enter an e-mail address

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.