Library News: Book Sale, Covid Test Kits, Miriam Pico, Paul Bunyan and a Bike Repair Station

Peninsula Township Fire Department with Madelyn Ryan at Fire Station 2 | PCL Picture

It’s National Paul Bunyan Day! Paul Bunyan has deep roots in Michigan. While many states have come to claim the legend as their own, historians believe the tales were based on the life of Fabian Fournier, a French Canadian who came to work in Michigan’s lumber camps after the Civil War.

Fournier’s height – over six feet in a day when the average man was five feet tall – as well as his fierce drinking and brawling made him intimidating. He died after a fight in Bay City, a savage town when loggers went to drink their wages. The trial of her alleged attacker, which ended in an acquittal, spread far and wide, and as stories were told around campfires and potbellied stoves, a legend was born.

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Legends abound here at the Peninsula Community Library, both on our shelves and in the reputation of our programs and friendly staff!

Be sure to register now for the Summer Reading Club! “Oceans of Possibilities” is this year’s theme. July is full of imagination and rewards for customers of all ages. Children’s entertainment is offered at the Jardin des Enfants on Tuesdays in July at 11 a.m., with the visit of a pirate and a mermaid! Adults and children can pick up a newspaper and start reading NOW. Multi-age programs during the month include:

Hey pirates! Our first Tuesday Summer Reading Club Storytime is July 5th at 11am! Children are invited to dress up as pirates to meet Pirate Captain Barnacle Bob! We will be offering craft bags (while supplies last), pirate accessories and activities in the Kindergarten!

Guests of ALL ages are invited to join us Thursday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m. outside with storyteller Jenifer Stauss for “Swimming with Dolphins and Swinging with Whales: Science, Stories and Songs from the Great blue “. Bring chairs or a blanket. The place of the rain is the community hall.

Michigan Medicine Lecture Series. Together with the University of Michigan, we are proud to sponsor a series of programs with expert physicians from around the world. We are joined July 25 at 3 p.m. by Dr. Henry Paulson, MD, Ph.D. Dr. Paulson is director of the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center (MADC) and co-director of the University of Michigan Protein Folding Diseases Initiative. Although reservations are not required, we try to get an idea of ​​the space. If you can, please call us to let us know you are coming – (231) 223-7700.

Linguistic meeting. Always wanted to learn Spanish but just can’t get started? Did you learn Spanish but found you needed people to practice with to keep you going and improve? Do you want to be able to connect with your Spanish-speaking neighbors? Are you a Spanish speaker and want to help new speakers practice? Come join a monthly group to socialize and develop or practice your Spanish skills. Meetings are held the third Saturday of the month for 90 minutes. The first meeting will take place on Saturday July 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the library. RSVP to Leslie at [email protected] so that we can provide space, drinks and snacks.

Chapter champions! Children in grades 3-5 are invited to join us Saturday, August 13 at 10 a.m. at Lighthouse Beach for a fun book and craft discussion. The book “The Secret Lake” by Karen Inglis is available now. Choose one and let us know your kids are participating! The book is to keep for your child!

Covid test kits. Michigan State has sent more Covid-19 home testing kits. You are free to use – up to five per household – the household reserve. If you think you are sick, please send someone else to get a kit or stay in your car and call us curbside when you arrive. We’ll leave the kits near your car for you to pick up when we leave. Help us keep everyone healthy!

Bike repair station. Be sure to visit our new bike repair station near the bike rack! It was made possible by a generous grant from the Cherry Capital Cycling Club and includes a pump and tools for emergency repairs. I’m told the tools are also great for wheelchair repair!


Annual book sale. This year, our Friends of PCL book sale will open on Friday, August 12 and run until Saturday, August 20, during regular library hours. We would like to thank the community for all their generous book donations. Proceeds from Friends’ activities support PCL programs and, therefore, go back to the community.

Book donations. In order to prepare for the sale, our attention will be focused on sorting the books. The last day to drop off book donations is Monday, July 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

How did the true story of Fabian Fournier evolve into the legends of Paul Bunyan? The life of Fournier, known as Saginaw Joe, became intertwined after his death with that of another French Canadian named Bon Jean. The tales quickly spread to logging camps across the country, and the stories were exaggerated and made up.

In 1910, James MacGillivray, a reporter for The Detroit News, published a popular series called “The Logging Tall Tales”. Later, several logging companies developed pamphlets promoting Paul. The tales exploded from there. Statues, a JL Hudson Department Store Thanksgiving Parade figurine, and festivals have evolved, ensuring a legend lives on forever!

Tales of Paul Bunyan |  Forest History Society Photo
Tales of Paul Bunyan | Forest History Society Photo

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