Vicki Shurly

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A Day at the Library

Peninsula Community Library opened in 1957 with a collection of 700 mostly borrowed books.  Today, we house a collection of almost 35,000 items.  Last year, we checked out 49,166 items.  Last year, we educated, entertained and informed 3159 people...

Teens in the Library

We've become a hangout for some of the young adults in our library.  This is a new phenomenon for us at PCL.  We are in a relatively rural area, nine miles from town.  The elementary school where our public library is located goes through the fift...

Collection Development

A patron came into my office yesterday - the door is almost always open - to compliment me on the wide range of books on varied topics that we have here - always surprising to her, she explained, because we are such a small library.  She commented t...

Gratitude

This is the time of year when we often think of those we need to thank.  While gratitude should be an intregal part of our lives every day, it is good to look back over a year and reflect on where we are and  who held our hands, cajoled us, encoura...

New Year

It is very early in the morning here at the library the third day into our "new" year.  New year generally denotes January 1st by any calendar, but when you are in a school, new year always means the first week of school.  And, it is a new year her...

Last Bell!

School's out - you would definitely think it would be quiet in our shared space in an elementary school.  The last dismissal bell rang on a Friday.  By the following Wednesday, almost every child who attends Old Mission Peninsula School had been in...

In a Field of Spring Blossoms

Spring has definitely arrived here at Peninsula Community Library.  Snuggled as we are amidst orchards of cherry and apple trees, a patron commented the other day that he felt that he was living in the dreamy mist of a painting by Claude Monet.  It...

Sounds of Silence

It is a strange kind of day here in the space that we usually share as a township and elementary school library.  There is an unexpected day off of school and the building as a whole is unusually quiet for a Wednesday during the school year.   We a...

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

For weeks, we have felt the excitment in the air here at Peninsula Community Library.  With our shared space in an elementary school, our building has been bustling with music, artwork, parties, excited children and tired adults.  The library doors...

Thanksgiving

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy We are so very fortunate here at PCL to be a part of an active and caring community.  My head sta...