Capital Improvement Bond: Fact Sheet

Contents:  General Information | How the Bond Helps the Library | Timeline | For Further Information | Full report: Facility Recommendations | Proposed Floor Plans

General Information:
Library Millage Proposal on the August 8 Ballot

On August 8, 2017 City of Marquette voters will have the opportunity to support the Library Improvement Plan for the Peter White Public Library. This plan will renovate, reorganize, and update the library building while also allowing us to provide additional spaces for our most popular services.

Millage Rates

The current library capital improvement bond will be paid off in July 2017 and has a rate of 0.550 mill. The current bond partially funded the 2000 expansion project.

The bond millage rate for the proposed bond is  estimated at a rate of 0.4796 mill ($0.4796 per $1,000 taxable value). If approved, this 15-year bond would begin in 2018. Total bond proposal $4,205,000.

While not a renewal, the proposed new bond will begin immediately after the current bond pays off; they would not overlap.

Taxpayer Impact

The proposed millage for a homeowner whose house has a market value of $150,000 and a taxable value of $75,000 would be $35.97 a year or $3.00 a month.

How the Bond Helps the Library:
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:

Library Improvement Plan building tours will be held in July and August. If you would like to have a guided tour of the areas of concern and space planning changes, please join us!

  • July 18, 10:00 am, noon
  • August 1, 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm

Additional tours are also available by appointment, please call Dominic Davis to arrange a tour for individuals or groups, 906/226-4300.

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, June 13
  • Tuesday, July 11
  • Tuesday, August 1

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

You can reach the independent group, City of Marquette Supporters of the Peter White Public Library, at

Thank you for your continued support of the Peter White Public Library!





Middle Earth Walking Challenge

Want to get in shape while saving Middle Earth?  The Peter White Public Library is issuing a Middle Earth Walking Challenge as part of its Build a Better World summer reading program. (See poster.)

Starting May 30, patrons can come to the circulation desk at the library and pick up a log in which they can record the number of miles they walk each day.  If using a pedometer, 2000 steps counts as 1 mile.  If biking, 4 miles ridden equals 1 walked.  Along the way as certain milestones are achieved, patrons can earn Peter White bucks good on fines, movies, and copies.  The challenge ends August 31, and logs must be turned in by September 8 to be considered for prizes which will be given to the top 20 walkers.

See if you will be the one to walk from the Shire to Mordor and cast the one ring into Mt. Doom.  There is no fee to participate.  For more information, visit or call 906/226-4318.

Michigan Activity Pass 2017 Season Begins

Michigan Activity Pass logo featuringa a hot air baloon with the words soar and Explore on it.Offered through MI Big Green Gym, a collaboration between Blue Cross, mParks and the DNR, the Michigan Activity Pass encourages Michigan residents to lead healthier lifestyles through the use of state parks and recreational areas. Beginning May 24, 2017 through May 23, 2018, cardholders of participating libraries,  can print a free one-day pass, either at home or at their local library, which can be used at 435 participating destinations across the state including any of Michigan’s 102 state parks or 138 state forest campgrounds. The program also offers free or discounted admission to 195 historical and cultural destinations in Michigan. This year, nine new destinations have been added to the program’s already inclusive list of parks and institutions across the state.

All Peter White Public Library card-holders are eligible for one pass every week.  From the Michigan Activity Pass website they can search attractions near  home (19 destinations within 50 miles of PWPL) or near any Michigan vacation destination.   Select a destination, enter your information, and print your pass.  (Printing services are available here at the library.)

Young Writers Contest for teens, deadline May 1

Peter White Public Library, Dr. Allyn Roberts, and the Marquette Monthly are sponsoring a teen writing competition for students, including those who are home schooled, in grades 9 through 12.

Students may submit work in three categories: Poetry, Short Stories, and Opinion Essays. Six cash prizes from $125-$75 will be award to first and second-place winners.

Submissions will be accepted throughout the month of April at the Library.

See poster and contest guidelines for more information.

Tickets now on sale for Vertigo Theatre’s An Evening in the Park

The library is hosting a theatrical performance called An Evening in the Park, 2 one-act plays performed by Vertigo Theatre Company on Thursday, March 23 through Saturday, March 25.  Thursday and Friday performances are at 7:00 pm and Saturday’s is at 2:00 pm.

The Zoo Story by Edward Albee is set on a park bench in New York City’s Central Park.  It opens as Jerry, a man in his thirties, says to Peter, a slightly older man reading a book, “I’ve been to the zoo.”  Grannies by Jean McConnell is set at the seaside with 2 deck chairs.  It features two grandmothers, Jenny, reluctantly looking after her teenage daughter’s child, and Barbara, desperately in love with her grandchild.

  • Ticket price is $10.00
  • People can purchase tickets in advance at the circulation desk with cash, check (payable to Peter White Public Library) or credit card.
  • People can purchase tickets at the door with cash or check only.
  • Tickets may be purchased over the phone (906/228-9510) by credit card.
  • Seating is limited (85 per show) and on a first come first serve basis.
  • Doors open 30 minutes before show time.