Sweet Cherries on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Sweet Cherries on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Sweet days of summer, the jasmine’s in bloom
July is dressed up and playing her tune
And I come home from a hard day’s work
And you’re waiting there
Not a care in the world.

Summer breeze makes me feel fine
Blowin’ through the jasmine in my mind.
– Seals and Crofts

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July is definitely a fine month at Peninsula Community Library! There is enough going on to please everyone, even if you just want a cool space to HANG OUT!

Summer Time FUN. Patrons of all ages are invited to enjoy four weeks of reading, songs, games, crafts and fun with PCL’s Summer Reading Club. Sign up at PCL.

  • Week 1 (July 10-15) is Camping FUN with stories in a tent, 7/11 at 11 a.m.
  • Week 2 (July 17-22) is Bubbling over with Water FUN – Story Hour, 7/18 at 11 a.m.
  • Week 3 (July 24-29) is FUN on the Move – Story Hour, 7/25 at 11 a.m.
  • Week 4 (July 31-August 5 is FUN with Friends featuring Music FUN with Miriam Pico, 8/1 at 11 am.

All programs are held outdoors weather permitting. Teens join us 7/27 at 6 p.m. to make a drip art masterpiece and for pizza! RSVP please! BE SURE TO BRING YOUR LITTLE ONES TO SEE OUR COOL PHOTO OPP IN THE FOYER! THEY CAN EVEN CRAWL IN THE TENT TO READ!

Swaying to the Music. Our garden concert series is in full swing. This Friday, July 14 at 7 p.m., Doc and Donna return with popular songs we all love. August 9 at 7 p.m., Ruth and Max Bloomquist offer up “rootsy acoustic Americano folk!” On August 18 at 7 p.m., PCL’s own neighbor “Johnny Keys” entertains with jazz and more! Pack a picnic for all! Rain venue is the community room, no picnic.

Michigan Medicine. We are proud to continue our collaboration with University of Michigan Medicine. This series features physicians renowned the world over. On July 17 at 3 p.m., Dr. John D. Bisognano, M.D., Ph.D. talks about preventing heart disease as we age. August 21 at 3 p.m. brings Dr. Christopher D. Lao, M.D. on new treatments for melanoma and advanced skin cancers. Looking ahead to October 2 at 3 p.m., we are joined by Dr. Martin G. Myers, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., who shares recent research on diabetes and progress toward a cure. Each hour-long program will be followed by a fireside chat with time to ask personal questions. You MUST register at victors.us/MMPeninsula. Only a few slots left, so sign up soon!

Quilts for Kids. Join Kellie Chase to help transform fabrics into patchwork quilts for kids facing serious trauma. Meetings quarterly starting 7/11, 10 a.m. – noon. Quilts for Kids is a non-profit organization. RSVP.

Movie Matinee. Escape the heat with movies and snacks! 7/12, A Bug’s Life (G). 8/25, Honey I Shrunk the Kids (PG). And for TEENS – 8/31, JAWS (PG). All at 1 p.m.

The Gift of Life. PCL partners with VERSITI for a blood drive 8/23. All blood collected stays in Michigan. Register now here.

Our Friends are Your Friends! The Friends of PCL have hot summer plans! Join them at their general meeting 7/19 at 1:30 p.m. The Annual Book Sale starts August 9 (members only) and opens to the public 8/10 – 8/16.The last day to donate books before the sale is July 17 from 4-6! Are you able to volunteer? Stop by the library to sign up! We NEED your help! There are also slots available for the September 23 Art Fair. Email Becky Dykstra at [email protected] for info!

Friends Book Sale at Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula; Used Books; Michigan Medicine | Jane Boursaw Photo
Friends Book Sale at Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo

Peninsula Insights meets July 19 at 7 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Chris Bardenhagen, recently hired by MSU Extension as a farm management educator. Chris will talk about the costs and logistics associated with growing, processing and selling local tart cherries.

Gentle Yoga happens Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. for a small fee. Reading Dogs are in Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Threads meets Mondays 10-noon – bring a project, work among friends! Pageturners meets the 3rd Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Books available on a first come basis.

July was named after the Roman ruler Julius Caesar. Originally named Quintilis because it was the fifth month in the old calendar (Quintilis means fifth), it was renamed after his death. July is generally the hottest month in the northern hemisphere and the coldest in the southern hemisphere. Interestingly enough, July is also the farthest the Earth will be away from the sun for the whole year!

Some Farmer’s Almanac folklore for the month…

  • Ne’er trust a July sky.
  • If ant hills are high in July, the coming winter will be hard.
  • As July, so next January.
  • Whatever July and August do not boil, September cannot fry.

Whatever the month brings, enjoy the best of it! Happy summer!

-Vicki Shurly, Director, Peninsula Community Library

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  1. Please don’t forget the Friends of Peninsula Comminity Library’s first ever CHEESE, CHOCOLATE & CHARDONNAY on Sunday, October 15th. This is a fun, friend and fundraiser for the PCL’S Library of Things. Sip and nibble while listening to two speakers of your choice — Mackinac Bridge, 2014 Mustang, history of vineyards on OMP, and/or family heirloom dilemmas. Registration is required for the Sunday afternoon event (2:00-5:00). Price is $25 until 9/30 and afterwards $30 until the event. Silent Auction and vintage book sale are also included. Forms are available in the lobby of PCL.


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