Bluff Road Goldfinch on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Bluff Road Goldfinch on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
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“Because that’s what Hermione does,’ said Ron, shrugging. ‘When in doubt, go to the library.” – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Sometimes, the best library ideas come from our patrons. After all, we are a family here at PCL!

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The other day, the Kampers called to suggest a group that might meet monthly for all the birdwatchers out there! I don’t know the names of many of the birds I see at the feeder out of my dining room window, but they are the best inexpensive entertainment around!

Whether you are an avid birder or just someone who loves them, we invite you to an organizational meeting Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. Share ideas for programming, talks, walks and more! We will see what evolves! “No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings!” – William Blake

Celebrate National Library Week all this week by sharing your own personal library stories! Adults and kids are invited to take a moment to pen a favorite memory of a librarian, a special library, an event you attended at a library, or a book you checked out that had an impact! You can use one of our special sheets in the library and hand it in at the desk, or you can email it directly to me, [email protected]. We will assemble the stories into a small booklet to share with all our patrons!

Star Wars is the name of the game Thursday, May 4th from 3 – 6 p.m. Families can drop by that day after school from 3 – 6:30 for DIY activities from our favorite out of this universe movies! Crafts, activities, a guessing game for prizes and more! We even have incredible treat bags (while they last) that kids can take home with them! May the Fourth be with you!

Many thanks to our hardworking Friends of Peninsula Community Library! They have just funded new playground certified “climbing rocks” to replace the deteriorating tree stumps the kids love to jump on in our Children’s Garden, as well as an outdoor sorting table so little ones can explore the textures and materials outdoors.

That’s not all, however! They have donated funds for a new scanner that will be used for historical documents and will be available by reservation to the public, as well as a storage cart for our Library of Things! The Friends of PCL are our BFFs!

The first libraries are believed to have appeared 5000 years ago on the Fertile Crescent, which is also the birthplace of writing. Similarly, archives were found in temple rooms in Sumer, consisting of clay tablets. While we don’t hold any clay tablets in our collection here at PCL, we have many interesting items that the first libraries would not have dreamed of: Explorer Kits, puzzles, games, Stem Kits, tools, a ukulele, snow shoes and more.

As we celebrate National Library Week, I am most grateful to my staff. They are the people who smile at you at the desk, listen to your life stories, and find what you need, wherever it is in libraries across the country!

Thomas Healy, the former head of the New York Public Library, could not have said it better! “The most important asset of any library goes home at night – the library staff.”

Thank you Carol, Becky, Mary, Dawn, Cruz, Amber, Kim, Denise, Mona and Anais! The many diverse talents you bring to PCL make all the difference!

-Vicki Shurly, Director of Peninsula Community Library

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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 the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my 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. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb

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