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.

Library Spelling Bee Fundraiser Set for March 1

Library Sip and Spell

The Bee is back!
Round up your friends for the biggest test of your knowledge, memory and nerves of steel ever held in Marquette, Michigan!
Online registration is open now.
That’s right—a spelling bee! Don’t be scared by big words–we are going to warm our way up to the heavy stuff as the night goes on!
March 1, 2019
Sign in & Pre-game: 5:30 – 6:45 pm
Bee Starts at 7:00 pm Sharp!
Marquette Masonic Center Red Room
Hosted by Bill Digneit
Not just any spelling bee, but one just for adults (21+ only, please)! And not just any spelling bee format, but one where you can purchase “cheats” to help you advance in the competition.
Get a clue, skip words or punish another team—whatever it takes to get to the final round! Cozen, swindle and scam your way to victory!
Your team works together in the preliminary rounds until the field gets narrowed to just six teams. Then, it’s individual spelling time on stage!
Team Entry: $100.00 per team of 4 to benefit the Peter White Public Library.
There is a $5.36 fee for online registration. To avoid the fee, you may also register in person at the Peter White Public Library Circulation Desk or by phone at (906) 226-4305. Thank you!

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.