A celebration of music is scheduled for the second Winter Roots Festival, set for Saturday February 15, 2020. The one-day long event will feature concerts, dancing and workshops at five locations in Marquette, including Peter White Public Library, City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, Hiawatha Fold, NMU Forest Roberts Theatre and Ore Dock Brewing Company.

Ypsilanti-based bluegrass and Americana powerhouse Black Jake and the Carnies will headline the festival, rounding out the day with a concert at Ore Dock Brewing Company at 7:00 pm.

The day kicks off with a 10:30 am musical petting zoo with Yooptone Music; and a community guitar art project at the Arts and Culture Center, followed by 10 more musical programs around town throughout the day.

A $10 Winter Roots Festival button is good for admission to all 12 festival events. Buttons can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Hiawatha Fold (1013 N. Third Street), Peter White Public Library (217 N. Front Street), or the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center (Gries Hall at NMU). Admission is free for youth ages 12 and under.

Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU
Hiawatha Music Co-0op
Peter White Public Library
Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of PWPL
Friends of Peter White Public Library
City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center
Marquette Area Blues Society
Ore Dock Brewing Company

Schedule of Events:

Marquette Arts and Culture Center

10:30 am – 12:00 pm     Musical Petting Zoo with Yooptone Music

10:30 am – 12:00 pm     Community Art Project with Gene Bertram

Peter White Public Library

11:00 am – 12:00 pm     The Battle Cry of Freedom: Songs of the American Revolution with Jim Janofski

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm      Morris Dance Workshop with Carolyn and Evan Provencher

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm        Traditional Folk Dance with All Strings Considered

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm        Finnish Folk Dance with Midsummer Strings

Hiawatha Fold

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm         Singer/Songwriter Workshop with Sue Demel

2;00 pm – 3:00 pm         Ukelele Workshop with Jeff Krebs

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm         Patriots and Protest Songs- Presentation with Sing-Along with Jim Hall and Cindy Morgan

4:00 pm – 5: 00 pm        Family Harmonica Workshop with Jason MacInnes

NMU Forest Roberts Theatre

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm         Marquette Folk Showcase featuring Waawiyeyeaa, Michael Waite, Kerry Yost, Jerry MIlls, Niikah Hatfield, Alexa

Alagon, John Gilette and Sarah Middlefehldt and more.

Ore Dock Brewing Company

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm        Black Jake and the Carnies

We think really good coffee is important. The trial partnership between Peter White Public library and Marquette area roasters was so popular, we want to make it a permanent relationship. In order to keep the program sustainable for our LOCAL, ORGANIC, FAIR-TRADE coffee roasters, the price per cup will increase to $1.50, starting February 1, 2020.

When PWPL started selling locally roasted coffee in September 2019, roasters were generous in selling us the beans “at cost.” We want to keep our community strong by supporting local business. $1.50 for a delicious cup of hot coffee that was roasted in your town – we think that’s pretty neat. We hope you do too. Thanks for supporting the library.

Great coffee and libraries – the combination is so sweet!

 Registration is now open for the third annual Peter White Public Library Adult Sip and Spell:  A Spelling Bee for Cheaters!  The event will be held Friday February 7, 2020 at the UP Masonic Center Red Room.  Teams of up to 4 people (ages 21 and over only, please) may register for $100.00 per team.

Buy your tickets here.

This isn’t your average spelling bee–this is a CHEATER’S spelling bee!  Contestants can purchase cheats to advance their game.  Cheat prices start at $10.00 each with cheats like skip a word, buy your way back in the competition, advance directly to final round (while wearing a bee suit for the duration of the event),  and 30 seconds with a dictionary.  Audience members (21 and over) may attend for $5.00 cover charge and purchase cheats and “bet” on their favorite spellers.

Team Sign-in opens at 5:30 pm the Bee starts at 7:00 pm sharp!

In the first rounds, teams will spell together until six teams remain. Those teams will move on to the final rounds where contestants will compete as individuals.

A winner will eventually emerge and a team will also be crowned with an award for team spirit.  Costumes are encouraged!

A cash bar featuring Blackrocks Brewery beer, wine and soft drinks will be available.

Register online on the Peter White Public Library’s Facebook event, on, the PWPL circulation desk, via email at or phone (906)226-4305.

More information is available on the PWPL Facebook Event or at www.

Proceeds from Sip & Spell go to the Peter White Public Library Development Fund to benefit the PWPL collections, programs and services.



Show off your PWPL love this winter with super soft sweats in three cozy options.

The PWPL three-quarter zip hooded sweatshirt is the softest of the trio, with a Lake Superior blue accent stitch.  Created in Downtown Marquette at Loyaltees, this gray triblend pullover fleece is 55% cotton, 39% polyester and 6% rayon. This snug design is meant to be worn fitted. Photo below.

PWPL Three-Quarter Hooded Pullover
55% Cotton
39% Polyester
6% Rayon
Created by Loyaltees

The PWPL full-zip hooded sweater is comfy and durable for that hike in a U.P. woods, ice-fishing on an inland lake or curled up with good book on a winter evening. Made up of 80% cotton and 20% polyester, this black sweatshirt offers plenty of cozy and function. See photo below.

PWPL Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt
80% Cotton
20% Polyester
Created by Loyaltees

The PWPL jogger is 60% cotton, 40% polyester and ready for the gym, lounging or Saturday morning brunch.

PWPL Jogger
60% Cotton
40% Polyester
Created by Loyaltees

Several sizes are kept in stock and special orders will be filled on request. Try one on today!



The Friends of the Peter White Public Library are scheduled to meet Thursday January 9, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm in the Shiras Room on the Upper Level of the library.

Click here for meeting information.

The Friends of PWPL meetings are open to the public. The group organizes two large booksale fundraisers each year, as well as maintain the Friends of the Library Bookstore, located on the Main level. In 2019 the group funded $33,000 in projects and services. New members are always welcome.


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 now closed for the 2019 Winter Wonderland Walk at the Peter White Public Library.  Trees will be on display from the Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7, 2019 until Christmas.

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.