Meet Libby, the new Overdrive app

If you enjoy downloading audiobooks and e-books from the Great Lakes Digital Library, you may like to try the new app from Overdrive.  Just like the original app, you can install Libby from Google Play or the Apple App Store for free.

Libby is designed to make borrowing and enjoying eBooks and audiobooks from your public library easier than ever, through:

  • Intuitive navigation
  • A streamlined first-time user experience
  • A simplified borrowing and downloading process
  • One unified bookshelf that automatically displays all of your loans and holds from all of your libraries

You can use Libby in place of, or in addition to, the OverDrive app. Of course, you can also continue to use the OverDrive app exclusively if you’d rather not try Libby at this time.

Library Building Project: Fact Sheet

Contents:   Building Project Components | Timeline | For Further Information | Full report: Facility Recommendations | Proposed Floor Plans| Capital Improvement Bond

 Building Project Components:
Historic Building Restoration

Peter White Public Library is one of Marquette’s most beloved facilities. This building opened in 1904 and has been a cornerstone to the downtown community ever since. Updates and maintenance to this facility are ongoing, necessary and costly including:

  • Façade repair and tuck-pointing of all masonry. This is an issue of immediate need as there is significant damage in the 1904 façade.
  • Reconstruct 1904 foundation system. This is connected to the façade repair, extent of damage to be determined.
  • Roof repairs also connected to façade repairs. Roof replacement will also include areas which are impacted by HVAC and Chiller updates.
  • Resealing of all building windows.
  • Estimate for these repairs: $1,002,000
Improved Energy Efficiency and Building Access

The 2000 addition will be 20 years old soon. Lighting efficiency, heating and cooling equipment, and climate control updates are top priorities. These updates will reduce utility costs and help the library dedicate its resources to the programs and services patrons value most.  Energy efficiency also ensures a more enjoyable environment for our visitors.

  • Repairs to atrium windows needed for reduction in heat gain and weather proofing.
  • Updates to heating and cooling equipment as well as improved climate control measures.
  • Barrier Free Updates including Ridge Street entrance and restrooms.
  • Estimate for these improvements: $800,000
Updated Safety, Technology and Furnishings

The Peter White Public Library sees an average of over 800 patrons a day. This level of public traffic has resulted in the need for updates and repairs to carpet, seating, tables and general building upkeep.

  • Replacing carpet in building: much of existing carpet is buckled and in poor condition.
  • Upgraded wiring and electric/internet access, providing additional charging and internet access points in the library.
  • Repairs to library furniture and technology in meeting rooms and seating areas.
  • Additional lighting on top floor in Reference area.
  • Security camera system upgrade and additional camera locations.
  • Estimate for these updates: $800,000
Space Reorganization and Additional Spaces for Popular Services

Based on feedback from our March Space Planning sessions, our community really appreciates the library’s meeting rooms, youth services, and all programming events. Based on this input, the following priorities will be addressed in this plan:

  • Youth programming room, designed and dedicated to programming for youth, allowing the community room to be more widely used.
  • Sound proofing in the Community Room and the Marquette Arts and Culture Center. This will allow both areas to be used simultaneously.
  • Material checkout options in Youth Services area. Potentially self-service checkout options on all floors.
  • Addition of a fully integrated technology meeting room for video conferencing and other technology programming.
  • Tween Room for youth ages 8-13.
  • Additions and reorganization of the Teen Zone.
  • Designated quiet reading and study spaces.
  • Designated active spaces for collaborative uses.
  • Estimate for these improvements: $800,000.

Architectural fees, contingencies, etc: $598,000

Bond Fees, Legal Fees: $205,000

Total Bond Proposal: $4,205,000

See the full report from our space planning focus group sessions.

See the Building Project Timeline.  (This page will be updated as more information becomes available.)

For more information:
Director Chat

Andrea is available each month for drop-in discussion. These sessions take place on the main floor of the Library, across from the Circulation Desk. Andrea will be  available from 10:00 am – 11:30 am AND 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 3
  • Tuesday, November 7
  • Tuesday, December 5
Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about the  Library Improvement Plan, please contact Library Director, Andrea Ingmire at any time.

Andrea Ingmire, Library Director
aing@pwpl.info
906-226-4303

Thank you for your continued support of the Peter White Public Library!

(Updated 14 August 2017.)

 

 

 

 

Michigan Activity Pass 2017 Season Begins

Michigan Activity Pass logo featuringa a hot air baloon with the words soar and Explore on it.Offered through MI Big Green Gym, a collaboration between Blue Cross, mParks and the DNR, the Michigan Activity Pass encourages Michigan residents to lead healthier lifestyles through the use of state parks and recreational areas. Beginning May 24, 2017 through May 23, 2018, cardholders of participating libraries,  can print a free one-day pass, either at home or at their local library, which can be used at 435 participating destinations across the state including any of Michigan’s 102 state parks or 138 state forest campgrounds. The program also offers free or discounted admission to 195 historical and cultural destinations in Michigan. This year, nine new destinations have been added to the program’s already inclusive list of parks and institutions across the state.

All Peter White Public Library card-holders are eligible for one pass every week.  From the Michigan Activity Pass website they can search attractions near  home (19 destinations within 50 miles of PWPL) or near any Michigan vacation destination.   Select a destination, enter your information, and print your pass.  (Printing services are available here at the library.)

Young Writers Contest for teens, deadline May 1

Peter White Public Library, Dr. Allyn Roberts, and the Marquette Monthly are sponsoring a teen writing competition for students, including those who are home schooled, in grades 9 through 12.

Students may submit work in three categories: Poetry, Short Stories, and Opinion Essays. Six cash prizes from $125-$75 will be award to first and second-place winners.

Submissions will be accepted throughout the month of April at the Library.

See poster and contest guidelines for more information.

Tickets now on sale for Vertigo Theatre’s An Evening in the Park

The library is hosting a theatrical performance called An Evening in the Park, 2 one-act plays performed by Vertigo Theatre Company on Thursday, March 23 through Saturday, March 25.  Thursday and Friday performances are at 7:00 pm and Saturday’s is at 2:00 pm.

The Zoo Story by Edward Albee is set on a park bench in New York City’s Central Park.  It opens as Jerry, a man in his thirties, says to Peter, a slightly older man reading a book, “I’ve been to the zoo.”  Grannies by Jean McConnell is set at the seaside with 2 deck chairs.  It features two grandmothers, Jenny, reluctantly looking after her teenage daughter’s child, and Barbara, desperately in love with her grandchild.

  • Ticket price is $10.00
  • People can purchase tickets in advance at the circulation desk with cash, check (payable to Peter White Public Library) or credit card.
  • People can purchase tickets at the door with cash or check only.
  • Tickets may be purchased over the phone (906/228-9510) by credit card.
  • Seating is limited (85 per show) and on a first come first serve basis.
  • Doors open 30 minutes before show time.