BY SHERI TRUSTY
Marblehead Peninsula Coffee Hour, a new program at Marblehead Peninsula Library, launched on Jan. 19 with special guest, Marblehead Mayor John Starcher. Several local residents joined Starcher for coffee and tea as they shared ideas about the future of the village.
The library offers many educational and informative programs, but Marblehead Peninsula Library Branch Manager, Dave Kimmel, created Coffee Hour with a focus on community service. His goal was to create a space where local residents can connect.
“We wanted to give people the chance to talk with other people in the community,” Kimmel said. “I want the library to be the community’s living room.”
Coffee Hour opens the door for locals to engage in respectful conversations regarding their hopes and concerns with the village.
“Our culture is not very good at encouraging people to have civil discourse. The conversations they are having online has degraded that,” Kimmel said. “This is a space for our neighbors to come together to have discussions and to network with people from Danbury, Lakeside and Marblehead. We’re the library of the peninsula, not just Marblehead.”
Marblehead Peninsula Coffee Hour is held the third Friday of every month at 10 a.m. The next Coffee Hour will feature Marblehead Village Administrator Jeffrey White on Feb. 16. The library is located at 710 West Main St. in Marblehead.
Marblehead Peninsula Library is a branch library of Ida Rupp Public Library. Like Ida Rupp, Oak Harbor Public Library hosts many programs each month.
KC Cousins visited Oak Harbor Public Library on Jan. 18 to work on a puzzle she had started the day before. She often spends time in the comfort and warmth of the library on cold winter days as part of her effort to get out of the house and stay active and connected in the community.
“I exercised at Body Works (Fitness Studio) and then came to the library to do the puzzle,” she said.