"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new."

Much change is happening here at Peninsula Community Library, the school and our little comfortable world around us.  Comfort, however, is not always a good thing.  Joe Robinson, in The Blog in Huffpost (Nov. 11. 2011) explains: :
"As marketers have known since the days of toga sales, humans love their creature comforts. Tempur-pedic beds and cinema-sized TVs are nice, but researchers tell us we’re a lot happier when we can tear ourselves away from what makes us feel cozy. It turns out that what our brains and bodies really want isn’t comfort. It’s engagement."

We do our best to engage patrons here at PCL, embracing change to keep our activities, programs and collections current and lively.  Still, some change is hard!  Mr. Randy, our beloved custodian is leaving us this week for a new life of retirement.  While I cannot even being to imagine this active and dynamic guy sitting still to fish or read in a rocking chair, I do know that there is a world out there waiting for him!  I hope you will drop by tomorrow between 3 and 5:30  to give him a big hug, thank him for the love and care he has given all of us and our children over the years and to enjoy punch and a piece of cake.  

On Thursday at 9:30 AM, join us for Story Stew where the theme is always changing!  Bring your little ones to Mrs. Gerber's At the Beach (but in the library) story hour filled with books, craft and fun.  

Please note that we will be closed this weekend Saturday through Monday.  We wish you a happy and safe end of the summer.  Our hours change next week with the reopening of the library on Saturdays from 9-1, beginning 9/9.

The biggest change, of course, is going to be the bright new home for PCL!  Our community is amazing! Patrons have made large gifts for the naming rights to the building, the local history room, the reception/circulation desk area, the fireplace and the children's garden. Others are thinking about the coffee bar, the children's area and more.  Gifts have been made with no naming expectations and in memorial and honorarium to others.  We have, to date, received $1,261,332 in local contributions, legally binding pledges, fund balance transfers and event income. An additional $35,000 in pledges is in process. On top of that, we have outstanding offers of $245,000 in additional pledges/donations which are not yet confirmed.  My Staff and I and the Board are overwhelmed by community love and support!  More importantly, there are real people and stories behind these gifts.

I have told you the love story behind our lead gift from Nancy and Bill Davy.  But there are many! Paula Kelley is the sponsor of the reception/circulation desk area.  You may know her as Bear's mom.  Bear was our very first reading dog.  Paula and I laugh now, because I came to love dogs - well certain dogs - because of Bear. One day when we were still in the market while the school was being renovated, Paula showed up with Bear. She was excited to tell me about a reading therapy dog program that was happening in libraries and schools across the country.  She wanted to know if I would be interested once Bear had the proper training and necessary certification. Just at that moment, Bear jumped up and with his paws up on the circ desk, proceeded to chew up a library card. Needless to say, I had very serious doubts about this new program.  I managed to keep them to myself and, sure enough, Bear became the very first reading therapy dog in the library district, beloved by all who met him. Sad to say, Bear passed away recently.  How wonderful, though, that he will always be a part of PCL with the reception area named after him. We may just have to have an artist paint a paw print on the circ desk with that chewed up library card that Paula saved laminated next to it!

One of Bear's biggest admirers was Mr. Randy, who slipped Bear sausages when Paula wasn't looking.  Hope to see you tomorrow at Randy's open house!  I am sure that Bear will be smiling down!


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