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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Rainy days are great days for curling up with a good book, especially when it is National Read a Book Day! Reading books is educational, stimulates the mind, improves memory and is just plain fun! You can escape into a world of fiction or learn something new about the world you live in now, the future or the past. So grab a book from your library, a bookstore or a friend, and get lost in it!

Seed Library. Time to bring in your seeds again! Our Seed Library only works when you contribute. Collect seeds, bring them in a labeled paper bag/paper envelope. Put them in the basket atop the old card catalog in the foyer. We will take care of them so they are available next year! Thanks to Judy Heffron for taking this on!

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

Wing Watchers. Our birding group meets 9/11, 10/9 and 11/6 at 6:30 p.m. Check our website for programs! The 9/11 program features Tom Ford, self described plant geek who will talk about gardening to attract wildlife. All are welcome.

Pictures Speak 1000 Words! Don Harrison, historian and professional postcard dealer, regales us 9/12 at 4 p.m. with stories and insights based on antique postcards. Bring your own postcards – they may be a part of the discussion!

Swaying to the Music. Our garden concert series continues into the cooler months. Jackie Davidson and Gary Brandt “sing the good old songs again” 9/13 at 7 p.m. On 10/12 at 7 p.m., vocalist and guitarist Dave Baumann also shares songs you know and love. If the weather is nice, pack a picnic! Rain venue is the community room, no picnic.

Our Friends Are Your Friends! The Friends of PCL are holding their Art Fair on 9/23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Find treasures for the holiday giving! We still have slots available if you want to sell your creations. Contact Becky Dykstra at [email protected].

Cheese, Chocolate & Chardonnay on 10/15 features speakers, a silent auction, vintage book sales, and sipping & sampling! Tickets are available at PCL. Purchase a ticket and enjoy a great afternoon supporting your library! Many thanks to the Friends for all they have purchased for the library this summer: table umbrellas, play houses, climbing boulders, outdoor seating, a bookcase, landscaping and so much more. What would we do without our Friends? YOU are loved!

The Regulars. Peninsula Insights meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. with a speaker of interest. Gentle Yoga happens Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. for a small fee. Story Stew for preschoolers is offered the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 11 a.m. Reading Dogs are in Tuesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. Threads meets Mondays 10-noon – bring a project, work among friends! Pageturners Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Books are available on a first come basis. Practice Spanish at our Spanish Meetup, on the 3rd Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Takeout craft bags are available for kids the 1st full week of the month. Adult craft bags available seasonally. While supplies last!

At Your Service. PCL offers a Library of Things, a Seed Library, books, movies, puzzles, games, explorer bags, large print books, a Children’s Garden with a play village and more. Little Free Libraries have books for the taking. Printing, faxing, copying, iPads & laptops available onsite. Check out STEM kits for kids thanks to a grant from Newton’s Road. Wireless service accessible in the parking lot 24/7. Notary service available by appointment.

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

Today might not be a good day to play outside, but know that your young ones will LOVE playing in our Friends’ Village in the Children’s Garden and climbing on the “Stonehenge” boulders to the side. All kinds of great fun for everyone at PCL!

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton

Stay dry today! Find a good book and enjoy.

-Vicki Shurly, Director of Peninsula Community Library

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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