New Exhibits Open in PWPL Galleries

Two new exhibits open this week in the Peter White Public Library’s Lower Level Reception Gallery and Huron Mountain Gallery. Both exhibits will run through mid-May. Receptions for both galleries will take place at PWPL on Thursday, April 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

“Superior Inspirations” a fiber exhibit by the Yarnwinders Fiber Guild of Marquette, was inspired by Liz Yelland’s “Wave Mural”, formerly located in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center “Wave Room.”

“Unseen Marquette”, the photo exhibit by Colleen Maki is a collection of photos of Marquette’s “beautiful unseen areas.”


Local History Research Room Opens

Come check out our new Local History Research Room on the top floor of the library. The research room offers a quiet place to do local history and genealogy research. It features several unique, local, and historical collections including our local history people and subject files, old issues of The Mining Journal, The Wes Perron Collection, Cloverland issues, The Lumberman’s, historical PWPL materials and much more. The space not only offers a nice environment to do research, but offers a more controlled environment for preserving. Being on the north side of the building, these materials are shielded from strong light and we can better control the temperature and humidity.

It will be open regularly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2-6 PM. Of course, if you would like to view materials stored in the room, we are happy to pull them from the LHRR anytime that we are open. If you would like to use the room, you will need to fill out the LHRR Form. Book bags and purses must be checked at the door and no pens are allowed, in order to protect the materials. Questions? Let us know at or at 906-226-4309


New Small Group Study Rooms at PWPL

The new small group study rooms are open and ready to work in on the Upper Level of the Peter White Public Library. These three new, modern, glass rooms hold 1-6 people and are intended for collaborative work, short meetings, quiet study, and research.

Unlike our other six meeting rooms, which can be reserved, these rooms are first come, first served. They will be checked out based on availability. A library card is needed to checkout any of the study rooms and there is a 2-hour time limit per library cardholder per day. (This policy will be reevaluated after we’ve had time to see how often the rooms are used.) Cardholders must be at least 17 years old to checkout a room. Minors may use a study room only if accompanied by an adult age 21 or over. The rooms are available anytime the library is open, but must be vacated fifteen minutes prior to closing.

All library Code of Conduct rules apply to the study rooms. The rooms are not available for fundraising or for-profit services/products unless explicitly allowed by PWPL Administration. The library is not responsible for loss or damage to materials owned by study room users. Personal belongings may not be used to reserve a room. The library does not sponsor or endorse the views of any group or individual using the rooms.

We hope you will enjoy these new spaces! Questions? Let us know at or at 906-226-4309

Small Group Study Room Use Policy



Library Elevator Out of Service

The elevator at the Peter White Public Library will be out of service starting Tuesday, March 25 through mid-week, the first week of April, while parts are replaced and repaired. We apologize for the inconvenience this poses.

In the meantime we have temporarily moved a few  services to help with accessibility. Staff will assist patrons with limited mobility at the temporary materials pickup in the parking lot entrance lobby. We have created a small waiting area and will bring materials to the lobby for checkout.

Due to limited access, stroller parking will not be available in the lobby or lobby entrance doors until elevator repairs are complete. Staff is happy to help those affected by the closure of the elevator. We appreciate your patience.

Please call the library with any concerns. 906-225-9510


Call to Artists 2020

The Peter White Public Library is looking for artists to fill the library gallery spaces with artwork in 2020. 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 Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Date preferences and gallery requests will be taken into consideration. Submissions must be complete to be considered. Artists are asked to submit three images that represent their work. These images should be submitted by email to Andrea Ingmire, Any questions can also be directed to Andrea via email or phone 906-226-4303.



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!

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