Michigan Activity Pass

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. This popular program is still available to cardholders of participating libraries, including Peter White Public Library.  Patrons can print a free one-day pass, either at home or at PWPL, which can be used at hundreds of participating destinations across the state including any of Michigan’s state parks or state forest campgrounds. The program also offers free or discounted admission to historical and cultural destinations in Michigan.

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, usual fees apply.)

It’s Summer Reading Time! Online Registration Now Open

It’s Summer Reading Time at Peter White Public Library for patrons of all ages.  This year’s theme is Libraries Rock!

Youth Summer Reading events will be held at our temporary Children’s Branch at Westwood Mall (while our Children’s Room on the lower level is remodeled this summer) and other other locations including Lower Harbor Park and HOTplates here in town.  Checkout the complete Summer Reading Series of Events for youth and sign-up online to  log summer reading hours to earn free books.

The Adult Summer Reading Series of Events kicked off on June 4 with a day long ukelele extravaganza;  Ben Hassenger from Music is the Foundation conducted two workshops, introduced the DocuMonday film Mighty Uke, and led a group strum.  Programming will continue in July and August with an adult dulcimer workshop, numerous concerts to be held in the Huron Mountain Gallery, DocuMonday films focusing on music, and Bluesday Tuesday at the Ore Dock.  Attend any of these events and put your name in for a random prize drawing.

Have fun with Summer Reading whatever your age, and if you enjoy sharing pictures of your summer experiences on Instagram, enter our Summer Reading Instagram Contest for a chance to win a “The Book Was Better” t-shirt.

Summer Reading Instagram Contest


How do you Summer Read?  Do you read while traveling or do you find excitement in attending a special library program?  Do you cuddle up in the lawn chair with the kids, or do you find a quiet, shady spot along the lake?  Show us how Summer Reading Rocks!


How to enter:

  • Post your photo on Instagram using the hashtag #PWPLRocks by midnight August 15, 2018.
  • Follow and tag PWPL: @peterwhitepublilclibrary.
  • Tag your friends, ask for likes!
  • Make sure the photo setting is public so we can see your entry.
  • Don’t miss a moment, enter as many times as you like.


Contest Guidelines:

  • By submitting your photo, you agree to the guidelines set forth here and agree that the photo can be used by the Peter White Public Library on our website, social media and in the newsletter. Your work will be credited by user name.
  • Peter White Public Library staff and their family members may participate, but are not eligible to win.
  • For your own protection, do not include your library card barcode in your photo.
  • Photos with the most likes by August 28 will win the popular PWPL “The Book was Better” t-shirt, and
  • Peter White Public Library will share the photos on the PWPL Instagram account and Facebook.

Submit photos by midnight August 15

Vote for your favorites by midnight August 28

Fine Free Trial Period starts June 4 for all Youth Books and Audiobooks

At the May 2018 meeting, the Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees approved a pilot program to go “Fine-Free” on Youth books. This trial period will give PWPL time and data by which to evaluate the idea of becoming a fine-free public library.

The pilot program only includes books and audiobook materials in the Children and Teen collections. Lost or damaged items will still result in replacement fees.

The PWPL Board of Trustees began discussing this idea in March 2018 stemming from a proposal by Youth Services Librarian Sarah Rehborg. “We want children to come to the library and check out books,” reasons Rehborg. “Fines can act as a deterrent to this.”

Fines and fees have traditionally been a part of library services in public libraries across the country. However, libraries have started to question the benefit of this continued practice in the past decade. Many libraries have started to transition away from overdue fines for several reasons, most noted is the ill-will that fine collection can create.

The PWPL Board of Trustees has discussed issues related to potential item loss and financial impact, which is why only a trial period was approved. During the trial period, PWPL will collect data to help Board members determine if continuing fine-free library services is a mutually beneficial decision.

Other regional libraries who are fine free include: Dickinson County Public Library, Menominee County Library, Munising School/Public Library (charges fines on DVD’s only) and Crawford County Library (Juvenile materials are fine free).

To read more about public libraries going fine-free, visit:

Updated Timeline and More on the Children’s Department temporary move

Big improvements are coming to the Children’s Room this year.  Due to the construction, the Children’s Department will be moving to a temporary location in the Westwood Mall of Marquette Township in May 2018.


  • Children’s Department will be closed for the move April 30-May 6, 2018. All children’s services will be unavailable at for the duration. Holds placed on materials will be filled after the branch opens. Teen services will continue as normal.
  • The Children’s Branch at the mall will reopen Monday May 7, 2018.
  • Children’s regular programming will be suspended April 30-June 8, 2018.
  • Programming will resume Saturday June 9, 2018 with the Summer Reading Kickoff Concert with Corinne Rockow at 11:00 am and will continue throughout the summer at the Children’s Branch. The occasional program will take place at the library or off-site and such location changes will all be noted on posters and online.
  • Teen programming will take place at the Peter White Library.
  • See our complete Summer Reading schedule of events
  • The Children’s Department plans to move back to the renovated and expanded space at PWPL in November 2018.

Services available at the Branch location will include a small play area, computers and tablets, access to part of the children’s collection, material checkout and return, material holds pickup, and library card sign up. Items from the children’s collection that remain at the library will still be available via holds.

Can’t make it to the mall?  Find us at Lower Harbor park for an all-ages interactive storytime Thursdays, starting June 14 at 9:30 am.

Starting May 7, 2018, the PWPL Children’s Branch at the Westwood Mall will have the following hours:

  • Monday-Thursday:  9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday:  9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday:  9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Sunday:  Closed

The Westwood Mall is providing the space for the Children’s Branch and PWPL is covering the cost of utilities.  The Children’s Library will be located in the former Vanity Store, adjacent to Bath and Body Works.

We will continue to post information on our website as the project evolves.  Sign up for Library Insider or Events email updates.

Questions?  We want to help!  Call Youth Services at 906/226-4323 or find us on Facebook.