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Old Mission Peninsula School
2699 Island View Road
Traverse City, MI 49686
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School Hours:
9:05 AM - 4:03 PM
Half Day Dismissal: 12:27 PM

231-933-7420 Office
231-933-7442 Fax
 

Angela Sides-McKay, Principal


 

Peninsula Community Library

          
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Peninsula Community Library (PCL) is a township library located on the beautiful Old Mission Peninsula in Northern Mighigan. The library is open to the public as a dual-use library within Old Mission Peninsula School.

The Peninsula Community Library's Mission is to serve all segments of a diverse rural community by providing access to information and support for personal enrichment in a friendly, welcoming environment.

PCL offers a collection of over 28,000 items including books, periodicals, audio books, dvds and music. Services include copier, fax, public internet work stations and wireless access. Our catalog and reference databases may be accessed through the Traverse Area District Library's Online Catalog.   E-Books are also available through this link for those who live in the Traverse Area Distict Library's service area and hold valid library accounts.  The Peninsula Community Library is a member of the Traverse Area District Library (TADL).

HOURS:

Monday and Thursday
9 am -9 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
9 am -5:30 pm 

Saturday 9 am - 1 pm
(Closed on Saturdays in the summer)

Please note that when Traverse City Area Public Schools are closed due to weather, Peninsula Community Library is also closed.

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Be sure to check out our TumbleBooks subscription, an online collection of animated, talking picture books for children that can be accessed from home.  Just click on the icon on the left.  TumbleBooks include PreK-4 titles for individual or group reading. 

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  PENINSULA COMMUNITY LIBRARY
2699 Island View Road
Traverse City, Michigan 49686
231.223.7700
FAX 231.223.7708
pcluser@tadl.org

Peninsula Community Library

          
Click Here to visit the
community library website


Peninsula Community Library (PCL) is a township library located on the beautiful Old Mission Peninsula in Northern Mighigan. The library is open to the public as a dual-use library within Old Mission Peninsula School.

The Peninsula Community Library's Mission is to serve all segments of a diverse rural community by providing access to information and support for personal enrichment in a friendly, welcoming environment.

PCL offers a collection of over 28,000 items including books, periodicals, audio books, dvds and music. Services include copier, fax, public internet work stations and wireless access. Our catalog and reference databases may be accessed through the Traverse Area District Library's Online Catalog.   E-Books are also available through this link for those who live in the Traverse Area Distict Library's service area and hold valid library accounts.  The Peninsula Community Library is a member of the Traverse Area District Library (TADL).

HOURS:

Monday and Thursday
9 am -9 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
9 am -5:30 pm 

Saturday 9 am - 1 pm
(Closed on Saturdays in the summer)

Please note that when Traverse City Area Public Schools are closed due to weather, Peninsula Community Library is also closed.

MORE DATABASE RESOURCES FROM THE LIBRARY & HOME

Be sure to check out our TumbleBooks subscription, an online collection of animated, talking picture books for children that can be accessed from home.  Just click on the icon on the left.  TumbleBooks include PreK-4 titles for individual or group reading. 

MeL, Michigan's 24/7 eLibrary, offers books, full-text articles, best of the web sites, Michigan history and more.  Click the icon on the right to access!

  PENINSULA COMMUNITY LIBRARY
2699 Island View Road
Traverse City, Michigan 49686
231.223.7700
FAX 231.223.7708
pcluser@tadl.org


Library News
Orbiting PCL-Monday, March 24, 2014

 

I know we are still having cold nights and, of course, we always have hot reads here at Peninsula Community Library.  However, our adult winter reading club, Hot Reads for Cold Nights has ended and I am pleased to announce the winners.  Susan Piehl is the first place winner and proud owner of a Kindle Paperwhite!  We also decided to offer a second place prize - the display items we had been using for the contest.  Claudia Murphy has won a pair of ceramic hot chocolate cups, cocoa and marshmallow sprinkles all in a cute matching basket!  Congratulations ladies and thank you all for checking out books from the library over the long winter.  Thanks as well to our wonderful custodian, Mr. Randy, for officially drawing the winners!
 
Spring Break happens for students at the end of the school day on Thursday, but not for Peninsula Community Library which is open regular hours all the way through. When the kids are thoroughly bored with doing nothing, we invite you to bring them to our April 2nd 10 a.m. showing of the movie, Frozen - (PG).  We will be serving hot chocolate and - horror of horrors in a library - powdered doughnuts, but then we are never faint of heart here at PCL.  We will also have movie related crafts out on the tables.  Speaking of crafts, we will, as always have make and take crafts out for kids, teens and adults alike, so feel free to stop in and keep the librarians company!  Regular programming includes Gentle Yoga ($7/person) with Tina Livingston on Wednesday, April 2nd at 9:30 a.m. and Story Stew on Thursday, April 3rd also at 9:30 a.m. 
 
Looking ahead, Chapter Chicks, our Mother Daughter Book Club, meets at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 14th.  This is a multi-age group ranging from mid-grade elementary to middle school girls and their moms, grandmothers or aunts.  Books are geared toward a 3rd - 5th grade reading level, but are chosen for discussion value.  We always share a themed potluck dinner, have a great discussion where no answer is wrong and do a related craft.  Newcomers are always welcome.  The book pick for April is Lost in the City, An American Girl Mystery by Kathleen O'Dell and I have copies available.  Call to let us know you are coming!
 
We are taking silent bids on Waffles With Tim through April 12th. All proceeds benefit PCL, so the next time you are in the library, be sure to place your bid.  You can team up with other people on the bid amount.  Tim Carroll will be treating the winner and four guests to his secret recipe waffles and Timosas, as well as stories from Tim's years in Diplomatic Service.  Tim will be talking about the Pope's shoes, the vaults at the Kremlin, assassins and more!  Be sure to support your library in this delightful way!  Date may be arranged with Tim by the highest bidder.  
 
Our Lighthouse Park has a new director, Celia Villac.  PCL and the Lighthouse are often collaborators on programs and Celia and I will be meeting next week to discuss some great ideas for summer programming!  In the mean time, Celia is looking for day volunteers who might be willing to help out. Day volunteers greet visitors and run the gift shop, relieving the busy volunteer lighthouse keepers.  The lighthouse opens April 11th and shifts for day volunteers are 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. (half time) or 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (full time).  As a community, we can assure that the Lighthouse will continue to be living proof of our shared history here on Old Mission.  If you can help out, please contact Celia at 231-645-0759 or at missionpointlight@gmail.com.  
 
On this day in 1930, the planet Pluto was named by an eleven year old British girl who was fascinated by astronomy.  Discovered in February of 1930, Pluto was demoted in 2006 to a dwarf-planet, based on new discoveries of other small planets beyond Pluto.  What is a dwarf planet in our solar system?  A dwarf planet orbits the sun like larger planets, but is too small to clear other objects out of its path.  Not all scientists agree with this and for some of us who memorized nine planets in school,  Pluto will always be in the list.  However you see Pluto, we hope that Peninsula Community Library is in your orbit this Spring Break!
 
Celebrate Spring!
 
Vicki
 
 
More to do @ Your Library-Monday, March 17, 2014

 

I want to let you know about a special program we are offering here at the library the next two Wednesdays in March.  MahJongg  is one of the hottest games in town and a bit daunting to learn. On March 19 & 26 from 1-4ish, Barbara Disborough teaches this complex “Rummy-like” game played with 6 “suits” & 152 tiles.  If you can, bring or borrow a set of tiles to share.  No fee, but call to let us know you are coming and whether or not you are bringing tiles so we may plan. 
 
Be sure to pick up a copy of this month's Grand Traverse Woman & read the nice blurb about PCL's Gentle Yoga instructor, Tina Livingston on page 46. Then join us for Tina's classes here at the library on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 AM.  A small fee of $7 per session is payable when you arrive  Congratulations, Tina!  
 
PCL is also participating in the Meals on Wheels Ice Cream Flavor Contest through Moomers. Meals on Wheels provides meals for home bound seniors in our community.  Our local agency provided 160,000 well-balanced meals in Northwest Michigan last year, including here on Old Mission.  How can you help? Our  Old Mission student patrons have brainstormed some ice cream flavor ideas and now we need you to vote on your favorite. The winning idea will made by Moomers. You may vote by going to www.facebook.com/MealsonWheelsofNorthwestMichigan and choosing your favorite. Polls will be open Friday morning March 14 through Sunday midnight March 16. You are also invited to Moomers on Saturday March 22 for a Hot Fudge Sundae Bar from 11 AM to 9 PM with all proceeds go to Meals on Wheels.  
 
Finally, don't forget our Antique Roadshow program this Saturday beginning at 10 AM.  Bring a treasured item and have it appraised at no charge.
 
Hope to see you soon at your library, where it is always warm regardless of the weather!
 
Vicki
 
 
Latest Library News-Monday, March 17, 2014

 

What a beautiful sunny day it is out there!  I just returned from Alabama and through the window, it looks like it must be the seventy plus degrees I left behind in the south yesterday.  However, from the outerwear patrons are bundled in, I am guessing it is not quite so warm!  Fear not, Spring will work its way north and we appreciate it so ever much more than those who have it longer!
 
We are hosting a fun program for preteens and teens tomorrow at 6:30 PM - DIY @ Your Library   Tech savvy preteens & teens are invited to celebrate Teen Tech Week at PCL in a decidedly untechie way by crafting parachute bracelets & enjoying a pizza dinner on us.  Please let us know you are coming!  Play our Wii, too!
 
On Saturday, adults may join us for our very own antique roadshow.   Patrons are invited to bring a treasured item to PCL at 10 AM when nationally respected appraiser Don Butkovich will be on hand to let you know if you have that lost Rembrandt.   Don has over 45 yearsʼ experience and has traveled the globe.  Be prepared to stand in line.
 
Hope you can join us as well at the regular THREADS program on Monday at 2 PM!  Emily Pierce will be teaching the basics of crochet.  Bring a crochet hook, a skein of yarn and some scissors.  No fee, but let us know you are coming so we know how many to set up for.  I will have St. Patrick's Day snacks to nibble on while you work.
 
One last reminder - bring in your Hot Reads for Cold Nights reading lists by March 20th!  The drawing for the Paperwhite Kindle is March 21st!
 
PCL Friends Treasurer Nancy Davy mentioned today that Friday is Pi Day.  While the day is meant to commemorate the mathematical constant  πit has evolved into a celebration of the (pi),
other, yummy kind of pie as well.  The earliest known celebration of Pi Day was organized by a 
physicist, with a march around a circular space and pie consumption.  On March 12, 2009, the U.S.
House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing March 14, 2009 as National Pi Day. 
The date was chosen since 3,1 & 4 are the three most significant digits of pi in decimal form. 
So however you choose to celebrate - by calculating the circumference of a circle (2πr - remember
from high school?) or by enjoying a slice of something hot and fruity or cold and creamy, enjoy!
 
Vicki
 
Winter + More Winter-Monday, March 17, 2014

 

Hope you are all in a warm spot!  Interesting weather - the temperature is frigid, but the sun is shining.  Oh, if the white stuff could only be a sandy beach!
 
I am sorry to say that the program scheduled for this evening with the Michigan Area Paranormal Investigative Team has been cancelled.  The program will be rescheduled at a later date.  Just a reminder that when Traverse City Area Public Schools are closed due to weather, PCL is also closed.  We do back date all returns, but should you accrue fines due to unexpected closures, let us know and we will take care of them. 
 
I am very pleased to tell you that I delivered 54 pairs of jeans to our local  Aeropostale in the mall last night for their Jeans for Teens program.  As promised, I wore my own very first pair to work on Monday and Tuesday.  Many of you dropped by to make sure I kept my end of the bargain. Interestingly enough, it turns out I am not alone.  Several moms and three fifth graders shared with me that they do not wear jeans either!  Mary Palamara, my kindred spirit in the dress department, also wore jeans on Monday.  We submit as proof the photo below.  Thank you for having fun with this and for making a difference by helping homeless teens in our community!
 
Enjoy the day, read a book, take in a movie, make and eat cupcakes and Mac and Cheese in that order.  Smile at the attached photo!  
 
Vicki
 
February into March Library News-Tuesday, March 04, 2014

 

Hope you are all in a warm spot!  Interesting weather - the temperature is frigid, but the sun is shining.  Oh, if the white stuff could only be a sandy beach!
 
I am sorry to say that the program scheduled for this evening with the Michigan Area Paranormal Investigative Team has been cancelled.  The program will be rescheduled at a later date.  Just a reminder that when Traverse City Area Public Schools are closed due to weather, PCL is also closed.  We do back date all returns, but should you accrue fines due to unexpected closures, let us know and we will take care of them. 
 
I am very pleased to tell you that I delivered 54 pairs of jeans to our local  Aeropostale in the mall last night for their Jeans for Teens program.  As promised, I wore my own very first pair to work on Monday and Tuesday.  Many of you dropped by to make sure I kept my end of the bargain. Interestingly enough, it turns out I am not alone.  Several moms and three fifth graders shared with me that they do not wear jeans either!  Mary Palamara, my kindred spirit in the dress department, also wore jeans on Monday.  We submit as proof the photo below.  Thank you for having fun with this and for making a difference by helping homeless teens in our community!
 
Enjoy the day, read a book, take in a movie, make and eat cupcakes and Mac and Cheese in that order.  Smile at the attached photo!  
 
Vicki
 
 
Additional Library News-Tuesday, March 04, 2014

 

I guess it is meant to be.  We have collected 45 pairs of jeans for Aeropostale's Jeans for Teens program.  Our goal was 50.  First of all, Aeropostale has extended the deadline until February 23rd. Then, in further conspiracy, one of my staff members told a patron she is bringing in three pairs, my daughter has a pair or two and two other patrons made cash donations that will put us over our goal.  I always keep my promises, so it looks like I will be wearing jeans next week on Monday and Tuesday. My new best friend is young Mary Palamara, who last week commiserated with me in the hall - "I wouldn't want to have to wear jeans," she assured me!  Mary and I are kindred spirits!  In all seriousness, I thank all of you who made donations for this good cause.  And, it is not too late to get in another pair or two since I will not be dropping the bin off until Friday.  There will be a few less teens in our community who don't have a pair - and I know that they LOVE to wear them!
 
Programming this week includes Gentle Yoga at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday with Tina Livingston, Story Stew at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, as well as Pageturners at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening. Join us for any or all of these programs.
 
Just a reminder to come out to the Lighthouse on Saturday, January 25th  from noon to 3 to celebrate Chinese New Year.  The Lighthouse, in collaboration with Peninsula Community Library, will be holding the 4th Annual Sleigh Ride Event.  Enjoy hot chocolate, crafts, storytelling and tours, as well as sleigh rides honoring the Year of the Horse.  Cost of the event is $7/adult and $5/child (12 and under).  Family rates are available.  All proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of our very own Mission Point Lighthouse.  This program was rescheduled from January due to severe weather.  
 
Have a cherry cake tonight in honor of George Washington who probably did not cut down a cherry tree and Abraham Lincoln who most certainly did not either, except perhaps as firewood. Did you know that Washington's Birthday is the United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of the first President of the United States?  The term President's Day is used colloquially by some states which officially celebrate Washington alone, Washington and Lincoln, or some other combination of U.S. presidents.  Then there is the marketing term, President's Day Sale, but we won't get into that!  Whatever you celebrate, whoever you celebrate, have a wonderful evening!
 
Vicki
 
More February News-Tuesday, March 04, 2014

 

167 years ago today, Thomas Edison came into the world in the bustling town (really, it was!) of Milan, Ohio.  Over his lifetime, he came to accumulate 2332 patents worldwide.  At age 11, Tom's parents tried to appease his curiosity for every form of knowledge by teaching him how to use the resources at the local library in Port Huron, Michigan where the family had moved.  Edison later recalled starting with the last book on the bottom shelf and trying to work his way through backwards.  By the age of twelve, he had read the likes of Gibbon's Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire and The World Dictionary of Science.  His father encouraged him to read the classics as well by paying young Tom 10 cents every time he finished one.
 
We won't pay you 10 cents to read the books here at Peninsula Community Library, but between now and the Spring Equinox (March 20), you may have your name entered to win a Kindle Paperwhite eReader.  Pick up a Hot Reads for Cold Nights reading log here at the library and read 8 books - anything checked out from PCL and read between December 21st and March 20th counts.  Return the log to us by March 21st.  We will even include a packet of hot chocolate mix to warm you up when you pick up your log!  
 
Our good friends here at Old Mission Peninsula School are looking for Lunch Supervisors to help out with the kids in the cafeteria from 11:45 - 1 PM.  This is a great job for a retired person or parent who just wants something to keep themselves involved in the outside world. If you are interested, please call the school office at 933-7421 or 933-1710 for more information.  You can do all five days or ask for some flexibility. The kids will LOVE you for it!  Oh, and this is a PAID position!  
 
The school is also in need of adults who might be interested in volunteering to work with students on an individual and small group basis.  Students love a little extra attention with reading and other school tasks.  You may volunteer by calling the numbers above.
 
Our Jeans for Teens Collection is going strong.  We have collected 31 pairs.  If we reach 50 by this Friday, I will wear jeans to work next week Monday.  I have never worn jeans, so my staff is getting a smile out of this one.  If you would rather make a donation to the library, the Palamara Family will do the shopping for you.  The jeans should be teen sized and while they do not need to be new, they should be clean and in good condition.  The jeans will be donated to Aeropostale's Jeans for Teens program.  1 in 3 homeless persons is a teen and the item most requested by these young people is a pair of jeans.  You can make a difference!
 
Threads, our fiber arts group, meets on Monday at 2 PM.  Bring along a project and work among friends.  Speaking of Friends, The Friends of Peninsula Community Library have a regular meeting on Wednesday, February 19th at 1 PM.  Come help plan summer fundraisers and enjoy hot chocolate and warm cookies as well!
 
Gentle Yoga with Tina Livingston happens at 9:30 on Wednesday mornings for a small fee and Story Stew happens on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, also at 9:30.  Pageturners, our adult reading club, meets February 20th at 7 PM. There is something to appeal to almost everyone here at PCL!
 
Enjoy the sunshine, keep warm, read a good book, come visit us at the library and turn the lights on when you read tonight and wish Thomas Edison a Happy Birthday!
 
Vicki
 
February Library News-Tuesday, March 04, 2014

 

 

I know that there is quite a bit of snow on the ground.  In fact, at my house, we can no longer see out the back windows!  However, it is not too early for kids to think spring!  Thanks to Master Gardener and retired OMPS teacher Karen McClatchey, PCL is again offering a Junior Master Gardening Program for students in grades 3-5.  The program will be offered on Thursdays beginning February 13th and will run through April 24th, with no class March 27th or April 3rd for Spring Break.  Drop by the library to pick up a form.  The enrollment fee of $30 includes an annual 4-H membership, supplies and snacks at each session.  This is a great program.  Feel free to call me if you have any questions.  Any student who did it in the past and enjoyed it, is welcome to sign up again!
 
Gentle Yoga with instructor Tina Livingston happens Wednesday at 9:30 AM.  The class is a bargain at $7 per session and is payable directly to the instructor before class.  On Thursday, your kidlets are invited to join us for Story Stew, also at 9:30, when we celebrate Valentine's Day just a little bit early!  Of course, we hope you love your library all year long, not just on Valentine's Day!  " Roses are red, violets are blue.  Your Township Library does Story Stew."  Okay, I could not resist!  You have to admit that is better than "Roses are red, violets are blue. Your library books are overdue!"  
 
Speaking of Valentines, we invite patrons of all ages to drop in this Saturday, February 8th during our regular hours 9 AM to 1 PM for Make and Take Crafts in celebration of the season.  Create a lacy candy cone, a "stained glass" votive candle holder and a garland of hearts.  Enjoy cookies and punch while you work at our do-it-yourself tables!  No charge - just have fun!  
 
PCL is again sponsoring an Old Mission Reads here at the school.    The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla is our pick for a book that again deals with bullying and the pain it causes. The community may participate by reading the book & creating a picture for our chalk garden.  Your artistic creations will be put together for a larger display that we can all enjoy.  Books and materials are available during February at PCL.   
 
Just a reminder that the Chinese New Year Celebration cancelled in January due to fierce weather will happen February 22nd from noon to 3.  Sleigh rides, lighthouse tours, hot chocolate, storytelling, crafts and more make for a fun event.  Cost is $7/adult and $5/child with family rates available.  For more information, visit www.missionpointlighthouse.com.  The event is co-sponsored by Mission Point Lighthouse and Peninsula Community Library, with funds benefiting the restoration of the Lighthouse.
 
Just a reminder that if you accrued fines due to PCL's weather closing last month, let us know! We will be happy to waive them.  Hopefully, we are done with weather-related closings, but then again, I am not THAT hopeful!  Enjoy the reprieve and remember that it is not too late to sign up for our adult winter reading club, Hot Reads for Cold Nights.  Read eight books between Winter's start and Spring's beginning and your name will be entered into a drawing for a KINDLE PAPERWHITE!  Pick up your packet and reading log at PCL!
 
 
Stay warm, stay safe, stay for awhile at the library and enjoy a cup of coffee, a magazine, a book and the view out our back windows!
 
Vicki
 
More January Library News-Wednesday, January 22, 2014

 

Just a quick reminder that we have a great program happening tomorrow evening. From the warmth of the library, you can tour the Galapagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. Karen and Chris Rieser will be sharing pictures and stories, January 23 at 7 PM.  We may even have cookies and warm beverages!  This program is family friendly! 
 
I also want to remind you to come out to the Lighthouse on Saturday, January 25th  from noon to 3 to celebrate Chinese New Year.  The Lighthouse, in collaboration with Peninsula Community Library, will be holding the 4th Annual Sleigh Ride Event.  Enjoy hot chocolate, crafts, storytelling and tours, as well as sleigh rides honoring the Year of the Horse.  Cost of the event is $7/adult and $5/child (12 and under).  Family rates are available.  All proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of our very own Mission Point Lighthouse.  
 
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was Monday, but my challenge still stands.  We have collected eight pairs of jeans on our way to 50.  For those of you who are out of the loop, we are participating in Jeans for Teens. About 1 in 3 people experiencing homelessness is under the age of eighteen.  One of the items homeless youth request most is a pair of jeans. You may drop off a pair of gently used, teen-sized clean jeans at the library through February 15th and we will donate them to Aeropostale's Teens for Jeans program.  We can make a difference!  As many of you know, I never wear jeans.  If we can collect 50 pairs, I promise to wear a pair to work the Monday following the collection!  We are doing this in the spirit of Dr. King who never stopped asking the question, "What are you doing for others?"  If you have no teen-sized jeans to donate, you may make a financial contribution and the Palamara Family has generously offered to shop for us.  Psst -  OMPS student Mary Palamara and I both are dressy dress-up kind of girls!  What a funny thing for the two of us to be collecting - JEANS!    
 
It is also not too late to sign up for our reading club for adults, Hot Reads for Cold Nights.  Pick up a log and read 8 books between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox to have your name entered into a drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite.  Books must be checked out at PCL!
 
Tickets are still available for a special fundraiser February 3rd at 6:30 PM at The Boathouse Restaurant for Bowers Harbor Park and Traverse City Little League. This event supports so many young patrons here at our school and in our community.  You can call the Boathouse at 223-4030 for reservations.  If you think baseball, you are thinking SPRING!
 
Keep warm, read a lot and don't forget to come by your local township library!  Our favorite custodian Mr. Randy will keep the lights on - and the heat, too!
 
Vicki
 
January Library News-Friday, January 17, 2014

 

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."  Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, this Monday, January 20th, Peninsula Community Library will remain open to serve our community.  We encourage you to help yourself from our display of movies and books, both non-fiction and fiction, which highlight the struggle for civil rights. 
 
In the spirit of Dr. King, who never stopped asking the question, "What are you doing for others?" we will be participating in Teens for Jeans.  About 1 in 3 people experiencing homelessness is under the age of eighteen. One of the items homeless youth request most is a pair of jeans. You may drop off a pair of gently used, teen-sized clean jeans at the library from January 20th through February 15th and we will donate them to Aeropostale's Teens for Jeans program.  We can make a difference!  As many of you know, I never wear jeans.  If we can collect 50 pairs, I promise to wear a pair to work the Monday following the collection!  The challenge is on!
 
Regular programming next week includes Threads, our Fiber Arts Group - adults bring along a project and work among friends, Monday, January 20th at 2 PM.  Novel Knights, our reading group for boys in grades 3-5 also meets Monday at 4:15 PM.  Adults are invited to join us for Gentle Yoga at 9:30 AM on Wednesday with Tina Livingston
 
Two special programs happen next week!  From the comfort of the library, tour the Galapagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. Karen and Chris Rieser share pictures and stories, January 23 at 7 PM. 
 
Then on Saturday, January 25th, I encourage you to come out to the Lighthouse from noon to 3 to celebrate Chinese New Year.  The Lighthouse, in collaboration with Peninsula Community Library, will be holding the 4th Annual Sleigh Ride Event.  Enjoy hot chocolate, crafts, storytelling and tours, as well as sleigh rides honoring the Year of the Horse.  Cost of the event is $7/adult and $5/child (12 and under).  Family rates are available.  All proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of our very own Mission Point Lighthouse.  
 
One special event that I have been asked to bring to your attention is a fundraiser February 3rd at The Boathouse Restaurant for Bowers Harbor Park and Traverse City Little League.  I have attached the details below for a wonderful event that supports so many young patrons here in our community.  You can call the Boathouse at 223-4030 for reservations.  PLAY BALL!
 
Phew!  There is a lot going on in your community and at your Library!  I know I will see you somewhere soon!
 
Warmest Regards,
Vicki
 
 
Library News-Thursday, January 16, 2014

 

Did you know that Robert Burns sent a copy of the original Auld Lang Syne lyrics to the Scots Musical Museum, with the remark, "The following song, is an old song, of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript, until I took it down from an old man." ?
 
It is a new year at your township library, but we are the same friendly staff, ready and willing to help you any way we can.  It is still cold outside (although at 21 degrees, it seems like a heat wave over the past few days), but the library is a warm place to be.  We have some great programming coming up this month and I hope you will join us!
 
The Salem Witch Trials are the focus on Monday, January 13th at 7 PM  when Author Stephen Lewis explores the facts and theories behind the hysteria that shook colonial Massachusetts in the late 17th century.  Lewis is Professor Emeritus of English at Suffolk College on Long Island, New York, as well as the author of Murder on Old Mission and other titles.  
 
On Thursday, January 23rd at 7 PM , you can visit the Galapagos Islands from the comfort of the library.  Karen and Chris Rieser share pictures and stories of the islands made famous by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. This is a family friendly program!  
 
Of course, we have all of our regular programming as well!  Pageturners, book discussion for adults, is the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 PM.  Chapter Chicks Mother Daughter Book Club meets the 2nd Monday of every other month at 6:30 PM, alternating months with our boys club, Novel Knights, which meets at 4:15 PM this Monday.  Threads Fiber Arts Group meets the 3rd Monday at 2 PM.  Bring a project, work with friends!  Join Tina Livingston for Gentle Yoga Wednesdays at 9:30 AM for $7.  Kids enjoy stories & crafts at Story Stew the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month at 9:30 AM. The theme January 16th is Monkey Business with Curious George
 
Adults are invited to participate in our winter reading club, Hot Reads for Cold Nights.  Pick up a log and read 8 books between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox to have your name entered into a drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite.  Books must be checked out at PCL!
 
A quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson that I love for the New Year:  "Write it on your heart that everyday is the best day in the year." 
 
Happy 2014!
 
Vicki

 

 
Holiday Library News-Thursday, January 16, 2014

 

What happened to 2013 when I wasn't paying attention?  The books I checked out today are due next year - January 16, 2014!  Is that really only weeks away?  
 
Our Threads Fiber Arts Group was snowed out this week and will be meeting Monday, December 23rd at 2 PM instead.  Adults are invited to bring along whatever project they are working on and sit among friends.  At Monday's meeting, I will also have a simple project you may choose to work on instead - a pretty tabletop tree craft.  There is no fee and you do not need to RSVP!
 
Kids might be on break, but the Peninsula Community Library staff will be here to serve you! Come on in and check out books, movies, music, games and magazines. Or just relax in the Library with a cup of coffee or tea from our Bookends Coffee Corner - no charge until school resumes as our holiday gift to YOU!  We will have fun crafts out on the tables for kids of all ages, so bring your visiting children in as well. On Monday December 30th, we invite you to join us for a holiday movie and light breakfast at 10 AM.  We will be showing The Year Without a Santa Claus - (G).  Come in your  jammies if you like and bring pillows and blankets to lounge on. Story Stew will also happen on Thursday, January 2nd at 9:30 AM.  The theme is My Favorite Hat and children are invited to wear theirs.  
 
Just for fun, adults are encouraged to sign up for our winter reading club, Hot Reads for Cold Nights.  Pick up a log with a magnet, bookmark and package of hot chocolate off the display in the Library.  Then read 8 books between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox to have your name entered into a drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite.  Books must be checked out at PCL!
 
The Library is open normal hours during TCAPS Holiday break except for a few days:  We are closed 12/24, 12/25, 12/31 and 1/1.  We will also be closed Friday, December 27th for an upgrade to our computer patron and staff/client system.  You may return items via the drop box opening into the building at the school entrance near our hours sign when we are closed. We always back date check ins from the box, so no worries about an item returned on time becoming overdue!  
 
On behalf of the PCL Board and Staff, I wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a wonderful New Year!  Come in and keep us company over the break!  YOU are a part of our PCL family!
 
Warmest Regards,
Vicki
 
Library Reminders-Thursday, June 06, 2013

 

What happened to 2013 when I wasn't paying attention?  The books I checked out today are due next year - January 16, 2014!  Is that really only weeks away?  
 
Our Threads Fiber Arts Group was snowed out this week and will be meeting Monday, December 23rd at 2 PM instead.  Adults are invited to bring along whatever project they are working on and sit among friends.  At Monday's meeting, I will also have a simple project you may choose to work on instead - a pretty tabletop tree craft.  There is no fee and you do not need to RSVP!
 
Kids might be on break, but the Peninsula Community Library staff will be here to serve you! Come on in and check out books, movies, music, games and magazines. Or just relax in the Library with a cup of coffee or tea from our Bookends Coffee Corner - no charge until school resumes as our holiday gift to YOU!  We will have fun crafts out on the tables for kids of all ages, so bring your visiting children in as well. On Monday December 30th, we invite you to join us for a holiday movie and light breakfast at 10 AM.  We will be showing The Year Without a Santa Claus - (G).  Come in your  jammies if you like and bring pillows and blankets to lounge on. Story Stew will also happen on Thursday, January 2nd at 9:30 AM.  The theme is My Favorite Hat and children are invited to wear theirs.  
 
Just for fun, adults are encouraged to sign up for our winter reading club, Hot Reads for Cold Nights.  Pick up a log with a magnet, bookmark and package of hot chocolate off the display in the Library.  Then read 8 books between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox to have your name entered into a drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite.  Books must be checked out at PCL!
 
The Library is open normal hours during TCAPS Holiday break except for a few days:  We are closed 12/24, 12/25, 12/31 and 1/1.  We will also be closed Friday, December 27th for an upgrade to our computer patron and staff/client system.  You may return items via the drop box opening into the building at the school entrance near our hours sign when we are closed. We always back date check ins from the box, so no worries about an item returned on time becoming overdue!  
 
On behalf of the PCL Board and Staff, I wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a wonderful New Year!  Come in and keep us company over the break!  YOU are a part of our PCL family!
 
Warmest Regards,
Vicki

 

 
Orbiting PCL-Monday, March 24, 2014

 

I know we are still having cold nights and, of course, we always have hot reads here at Peninsula Community Library.  However, our adult winter reading club, Hot Reads for Cold Nights has ended and I am pleased to announce the winners.  Susan Piehl is the first place winner and proud owner of a Kindle Paperwhite!  We also decided to offer a second place prize - the display items we had been using for the contest.  Claudia Murphy has won a pair of ceramic hot chocolate cups, cocoa and marshmallow sprinkles all in a cute matching basket!  Congratulations ladies and thank you all for checking out books from the library over the long winter.  Thanks as well to our wonderful custodian, Mr. Randy, for officially drawing the winners!
 
Spring Break happens for students at the end of the school day on Thursday, but not for Peninsula Community Library which is open regular hours all the way through. When the kids are thoroughly bored with doing nothing, we invite you to bring them to our April 2nd 10 a.m. showing of the movie, Frozen - (PG).  We will be serving hot chocolate and - horror of horrors in a library - powdered doughnuts, but then we are never faint of heart here at PCL.  We will also have movie related crafts out on the tables.  Speaking of crafts, we will, as always have make and take crafts out for kids, teens and adults alike, so feel free to stop in and keep the librarians company!  Regular programming includes Gentle Yoga ($7/person) with Tina Livingston on Wednesday, April 2nd at 9:30 a.m. and Story Stew on Thursday, April 3rd also at 9:30 a.m. 
 
Looking ahead, Chapter Chicks, our Mother Daughter Book Club, meets at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 14th.  This is a multi-age group ranging from mid-grade elementary to middle school girls and their moms, grandmothers or aunts.  Books are geared toward a 3rd - 5th grade reading level, but are chosen for discussion value.  We always share a themed potluck dinner, have a great discussion where no answer is wrong and do a related craft.  Newcomers are always welcome.  The book pick for April is Lost in the City, An American Girl Mystery by Kathleen O'Dell and I have copies available.  Call to let us know you are coming!
 
We are taking silent bids on Waffles With Tim through April 12th. All proceeds benefit PCL, so the next time you are in the library, be sure to place your bid.  You can team up with other people on the bid amount.  Tim Carroll will be treating the winner and four guests to his secret recipe waffles and Timosas, as well as stories from Tim's years in Diplomatic Service.  Tim will be talking about the Pope's shoes, the vaults at the Kremlin, assassins and more!  Be sure to support your library in this delightful way!  Date may be arranged with Tim by the highest bidder.  
 
Our Lighthouse Park has a new director, Celia Villac.  PCL and the Lighthouse are often collaborators on programs and Celia and I will be meeting next week to discuss some great ideas for summer programming!  In the mean time, Celia is looking for day volunteers who might be willing to help out. Day volunteers greet visitors and run the gift shop, relieving the busy volunteer lighthouse keepers.  The lighthouse opens April 11th and shifts for day volunteers are 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. (half time) or 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (full time).  As a community, we can assure that the Lighthouse will continue to be living proof of our shared history here on Old Mission.  If you can help out, please contact Celia at 231-645-0759 or at missionpointlight@gmail.com.  
 
On this day in 1930, the planet Pluto was named by an eleven year old British girl who was fascinated by astronomy.  Discovered in February of 1930, Pluto was demoted in 2006 to a dwarf-planet, based on new discoveries of other small planets beyond Pluto.  What is a dwarf planet in our solar system?  A dwarf planet orbits the sun like larger planets, but is too small to clear other objects out of its path.  Not all scientists agree with this and for some of us who memorized nine planets in school,  Pluto will always be in the list.  However you see Pluto, we hope that Peninsula Community Library is in your orbit this Spring Break!
 
Celebrate Spring!
 
Vicki
 
 
More to do @ Your Library-Monday, March 17, 2014

 

I want to let you know about a special program we are offering here at the library the next two Wednesdays in March.  MahJongg  is one of the hottest games in town and a bit daunting to learn. On March 19 & 26 from 1-4ish, Barbara Disborough teaches this complex “Rummy-like” game played with 6 “suits” & 152 tiles.  If you can, bring or borrow a set of tiles to share.  No fee, but call to let us know you are coming and whether or not you are bringing tiles so we may plan. 
 
Be sure to pick up a copy of this month's Grand Traverse Woman & read the nice blurb about PCL's Gentle Yoga instructor, Tina Livingston on page 46. Then join us for Tina's classes here at the library on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 AM.  A small fee of $7 per session is payable when you arrive  Congratulations, Tina!  
 
PCL is also participating in the Meals on Wheels Ice Cream Flavor Contest through Moomers. Meals on Wheels provides meals for home bound seniors in our community.  Our local agency provided 160,000 well-balanced meals in Northwest Michigan last year, including here on Old Mission.  How can you help? Our  Old Mission student patrons have brainstormed some ice cream flavor ideas and now we need you to vote on your favorite. The winning idea will made by Moomers. You may vote by going to www.facebook.com/MealsonWheelsofNorthwestMichigan and choosing your favorite. Polls will be open Friday morning March 14 through Sunday midnight March 16. You are also invited to Moomers on Saturday March 22 for a Hot Fudge Sundae Bar from 11 AM to 9 PM with all proceeds go to Meals on Wheels.  
 
Finally, don't forget our Antique Roadshow program this Saturday beginning at 10 AM.  Bring a treasured item and have it appraised at no charge.
 
Hope to see you soon at your library, where it is always warm regardless of the weather!
 
Vicki
 
 
Latest Library News-Monday, March 17, 2014

 

What a beautiful sunny day it is out there!  I just returned from Alabama and through the window, it looks like it must be the seventy plus degrees I left behind in the south yesterday.  However, from the outerwear patrons are bundled in, I am guessing it is not quite so warm!  Fear not, Spring will work its way north and we appreciate it so ever much more than those who have it longer!
 
We are hosting a fun program for preteens and teens tomorrow at 6:30 PM - DIY @ Your Library   Tech savvy preteens & teens are invited to celebrate Teen Tech Week at PCL in a decidedly untechie way by crafting parachute bracelets & enjoying a pizza dinner on us.  Please let us know you are coming!  Play our Wii, too!
 
On Saturday, adults may join us for our very own antique roadshow.   Patrons are invited to bring a treasured item to PCL at 10 AM when nationally respected appraiser Don Butkovich will be on hand to let you know if you have that lost Rembrandt.   Don has over 45 yearsʼ experience and has traveled the globe.  Be prepared to stand in line.
 
Hope you can join us as well at the regular THREADS program on Monday at 2 PM!  Emily Pierce will be teaching the basics of crochet.  Bring a crochet hook, a skein of yarn and some scissors.  No fee, but let us know you are coming so we know how many to set up for.  I will have St. Patrick's Day snacks to nibble on while you work.
 
One last reminder - bring in your Hot Reads for Cold Nights reading lists by March 20th!  The drawing for the Paperwhite Kindle is March 21st!
 
PCL Friends Treasurer Nancy Davy mentioned today that Friday is Pi Day.  While the day is meant to commemorate the mathematical constant  πit has evolved into a celebration of the (pi),
other, yummy kind of pie as well.  The earliest known celebration of Pi Day was organized by a 
physicist, with a march around a circular space and pie consumption.  On March 12, 2009, the U.S.
House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing March 14, 2009 as National Pi Day. 
The date was chosen since 3,1 & 4 are the three most significant digits of pi in decimal form. 
So however you choose to celebrate - by calculating the circumference of a circle (2πr - remember
from high school?) or by enjoying a slice of something hot and fruity or cold and creamy, enjoy!
 
Vicki
 
Winter + More Winter-Monday, March 17, 2014

 

Hope you are all in a warm spot!  Interesting weather - the temperature is frigid, but the sun is shining.  Oh, if the white stuff could only be a sandy beach!
 
I am sorry to say that the program scheduled for this evening with the Michigan Area Paranormal Investigative Team has been cancelled.  The program will be rescheduled at a later date.  Just a reminder that when Traverse City Area Public Schools are closed due to weather, PCL is also closed.  We do back date all returns, but should you accrue fines due to unexpected closures, let us know and we will take care of them. 
 
I am very pleased to tell you that I delivered 54 pairs of jeans to our local  Aeropostale in the mall last night for their Jeans for Teens program.  As promised, I wore my own very first pair to work on Monday and Tuesday.  Many of you dropped by to make sure I kept my end of the bargain. Interestingly enough, it turns out I am not alone.  Several moms and three fifth graders shared with me that they do not wear jeans either!  Mary Palamara, my kindred spirit in the dress department, also wore jeans on Monday.  We submit as proof the photo below.  Thank you for having fun with this and for making a difference by helping homeless teens in our community!
 
Enjoy the day, read a book, take in a movie, make and eat cupcakes and Mac and Cheese in that order.  Smile at the attached photo!  
 
Vicki
 
February into March Library News-Tuesday, March 04, 2014

 

Hope you are all in a warm spot!  Interesting weather - the temperature is frigid, but the sun is shining.  Oh, if the white stuff could only be a sandy beach!
 
I am sorry to say that the program scheduled for this evening with the Michigan Area Paranormal Investigative Team has been cancelled.  The program will be rescheduled at a later date.  Just a reminder that when Traverse City Area Public Schools are closed due to weather, PCL is also closed.  We do back date all returns, but should you accrue fines due to unexpected closures, let us know and we will take care of them. 
 
I am very pleased to tell you that I delivered 54 pairs of jeans to our local  Aeropostale in the mall last night for their Jeans for Teens program.  As promised, I wore my own very first pair to work on Monday and Tuesday.  Many of you dropped by to make sure I kept my end of the bargain. Interestingly enough, it turns out I am not alone.  Several moms and three fifth graders shared with me that they do not wear jeans either!  Mary Palamara, my kindred spirit in the dress department, also wore jeans on Monday.  We submit as proof the photo below.  Thank you for having fun with this and for making a difference by helping homeless teens in our community!
 
Enjoy the day, read a book, take in a movie, make and eat cupcakes and Mac and Cheese in that order.  Smile at the attached photo!  
 
Vicki
 
 
Additional Library News-Tuesday, March 04, 2014

 

I guess it is meant to be.  We have collected 45 pairs of jeans for Aeropostale's Jeans for Teens program.  Our goal was 50.  First of all, Aeropostale has extended the deadline until February 23rd. Then, in further conspiracy, one of my staff members told a patron she is bringing in three pairs, my daughter has a pair or two and two other patrons made cash donations that will put us over our goal.  I always keep my promises, so it looks like I will be wearing jeans next week on Monday and Tuesday. My new best friend is young Mary Palamara, who last week commiserated with me in the hall - "I wouldn't want to have to wear jeans," she assured me!  Mary and I are kindred spirits!  In all seriousness, I thank all of you who made donations for this good cause.  And, it is not too late to get in another pair or two since I will not be dropping the bin off until Friday.  There will be a few less teens in our community who don't have a pair - and I know that they LOVE to wear them!
 
Programming this week includes Gentle Yoga at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday with Tina Livingston, Story Stew at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, as well as Pageturners at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening. Join us for any or all of these programs.
 
Just a reminder to come out to the Lighthouse on Saturday, January 25th  from noon to 3 to celebrate Chinese New Year.  The Lighthouse, in collaboration with Peninsula Community Library, will be holding the 4th Annual Sleigh Ride Event.  Enjoy hot chocolate, crafts, storytelling and tours, as well as sleigh rides honoring the Year of the Horse.  Cost of the event is $7/adult and $5/child (12 and under).  Family rates are available.  All proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of our very own Mission Point Lighthouse.  This program was rescheduled from January due to severe weather.  
 
Have a cherry cake tonight in honor of George Washington who probably did not cut down a cherry tree and Abraham Lincoln who most certainly did not either, except perhaps as firewood. Did you know that Washington's Birthday is the United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of the first President of the United States?  The term President's Day is used colloquially by some states which officially celebrate Washington alone, Washington and Lincoln, or some other combination of U.S. presidents.  Then there is the marketing term, President's Day Sale, but we won't get into that!  Whatever you celebrate, whoever you celebrate, have a wonderful evening!
 
Vicki
 
More February News-Tuesday, March 04, 2014

 

167 years ago today, Thomas Edison came into the world in the bustling town (really, it was!) of Milan, Ohio.  Over his lifetime, he came to accumulate 2332 patents worldwide.  At age 11, Tom's parents tried to appease his curiosity for every form of knowledge by teaching him how to use the resources at the local library in Port Huron, Michigan where the family had moved.  Edison later recalled starting with the last book on the bottom shelf and trying to work his way through backwards.  By the age of twelve, he had read the likes of Gibbon's Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire and The World Dictionary of Science.  His father encouraged him to read the classics as well by paying young Tom 10 cents every time he finished one.
 
We won't pay you 10 cents to read the books here at Peninsula Community Library, but between now and the Spring Equinox (March 20), you may have your name entered to win a Kindle Paperwhite eReader.  Pick up a Hot Reads for Cold Nights reading log here at the library and read 8 books - anything checked out from PCL and read between December 21st and March 20th counts.  Return the log to us by March 21st.  We will even include a packet of hot chocolate mix to warm you up when you pick up your log!  
 
Our good friends here at Old Mission Peninsula School are looking for Lunch Supervisors to help out with the kids in the cafeteria from 11:45 - 1 PM.  This is a great job for a retired person or parent who just wants something to keep themselves involved in the outside world. If you are interested, please call the school office at 933-7421 or 933-1710 for more information.  You can do all five days or ask for some flexibility. The kids will LOVE you for it!  Oh, and this is a PAID position!  
 
The school is also in need of adults who might be interested in volunteering to work with students on an individual and small group basis.  Students love a little extra attention with reading and other school tasks.  You may volunteer by calling the numbers above.
 
Our Jeans for Teens Collection is going strong.  We have collected 31 pairs.  If we reach 50 by this Friday, I will wear jeans to work next week Monday.  I have never worn jeans, so my staff is getting a smile out of this one.  If you would rather make a donation to the library, the Palamara Family will do the shopping for you.  The jeans should be teen sized and while they do not need to be new, they should be clean and in good condition.  The jeans will be donated to Aeropostale's Jeans for Teens program.  1 in 3 homeless persons is a teen and the item most requested by these young people is a pair of jeans.  You can make a difference!
 
Threads, our fiber arts group, meets on Monday at 2 PM.  Bring along a project and work among friends.  Speaking of Friends, The Friends of Peninsula Community Library have a regular meeting on Wednesday, February 19th at 1 PM.  Come help plan summer fundraisers and enjoy hot chocolate and warm cookies as well!
 
Gentle Yoga with Tina Livingston happens at 9:30 on Wednesday mornings for a small fee and Story Stew happens on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, also at 9:30.  Pageturners, our adult reading club, meets February 20th at 7 PM. There is something to appeal to almost everyone here at PCL!
 
Enjoy the sunshine, keep warm, read a good book, come visit us at the library and turn the lights on when you read tonight and wish Thomas Edison a Happy Birthday!
 
Vicki
 
February Library News-Tuesday, March 04, 2014

 

 

I know that there is quite a bit of snow on the ground.  In fact, at my house, we can no longer see out the back windows!  However, it is not too early for kids to think spring!  Thanks to Master Gardener and retired OMPS teacher Karen McClatchey, PCL is again offering a Junior Master Gardening Program for students in grades 3-5.  The program will be offered on Thursdays beginning February 13th and will run through April 24th, with no class March 27th or April 3rd for Spring Break.  Drop by the library to pick up a form.  The enrollment fee of $30 includes an annual 4-H membership, supplies and snacks at each session.  This is a great program.  Feel free to call me if you have any questions.  Any student who did it in the past and enjoyed it, is welcome to sign up again!
 
Gentle Yoga with instructor Tina Livingston happens Wednesday at 9:30 AM.  The class is a bargain at $7 per session and is payable directly to the instructor before class.  On Thursday, your kidlets are invited to join us for Story Stew, also at 9:30, when we celebrate Valentine's Day just a little bit early!  Of course, we hope you love your library all year long, not just on Valentine's Day!  " Roses are red, violets are blue.  Your Township Library does Story Stew."  Okay, I could not resist!  You have to admit that is better than "Roses are red, violets are blue. Your library books are overdue!"  
 
Speaking of Valentines, we invite patrons of all ages to drop in this Saturday, February 8th during our regular hours 9 AM to 1 PM for Make and Take Crafts in celebration of the season.  Create a lacy candy cone, a "stained glass" votive candle holder and a garland of hearts.  Enjoy cookies and punch while you work at our do-it-yourself tables!  No charge - just have fun!  
 
PCL is again sponsoring an Old Mission Reads here at the school.    The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla is our pick for a book that again deals with bullying and the pain it causes. The community may participate by reading the book & creating a picture for our chalk garden.  Your artistic creations will be put together for a larger display that we can all enjoy.  Books and materials are available during February at PCL.   
 
Just a reminder that the Chinese New Year Celebration cancelled in January due to fierce weather will happen February 22nd from noon to 3.  Sleigh rides, lighthouse tours, hot chocolate, storytelling, crafts and more make for a fun event.  Cost is $7/adult and $5/child with family rates available.  For more information, visit www.missionpointlighthouse.com.  The event is co-sponsored by Mission Point Lighthouse and Peninsula Community Library, with funds benefiting the restoration of the Lighthouse.
 
Just a reminder that if you accrued fines due to PCL's weather closing last month, let us know! We will be happy to waive them.  Hopefully, we are done with weather-related closings, but then again, I am not THAT hopeful!  Enjoy the reprieve and remember that it is not too late to sign up for our adult winter reading club, Hot Reads for Cold Nights.  Read eight books between Winter's start and Spring's beginning and your name will be entered into a drawing for a KINDLE PAPERWHITE!  Pick up your packet and reading log at PCL!
 
 
Stay warm, stay safe, stay for awhile at the library and enjoy a cup of coffee, a magazine, a book and the view out our back windows!
 
Vicki
 
More January Library News-Wednesday, January 22, 2014

 

Just a quick reminder that we have a great program happening tomorrow evening. From the warmth of the library, you can tour the Galapagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. Karen and Chris Rieser will be sharing pictures and stories, January 23 at 7 PM.  We may even have cookies and warm beverages!  This program is family friendly! 
 
I also want to remind you to come out to the Lighthouse on Saturday, January 25th  from noon to 3 to celebrate Chinese New Year.  The Lighthouse, in collaboration with Peninsula Community Library, will be holding the 4th Annual Sleigh Ride Event.  Enjoy hot chocolate, crafts, storytelling and tours, as well as sleigh rides honoring the Year of the Horse.  Cost of the event is $7/adult and $5/child (12 and under).  Family rates are available.  All proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of our very own Mission Point Lighthouse.  
 
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was Monday, but my challenge still stands.  We have collected eight pairs of jeans on our way to 50.  For those of you who are out of the loop, we are participating in Jeans for Teens. About 1 in 3 people experiencing homelessness is under the age of eighteen.  One of the items homeless youth request most is a pair of jeans. You may drop off a pair of gently used, teen-sized clean jeans at the library through February 15th and we will donate them to Aeropostale's Teens for Jeans program.  We can make a difference!  As many of you know, I never wear jeans.  If we can collect 50 pairs, I promise to wear a pair to work the Monday following the collection!  We are doing this in the spirit of Dr. King who never stopped asking the question, "What are you doing for others?"  If you have no teen-sized jeans to donate, you may make a financial contribution and the Palamara Family has generously offered to shop for us.  Psst -  OMPS student Mary Palamara and I both are dressy dress-up kind of girls!  What a funny thing for the two of us to be collecting - JEANS!    
 
It is also not too late to sign up for our reading club for adults, Hot Reads for Cold Nights.  Pick up a log and read 8 books between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox to have your name entered into a drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite.  Books must be checked out at PCL!
 
Tickets are still available for a special fundraiser February 3rd at 6:30 PM at The Boathouse Restaurant for Bowers Harbor Park and Traverse City Little League. This event supports so many young patrons here at our school and in our community.  You can call the Boathouse at 223-4030 for reservations.  If you think baseball, you are thinking SPRING!
 
Keep warm, read a lot and don't forget to come by your local township library!  Our favorite custodian Mr. Randy will keep the lights on - and the heat, too!
 
Vicki
 
January Library News-Friday, January 17, 2014

 

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."  Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, this Monday, January 20th, Peninsula Community Library will remain open to serve our community.  We encourage you to help yourself from our display of movies and books, both non-fiction and fiction, which highlight the struggle for civil rights. 
 
In the spirit of Dr. King, who never stopped asking the question, "What are you doing for others?" we will be participating in Teens for Jeans.  About 1 in 3 people experiencing homelessness is under the age of eighteen. One of the items homeless youth request most is a pair of jeans. You may drop off a pair of gently used, teen-sized clean jeans at the library from January 20th through February 15th and we will donate them to Aeropostale's Teens for Jeans program.  We can make a difference!  As many of you know, I never wear jeans.  If we can collect 50 pairs, I promise to wear a pair to work the Monday following the collection!  The challenge is on!
 
Regular programming next week includes Threads, our Fiber Arts Group - adults bring along a project and work among friends, Monday, January 20th at 2 PM.  Novel Knights, our reading group for boys in grades 3-5 also meets Monday at 4:15 PM.  Adults are invited to join us for Gentle Yoga at 9:30 AM on Wednesday with Tina Livingston
 
Two special programs happen next week!  From the comfort of the library, tour the Galapagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. Karen and Chris Rieser share pictures and stories, January 23 at 7 PM. 
 
Then on Saturday, January 25th, I encourage you to come out to the Lighthouse from noon to 3 to celebrate Chinese New Year.  The Lighthouse, in collaboration with Peninsula Community Library, will be holding the 4th Annual Sleigh Ride Event.  Enjoy hot chocolate, crafts, storytelling and tours, as well as sleigh rides honoring the Year of the Horse.  Cost of the event is $7/adult and $5/child (12 and under).  Family rates are available.  All proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of our very own Mission Point Lighthouse.  
 
One special event that I have been asked to bring to your attention is a fundraiser February 3rd at The Boathouse Restaurant for Bowers Harbor Park and Traverse City Little League.  I have attached the details below for a wonderful event that supports so many young patrons here in our community.  You can call the Boathouse at 223-4030 for reservations.  PLAY BALL!
 
Phew!  There is a lot going on in your community and at your Library!  I know I will see you somewhere soon!
 
Warmest Regards,
Vicki
 
 
Library News-Thursday, January 16, 2014

 

Did you know that Robert Burns sent a copy of the original Auld Lang Syne lyrics to the Scots Musical Museum, with the remark, "The following song, is an old song, of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript, until I took it down from an old man." ?
 
It is a new year at your township library, but we are the same friendly staff, ready and willing to help you any way we can.  It is still cold outside (although at 21 degrees, it seems like a heat wave over the past few days), but the library is a warm place to be.  We have some great programming coming up this month and I hope you will join us!
 
The Salem Witch Trials are the focus on Monday, January 13th at 7 PM  when Author Stephen Lewis explores the facts and theories behind the hysteria that shook colonial Massachusetts in the late 17th century.  Lewis is Professor Emeritus of English at Suffolk College on Long Island, New York, as well as the author of Murder on Old Mission and other titles.  
 
On Thursday, January 23rd at 7 PM , you can visit the Galapagos Islands from the comfort of the library.  Karen and Chris Rieser share pictures and stories of the islands made famous by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. This is a family friendly program!  
 
Of course, we have all of our regular programming as well!  Pageturners, book discussion for adults, is the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 PM.  Chapter Chicks Mother Daughter Book Club meets the 2nd Monday of every other month at 6:30 PM, alternating months with our boys club, Novel Knights, which meets at 4:15 PM this Monday.  Threads Fiber Arts Group meets the 3rd Monday at 2 PM.  Bring a project, work with friends!  Join Tina Livingston for Gentle Yoga Wednesdays at 9:30 AM for $7.  Kids enjoy stories & crafts at Story Stew the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month at 9:30 AM. The theme January 16th is Monkey Business with Curious George
 
Adults are invited to participate in our winter reading club, Hot Reads for Cold Nights.  Pick up a log and read 8 books between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox to have your name entered into a drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite.  Books must be checked out at PCL!
 
A quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson that I love for the New Year:  "Write it on your heart that everyday is the best day in the year." 
 
Happy 2014!
 
Vicki

 

 
Holiday Library News-Thursday, January 16, 2014

 

What happened to 2013 when I wasn't paying attention?  The books I checked out today are due next year - January 16, 2014!  Is that really only weeks away?  
 
Our Threads Fiber Arts Group was snowed out this week and will be meeting Monday, December 23rd at 2 PM instead.  Adults are invited to bring along whatever project they are working on and sit among friends.  At Monday's meeting, I will also have a simple project you may choose to work on instead - a pretty tabletop tree craft.  There is no fee and you do not need to RSVP!
 
Kids might be on break, but the Peninsula Community Library staff will be here to serve you! Come on in and check out books, movies, music, games and magazines. Or just relax in the Library with a cup of coffee or tea from our Bookends Coffee Corner - no charge until school resumes as our holiday gift to YOU!  We will have fun crafts out on the tables for kids of all ages, so bring your visiting children in as well. On Monday December 30th, we invite you to join us for a holiday movie and light breakfast at 10 AM.  We will be showing The Year Without a Santa Claus - (G).  Come in your  jammies if you like and bring pillows and blankets to lounge on. Story Stew will also happen on Thursday, January 2nd at 9:30 AM.  The theme is My Favorite Hat and children are invited to wear theirs.  
 
Just for fun, adults are encouraged to sign up for our winter reading club, Hot Reads for Cold Nights.  Pick up a log with a magnet, bookmark and package of hot chocolate off the display in the Library.  Then read 8 books between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox to have your name entered into a drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite.  Books must be checked out at PCL!
 
The Library is open normal hours during TCAPS Holiday break except for a few days:  We are closed 12/24, 12/25, 12/31 and 1/1.  We will also be closed Friday, December 27th for an upgrade to our computer patron and staff/client system.  You may return items via the drop box opening into the building at the school entrance near our hours sign when we are closed. We always back date check ins from the box, so no worries about an item returned on time becoming overdue!  
 
On behalf of the PCL Board and Staff, I wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a wonderful New Year!  Come in and keep us company over the break!  YOU are a part of our PCL family!
 
Warmest Regards,
Vicki
 
Library Reminders-Thursday, June 06, 2013

 

What happened to 2013 when I wasn't paying attention?  The books I checked out today are due next year - January 16, 2014!  Is that really only weeks away?  
 
Our Threads Fiber Arts Group was snowed out this week and will be meeting Monday, December 23rd at 2 PM instead.  Adults are invited to bring along whatever project they are working on and sit among friends.  At Monday's meeting, I will also have a simple project you may choose to work on instead - a pretty tabletop tree craft.  There is no fee and you do not need to RSVP!
 
Kids might be on break, but the Peninsula Community Library staff will be here to serve you! Come on in and check out books, movies, music, games and magazines. Or just relax in the Library with a cup of coffee or tea from our Bookends Coffee Corner - no charge until school resumes as our holiday gift to YOU!  We will have fun crafts out on the tables for kids of all ages, so bring your visiting children in as well. On Monday December 30th, we invite you to join us for a holiday movie and light breakfast at 10 AM.  We will be showing The Year Without a Santa Claus - (G).  Come in your  jammies if you like and bring pillows and blankets to lounge on. Story Stew will also happen on Thursday, January 2nd at 9:30 AM.  The theme is My Favorite Hat and children are invited to wear theirs.  
 
Just for fun, adults are encouraged to sign up for our winter reading club, Hot Reads for Cold Nights.  Pick up a log with a magnet, bookmark and package of hot chocolate off the display in the Library.  Then read 8 books between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox to have your name entered into a drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite.  Books must be checked out at PCL!
 
The Library is open normal hours during TCAPS Holiday break except for a few days:  We are closed 12/24, 12/25, 12/31 and 1/1.  We will also be closed Friday, December 27th for an upgrade to our computer patron and staff/client system.  You may return items via the drop box opening into the building at the school entrance near our hours sign when we are closed. We always back date check ins from the box, so no worries about an item returned on time becoming overdue!  
 
On behalf of the PCL Board and Staff, I wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a wonderful New Year!  Come in and keep us company over the break!  YOU are a part of our PCL family!
 
Warmest Regards,
Vicki

 

 


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