Wanda Crampton's Foresight

Peninsula Community Library is truly a special place, made so by many people - staff, volunteers, patrons and visitors.  It has taken a community to build PCL into the unique, beloved gathering place it is today.  People come, people go and people stay, but everyone who walks through our doors leaves something special of themselves.  In its 60 year history, PCL has had only five library directors.  Wanda Crampton was both director and one of those very special people who are a part of the fabric of who we are as a library. Wanda passed away January 8th at the age of 83. She was a dear, giving lady and foresighted library director.  I share with you this, from former PCL director Julie Maxson who worked with Wanda: 

"For twenty-five years, Wanda Crampton served Peninsula Community Library patrons with diligence, grace, affection, and forward thinking. She was a mentor and friend to any and all who came into her life.  Wanda had a fervent desire to provide the best library service possible, particularly in a new technological era.  She truly knew her community which is the primary attribute for an effective Library Director. She and PCL Board members had the foresight to purchase property for a stand-alone building which she felt sure would be needed some day. Wanda deserved the honor to wield a shovel at the groundbreaking for the new library, but that was not meant to be. As the planning and construction of the new library goes forward, those of us who knew and loved her will celebrate Wanda's dream come true brick by brick, book by book."

Old Mission parents are invited to come into the library on Wednesday at 8:30 AM for a light breakfast and to read to their child.  Moms and Muffins was cancelled by last week's snow day, so Dads and Doughnuts will become Parents and Pastries.  Come on in, enjoy a sweet or two and lounge around the library to read to your child for a quiet half hour before the school bell rings at nine. Instilling a love of reading in your child begins with YOU!
The Friends of Peninsula Community Library meet Wednesday, January 18 at 1 PM to discuss fundraisers, as well as their vital role in the building of a new library.  All are welcome to join them.  Stay for refreshments and conversation afterward.  
Gentle Yoga is offered  for a small fee at 9:30 AM on Wednesdays.  Instructor Tina Livingston welcomes patrons of all abilities.  

Story Stew for little ones meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 9:30 AM.  Bring your kiddos in for stories, crafts, songs and more.

Pageturners, our book club for adults, meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM. Newcomers are always welcome.  The January pick is A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton.  

Looking ahead, author and shipwreck hunter Ross Richardson joins us next week, January 26 at 7 PM, to talk about some of America's most baffling disappearances.  What do a mild-mannered grocery store owner and an infamous skyjacker have in common?  Come find out!

The teen program, Year of the Rooster, has been postponed until February 3rd.  Details to come later!  

Bring your kids to PCL Saturday January 28 from 9 - noon for LEGO Mania!  Enjoy free play and activities.  Enter to win a small Lego set.

Adults are invited to enter a raffle ticket for every book they read between January 1 and March 19 and be entered to win a gift card for Dinner and a Movie for Two.  Details are available at the circ desk.  While you are at it, pick up a packet of hot chocolate and a flashlight to warm and light up your winter nights!  

I was privileged to know Wanda Crampton as library director, patron and friend.  I have no doubt at all that when that first shovel of dirt is removed for the building of our new library, Wanda will be right there with us. We thank her especially for knowing in 1990 that those five acres at the corner of Island View and Center Roads would be The Next Chapter for Peninsula Community Library.  


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