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.)

 

 

 

 

Food 4 Fines starts Monday, Nov. 13

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 13 through December 6, 2017.

An added incentive to donate,  Food for Fines allows library users to resolve overdue fines or get a free DVD rental with the donation of non-perishable food items to the 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 144,500 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 the continued our patrons 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 906/228-9510.

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.

 

Banned Books Read Out Sept. 23 – Sign-up!

Stand up for your right to read!

Join the Library at the Farmers Market on Saturday, September 23, 9:00 am-1:00 pm as we celebrate Banned Books Week.

Sign-up for a 15-minute time-slot and read a banned-book out loud. You may bring your own book, or chose from one of the titles we will have on hand.

Lists of frequently challenged books

Intellectual Freedom Issues and Resources from the American Library Association.

For more information, call 906/226-4303.

Library Treasure Sale and Silent Auction in September

Are you a fan of estate sales and auctions? Drop by Peter White Public Library to take advantage of our Library Treasure Sale and Silent Auction taking place this September.

The Library staff have been cleaning closets, and we will be offering items for sale. These are items which have been collecting dust in our closets, under desks and hidden away in various other nooks and crannies. If you like a good treasure hunt, you’ll want to be sure you visit the library!

Treasure Sale
The Library Treasure Sale will take place in the Business Reference Room on the upper floor of the library. This sale will be held Thursday, September 7 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Friday, September 8 from 10:00 am-6:00 pm; and Saturday, September 9 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm.  Don’t let the dust bunnies fool you. There are many collectibles included in this sale: china sets, a 24-carat gold-plated kazoo, statues, vases, toys and more!

Silent Auction
Through the month of September, the Peter White Public Library will display art, furniture, and other objects which will be sold as part of a fundraising silent auction. Visit the Huron Mountain Club Gallery on the main floor of the Library to view this exhibit. Items will be available for bid September 1- September 29.

Proceeds from the sale and silent auction will benefit library services and programs.  For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call 906/228-9510.

One Book One Community

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This year’s One Book One Community title is Wolf’s Mouth, a novel by Marquette’s own John Smolens.

The novel features a WWII Italian officer in a Prisoner of War camp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the ruthless camp commandant, and the officer’s adventures with an American woman after his escape to postwar Detroit. Caught between American justice and Nazi vengeance, Officer Francesco Verdi/Frank Green gives voice to the hopes, fears, and hard choices of a survivor as he strives to escape the ghosts of history.

The “One Book, One Community” program encourages the Marquette County and Northern Michigan University community to read the same book and to come together to discuss it in a variety of settings. Although dozens of similar programs have been sponsored nationwide, this is one that brings together a county and a university.

Throughout the next couple of months Peter White Public Library will join NMU in sponsoring a series of events to encourage a broad discussion of the content of the novel Wolf’s Mouth.

See the complete One Book One Community Event Schedule.