September is Library Card Signup Month. We wanted to let you know as a resident you’re eligible for a library card, which offers savings on materials and services you might use every day.

This receipt shows how quickly some of your favorite items can add up. At PWPL, they’re all included at no extra charge, with a library card.

Those include: a film streaming service, ebooks, eaudiobook downloads, favorite tv series on blu-ray, blu-ray players for check out, the latest hot reads, internet, wifi, and even custom cake pans for those special occasions.

If you don’t already have a library card, we’d love to sign you up for one during regular open hours.

Call (906) 228-9510 or stop by;
and let the savings begin.

Peter White Public Library is one of 61 organizations nationwide selected to receive a 2021-2022 NEA Big Read grant. A grant of $20,000 will support a community reading program focusing on Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise in Fall 2021. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

“We are so excited at Pete White Public Library to bring the Big Read to the Upper Peninsula,” said Marty Achatz, Adult Programming Coordinator and Big Read organizer for Peter White. “And we are especially proud to be able to focus on Joy Harjo’s beautiful collection of poems, An American Sunrise, which centers on the history, struggles, and contributions of indigenous peoples.”

“For 15 years the NEA Big Read has supported opportunities for communities to come together around a book, creating a shared experience that encourages openness and conversations around issues central to our lives,” said Ann Eilers, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “We congratulate Peter White Public Library for receiving an NEA Big Read grant and look forward to a wide variety of meaningful community events.”

The NEA Big Read offers a range of titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, aiming to inspire conversation and discovery. The main feature of the initiative is a grants program, managed by Arts Midwest, which annually supports dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection.

“We’re inspired by the creativity of this year’s NEA Big Read grantees, who are finding new ways to bring people together after a challenging year,” said Torrie Allen, President & CEO of Arts Midwest. “We are proud to support these organizations and communities as they explore the richness and diversity of American history and culture together through reading.”

The books available for the 2021-2022 NEA Big Read explore different aspects of American history and culture. Grantees are developing programming that helps communities to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are today, and where we’re going.

Peter White Public Library will be partnering with many organizations and libraries for its Big Read programming, including the Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University (NMU), English Department at NMU, Marquette Regional History Center, Keweenaw Storytelling Center, Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, and arts organizations and libraries throughout the Upper Peninsula. The Big Read will kick off on September 20, 2021, at Peter White Public Library with an event featuring a reading by Anishinaabe poet and teacher Margaret Noodin. The culmination of the Big Read will be a virtual reading and presentation by Joy Harjo on November 15, 2021.

Since 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 1,700 NEA Big Read programs, providing more than $23 million to organizations nationwide. In addition, Big Read activities have reached every Congressional district in the country. Over the past 15 years, grantees have leveraged more than $50 million in local funding to support their NEA Big Read programs. More than 5.7 million Americans have attended an NEA Big Read event, over 90,000 volunteers have participated at the local level, and over 40,000 community organizations have partnered to make NEA Big Read activities possible. For more information about the NEA Big Read, including book and author information, podcasts, and videos, visit

Click here for a full schedule of events.

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more.

Arts Midwest believes that creativity has the power to inspire and unite humanity. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest grows, gathers, and invests in creative organizations and communities throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six nonprofit United States Regional Arts Organizations, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 30 years. For more information, visit

The Friends of the Peter White Public Library and the American Association of University Women  have joined together to present the first annual Front Street Book Fair.  The event will be held for three days, September 23, 24 and 25 at venues in the City of Marquette.

Thousands of clean used books, CD’s and DVD’s will be available for purchase at bargain prices at the First Presbyterian Church, 120 N. Front Street, and at Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front Street.  Proceeds from the sales will support PWPL’s programs, materials and equipment and AAUW’s mission of advancing gender equity for women and girls.

Throughout the fair there will be community events at Peter White Public Library, Marquette Federation of Women’s Clubhouse, 104 W. Ridge Street, and Snowbound Bookstore, 118 N. 3rd Street.  The events will include a live concert by local singer/songwriter Michael Waite at PWPL, a presentation by Marquette author Tyler Tichelaar, an appraisal of rare books at PWPL, and author signings  at Snowbound Bookstore.  There will also be food and drink specials at nearby restaurants, including the Landmark Inn, 230 N. Front Street.

Face masks may be required at certain venues so please be prepared.  All Michigan Covid-19 guidelines will be followed to keep our community safe.  For more information call PWPL at 906-228-9510 or visit

Two new exhibits open this week at the Peter White Public Library.

“Dancing with Nature” by Paula Kiesling is on display in the Huron Mountain Gallery through September 18, 2021.

“On and Off the Beaten Path” by John French is on display in the Lower Level Reception Gallery through September 18, 2021.

An artist reception will take place on Thursday August 12 from 4 to 6 pm, along with a new exhibit at the Jack Deo Gallery in the neighboring Marquette Arts and Culture Center.  Work by Wayne Francis and John Lundeen is in the Deo Gallery.

The regularly scheduled Board of Trustees of the Peter White Public Library is scheduled for Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 5:00 pm in the Shiras Room.

The meeting is open to the public.

When checking out the latest book-to-movie adaptation, I will, almost 99% of the time, say the book was better. I felt the same way about Moxie, but at the same time, I have to admit that the movie was fun.

The YA book, Moxie, by Jenifer Mathieu, is the story of Vivian, a shy teenager living in a small town in Texas, who just wants to keep her head down and graduate with her best friend, Claudia.  East Rockport is one of those towns that lives and breathes football, but Viv is fed up with football culture, where athletic boys can do no wrong, but the girls have to put up with hallway harassment and a sexist dress code. To combat this frustration, Viv takes a page from her mom’s past as a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s. She creates a feminist ‘zine and anonymously leaves them in the girls’ bathrooms at the high school. Her idea catches fire, and soon Viv is making new friends while making a change.  Moxie Girls fight back!

The movie does a great job casting this film. I am a huge fan of Amy Poehler, so I was excited to see her bring not only her direction but her acting skills to this movie to Netflix.  She stars as Viv’s mom – the OG Riot Grrrl.  Overall, the movie keeps the same message as the book but with some changes.  The biggest changes were the location, not set in Texas, no grandparents, a female school principal, and more a diverse cast.  You could see the cliques in the school and how the movie wanted to represent all of them.

By the end of the movie, the girls all band together for a common goal, which is really nice, but only after some cliched teen angst.  I would have loved to see more of the girls building each up rather than tearing down each other.  The music, mostly dominated by Bikini Kill, was a great addition to the movie as well; being able to hear the music that drove the revolt really added to the experience.  Overall, the movie was fun and enjoyable, but I loved the book more!


We know your summer is busy, but Peter White Public Library’s July events are worth keeping an eye on. As we venture into more in-person programming, there is still plenty to do for those unable to or not ready to meet live. Music, poetry, science, and politics are just a few of the highlights on our schedule this July. Pencil in these events on your calendar or check out our Events Calendar for more details!

What’s Happening This Month

Here’s a list of the adult programming for the month of July. There’s still lots to do for kids and teens, so check out their Youth Services page for more details.

Concert on the Steps: The Jana Nyberg Group

To kick off Peter White Public Library’s Month of Music, join The Jana Nyberg Group on the steps of the library for a concert that showcases the unique jazz/pop talents of vocalist/flautist Jana Nyberg, who has released 4 full-length albums and appeared on season 10 of American Idol. Jana will be accompanied by Adam Meckler (trumpet), Luke Arquette (guitar) and Tim Havens (bass). Tuesday, July 6, 2021, 7 p.m. NOTE: Attendees are expected to bring their own chairs.

Women in Science

In this monthly series at Peter White Public Library, women who are leaders in their scientific disciplines will discuss their backgrounds, interests, and current projects. You don’t have to be a scientist to enjoy this program! Thursday, July 8, 2021, 7 p.m. via Zoom

Pyre Publishing Poetry Open Mic

Peter White Public Library hosts a Poetry Open Mic in conjunction with Pyre Publishing on the Front Street steps of the library. Bring something to read and get your poet on! Open to all levels of readers and writers. Monday, July 12, 2021. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Authors Reading Virtually: John Gubbins

Peter White Public Library hosts celebrated novelist/nonfiction writer John Gubbins for a reading from his newly released non-fiction book, Authentic Wilderness, named this year’s recipient of the Sport Books category from the IndieReader Discovery Awards. In soaring lyrical prose and narrative, the book recounts Gubbins’ four turbulent months fishing and camping in Alaska. Wednesday, July 14, 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Concert on the Steps: Dylan McKenzie-Trost

Peter White Public Library’s Month of Music continues with a live concert by singer/songwriter/musician Dylan McKenzie Trost. Stop by the Front Street steps for an evening of strings and strums and songs from one of the area’s most popular performers. Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 7 p.m.

Concert on the Steps: Chris Valenti

For this last concert in Peter White Public Library’s Month of Music, singer/songwriter/musician Chris Valenti will perform an hour-long concert on the Front Street steps. Chris will have your toes tapping and hands clapping with his blend of rock-n-roll standards and original songs. Monday, July 26, 2021, 7 p.m.

Great Decisions

Join Peter White Public Library for our exciting discussion group. “Great Decisions” is America’s largest and oldest foreign policy discussion group. July 27 at 6:00 pm via zoom. Feel free to call (906) 226-4311 or email

This program is funded by the Michigan Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Joy of Yoga

A monthly Zoom evening of gentle meditative yoga for everyone led by Helen Haskell-Remien, owner of The Joy Center in Ishpeming and certified yoga instructor. Helen brings her 20 years of yoga experience to Peter White Public Library, allowing participants to find their own deep centers, clearing their minds, and freeing their spirits. Wednesday, July 28, 2021. 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Keep Your Reading Logs

Summer reading continues for both kids and adults. Trust us, it’s worth your time for the free prizes alone. But keeping track of your reading could also serve as a great memento of this summer.

Summer Learning Through WNMU

Exciting news is coming from WNMU-TV’s  Michigan Learning Channel, a statewide project connecting Michigan students (Pre-K – 12th graders) with high-quality distance learning content via a 24-7 broadcast television channel, streaming service, and a robust website with on-demand videos and supplemental materials. Parents and educators alike will be excited to learn that all content aligns with Michigan State Standards and is delivered primarily by Michigan educators.

About the Michigan Learning Channel

This free digital resource has been created to supplement and extend classroom teaching in support of student growth and achievement. An exciting, 8- week Summer Program begins Monday, June 21. It offers students the chance to review concepts taught during the school year, recover missed learning due to the pandemic, and prepare for the school year ahead via digital content, virtual events, and Summer Activity Books. Learn more about this amazing initiative and all its scheduled virtual events here –  MLC SUMMER FLYER EVENTS PROGRAM

Catch Up on Academic Misses for 2020/2021 School Year

This last year was one like none other, and educators in the Upper Peninsula went to great lengths to ensure students got the information they needed to get them to the next stage. However, despite their dedication, many hurdles stood in the way of learning. Some of those hurdles involved quarantining, new digital expectations, and simple anxiety from dealing with such an unusual year. Michigan Learning Channel offers students a way to excel despite the roadblocks of the previous year.

Engage Your Brain This Summer and Beyond with PWPL

Find age-specific learning for your children this summer at the Peter White Public Library and through the amazing partnership of WNMU and Michigan Learning Channel.



U.P. Notable Books Club Announces 2nd Year Lineup of Local Authors

From September 9, 2021, to May 12, 2022, nine authors will Zoom with readers, answering questions about their work. Authors participating in the discussions include Susanna Ausema, Tyler Tichelaar, Craig Brockman, William J. Sproule, Linda LeGarde Grover, Jane Kopecky, Maryka Biaggio, Mikel B. Classen, and Mary Doria Russell.

Find these books in the stacks, or ask at the reference desk to see what is available from our lending library.

U.P. Notable Books Year 2 Schedule

Date Time Book Author Publishing Information
Thursday, September 9, 2021 6:00 Central/7:00 Eastern I Spy…Isle Royale Susanna Ausema Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association, 2019
Thursday, October 14, 2021 6:00 Central/7:00 Eastern Kawbawgam:  The Chief, The Legend, The Man Tyler Tichelaar Marquette Fiction, 2020
Thursday, November 11, 2021 6:00 Central/7:00 Eastern Dead of November:  A Novel of Lake Superior Craig Brockman Curve of the Earth, 2020
Thursday, December 9, 2021 6:00 Central/7:00 Eastern Houghton:  Birthplace of Professional Hockey William J. Sproule 2019
Thursday, January 13, 2022 6:00 Central/7:00 Eastern In the Night of Memory Linda LeGarde UMN Press, 2020
Thursday, February 10, 2022 6:00 Central/7:00 Eastern World War II Conscientious Objectors:  Germfask, Michigan the Alcatraz Camp Jane Kopecky 2020
Thursday, March 10, 2022 6:00 Central/7:00 Eastern Eden Waits:  A Novel Based on the True Story of Michigan’s Utopian Community, Hiawatha Colony Maryka Biaggio Milford House, 2019
Thursday, April 14, 2022 6:00 Central/7:00 Eastern Points North:  Discover Hidden Campgrounds, Natural Wonders, and Waterways of the Upper Peninsula Mikel B. Classen Modern History Press, 2018
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