Friends Book Sale at Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula; Used Books | Jane Boursaw Photo
Friends Book Sale at Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Cleaning your house out? Or maybe your parents’ house? Trying to figure out what to do with everything? Yep, me, too.

Here’s some good news for us. The “Friends of Peninsula Community Library” group is now accepting gently-used books, DVDs and CDs to sell at their upcoming sale – an annual fundraiser for the library.

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Beginning Monday, May 24, you may bring donations to the PCL Carriage House, and each Monday thereafter, between 4 – 6 p.m.

Pack the books into boxes and place them in your trunk or hatch. Volunteers will be there to assist in getting the books and other materials unloaded and into the Carriage House, which is located right next to the library at 2893 Island View Road on the Old Mission Peninsula.

Once they build up enough items to sell, and once it becomes clear how a sale can safely proceed, they will let us know the date and we’ll post it here on the Gazette.

If you’re unable to drop items off on Mondays, you may bring one bag or box per visit to the circulation desk in the library during regular library hours.

Questions? Call the library at (231) 223-7700.

Again, they are looking for gently-used books, DVDs and CDs.

What they CANNOT accept:

  • Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
  • Encyclopedias
  • Magazines (nope, not even all those National Geographics in your basement)
  • VHS Tapes
  • Textbooks
  • Outdated technology manuals
  • Outdated medical information
  • Items that are dirty, moldy, water damaged or with excessive markings or highlighting

Here’s a good way to decide whether to bring something in. Ask yourself, “Would I buy this?” If the answer is no, don’t bring it.

Now the big question. My mom passed away in January of 2020. Am I ready to part with some of her beloved books? Hmm … maybe. But definitely not her tattered copy of Janice Holt Giles’ “Miss Willie” (held together with a rubber band) or Gene Stratton-Porter’s “The Keeper of the Bees.”

Those – and a few others – are staying with me, and my kids will have to figure out what to do with them after I’ve passed into the Great Beyond.

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

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