It’s Summer Reading Time at Peter White Public Library for patrons of all ages. This year’s theme is Libraries Rock!
Youth Summer Reading events will be held at our temporary Children’s Branch at Westwood Mall (while our Children’s Room on the lower level is remodeled this summer) and other other locations including Lower Harbor Park and HOTplates here in town. Checkout the complete Summer Reading Series of Events for youth and sign-up online to log summer reading hours to earn free books.
The Adult Summer Reading Series of Events kicked off on June 4 with a day long ukelele extravaganza; Ben Hassenger from Music is the Foundation conducted two workshops, introduced the DocuMonday film Mighty Uke, and led a group strum. Programming will continue in July and August with an adult dulcimer workshop, numerous concerts to be held in the Huron Mountain Gallery, DocuMonday films focusing on music, and Bluesday Tuesday at the Ore Dock. Attend any of these events and put your name in for a random prize drawing.
Have fun with Summer Reading whatever your age, and if you enjoy sharing pictures of your summer experiences on Instagram, enter our Summer Reading Instagram Contest for a chance to win a “The Book Was Better” t-shirt.
How do you Summer Read? Do you read while traveling or do you find excitement in attending a special library program? Do you cuddle up in the lawn chair with the kids, or do you find a quiet, shady spot along the lake? Show us how Summer Reading Rocks!
How to enter:
- Post your photo on Instagram using the hashtag #PWPLRocks by midnight August 15, 2018.
- Follow and tag PWPL: @peterwhitepublilclibrary.
- Tag your friends, ask for likes!
- Make sure the photo setting is public so we can see your entry.
- Don’t miss a moment, enter as many times as you like.
- By submitting your photo, you agree to the guidelines set forth here and agree that the photo can be used by the Peter White Public Library on our website, social media and in the newsletter. Your work will be credited by user name.
- Peter White Public Library staff and their family members may participate, but are not eligible to win.
- For your own protection, do not include your library card barcode in your photo.
- Photos with the most likes by August 28 will win the popular PWPL “The Book was Better” t-shirt, and
- Peter White Public Library will share the photos on the PWPL Instagram account and Facebook.
Submit photos by midnight August 15
Vote for your favorites by midnight August 28
At the May 2018 meeting, the Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees approved a pilot program to go “Fine-Free” on Youth books. This trial period will give PWPL time and data by which to evaluate the idea of becoming a fine-free public library.
The pilot program only includes books and audiobook materials in the Children and Teen collections. Lost or damaged items will still result in replacement fees.
The PWPL Board of Trustees began discussing this idea in March 2018 stemming from a proposal by Youth Services Librarian Sarah Rehborg. “We want children to come to the library and check out books,” reasons Rehborg. “Fines can act as a deterrent to this.”
Fines and fees have traditionally been a part of library services in public libraries across the country. However, libraries have started to question the benefit of this continued practice in the past decade. Many libraries have started to transition away from overdue fines for several reasons, most noted is the ill-will that fine collection can create.
The PWPL Board of Trustees has discussed issues related to potential item loss and financial impact, which is why only a trial period was approved. During the trial period, PWPL will collect data to help Board members determine if continuing fine-free library services is a mutually beneficial decision.
Other regional libraries who are fine free include: Dickinson County Public Library, Menominee County Library, Munising School/Public Library (charges fines on DVD’s only) and Crawford County Library (Juvenile materials are fine free).
To read more about public libraries going fine-free, visit:
Once again, Peter White Public Library is hosting a series of programs in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.
This May we will screen four films, host professional speakers on Depression and Memory Care, and facilitate a book discussion.
See poster for a complete list of Your Mind Matters programs.
The Building Love series of events started in January with four programs centered around the theme of World Cultures. The themes and the programs were developed by a group of local volunteers who approached the library programming office, wanting to create series of events that promote positive social change.
The Building Love programs have proved very popular with patrons, whether it be for a special documentary, a book discussion or a community conversation. They continue this month and will wrap up in May.
The remaining programs are as follows:
April theme, Environment (see poster)
- Thursday, April 12, 7:00 pm, UP Environment Interactive World Cafe
- Thursday April 19, 7:00 pm, Book Study (continued) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
May theme, Our Children (see poster)
- Monday, May 7, 7:00 pm, DocuMonday film: Babies
- Wednesday, May 9, 6:00 pm, Children from Alaska to the UP: Working through Adversity toward Resilience
- Monday, May 21, 7:00 pm, Documentary film: Do It for Daniel
- Thursday May 17, 7:00 pm, Book Study (continued) The Immortal Lile of Henrietta Lacks
Great Michigan Read is a biennial statewide literary program focusing on humanities themes. The Great Michigan Read aims to connect us as Michiganians by deepening our understanding of our state, our society, and our humanity. A statewide panel of teachers, librarians, community leaders and book lovers select the Great Michigan Read every two years. The 2017-18 Great Michigan Read title is X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon. Learn more about this statewide program at The Michigan Humanities Council.
Programming at Peter White will kick-off on March 14 with a concert by the MSHS Jazz Band. See the complete list of events.
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