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Need a Scare? Check out our Halloween eBooks and Audioreads

The days are getting shorter and shadows are growing longer. Halloween waits just around the corner. We don’t know exactly what that holiday will look like in the current environment, but we do know a spooky read is a fun way to enjoy it. Read a classic horror novel out loud to the family, or listen to something eerie as you go for walks in the woods. PWPL offers up some fun choices on our Halloween display, but if you’re stuck in quarantine, not ready to venture inside, or sitting at home with a cold, you can still enjoy a Halloween scare with Libby.

If you want to read or listen to a book without leaving the comfort of the sofa, check out this selection of audio and eBooks you can read or listen to from your smartphone or other smart device.

Scary eBooks and Audio Reads for Your Halloween

Here are a few books to listen to or read on the fly from your smart device. Wait for Halloween or get a jump in today!

Dracula by Bram Stoker. This novel fits in perfectly with our other amazing display, Epistolary novels. Told from letters between characters, telegrams, memos, and diary entries, this classic tale is perfect for preteens and teens to hear read aloud or to catch up on one of the first vampire tales.

Zone One by Colson Whitehead. You can expect more than a genre read when you pick up a Whitehead novel. Zone One is no different. However, this one is set in the middle of a pandemic. Perhaps this novel is even more frightening now than when it was written in 2011. Regardless of time, it’s a great example of how a literary novel can scare you to your bones.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. In the first of this series, readers are introduced to Cas Lowood, who has inherited an unusual job – killing the dead. This book has him on the hunt for Anna, a ghost who still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. One of the few Victorian horror novels written by a woman, Frankenstein is as much a novel on faith and philosophy as it is a monster. Don’t let the philosophical arguments fool you; it’s still a scary read.

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage. A creepy tale of motherhood and a woman trying to come to terms with her own estranged mother, Baby Teeth isn’t a novel for the faint of heart. With themes around disability and the inescapable bonds of family, this novel will scare you. It will also give you a lot to consider when you turn the last page.

The Witching Hour by Ann Rice. Rice’s vampire novels straddle horror with drama, but this series of epic storytelling creates a dynasty – one that is haunted by the past. As with her other works, she proves that the present is always informed by the sins of yesterday.

Turn of the Screw by Henry James. Both a mystery and a tale of suspense, this ghost story of a governess and the children she cares for has inspired movies, tv shows, a play, and even an opera. It’s another classic horror read that hasn’t faded with time.

Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey. If non-fiction scares are more for your taste, check out one of NPR’s picks for Great Reads of 2016. In this book, Dickey is on the hunt for America’s ghosts. As he unpacks ghost stories, he also delves into the mysteries of the past that still haunt us.

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James. St. James has created a thrilling ghost story to convey the complexities of life for women in 1920s England. A depiction of early Victorian ghost hunters, this novel will surprise you as much as scare you.

The Late Bus by Rick Jaspar. Written for a young adult audience, this novel will keep readers of all ages on the edge of their seats. After a beloved bus driver passes away, Lamar, the novel’s main character, starts to see otherworldly beings attack his afternoon school bus. Lamar must rescue the bus’s passengers while trying to quell the ghost who could destroy them all.

Check out Libby’s Other Spine-Chilling Offerings

As the heat is finally clicking on and the leaves fall around us, it feels like a cozy time in Marquette. If you’re ready to dim the lights, grab a blanket, and read a chilling tale, Libby has even more options available. Go to your Libby app, and Halloween will be one of the categories. Simply click the link to find your next scary read.

As the mask mandate in Michigan moves from a Governor’s order to an order from the Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Board and Staff at the Peter White Public Library want to remind visitors that wearing a mask is still required to come into the library.

This requirement is part of a set of policies implemented to keep the community safe during COVID-19.

The PWPL Board of Trustees approved the “Peter White Public Library Exhibit A – Re-Opening Plan” and the “Peter White Public Library Library Re-Opening Policy – Pandemic” on May 19, 2020.
That plan and policy includes a mask requirement when PWPL is Stages 1 – 5. The library is currently in Stage 4 of the PWPL Re-Open Plan.
For more information on this COVID-19 PWPL update, please contact Library Director, Andrea Ingmire at aingpwpl@gmail.com.

The modern world brings with it a lot of modern stressors. How do I handle my taxes? What do I do if I want to go on a date and I’m broke? Do I need an attorney to get a divorce? 

These are all excellent questions. The great news is, most of them can be solved by going to the library. Either in-person or curbside, Peter White Public Library can try to help answer these questions. In fact, we offer a lot of services that might surprise you, including, but not limited to:

A Library of Things. You can check out books and movies at PWPL, but there’s a lot more the library offers. Consider the following items that are available for borrowing:

  • Ukuleles. Did you know that you can check out a ukulele? This is perfect for the homeschooling family figuring out music options. You can also find plenty of how-to books to accompany this check-out. 
  • Telescopes. As the night sky gets darker, you may be interested in borrowing one of our telescopes. These are fun, no matter what age you are, and it’s a great idea to borrow one for a first date — just don’t forget to bring blankets and snacks. 
  • Is it someone’s birthday? Consider checking out our novelty cake pans.  From Ernie to Strawberry Shortcake, there are plenty of options for creating a one-of-a-kind cake. With these creations, you can skip the candles while baking something special. 
  • Art Prints. Are you tired of the pictures hanging in your living room? Stop in at PWPL during our express walk-in hours. Peruse the artwork that you can take home for two months at a time. While you’re there, you can still pick up the latest James Patterson book or a blockbuster movie on DVD. 

Passports. New passports MUST be processed by a certified passport acceptance facility. We can process new passports and help with renewals (which can be mailed in by the applicant). We charge $35 for each new passport. That does not include the passport application fees or the photo fees. You can get photos taken at Marquette Wallpaper & Paint or Walgreens. You will also need a completed application form and your original birth certificate for a new passport. Passports are being done by APPOINTMENT ONLY during this time. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 906-226-4311. 

Test Proctoring. If you need to take an exam, but a proctor is required, our reference librarians are up to the task. Proctored exams cost $25 per exam. Please call us at 906-226-4311 to schedule your exam. Proctoring is always done by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Research. If you need help with research, genealogy, or eResources, call us. Our Reference Librarians can help point you in the right direction. If you need more extensive help, research services are offered for a fee. Questions? Call us at 906-226-4311.

The Legal Self-Help Center. It’s common knowledge that lawyers are expensive. If you want to get a step ahead of whatever legal problem you have, check out the library’s legal resource center. From amicable divorce options to living wills, the legal center should be a first stop source. Some of the legal resources Peter White Public Library has can be accessed online, but to get the full service, come in during our express walk-in hours and head upstairs to our dedicated legal computer center.

Digital resources. eBooks, audiobooks, streaming movies, eMagazines, and more can be found in our eLibrary. With audiobooks and eBooks available via Libby, and movies via Kanopy, your smartphone or tablet becomes a world of its own – and all just with your library card. You can also access eMagazines via RBDigital, and some newspapers online, as well. Contact the reference desk at 906-226-4311 for help figuring out what is available to you.

If you need something printed, scanned, or faxed, we have you covered. If the item you want faxed needs to be notarized first, call Brett Hubbard at 906-226-4300. She is a notary public and can make sure whatever paperwork you have is official.

We can’t do your taxes for you, but all the paperwork you need to get them done is available come March or April. 

Ask If We Can Help You

When you’re in doubt about what to do next, ask whether the library has an option for you. Our mission is to provide our community with the best services possible.

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PWPL is Open for Express Walk-in Sept 28

At PWPL, we have worked hard to create a community living room for our patrons — a place to come when you need quiet companionship. Though we have to put that mission on hold, we are excited about the opportunities we can offer the community now. Our express walk-in service will mean patrons can come inside the library to browse the shelves for books, movies, and other materials, while also getting the library services they have come to expect. Here are the hours we will be available for visiting in person. Please limit your time inside the library to one hour. 

Monday – Wednesday: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

We have hand sanitation stations around the open areas of the building for you to use. Please clean your hands upon arrival and then after you leave for best practices. 

Please Adhere to Safety Guidelines

While we would love to see your beautiful smiles, we know we have to wait a bit longer to do so. When you visit the library, please adhere to the 6 feet social distancing rules, wear a mask over your mouth and nose, and stay home when you feel unwell. Masks are required at all times. If you forget yours, we will provide one with you for the duration of your visit. Please limit your time to one hour; this ensures everyone has access during the allotted open time. 

What to Expect When Visiting PWPL

You now have the option to pick up your holds inside. This includes family packs, school packs, Library in a Bag, and individual holds. Youth materials can be found downstairs, and adult materials will be on the main floor near the checkout desk.

We at the library will promise to do as much as we can to keep patrons and staff safe and healthy, so our doors can remain open during these times. When approaching the circulation desk, check the floor to see designated spots where you can stand safely six feet away from another person. When you see us, we will all be wearing masks. The circulation department will be behind plexiglass to keep everyone as safe as possible during material checkouts and other in-person needs. 

The building may also look a little different, and certain spaces will be closed to visitors. The Huron Mountain Gallery, the Periodical Reading Room and Sister Cities Room, vending area, Youth Services Play area, and all our meeting rooms, except the Community Room, will be closed. The East Library Doors are also closed at this time.

How to Handle and Return Materials

When browsing, use your eyes rather than your hands. If you touch an item that you aren’t going to take home, don’t replace it on the shelf. Instead, put it on a browse cart for quarantine. Because this process takes those materials out of circulation for others, it’s best to touch only items you expect to bring home. Remember to use the six feet rule in the stacks to give everyone plenty of room. 

Please do not bring materials to the drop slots at the circulation desk. As we have done with our curbside service, we will continue to quarantine returned materials. Because of this, we are asking that you return materials to the PWPL parking lot book drop or the one located just inside the entryway on the right side. Other drop boxes available to deposit materials include Sands Park, the Westwood Mall (Near main entrance), Chocolay Township Hall, and outside the Skandia Township Hall. 

You Can Still Use Curbside Services

If you aren’t ready to come inside, that’s no problem. We will still offer curbside pickup. As always, please ask if there are services you need, and we will find a way to help you. From our designated legal computer kiosk to printing and faxing, we will work with you to ensure you can access the materials and services you need. 

Thank You — and Thanks for Your Patience as We Move Forward

As we continue to learn more about the virus that has upset our life, we will continue to evolve our policies. Thanks in advance for your patience. We look forward to seeing you soon.

A Peter White Public Library millage proposal will be on the November ballot for Marquette Township, Chocolay Township and West Branch Township. Renewal of the current township library service millage will be a rate of 1.0 mils – or as reduced by the Headlee Amendment.

The library millage will go toward the continued support of Peter White Public Library and its services, including 24-hour access to the eLibrary, material lending and curbside pickup, and many online and in-person event programming for adults and children. It’s important to note that these ballot proposals do not increase property taxes. Each simply renews the current service agreement.

The Peter White Public Library is the largest public library in the Upper Peninsula. In addition to serving the City of Marquette residents, PWPL provides contracted-services for Chocolay, Ewing, Marquette, Sands, Skandia, Turin, Wells and West Branch Townships. The service population includes 36,000 people.

For more information, email Library Director Andrea Ingmire at aingpwpl@gmail.com

Education in today’s digital landscape looks nothing like it did last year. Whether your children are learning face to face, attending virtual school, or creating a hybrid, this school year will undoubtedly be a new experience. Parents need hands-on resources to make the transition to this new education model easier. While students who are doing virtual learning will have access to their teachers remotely, they may need other support systems to enhance their experience.

Peter White Public Library can help students find the resources they need this upcoming year, regardless of how they are learning. Here are a few ways we can help you navigate these new waters.

Gain Access to Thousands of Materials With a PWPL Card

The first thing you should do, if you haven’t already, is get a library card. If you haven’t gotten a card yet, you can sign up online until you have time to make an appointment for a full card. Bothwell Middle School students will already have access to our digital collection using their student number. Call Youth Services to learn more.

When you sign up for a Peter White Library card, not only do you have PWPL resources at your disposal, but you have access to materials from libraries across the country through interlibrary loans and MeLCat. Our reference librarians can explain how to discover new materials using these options.

Audiobooks, Digital Magazines, and Movies. Oh My.

When you can’t come to the library, the library can come to you – at least digitally. Check out these online options for virtual learning this school year.

Libby

You don’t have to leave your home to get materials for virtual learning. When you have a PWPL card, you have access to thousands of digital materials. Those can help you today, but they will be invaluable in the event of another shutdown or if you must self-quarantine. With the Libby app, thousands of audio and digital books for children and teens are available with the touch of your finger. Find the app for this in GooglePlay for Android devices or the iTunes app store for iPhones and iPads.

Simply download Libby to your smartphone or device, input your library bar code and pin, and you’ll find audiobooks and digital books for all ages. If you don’t know your pin, call us at 906-228-9510 to find out.

kanopy

Our digital resources are more than just books. In fact, many kids dislike reading on their devices (Don’t worry. We have that covered, too).

Your Peter White Public Library card also gives you access to our streaming service, kanopy. Like Libby, you simply download the app, inputting your library card number and pin, to see movies, lectures, and other programming – all for free. kanopy offers The Great Courses as part of their service, making these amazing college-level lectures available for students who want to do specialized study.

If lectures feel too “teach”-y for your student, kanopy offers many documentaries that can help students have a more well-rounded education.

If your kids are younger, you don’t have to pay for an HBO subscription to get educational shows like Sesame Street. kanopy offers unlimited streaming for all kids’ materials, including Sesame Street and the award-winning Wapos Bay. For younger kids, storytime includes read-alongs of books like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Scaredy Squirrel, and fairy tales from across the globe.

eNewspapers and Digital Magazines

Teens in AP Government may need a helping hand learning about the world. Having the New York Times send push notifications to their smartphones about crucial political events is an easy way to help them stay informed. Follow this link. or call our reference desk for help with NYT and learn about magazine subscriptions they can access with their digital card.

Homework Help Resources

Your virtual learner doesn’t have to do it alone – and neither do their parents! Check out the resources available for Homework Help from the Youth Services. Our YS librarians add to this list as new resources and helplines become available. They are also invaluable sources of homework help if your children need to hear a voice to guide them through their next steps.

Curbside Pickup for Traditional Materials

As most patrons know, a Peter White Public Library card gives you more than digital access to virtual materials. We can make sure you get the hands-on materials your children need for virtual learning. Whether it is The Poisonwood Bible, required reading for MSHS’s AP Lit class, or help with coding for advanced computer science classes, just put your materials on hold with your library card, then schedule a curbside pickup (Click here for a simple how-to guide). You can search for these materials on our website or using our app, BookMyne. It’s easy to navigate and very user-friendly. It will look like this:

If you aren’t sure what your child will need, call us. Give us the ages of your children and their interests, and we can create a Family Pack just for you. If your older teens need help, talk with our reference librarians about specialized subjects or how to do Advanced Research. You can even “Book-a-Librarian” without leaving your home. You could also check out our new “Library in a Bag” Service. Simply fill out a simple preference form, and our knowledgeable librarians will select materials specifically for you. It’s not “School in a Bag,” but it is close!

Free WiFi on Your Schedule

If you have trouble with Internet access, we can help with that, too. If you or your children have a device but your WiFi is spotty, then use our free parking lot WiFi – although you don’t have to be in the parking lot to use it. Grab your devices, pack a picnic, and sit on the front steps of PWPL to get internet access. If it’s chilly or rainy, then have a picnic in the car. Our free parking lot WiFi is a great solution for children who want to run around, then do some homework on a device, and then run around again. There aren’t many perks to our new normal, but having the freedom for your children to learn at their own pace and on your schedule could be some of them.

The Beginning of a Virtual Learning Adventure with PWPL

While those are a few things you can do for your new virtual learner, this article is really just scratching the surface of the resources we have available. Check out Youth Services’ new page, specifically created to help boost learning for all students. There, you’ll find videos explaining the many resources available, including MeL. For more help or to learn about specific programs for your family, call Youth Services or the Reference Desk. Our librarians are eager to help your children become expert virtual learners this unusual year.

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Schooling from home this year? Hybrid schedule? PWPL wants to help find resources for you learners with our new PWPL School Packs. If your student is studying a specific topic let our friendly YS staff know what it is by filling out the request form and we’ll fill a bag with books and other materials we have on that subject.

Want other school resources? Check out our new PWPL School Resources Page by clicking here

 

Need books for your children but don’t have time to place a bunch of holds? Let PWPL Youth Services staff can help assemble a book stash for the family! We’re offering family packs of 20 books to be picked up curbside. The form, available by clicking on the link below, is available on the PWPL catalog page. The short form includes questions about reading preferences and book types to help YS staff collect family packs. Questions? Email Youth Services Librarian, Sarah Rehborg at srehborg@uproc.lib.mi.us Start your request now.

 

Family Pack Request Form (on catalog page)

Curbside Pickup starts on Monday June 15 at the Peter White Public Library. Here’s how it works.

1. Place a hold on your library account. (That can start now)
2. Wait for a confirmation message from PWPL.
3. Once the hold is confirmed by the library, click on the Curbside button on the Homepage.
4. Use the form to request a pick up time.
5. Park in a curbside designated spot at the library, then call the staff and let them know you’ve arrived. We’ll load your items into your backseat or trunk.

Need help? Call us at (906) 228-9510

PWPL is open for express walk-in services M-W, 3pm-6pm and Th-Sat, 10am-1pm. For more information, click here.
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