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Peninsula Community Library offers naming rights to areas in new building

Peninsula Community Library offers naming rights to areas in new building (upnorthlive.com photo)

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A northern Michigan community is offering naming rights for areas of their new library!

The Peninsula Community Library was approved by the township planning commission in February.

So far, the board of trustees has raised nearly $1.8 million of their $2.5 million goal.

On Monday, the library announced the community meeting room in the new library will be named "The Friends of Neahtawanta Room" in honor of 24 families who donated $50,000 to the campaign fund.

The room will provide space for small area groups to gather.

In addition, the library coffee bar will be named in honor of Neahtawanta residents, Jon and Sue Kinne.

The Kinnes contributed $10,000 to secure the naming rights to a part of the building that is expected to attract book lovers and coffee fans alike.

The "Neah" community is situated on Bowers Harbor on the west side of Old Mission Peninsula and the association is made up of 63 cottages.

Many other areas of the new library have been named via generous donations including the building itself (Nancy and Bill Davy), the Friends Room (Friends of PCL), the Reception Area (Paula Kelley), the Children’s and Teens’ Areas (Tom’s Food Markets), the Local History Room (Tim Carroll), and the Children’s Garden (the Beers Family).

The fireplace will be dedicated to Mary Johnson, a member of the library board who, 20 years ago, purchased the land the new library will be built on.

The library will be built at the corner of Center Road and Island View Road, close to Old Mission Peninsula School.

There are still some areas of the new library that remain unnamed, including the front porch and carriage house.

If you would like to establish your legacy or that of someone else, contact library director Vicki Shurly at (231) 223-7700.

Groundbreaking for the new library is expected to take place in the summer.

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