New Roots Music Festival to Debut

The Peter White Public Library will co-host to the first ever Winter Roots Festival, a folk-based music event sponsored by the PWPL, the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, Hiawatha Music Co-op, the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, the Marquette Area Blues Society, Travel Marquette, the Marquette DDA, Ore Dock, and the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.

This one day event, scheduled for Saturday, February 23 will include workshops, dancing, concerts and an evening concert with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra. Buttons for daytime events at the Library, the Marquette Commons and the Ore Dock cost $10 and are available for purchase at PWPL, the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center and the Hiawatha Music Co-op.  Buttons can also be purchased at each venue on the day of the event. Tickets must be purchased separately for the evening Marquette Symphony Concert, Under Mountains of Ocean, featuring Youth Concerto Competition winner Evan Zegiel on Tuba and special guests, Westbound Situation, an Ann Arbor-based bluegrass quartet with violin, cello, bass and banjo.  Tickets available at NMU Ticket Outlets, online at and by phone at 906-227-1032.

Click here for a full schedule of events.

Movie Streaming Now Available

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for card holders at the Peter White Public Library. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting Each card holder can watch up to 4 films per a month. A valid library card and email is needed to sign up. Feel free to contact us at 906.226.4311, if you have questions. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.

Call To Artists

Call to Artists Online Application


The Peter White Public Library is looking for artists to fill the library gallery spaces with artwork in 2019. Exhibits will run for six weeks in the Huron Mountain Club gallery or the Lower Level Reception gallery. Interested individuals or groups must have enough artwork to fill the gallery space to be considered.

Online applications must be submitted for committee review by Saturday, January 15. Date preferences and gallery requests will be taken into consideration. Submissions must be complete to be considered.

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.