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, September 5
  • Tuesday, October 3
  • Tuesday, November 7
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.)

 

 

 

 

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.

2017 Allyn Roberts Challenge

Dr. Allyn Roberts has issued his annual challenge for the Peter White Public Library.

The goal for the 2017 challenge is to raise $30,000 by September 30 to support PWPL’s collection and services.

Allyn Roberts will match donations with $1.00 for every $4.00 donated until we raise $30,000.  PWPL needs your help more than ever to continue to provide the excellent collection, programs and level of service you have come to expect every time you walk through the Library doors.

Donors may contact PWPL Development Director Heather Steltenpohl at 906/226-4305 or heather@uproc.lib.mi.us for more information.

Gifts can be made online from our Donations page.

 

 

Explore Tech Display coming to PWPL

Honda Asimo Conducting (image courtesy of Honda)

From August 17-September 11, Peter White Library Youth Services Department will host Explore Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference, an exciting, interactive display, on loan from the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net).  The display consists of upright information panels, a hands-on maker table, and a computer kiosk.

We’re planning a Grand Opening on August 30 from 6-8:00 pm in the Youth Services Room on the lower level.  Youth and adults welcome.  Enjoy refreshments, take an engineering challenge, and of course, explore the exhibit!

For more information about the exhibit and the schedule of special events sponsored by the library in conjunction with the exhibit, check out our Explore Tech webpage.

RBdigital App Is Replacing Zinio for Digital Magazine Access

graphical depiction of zinio logo moving to rb digital logo

Recorded Books, the company that brought us the Zinio app for downloading popular magazines for library users, is re-branding their product.  Their new app, RBdigital, is now available for download from both Google Play for Android users and itunes for Mac or i-phone users.

If you are a regular Zinio user, you may have already been prompted to download the new RBdigital app when you logged-on to your Zinio app.  From now till the end of September, both apps will allow library patrons the same access to out Great Lakes Digital Library collection of popular magazine titles.  After September 30, 2017, the Zinio App will no longer be available and the best way to access to the collection on a hand-held device will be through the RBdigital app.

If you have not yet sampled our digital magazine collection, you will want to first go to the RBDigital magazine collection in the Great Lakes Digital Library and create an account with your library card information.  (You will find a link in the upper right corner of the screen that will walk you through the steps.)  Once you have created and account and established a username and password, you are ready to use your app to check out digital copies of magazines.