Winery Hill on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Summer Solstice; Winery Hill on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Monday, June 21, 2021…

I don’t know about you, but I had to wear a jacket to work today! The change in weather “chose” an interesting day since this day usually marks the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, which is the day of the year with the most hours of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere and the fewest hours of daylight in the Southern Hemisphere. Oh well! We live in northern Michigan and are used to multiple seasons within a day!

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Speaking of – or rather BECAUSE of the weather – Stories from the Porch (scheduled for Monday, June 21) will be rescheduled at a later date. Men’s Group will also not meet this week due to conflicts of schedule, but will resume July 21 at 7 p.m. in person here at the library, as all capacity limits are now lifted.

Tails & Tales Summer Reading Club fun is happening soon! Adults pick up a DIY BINGO card to earn prizes. Kids and teens pick up a tracker form and a bag of recyclables to create an imaginative tailed creature. Turn them in by August 15 to receive a gift card to Horizon Books!

On July 10, teens get a fun-filled takeout bag and participate in a scavenger hunt. Kids’ programs happen in our Children’s Garden Fridays in July starting July 9 and include activities and take out bags.

  • Week 1: Tales & Tails of Land & Sea
  • Week 2: Tales & Tails of Our Best (Pet) Friends
  • Week 3: Tales & Tails Under the Rocks and in the Woods
  • Week 4: Tales & Tails of Summer Fun and Music with Miriam Pico

Kids and teens may also enter a ticket at the library for each book they have read to enter a raffle for one of five huge stuffed animals!

Story Walk. Thanks to a grant through the Library Services & Technology Act and The Library of Michigan, we are offering outdoor sensory story strolls each summer month beginning the middle of June. Families walk through our Children’s Garden to enjoy story boards, new xylophones and a Fairy Village.

Grief Support. Erin Gray, MA, LPC, Bereavement Coordinator at Munson Healthcare Hospice, will host an informal outdoor group support at PCL on June 29 at 2 p.m. For more information, please call 1-800-252-2065 or email [email protected].

Kid’s Best Friend! PCL’s Reading Dog Lani is back on Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m. to noon by appointment, with the first reading taking place this past Tuesday. Stay tuned for upcoming readings. A mask is required for this event.

Save Those Seeds! Drop off extra plant seeds to share! Fill out our seed form! Our original card catalog will house commercially packaged and saved seeds, clearly marked. Patrons will be free to choose, ideally bringing us seeds from their plants once they develop.

Seed Library at Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Seed Library at Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

The Regulars. Pageturners Book Club meets on the 3rd Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with the July meeting held in person at the library! Chapter Chicks Mother Daughter Book Club meets in person at PCL on June 23 and August 18 at 10 a.m. Book club picks are available on a first come basis. Gentle Yoga meets OUTSIDE on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Story Stew, on hiatus for the summer, resumes in the fall.

From the Friends of PCL

A message from the Friends of PCL, who by the way do so much for all of us here at the library, including sponsoring the Traverse City Record-Eagle, assorted events, much-needed collections items, and a healthy portion of our programming…

“The Friends of Peninsula Community Library held a very successful two-day book sale this month. We still have a large selection of books thanks to the generous donations by all our Peninsula neighbors (and their friends). We plan on holding another sale in September that will be for more than two days.

We will continue to collect books on Mondays, 4 – 6 p.m., at the carriage house through the end of June; that’s one more date on June 28. The Friends book sale committee will then be taking a summer break until sometime in August. The Library will not be accepting donations for us at this time either.

We appreciate the donations, as all proceeds support our favorite library, so make sure to bring those books, DVDs, CDs and puzzles that you want to donate this month (read more about donations here).

Thanks again for your donations. It really makes a difference in what programs the library can offer to our community.”

Summer Solstice Explained

What exactly is the solstice? Earth is tilted at about 23.5 degrees. As it rotates around the sun throughout the year, each hemisphere, northern and southern, experiences half a year tilted toward the sun, and the other half tilted away from it. The solstice marks the point in time that one of the Earth’s poles is in its maximum tilt toward the sun, while the other is in its maximum tilt away from the sun.

When the northern hemisphere is tilted towards the sun, Canada, the United States, and Northern Mexico experience the longer, warmer days of summer, while those in the southern hemisphere experience the shorter colder days of winter – and vice versa.

In any case, cultures all across the globe have celebrated the solstice through the centuries with food, song, dancing and bonfires. Regardless of how you celebrate, we hope you make PCL a part of your summer – even with your winter coat!

Bed in Summer

by Robert Louis Stevenson

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

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  1. The Poem is etched in my mind word for word. I used to recite it to all four of my kids when they were little.


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