Food for Fines 2018

The Peter White Public Library is partnering with the TV6 Canathon to help feed our hungry neighbors by serving as a collection point for food items to help stock our local food pantries from November 12 through December 5.

As an added incentive to donate, the library will be offering Food for Fines, a program that allows library users to resolve overdue fines or get a free DVD rental with the donation of non-perishable food items to the TV6 Canathon. Bring in one non-perishable food item to the library’s circulation desk in exchange for $1.00 in overdue fines or a film rental.

There is no limit to the dollar amount of fines that can be waived through Food for Fines. The program applies to overdue fines and DVD rentals only.  It cannot be used to resolve fees for lost or damaged materials.

The TV6 Canathon began in 1982 with 700 pounds of food collected.  Last year, the collection had grown to 157,300 pounds of food all of which was distributed in 10 Upper Michigan counties. The staff of the Peter White Public Library always looks forward to our continued participation in this event to let no one go hungry in our community.

Questions about the Food for Fines program can be directed to the library’s Circulation Desk at 228-9510.

Thank You Voters!

We are so grateful for the support of our community!  I am thankful that we can move forward in planning for a stable library future.
Next Steps
As a result of this election, we breathe a deep sigh of relief! The library is now in a position to absorb the known financial obstacles coming. Additionally, services will remain steady as we begin planning for the next phase: Operation, bring back extended service hours!  Please know that we hear you when you ask about Sunday Hours. While, the Headlee Override increases aren’t enough to bring in additional hours right away, it is the crucial first step in this process.
The Library Board will discuss election results at our regular Board Meeting on November 20th. This meeting is open to the public, please feel free to join us in the Shiras Room, 5:00 pm.
My deepest gratitude for your continued support of PWPL.
From the Staff, Library Board and Administration,
We thank you!
Andrea Ingmire
Library Director
Results by type and service area:

Renewal of Service:
Marquette Township: 72.13% Yes / 27.7% No

Headlee Override:

City of Marquette: 78.43% Yes / 21.57% No

Chocolay Township: 68.62% Yes / 31.38% No

Sands Township: 67.80% Yes / 32.20% No

New Services:
Powell Township: 41.63% Yes / 58.37% No

Thank you to all the supporters of PWPL who helped to spread the word about Library services in Powell Township.
As was expected, this was a close race.  We are certainly disappointed that this ballot was not successful.
However, Library services are of value to the residents of Powell Township.  For those interested in the continued efforts to offer library services in Powell Township, please consider joining the Friends of the Peter White Public Library.
We look forward to continued conversations about how the library and Powell Township can work together in the future.

Updated: Tree Registration Now Limited to Groups with Their Own Trees


The Winter Wonderland Walk is open to any individual, family, organization or business who would like to display and decorate an artificial tree or wreath.

Get all the details and register on our Tree Registration Webpage.

Update:  As of Friday, November 9, we are all out of trees!  If you can provide your own tree, we will find a space for you, but we have exhausted our supply.

This year’s registration deadline is Friday, November 16.

It’s Summer Reading Time! Online Registration Now Open

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.

Summer Reading Instagram Contest


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.


Contest Guidelines:

  • 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