Mohawk Flooring, a carpet manufacturer is standing behind its warranty. The newly installed carpet failed to adhere at the Peter White Public Library, following the 2019 renovations. Mohawk Industries, from northern Georgia will remove and re-install all the carpet on two floors of the library. This work is covered by warranty and comes at no expense to the tax-payers. Carpet on the Lower Level did not fail and replacement is not needed. The carpet failure at PWPL was noticed shortly after the completion of the $4.2 million dollar renovation project in the summer of 2019. PWPL Director Andrea Ingmire says she’s pleased the company will correct the problem, as numerous carpet squares are peeling up, causing a tripping hazard.

“The carpet replacement was a large financial investment and we are very fortunate to have the support of Closner Construction and Gegare Tile, who helped to hold Mohawk accountable for their products”, said Ingmire. “While inconvenient, we are happy the company is standing behind their guarantee.”

Work will begin on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 and is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving. Mohawk Industries hired Certified Installers in North Carolina to re-install the carpet. They will use shelf-movers to shuffle fully-loaded book shelves around the building while they carpet under the collections. Library programming will take place as scheduled. Library staff doesn’t anticipate having to reschedule any groups who have reserved meeting space.

Two 26 foot trucks, used to bring and remove carpet, will also be parked in the library parking lot, causing some traffic congestion for a short time.

While the temporary relocation of shelves might make it difficult to find things, library staff will be on hand to help navigate the work areas.

“We anticipate moving the shelves on a daily basis, which will be fairly inconvenient for our patrons”, said Jeni Kilpela, Communications Coordinator at PWPL. “Library staff will make every effort to help users find materials and meeting rooms, as we work around the carpet installers.”

Patrons are encouraged to call the check-out desk with any questions about building access during this brief building project.

“We plan to operate as normal”, says Kilpela. “As normal as we can with most of our belongings moving around for the next two weeks. Librarians love a good challenge and we’re striving to produce un-interrupted service to our patrons throughout this process.”





The “Food for Fines” program at the Peter White Public Library starts Monday, November 11, 2019.

Library staff are collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food items as part of the TV 6 Canathon. PWPL will forgive $1.00 in library fines or give a free film rental for each donated food item. The Food for Fines program – in its eighth year at the library – runs until Wednesday December 4, 2019. Food items can be donated at the check-out desk on the main floor during library hours.

The library has been a TV 6 Canathon drop-off location since the start of the program in 1982. Please contact Margaret Boyle at (906) 228-9510 with any questions.

Reigstration is open for the 2019 Winter Wonderland Walk at the Peter White Public Library.  PWPL will accept applications at the library and online between Tuesday, October 1 through Friday, November 22.  Interested participants can find forms in the Library’s circulation lobby and return them to the circulation desk, or they may register online.

There is no admission fee to participate.  For more information, visit or call 226-4318.

Just in time for chillier days, the Peter White Public Library is partnering with Marquette coffee roasters to feature local coffee at the library. Patrons can purchase a cup of coffee at the Circulation Desk during regular business hours. The library will feature four local roasters for two weeks at a time in October and November. Roasters include: Contrast Coffee, Dead River Coffee, Crappie Coffee and Velodrome Coffee.


The Peter White Public Library is now a site for the Child and Adult Care Food Program, a program partially funded by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the purpose of providing supplemental nutrition to communities.

Children 18 and under can come to the Youth Services Desk Monday – Friday from 2:45 pm – 5:45 pm and receive a free, nutritious healthy snack.  Teens can stop at the Teen Desk for their snacks. The program will provide snacks Monday through Friday throughout the school year, including in-service days, school breaks and snow days. Community sponsors for this service include the PWPL Friends of the Library and the YMCA of Marquette County.

Questions? Call Youth Services at (906) 226-4323.

The semi-annual Friends of the PWPL Used Book Sale is set for Thursday September 26, 2019 through Saturday, September 28, 2019. This library fundraiser kicks off Thursday night with a first-look presale from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A $5 dollar admission fee for the presale will be charged at the door. The sale runs on Friday, September 27 from 10:30 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. A “Super Sale”, with all items marked down to half-price will take place on Saturday from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. At 2:00 pm shoppers can fill a grocery bag for $4 dollars.

Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted. All proceeds from the sale benefit library programs and materials.

Volunteers are needed for setup on Wednesday, September 25 starting at 9:00 am and for tear down starting at 12:00 pm on Sunday, September 29, 2019. Please contact PWPL Library Staff Liaison, Heather Steltenpohl, at 906-226-4305 will any questions or to volunteer.

The library has had a circulating art print collection for more than 20 years. Unfortunately, storage and display of this collection has not been ideal. During renovations staff discussed this collection, and decided that in order to keep it better storage was required.
Thanks to the IDI design team and North Oak Manufacturing we have lovely art print storage cabinets.
Art prints are located in the AV area behind the circulation desk. Patrons may check out two art prints at a time, for a two month loan period. There are no renewals of this collection and fines are $1.00/day.
We have some lovely pieces of art, be sure to check them out!


The Peter White Public Library email newsletter is getting a new look. Once a week you can look forward to a listing of upcoming programs. Additionally, we will send you the Insider newsletter with current library news about once a month.
Now that renovations are substantially complete we want to shift the focus of the Insider from the building project to other library topics of interest. The focus of this newsletter will include topics such as: staffing, library services/collections, donors, library finances, and how you can get involved. If there are other topics of interest I’m always happy to hear your comments and suggestions.
Andrea Ingmire
Library Director

A virtual audio tour is now available for the Peter White Public Library. The tour is available on the About Page of the libraries website, or by dowloading the app to a mobile device. The tour can also be started by scanning QR codes on each floor in the building. In the tour, each room or public space in the library is described in detail. The narrator provides in-depth information about the history, art and technology in the rooms.The tour takes includes 23 stops on all three floors of PWPL. Library staff hope to add more information about library collections and other library projects or items in the future.

The Peter White Public Library invites the public to celebrate the completion of the $4.2 million dollar capital improvement project on June 21, 2019 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Enjoy library tours, guest speakers, cake, coffee and the music of Kerry Yost and Harry South.
In August 2017, Marquette City residents voted to approve a $4.2 million dollar Capital Improvement Bond at an estimated rate of 0.4796 mill. In April 2018, Youth Services was temporarily relocated to the Westwood Mall in Marquette Township during the six-month long reconstruction of the Lower Level of the Library. Reconstruction saw the expansion of the Youth Services area on the Lower Level, including the addition of a new Tween Area with alluring tree benches, donated in memory of Shirley Taccolini and Carolyn Piirala, are feature pieces that reflect Marquette’s natural beauty. A new Youth Programming room was built, allowing the Community Room to be more widely used. A new centralized service desk was added and the boat desk was upcycled into an interactive play-area.
Across the hall, the Marquette Arts and Culture Center saw the renovation of office space and galleries, and a new sound proofing between the MACC and the Community Room, a request often made by community members.
During the summer and fall of 2018 crews also repaired a large crack on the historic 1904 façade and foundation, as well as repairing the roof, resealing the windows, and installed a new chiller.  The original Front Street stairs were also rebuilt after inspections revealed structure failure.
Carpet was replaced throughout the building in the winter of 2018/2019, along with updated lighting fixtures, wiring, technology upgrades, the construction of three new group study rooms on the Upper Level, the creation of a new Local History Research Room and the relocation of all the collections with the help of shelf-movers.
Retired Librarians started a fundraising campaign to add a new Reference Desk. The group raised over $14,000 toward the desk project.
Other changes include a new Vending/Eating Area on the Main Level, self-check machines, to provide optional self-check for families in Youth Services on the Lower Level and on the Main Level, new soft-seating on every level, complete overhaul of the library elevator, a reception/gathering area on outside the Community Room, Youth Services and MACC, and a new book drop installed inside the parking lot entrance doors.
Questions about the Renovation Celebration can be directed to Andrea Ingmire, Library Director at (906) 226-4303.