Labor Day

While Labor Day weekend is not really the "end" of summer (that happens on the autumnal equinox, this year on September 22nd), we have arrived at what we as Americans celebrate as the final days of summer fun.  First held in 1882, Labor Day was originally set aside to honor laborers and trades people. It was intended to include street parades honoring workers, followed by picnics and festivals and fireworks for the workers' families.  Many of us still share picnics with our loved ones on these last few sweet days of summer freedom.  

Here at Peninsula Community Library, we are preparing for the return of our school family on Tuesday, September 6th and the slow exit of our summer residents.  Please note that PCL will be closed September 3, 4 and 5.  On September 6, we will resume our winter hours with a Saturday schedule from 9-1.  To help cover an expected rent increase, we will be closing on Mondays and Thursday at 8:30 PM instead of 9. We know you will understand and work with us while we look for ways to cover the increased cost with the least amount of impact to patrons and staff.  
Programming this week includes Gentle Yoga at 9:30 AM on Wednesday morning with Tina Livingston and Story Stew at 9:30 AM Thursday.  The best thing you can do for your township library is to USE it!
A community note:  This evening at 6 PM, there will be a joint meeting of the Peninsula Township and TCAPS Boards to discuss the anonymous donation offered recently in support of Old Mission Peninsula School.  The meeting is open to the public and I encourage you to attend. It will be held in the school gym. 

School resumes Tuesday, September 6 and we are excited to see everyone back.  We LOVE our school family!   I want to remind patrons that you should not park in the circle in front during drop off and pick up times,  I also ask parents NOT to use the handicapped parking spaces unless they have the appropriate state permits. I know that parking can be tight at times, but I have patrons who actually NEED those spaces due to handicaps.  Please be considerate!
Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend.  If you are traveling, I wish you safe journey!  I leave you with a Walt Whitman poem.  ~ Vicki


~ Walt Whitman

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The woodcutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day-at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

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