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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It seems like there is a day for everything. Yesterday, believe it or not, was “National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day,” celebrating words that do not rhyme with any other word in the English language. Examples include chimney, purple, orange and silver. I will let you contemplate others!

It has been a busy summer at Peninsula Community Library! The winner of our adult summer reading club basket is Cheryl Olson. We had almost 90 kids and adults participate in various ways, and that does not include those who attended programs – a record here at PCL! If your child made a recycled creature, please pick it up by Saturday. Otherwise on Monday, we will assume you do not want it back. Adults and children who turned in reading logs or BINGO forms may pick up their certificate to Horizon Books this week, as well!

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Upcoming Programs at the Library

Looking ahead, we offer several programs in September. Please note that masks may be required for some indoor programming. If you are fully vaccinated and simply using the library, masks are strongly encouraged per the CDC, but not required.

Singing the Good Old Songs Again: Gary Brandt and Jackie Davidson combine classic and original folk songs into a show that is fun for all. That happens on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in our Children’s Garden. Bring a chair.

The Day that Changed the World: On its 20th anniversary, walk through a poster exhibition recounting the events of September 11, 2021 through personal stories from witnesses & survivors. The exhibit is courtesy of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. It will remain up from 9/11 through September. Craft an origami crane for our display – a symbol of peace.

Living the Herbal Life: Bevin Cohen, author, herbalist, gardener, seed saver and educator joins us Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. to explore how herbs can be an ally in healthy living.

Just a reminder to SAVE THOSE SEEDS! Fall is the season! Bring them in to share in the spring! Fill out our seed form! Our original card catalog houses commercially packaged and saved seeds, clearly marked. Thanks to volunteer Judy Heffron!

Seed Catalog at Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Seed Catalog at Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo

Our popular craft bags are here to stay! Pick up kids bags the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month. Adults bags are available the 2nd week. Dates may be fluid, so call first. Available while supplies last!

The Friends of PCL are an incredible support to the library, funding many activities, subscriptions, collection items and more. Recently, they funded a bench for the Covid Memorial Tree, circulation desk tables, a bookcase for our Friends Room, and STEM kits and games. Look for new Explorer Bags soon!

The Friends’ Used Book Sale kicks off publicly September 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check the PCL’s website for more hours (or the Gazette’s Community Calendar). Volunteers are needed! Sign up at PCL! Friends meet Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. We LOVE our Friends! (Note that because of the volume of people who attend the book sale, masks are required.)

Pageturners meets on the 3rd Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Chapter Chicks Mother Daughter Book Club meets October 16 at 10:30 a.m. Book club picks are available on a first come basis. Gentle Yoga happens Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. for a small fee. Social Mahjong gathers the 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 1-4 p.m.

Story Stew has been changed to the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m.

By definition, a perfect rhyme requires an exact match of all sounds and stressed vowels. Free verse poetry is non-rhyming, nonmetrical and does not follow any rules. It became popular in the early 20th century, based on a movement in France in the 1880s called vers libre. How should you celebrate No Rhyme Day? Hmmm … I leave that up to you, but here is a sample of free verse by Walt Whitman, a master at it! Enjoy!


AFTER the sea-ship, after the whistling winds,
After the white-gray sails taut to their spars and ropes,
Below, a myriad myriad waves hastening, lifting up their necks,
Tending in ceaseless flow toward the track of the ship,
Waves of the ocean bubbling and gurgling, blithely prying,
Waves, undulating waves, liquid, uneven, emulous waves,
Toward that whirling current, laughing and buoyant, with curves,
Where the great vessel sailing and tacking displaced the surface,
Larger and smaller waves in the spread of the ocean yearnfully flowing,
The wake of the sea-ship after she passes, flashing and frolicsome under the sun,
A motley procession with many a fleck of foam and many fragments,
Following the stately and rapid ship, in the wake following.

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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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