The regularly scheduled Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees monthly meeting will take place Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 5:00 pm. The meeting is in the Shiras Room, and open to the public.

This meeting will be available remotely via zoom.

Peter White Public Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: PWPL Board of Trustees Meeting
Time: May 17, 2022 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 875 1611 6442
Passcode: 153682


The things you know and love about PWPL – many are possible because of generous donors and volunteers. Today we’d like to recognize those contributions and say thank-you for your support. In 2021, PWPL and the PWPL Development Fund received $336,194.07 from over 400 donors.

Help us plan for the Library’s future! Want to get more involved in your community, attend a focus group session. These one-hour sessions are limited to 8 participants each. The groups will take a deeper dive into library trends and future priorities through discussion. To register visit: Virtual sessions will be held on Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16th. The registration link contains all the information needed to sign-up for in-person or virtual sessions. We hope to see you there! For more information or to register by phone, call Heather 906-226-4305.

The regularly scheduled Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees monthly meeting will take place Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 5:00 pm. The meeting is in the Shiras Room, and open to the public. Board meeting materials can be found on this page: 

This meeting will be available remotely via zoom.

Topic: PWPL Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting
Time: Apr 19, 2022 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 856 5769 5215
Passcode: 877876


Molly Shannon, multiple Emmy-nominated and Spirit Award-winning actress, comedian, and legendary Saturday Night Live cast member, will help celebrate our nation’s libraries as the honorary chair of National Library Week, April 3–9, 2022. Shannon will highlight the numerous ways libraries serve to connect communities to books, resources, programs, and, of course, each other.

“I am so honored to serve as honorary chair of National Library Week for 2022. My mom was a librarian. She encouraged kids to read. So, the work of librarians and libraries has such a special place in my heart,” Shannon said. “Libraries are places where communities connect—to things like broadband, computers, programs and classes, books, movies, video games, and more. But most importantly, libraries connect us to each other. Supporting National Library Week in this role allows me to connect to my mother’s memory and all the librarians out there. Thank you for everything you do.”

The theme for National Library Week 2022, “Connect with Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and classes—in addition to books. Most importantly libraries also connect communities to each other. Overall, the theme is an explicit call to action—an invitation for communities to join, visit, or advocate for their local libraries.

Molly Shannon will release her memoir in April 2022. “Hello, Molly! A Memoir” is a candid, compulsively readable, hilarious, and heartbreaking memoir of resilience and redemption filled with behind-the-scenes stories involving everyone from Whitney Houston to Adam Sandler to Monica Lewinsky, with many told for the first time. The book spans Shannon’s time on Saturday Night Live, where she starred alongside Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Cheri Oteri, Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Fallon, and many others. At the same time, it explores with humor and candor her struggle to come to terms with the legacy of her father, a man who fostered her gifts and drive, but who was also left with the impossible task of raising his kids alone after the loss of their mother.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is an annual observance by ALA and libraries across the country each April. National Library Week celebrations include the release of ALA’s State of America’s Libraries Report, April 4; National Library Workers Day, April 5; National Library Outreach Day, April 6; Take Action for Libraries Day, April 7; and the celebration of School Library Month throughout April.

Whether you’re visiting in person or virtually, libraries offer the opportunity to connect with new worlds through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs. Take time to connect with your library during National Library Week to see all they have to offer.

April is National Poetry Month, and Peter White Public Library is going to be celebrating it in a big way by sponsoring the inaugural Great Lakes Poetry Festival. Featured Speakers include Keith Taylor, Cindy Hunter Morgan and Thomas Lynch.

Kicking off on March 31, 2022, in the Community Room with live music and a Poetry Open Mic, the Great Lakes Poetry Festival offers a line-up of poetry programs and events for the entire month of April 2022, including movie screenings, featured readers, poetry workshops, and a Haiku Easter egg hunt. Whether you’re a poetry lover or not, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

“We really wanted to do something special for National Poetry Month,” says GLPF co-organizer Marty Achatz, Adult Programming Coordinator for PWPL. “Last April, the library hosted a reading by two-time U. S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. This year, with the festival, we are going to have a poetry-palooza. Readings and workshops by local poets and nationally-acclaimed poets. The premiere of two locally-produced feature-length documentaries. And so much more. The whole month is going to be amazing.”

As part of the Great Lakes Poetry Festival, PWPL will host a series of featured readings. The first one takes place April 5, 2022, in the Community Room. All the U. P. Poets Laureate, past and present, will join together for this special evening of U. P. poetry. Other featured readers include Thomas Lynch, author of Bone Rosary and the National Book Award finalist The Undertaking; Keith Taylor, Pushcart Prize-nominated author of The Bird-While; and Cindy Hunter Morgan, author of the Michigan Notable Book Harborless.

However, that is just the tip of this poetry iceberg. There will also be a GLPF Poetry Broadside Art Exhibition on display at Travel Marquette. A film series will screen every Monday night in the Community Room, featuring poetry documentaries on Maya Angelou; Modern Native storytelling through performance poetry; and two world premiere documentary features. “I’m really excited about the premiere of Reflections of An American Sunrise, the feature-length documentary about last year’s NEA Big Read at Peter White Public Library,” Marty Achatz says. “That film really will be a celebration of U. S Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Indigenous culture, and poetry in the Upper Peninsula.”

With the support of the Friends of PWPL the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund, and Travel Marquette, Peter White Public Library is excited to sponsor the inaugural Great Lakes Poetry Festival and hopes to make it an annual tradition. “It’s my dream that the library will become a force for poetry and art in the Great Lakes region,” Marty Achatz says.

The Great Lakes Poetry Festival Teen Poetry Contest is now open.

The contest, sponsored by PWPL and the Friends of PWPL, is open to all teens ages 13 – 18 years old.  First prize is a $25 gift card to Snowbound Books. Second prize is a $15 gift card to Snowbound Books and third prize is a $10 gift card to Snowbound Books.

The submissions deadline is April 12, 2022.

Winners will be announced on Saturday, April 23 at 1:00 pm in the PWPL Community Room.

Contest Directions

  • Submit one poem to
  • Include a cover sheet with your name, title of your poem, street address, phone number, and email address.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE ANY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ON THE PAGE(S) CONTAINING THE POEM ITSELF. (If identifying information is included on poem, it will not be considered.)
  • Winners will be announced on April 23, 2022, at 1 p.m. in the Community Room of Peter White Public Library.
  • DEADLINE: April 12, 2022

The Friends of the Peter White Public Library will hold a Spring Book Sale on March 24, 25, and 26.  Thousands of used books will be available for purchase at bargain prices. Proceeds from the sale will support PWPL’s programs, materials and equipment.

See the poster below for times and discounts.

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