Wonderful World of Disney

On this day in 1901, Walter Elias Disney was born in the city of Chicago where as a boy, he showed a serious interest in drawing.  At the young age of 18, he became a commercial artist and soon after, with his brother Roy as partner, formed the Disney Brothers Studio.  Mickey Mouse was his first popular success, with Walt providing the voice for his own character in the beginning.  Mickey was initially named Mortimer by Walt, but his wife Lillian thought the name was too serious and suggested Mickey instead.  The rest is history.  Today, both Disney and Mickey are cultural icons recognized around the world.  Disney's last written words in his office remain a mystery. Before he succumbed to lung cancer, Walt scribbled the words, "Kurt Russell" on a piece of paper.  The words remain an unknown to this day - even to actor Kurt Russell, a favorite in Disney films. 

December happenings at PCL must seem a mystery out there as well. Our quarterly newsletter did not come back from the printer in time to get out to you at the first of the month.  The Family Favorites program with recipes and stories was to have been yesterday, but will be rescheduled later in the winter.  In the meantime, the newsletter went out today and should be in your mailbox soon.  
This Saturday, from 9 to noon, we offer a Holiday Cheer craft program.  Please call to let us know you are coming so we can plan materials.  Come on in to create a puffy wreath from ribbon and netting for whatever special days you celebrate.  We will have a simple wreath for the kids as well.  Kids may leave a letter for Santa in our special mailbox.  Santa promises to answer if letters are received by December 18!.
Regular programming includes Pageturners on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM.   Gentle Yoga happens Wednesdays at 9:30 AM for $7.  The Great Start Collaborative offers their 5 to One playgroup on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 9:30 AM. Story Stew for kids is offered the 2nd, 4th & any 5th Thursdays at 9:30 AM.  Our Reading Therapy Dog Zeb loves to listen to kids read – call for times. Notary service & help with mobile tech devices is available too – call.  Kids enjoy crafts & play in our Imagination Station. Bring your project to THREADS at PCL Mondays at 10 AM & work among friends!  Chapter Chicks Mother Daughter Book Club for tweens meets 1/20 at 9:30 AM. Books for PCL's book clubs are available on a first come basis in the library. We have Large Print materials, audio-books and DVDs!  

If you are in town December 16, be sure to stop by Horizon Books from 4-6 PM.  Our very own volunteer extraordinaire Nancy Tucker will be on hand there to sign her book, Double Danger

Please note that our hours have changed.  Hours on Monday and Thursday are 9 AM to 8 PM.  All other hours remain the same.  When Traverse City Area Public Schools are closed due to weather, PCL is also closed. We are, however, open during winter break.  We will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.  

Many thanks to all of you for thinking of Peninsula Community Library's Building Campaign as you contemplate your annual giving.  In all, over the one year of the campaign, about 500 people have given or pledged close to 1.7 million dollars.  Help us reach our goal of 2.5 million by sending your gift to your very own community library.  According to the PEW Research Center, over 90% of Americans say that the closing of their public library would seriously impact their communities.  A heartwarming fact?  There are more libraries in the U.S. today than McDonalds!

The movie Wall-E  was produced in 2008 by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures.  It was the most complex production to that date and required 125,000 storyboards.  Bring your gang to PCL December 27 at 10 AM for  a showing of the film. Jammies, pillows and blankets are most welcome!  

In 1920, while working as a commercial artist, Walt Disney read a copy of the book Animated Cartoons - How They are Made, Their Origin and Development by E.G. Lutz.  He was to refer to the book's influence on his career many times over the years. It is good to note that he obtained that book with his library card at the Kansas City Public Library.  

That book is not in our collection, but we have many other items to keep you busy over the holiday season - books, movies, music, puzzles, games and more, including some about Walt Disney.  Hope to see you soon at YOUR Peninsula Community Library!

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