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:
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
We have big things planned for 2018 at Peter White Public Library. Based on feedback from patrons and voters, we are planning a series of improvements to both the library building and the services we offer. If you would like to stay in the loop as these improvements are implemented, sign-up for email updates here:
Once again, Peter White Public Library, Dr. Allyn Roberts, and the Marquette Monthly are sponsoring a teen writing competition for high school students, including those who are home schooled, in grades 9 through 12. There are three categories: Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Nonfiction Memoirs.
Submission requirements (pdf version):
- Entries must be no longer than 750 words. Entries must not have been published previously. Entries must be typed and double spaced. Poetry may be typed in a unique style befitting the poem.
- A typed cover sheet must include the writer’s name, address, phone number, school and grade, plus the entry’s word count. The writer’s name should not appear on any page of the actual entry. Please attach the cover sheet securely to the entry. Keep a copy of your entry for your records.
- Writers unfamiliar with the new category of flash fiction can find information online, stop by the PWPL Teen Services desk for a brief explanation, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The contest is open to residents of Peter White Public Library’s service area: City of Marquette and townships of Marquette, Chocolay, Ewing, Sands, Skandia, Turin, Wells, and West Branch, as well as Peter White Public Library non-resident card holders.
- Only one submission total per writer will be accepted.
- Entries will not be returned. Winners will be called in April. Prizes will be awarded at a reception for writers, friends, and family on Wednesday, April 25, at 7pm.
Entries must be postmarked or brought to the library by 9:00 pm on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
Send your entry to:
Teen Writing Competition
Peter White Public Library
217 N. Front St.
Marquette, MI 49855
If you prefer, you may bring your entry to the Teen Services desk on the main floor of the library, or the Youth Services desk on the lower level.
There will be a total of 9 prizes:
- $125 first place in each of the 3 categories
- $75 second place in each of the 3 categories
- $50 third place in each of the 3 categories
Additional prizes of $25 for honorable mention will be awarded at the judges’ discretion.
For more information, please call the Teen Services Department at 906-226-4321 or Youth Services at 226-4323; or email email@example.com.
Learn how to access our digital collection of audio books and e-books from your smart phone and tablet.
Watch this locally produced online video and learn how to download the free Libby app and how to check-out digital materials using your Peter White Public Library card.
This is a free service for all PWPL library card holders.