Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
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“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and here at Peninsula Community Library (PCL) we honor the great life and work of the man who has come to symbolize the quest for equality that is at the heart of who we are as Americans.

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PCL is open today in service to you, our patrons. Beginning today through this week, we join hands with United Way of Northwest Michigan in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A special take-out bag for children is available with a free book, activities and craft. Just pull up curbside and call us. We will bring them out to you while they last.

In the white mailbox on the porch, you will find colorful hand cutouts. We invite you to write your idea for making the world a better place. Return it to the mailbox and we will display them in our windows!

Be Mine Valentine. Patrons of all ages are invited to pick up a bag with supplies to make a heart-shaped cake. You will need to supply the kitchen essentials and ingredients needed for the cake mix. The bag may be picked up Feb. 8-10, and you must RSVP by Feb. 1. A short Zoom demonstration will take place from Vicki’s kitchen on Feb. 11 at 6:30 pm. Instructions for making and assembling the cake will be in the bag, so the Zoom program is not required. One bag per household please!

Bingo Canceled. Please note that BINGO has been canceled due to state laws regarding offering the game virtually. Our apologies!

In the ZOOM. During this time of distancing, we offer ongoing programs virtually. Call the library to register. Story Stew for kids is offered the 2nd and 4th Fridays at 10 a.m. Chapter Chicks Mother Daughter Book Club will meet Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. Pageturners meets on the 3rd Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Book club picks are available on a first come basis. French Conversation Group calls all language Francophiles the 3rd Saturday at 11 a.m.

(Editor’s Note: The book for this Thursday’s Pageturner’s Book Club (via Zoom) is “The Mother-In-Law” by Sally Hepworth (excellent!). The book for February is “The Winemaker’s Wife” by Kristin Harmel (looking forward to it!) – jb)

Pick Up and Take Out. Grade school kids may pick up bags with crafts and activities the 1st and 3rd weeks of each month. Adults craft, too! The materials you need to create are available in a takeout bag the 2nd week of the month with DIY instructions. Story Stew bags are offered the 2nd and 4th week of the month to those who register. All available while supplies last!

iPads in the Parking Lot. We now have iPads available for your use while in the parking lot. Pull up curbside, call us, (231) 223-7700, and we will bring one out to you. You will be able to access our WiFi from the comfort of your car. We will hold your current driver’s license while you are using the iPad. It will be exchanged back when you are finished with the unit.

PCL Friends! Grab a cup of coffee at home for a Zoomed “Friends of Peninsula Community Library” meeting, Jan. 27, 1 p.m. Friends work their magic with fundraisers and activities for PCL. Look for their membership application in the mail soon! Email me, [email protected], for information on the meeting.

At Your Service. PCL offers books, movies, puzzles, games, large print books, and more to get you through these gray winter days. Printing, faxing and copying? YES, we can do that! We are excited to announce that we now have stem kits for kids thanks to a grant from Newton’s Road and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Wireless service is accessible in the parking lot 24/7. Notary services are available curbside, but you must call for an appointment.

We have a large collection of books and movies on the Civil Rights movement. Go online or call to reserve your favorite. One of mine? “SELMA” – “One dream can change the world.”

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela

SUPPORT YOUR INDEPENDENT LOCAL NEWSPAPER: 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. Thank you so much for your support! -Jane Boursaw, Editor/Publisher, Old Mission Gazette

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