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.
Now available in sizes x-small through xx-large, a t-shirt sure to please all the readers on your holiday shopping list. Shirts are $15.00 a piece and are on sale at the Circulation Desk.
…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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Call PWPL Youth Services at 906/226-4323 or Marquette Arts and Culture Center at 906/228-0472.