One Book One Community

This Year’s title, The Round House by Louise Erdrich, is at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of a family, history, and culture.
The One Book One Community program encourages the Marquette County and Northern Michigan University community to read the same book and to come together to discuss it in a variety of settings.
2016 Events
All events are open to the public.
September 25: 6 pm, Northern Michigan University (room TBA), Finding Dawn, a documentary about the murders and disappearances of over 500 Aboriginal women in Canada over the last thirty plus years.
September 26: 1 pm, Northern Michigan University, University Center, the United Conference panel presentation on The Round House.
September 29: 7 pm, Northern Michigan University, Olson Library, a taped interview with Louise Erdrich and Bill Moyers will be followed by a presentation by Matthew Fletcher on how tribal law intersects and/or conflicts with non-tribal laws. Matthew is a Professor of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University. A self-guided tour through the “Native Treaties-Shared Rights” exhibit in NMU’s Olson Library will be available.
September 24-October 9: Northern Michigan University, Olson Library, a traveling exhibit about Native American treaties called “Native Treaties-Shared Rights.”
October 4: 7 pm, Peter White Public Library, Shiras Room, upper level, Community book discussion of The Round House sponsored by PWPL and Snowbound Books.
October 19: 7 pm, Marquette Regional History Center, a panel discussion titled “Women, Violence and Revenge.” The focus of the panel is to educate about issues concerning tribal vs. non-tribal jurisdiction and the Violence Against Women Act. The gallery, featuring the Native American diorama, will be open free to the public at this special event.
November 2: 7-8:30 pm, Northern Michigan University, LRC 311, The Round House community book discussion.
November 15: 7 pm, Northern Michigan University, Whitman Commons, the movie Smoke Signals, based on the book by Sherman Alexie, will be shown and a discussion with Shirley Brozzo will follow.
More information about the One Book One Community program is available on the

Join the Conversation Thursday, September 8

Restoring Public Trust in Government. The Library will host a Community Conversation at 7 pm in the Community Room on the lower level. This is an opportunity to participate in a non-partisan discussion on how to make Michigan’s government work better for the people of Michigan. Sponsored by The Center for Michigan, the Marquette Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and Peter White Public Library.

Antique Appraisal Fair tickets now available.

photo of Mark examing decorative candle holderBack by popular demand, Peter White Public Library is hosting another antique appraisal event on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Friday, Sept. 23 from 1:00 pm to 4:00pm in the library’s Shiras room.
Tickets for a scheduled appraisal time are now available from the library’s circulation desk on the main floor for $15.00 per item. There is a limited number of tickets available for each day with a maximum purchase of 3 tickets per person. Reserve your appraisal time by calling 906-228-9510 with a valid credit card. Proceeds benefit the Peter White Public Library.

Township millages critical for PWPL operations

Voters in Chocolay, Sands, Skandia and West Branch Townships will be asked to renew Library Millage to support the Peter White Public Library on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.  Citizens of the Charter Township of Marquette will vote on the question on November 8, 2016.
Township millages generate approximately $470,000 annually to provide library programs and services.  City of Marquette taxpayers pay 1.5 mills to support general library operations each year.  This dedicated millage is expected to raise $933,000 in 2016. The Library’s general operating budget for 2015/2016 is $2 million.
Township voters are being asked to renew the Library Services Contract millages.  Approval of the measure will not change the current taxes paid by township residents.  The millage levied in the contracted townships is currently 1 mil ($1.00 per $1,000 in taxable value) as reduced by Headlee.
Library millages provide the majority of funding for the PWPL.  Over 70% of the general operating budget is received from personal and real property taxes.  Successful passage of the millage requests in Chocolay, Marquette, Sands, Skandia and West Branch will enable the PWPL to continue the valuable programs and services taxpayers have come to expect.
Chocolay, Sands, Skandia and West Branch Townships:  Vote August 2, 2016
Charter Township of Marquette:  Vote November 8, 2016

Garden season is here!

LookingDownKidsGDid you know our gardens are funded entirely by donations and maintained entirely by volunteers?
Did you know about the new garden programs being held for children this summer?
Learn more  on the new Gardens at PWPL webpage and stop by to see what’s blooming when you visit the Library.
You can find materials relevant to gardeners for check-out in the adult nonfiction, juvenile non-fiction, and video collection under the following call numbers:  635 (garden crops) and 710 (landscape architecture).

Michigan Activity Pass returns for summer 2016

Michigan Activity Pass logo featuringa a hot air baloon with the words soar and Explore on it.Did you know that your library card can be your best travel companion? Discover hundreds of Michigan’s cultural destinations and natural attractions with your Peter White Public Library card! You can “check out” FREE or discounted admission passes (or other exclusive offers) to hundreds of Michigan state parks, campgrounds, museums, trails, arts & cultural destinations, seven National Park Service venues, and more.
All library card-holders are eligible for one pass every week.  From the Michigan Activity Pass website they can search attractions near  home (19 destinations within 50 miles of PWPL) or near any Michigan vacation destination.   Select a destination, enter your information, and print your pass.  (Printing services are available here at the library.)

New director selected

At a special meeting, Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees voted to offer the position of Library Director to Andrea Ingmire of Greensburg, Indiana. She has accepted the position and is expected to start on Monday, June 6.
Ingmire received a Masters in Library Science from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and is currently the director of the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library, where she has worked since 2008. Before 2008, Ingmire was the director of the Osgood Public Library.
With ten years of experience as a library director, the Board feels that Ingmire is the right fit for Peter White Public Library.