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.

Thank You Voters!

We are so grateful for the support of our community!  I am thankful that we can move forward in planning for a stable library future.
Next Steps
As a result of this election, we breathe a deep sigh of relief! The library is now in a position to absorb the known financial obstacles coming. Additionally, services will remain steady as we begin planning for the next phase: Operation, bring back extended service hours!  Please know that we hear you when you ask about Sunday Hours. While, the Headlee Override increases aren’t enough to bring in additional hours right away, it is the crucial first step in this process.
The Library Board will discuss election results at our regular Board Meeting on November 20th. This meeting is open to the public, please feel free to join us in the Shiras Room, 5:00 pm.
My deepest gratitude for your continued support of PWPL.
From the Staff, Library Board and Administration,
We thank you!
Andrea Ingmire
Library Director
Results by type and service area:

Renewal of Service:
Marquette Township: 72.13% Yes / 27.7% No

Headlee Override:

City of Marquette: 78.43% Yes / 21.57% No

Chocolay Township: 68.62% Yes / 31.38% No

Sands Township: 67.80% Yes / 32.20% No

New Services:
Powell Township: 41.63% Yes / 58.37% No

Thank you to all the supporters of PWPL who helped to spread the word about Library services in Powell Township.
As was expected, this was a close race.  We are certainly disappointed that this ballot was not successful.
However, Library services are of value to the residents of Powell Township.  For those interested in the continued efforts to offer library services in Powell Township, please consider joining the Friends of the Peter White Public Library.
We look forward to continued conversations about how the library and Powell Township can work together in the future.

Proctoring Services Suspended through 2018

Due to the upcoming construction on the upper level of the library (beginning in mid-October), we will not be accepting any new proctoring requests for 2018. If you have already taken a test at the library this semester, we will allow you to finish your course.  That being said, it may be noisy on the upper level once construction starts.  It is likely to be quieter in the evenings, but quiet cannot be guaranteed.

Another local option is Negaunee Public Library: 906/ 475-7700 ext. 18.

Questions?  Let us know. Email us at or call us at 906/226-4311.

Updated: Tree Registration Now Limited to Groups with Their Own Trees


The Winter Wonderland Walk is open to any individual, family, organization or business who would like to display and decorate an artificial tree or wreath.

Get all the details and register on our Tree Registration Webpage.

Update:  As of Friday, November 9, we are all out of trees!  If you can provide your own tree, we will find a space for you, but we have exhausted our supply.

This year’s registration deadline is Friday, November 16.

Changes to MeL Databases Oct. 1

Big changes coming next week from Michigan e-Library!

Not only are they sporting a bright new look in their logo, on October 1 they are switching vendors for many of their online research databases. No changes are in store for MeL Information Gateways to world wide web resources and Melcat for searching Michigan libraries for inter-library loan. Checkout the changes at and explore the subject options to find the tools best suited for your needs.  For any other questions on how to make the most of MeL resources, contact our Reference Desk: 906/226-4312 or