Building Love April and May Themes

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

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Teen Writing Contest deadline March 15

The words Young writers contet with a fountain pen nib

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 maschnee@pwpl.info.
  • 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 maschnee@pwpl.info.

Coming December 15 to a galaxy near you…

…A Party and an Art Show!

Did you dress as a Wookie for Halloween? Do you have the Star Wars theme set as the ringtone on your phone? Do you spend copious amounts of time wondering just who Rey’s parents are and why they left her on Tatooine?  (What is it about that planet?)

Know that you are not alone in this universe.  We at The Library are also a bit Star Wars obsessed and are busy planning what we think will be the party of the new Star Wars movie release season. This all-ages event will include galactic crafts, games with Taiga, snacks in our Cantina, futuristic music by Jeremy Morelock and Denise Owens, on-site make-up artistry demonstration, a costume contest, and an art show in the MACC gallery. (See poster for more information.)

At this time, make sure you block off Friday, December 15 from 5-9:00 pm on your calendar.

You might also want to start creating if you’d like to enter the MACC art show.  Any artwork that embodies the spirit of Star Wars will be accepted in this week-long, non-juried show open to all ages and experience levels. All work must be submitted to the MACC by Wednesday December 12, 2017 before 5:00 p.m.

Specifications: No size limitation. All artistic mediums are welcomed. 2D works must be ready to hang, except for unframed art by youth ages 7-18 that may be adhered with tape. Number of pieces, per artist, will depend on the sizes and available space. Entry forms are available at the MACC or may be requested by email: arts-culture@marquettemi.gov.

Questions?  Call PWPL Youth Services at 906/226-4323 or Marquette Arts and Culture Center at 906/228-0472.