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PWPL’s Most Borrowed Books of 2020

One of the most fun parts of the New Year are end-of-the-year lists – and we’ve got a few for you. If you’re looking for a new read for the new year, consider what kept people turning the pages in the last one.

Most Popular Titles for Adults

The others on that list include:
What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
Fables by Bill Willingham
Long Range by C.J. Box
Camino Winds by John Grisham
Educated by Tara Westover
Bitterroots by C.J. Box
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Room Where It Happened by John Bolton
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Most Popular Titles for Juvenile

Most Popular Graphic Teen Novels

Most Popular Teen Non-Graphic Novels

If you need any help finding any of these popular titles, let us know. We can put them on hold and the next one in our library system will be ready for you. We can also help you find digital copies if they are available.

What’s on your reading list for the upcoming year?

The doors at Peter White Public Library may be closed, but the staff is working hard inside to make sure patrons are able to get access to the services they need. Here are a few of the exciting happenings at PWPL that have taken place these last few weeks.

New Staff

Though you haven’t been inside to see them, we are so excited about adding these members to the PWPL team.

  • Amy Salminen – Circulation Department Head
  • John Povey – Head of Maintenance
  • Martin Achatz – Adult Programming
  • Madeline – Adult Services
  • Kate – Youth Services

New Programming

The new “normal” isn’t stopping the library from continuing exceptional programming this year. From virtual book clubs and author readings to children’s take-and-make kits, there’s still plenty to keep kids and adults busy. Here is some of the fun coming this January.

January 2021 Events

What’s Up?: Scott Stobbelaar of the Marquette Astronomical Society will provide a monthly guide to the skies of the Upper Peninsula. Join via Zoom as we reach for the stars at Peter White.

Topic: What’s Up?

Time: Jan 5, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 831 2870 2875

Passcode: 027550

Great Discussions: Peter White brings the Foreign Policy Association’s popular world affairs program Great Discussions to the Upper Peninsula. This monthly Zoom program allows participants to broaden their understandings and interact with a variety of international issues and concerns.

Topic: Great Discussions

Time: Jan 26, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 873 4817 3489

Passcode: 741420

Authors Reading Virtually: Megan Alpert Reading. For the third event in our Authors Reading Virtually series, Megan Alpert (who received a Marquette Chamber Residency two years ago) will read from her critically acclaimed new poetry collection The Animal at Your Side, with a Q&A to follow.

Topic: Megan Alpert Reading

Time: Jan 13, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 898 2790 0127

Passcode: 135529

We Shall Overcome: A Martin Luther King Day Concert: In honor of Martin Luther King Day, join musician/singer/songwriter Michael Waite for a livestream concert of songs from the Civil Rights movement. Sunday, January 17, at 7 p.m. via Facebook livestream.

Poets & Presidents: A Reading of Inaugural Poems: In celebration of Presidential Inauguration Day, join us for a Zoom reading of Presidential Inauguration poems. A group of local and nationally-recognized poets will read the words that Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, Elizabeth Alexander, and Richard Blanco shared with the world on past Presidential Inauguration Days.

Topic: Presidents & Poets

Time: Jan 19, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 811 9886 2428

Passcode: 116399

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.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 861 7301 9023

Passcode: 233237

Authors Reading Virtually: Tyler Tichelaar Reading. Local writer and historian Tyler Tichelaar will give a Zoom reading/presentation on his newest book, Kawbawgam: The Chief, the Legend, the Man.

Topic: Tyler Tichelaar Reading

Time: Jan 27, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 818 2413 2703

Passcode: 962225

Harry Potter Take & Makes: A young adult and adult Take & Make that involves creating artwork with rock salt, canvas, and paints, using a Harry Potter theme. Stop by and pick one up. Bring a little wizarding magic home!

And that’s just what’s happening upstairs! For Youth Services, the Michigan Library Quest – Mystery Edition is a fun activity for those in grades 5-12. There’s also Teen pick up kits for Tab and JTab participants, and Family Packs, specifically curated to your families’ interests, are a great option. See the Youth Services page for more fun.

New Materials and Services

The pandemic hasn’t stopped us from providing new and exciting materials. New DVDs (Schitt’s Creek), books (A Promised Land is here, but put it on hold now), and other materials continue to be added to our shelves. Value Line, a service that required library access before, is now available to patrons with a smart device anywhere with wifi. Follow this link and have your library card number handy for more info. World Book is a new addition to our research services for both adults and kids. Virtual Meeting rooms are a new service we will be providing after the new year. More details about this service will be coming soon.

Libby users are also getting a late-holiday gift. We are partnering with more digital libraries to give you access to more books (and less wait time). The following flyer gives a step-by-step guide to adding these libraries to your account.

RLA-Libby Flyer

Thank You for the Support

Thanks to all those who donated this year. From Giving Tuesday to the Steinhaus Challenge, we see the kindness of our community and are amazed. It is your generosity that enables us to provide these new materials and services.



Looking for a fun digital activity? Teens and tweens in grades 5-12 can participate in this fun mystery-solving event.

Collaborate with libraries across the state of Michigan with a fun mystery that is as entertaining as it is educational.


For those participating, here’s our clue:

A teen girl said she saw an older person with an accent.

click the image to learn more:

MILibrary Quest logo with mysterious figure holding an open book with footprints and question marks falling out.

Create a Low-Cost Holiday Season with Help from PWPL

It’s a year like no other. While the exchange of freedom for safety has been a challenge for many, it’s nothing compared to the economic pinch many people find themselves in as a result of the pandemic. 

If you’re looking for an economical holiday this December 25, consider some fun ideas from PWPL. Most of them are free and just take a little imagination. Consider the following ways to give this holiday season that cost more in love and time than money. 

  • Give your partner the moon. “What is it you want, Mary? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.” This romantic moment from Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” sticks with us all for a reason — we’d all like someone to give us the moon. And this season, it’s even more special. The heavens are about to do something unseen in the last 800 years — Jupiter and Saturn will look like a double planet. It will be visible on the winter solstice. So, plan a night to give your loved one not just the moon but Jupiter and Saturn, too. Gift your boyfriend, girlfriend, or partner the moon by planning a night under the stars with one of our telescopes. Do some research ahead of the evening to explain what you are seeing.


  • Create a borrowed exchange within the family household. Readers tend to have books — sometimes too many. And that’s especially true in a family of readers. If you have younger children and all share the same family library card, try out this free way of gifting. Have one sibling peruse the online catalog and borrow a book, movie, music cd, or something from our Library of Things — but have them to it for their other siblings. Each child will learn to think about the unique interests and loves of someone else in the family. It’s a lesson in empathy and will be sure to create family bonds. The best part? You can return it all on December 26 in the library dropbox – no worries about where to store things.


  • Cook something special. If you are struggling to get something for those people in your life who have it all, consider cooking them a meal. At this stage of the pandemic, we are all tired of our own food, and cooking is both a useful and thoughtful gift. If you get ambitious, make a cake and use one of our unique cake pan options. Our array of cookbooks could also give you inspiration. And if you didn’t schedule your curbside pick up in time, don’t worry. Check out the options for cookbooks in our digital library through Libby.


  • Gift music. Learn a song and play it for your loved one. Grandmothers to girlfriends will love you forever, and though it’s fleeting, the memory of such a gift will last a lot longer than flowers. If you need some ideas to get started, check out our wide selection of CDs. Music books abound in the upstairs’ stacks, too. For those who are truly ambitious, consider borrowing a ukelele from our Library of Things.


  • Capture the moment. A gift for all the mothers in your life is simple – a picture. The capture of a moment is an amazing gift. While we can do it from most of our phones, consider how precious an actual photograph would be. For the truly nostalgic, check out one of our Polaroid cameras. The film is a touch pricey at $18 for 10 shots, but the equipment is free from Peter White Public Library.


  • Create a Family Tree. Taking time to understand your past is a gift to you, your immediate family, and even your future family. A tree is fairly easy to draw, and there are many templates for family trees available online or on our shelves. If you want some help with the genealogy aspect, talk with Adult Services in the reference department. In fact, some events are already on our calendar. Volunteers from the Marquette Genealogy Society will be available to guide you on Dec 9 and Dec 16. Call 906-226-4311 for more information.

Use Your Imagination Before Your Wallet

The most meaningful gifts don’t come from box stores or online retail giants. They come from the connection you share with each other. Leverage that connection to come up with presents that your loved one will remember for a lifetime. Though this year has been a challenge, it does present us with the opportunity to create a holiday like no other to accompany a year that is the same!

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One of our board members, Dr. Carol Steinhaus, recently retired from Northern Michigan University. She has decided to use some of her buyout money to set up a matching grant to benefit Peter White Public Library.
Carol grew up in a small town in Kansas, and the library was one of her favorite places. She has fond memories of the building, the elderly librarian, the summer reading program, and the day she wondered whether she could read all of the books in the library!! The love of learning Carol originally developed with the services of her local library eventually led to her getting a doctoral degree. Carol sees providing this grant as a form of “giving back” to our library, hoping to foster that love of learning for other people.
Carol wants to support Marquette residents’ love of reading by providing funds that will strengthen the PWPL collections and our facilities. Carol believes that there is no more important skill than reading, and one of her greatest joys is enjoying a good book. She hopes that you’ll take advantage of her offer to “double your money” by contributing to the Steinhaus Challenge!!

The Peter White Public Library is transitioning to Curbside and Digital Library  Service only, effective today, in an effort to help curb the community spread of COVID-19 in and around Marquette.  “We stand with our healthcare community, said PWPL Library Director Andrea Ingmire. “With hospitals near capacity, we want to do our part to help reduce community spread.”

Curbside Pickup hours at PWPL will be from 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Thursday, and 10 am to 5 pm Friday and Saturday. The book drops will remain open and the library will continue to offer free printing/copying through curbside pickup.

“Out of an abundance of care for our patrons, staff and community members, the Peter White Public Library is transitioning to curbside pickup services and closing our building to the public. This decision was not made lightly. The staff and I have truly enjoyed seeing many of our patrons back in the library over the past months,” said Ingmire.  “It is my hope that by complying with the guidelines from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, we will safely welcome the community back into the library soon.”

eLibrary Services will continue at, including several virtual programs. 

Join the library in December for “A Dickens of a Month,” a month-long celebration of Charles Dickens and ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Other adult and youth programs will also be held virtually. 


It’s Ladies’ Week in Marquette, Michigan. In years past, that has meant downtown stores filled to the brim, lots of sales, and lots of laughs with friends. Like many other things, Ladies’ Week won’t be the same as it has been in years past. Hopefully, we will still be out supporting local businesses as we are able. However, just because we can’t have our traditional Ladies’ Week, it doesn’t mean that we have to give up treating ourselves this year. 

Treat Yourself During Ladies’ Week

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we all need to give ourselves a break. In the spirit of treating yourself during the pandemic, Peter White Public Library would like to offer some ways for you to treat yourself this week! Here are some fun ideas. 

  1. Have the family bake you a cake. If you’re like most ladies we know, you spent plenty of hours in the kitchen during the pandemic. Why not let the kids cook for you? You can even make it fun by checking out one of our cake pans. There are a plethora of options.
  2. Shop at the Friends’ Used Bookstore. Anytime is a good time for a bargain, and some of these books are like new. Whether you are looking for gifts for under the tree or need a new read, the Friends’ bookstore has lots of options for readers of all types. You can even find music and DVDs there.
  3. Take some pictures. Families are notoriously difficult to get together for family pictures. However, the idea of a retro Polaroid may change even the most reluctant model. All you have to do is splurge on some film, then check out one of our Polaroids from the Library of Things. You’ll find lots of silly ones there, too – a sure way to keep the kids interested. 
  4. Binge a TV series. Since the pandemic, we’ve expanded our digital library as well as the DVD options that we have available. From the intense Line of Duty to the sci-fi fun of  Stranger Things, if you are in the mood to sit back and binge a TV show, we have you covered. There’s something for every kind of watcher on our shelves.
  5. Redecorate the house. While we can’t help you with all the actual decorations, we do offer plenty of books on house design and architecture. There are lovely seed starters available for your window sill. When you’re ready to change up the prints on the wall, come by PWPL. You can check out art prints for up to two months. We have a varied selection. You could have a new living room every other month and avoid the boredom of quarantine.

Find Time for Yourself During Ladies’ Week

As most of us know, Ladies’ Week doesn’t mean we have any extra time to slow down, but maybe it’s a good idea to make some. As the saying goes, when in doubt – go to the library. It’s as true during our current semi-quarantine as it ever was. If you need recommendations, there’s always someone to ask. And we all love telling patrons about our favorite new reads or TV shows. Relax with a good book, and remember that Ladies’ Week is about more than shopping. Celebrate yourself and find ways to recharge during these crazy times. 

The Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees will meet for a regularly scheduled Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm. This meeting will happen via zoom, and all are welcome to attend.

See Zoom Info below.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 852 2891 9265
Passcode: 523243

Click here for the agenda: Agenda November 2020
Find past board meeting minutes here. 


After Halloween and Election Day, we are all waiting for the next season to celebrate. As a kickoff to the holiday season, this November will be like no other November we’ve seen before, but there’s a lot to look forward to. One is spending time in the kitchen with family. It doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving Day to get ready for all the fun, and you’ll be prepared come Turkey Day.

In fact, you don’t even have to get a book dirty to get some fun recipes. Have you seen all the fun cookbooks that are available through Libby?

eCookbooks to Try at Home

As the snow is beginning, settling in for the season and keeping bellies full can be both fun and challenging. Check out a few of our favorites digital cookbooks to keep everyone happy.

  • Fifty Shades of Chicken. This great cookbook is good for a laugh as well as a delicious chicken. “Dripping Thighs” is a must-try. There’s lots of fun content, but some of it may make you blush.
  • Flour Water Salt Yeast. If the quarantine has awakened the baker in you, try these accessible recipes for artesian bread and pizza dough. The great news is that you don’t need a lot of fancy gadgets, just a bit of arm strength.
  • The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs. This cookbook for kids has recipes for all skill levels. Maybe the best part is that the kids will actually like what they make – all recipes are kid-tested and approved.
  • Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook. The book that this is based on, Forks Over Knives, started a dietary revolution. This book explores recipes to celebrate dishes that offer delicious whole food options.
  • The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. The recipes in this book could be the spark that gets your young cooker into the kitchen. Try Treacle Pudding from Chapter 5 of The Chamber of Secrets for something that is delicious, easy, and straight from the book.
  • Joanne Fluke’s Lake Eden Cookbook. If you’re a fan of Joanne Fluke’s cozy mystery series, this is the book for you. From Razzle Dazzle Champagne Cocktails to Regency Ginger Snaps, these recipes will get you right into the holiday spirit.
  • The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook. The Instant Pot has made lots of recipes easy, but there’s a lot more you can do with it than cook beans and boil eggs. This book will open up recipes for your instant pot that you never realized were available.
  • The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. This cookbook isn’t written by a restaurateur or a French Parisian chef but rather by an imaginative home cook. Full of gorgeous photography, a recipe from this book will even impress your mother-in-law.
  • The Mom 100 Cookbook. This recipe book is perfect for any parent who has heard the age-old question, “what’s for dinner?” Find fast and nutritious recipes sure to please the kids while getting them some veggies.
  • The Lake Michigan Cottage Cookbook. Lake Michigan isn’t too far from us, but there are likely recipes in this 118 collection that are new to you. We’re excited to try The Cook’s House Crispy Skinned Lake Trout.

Find Cookbooks for the Family

If ebooks for cooking aren’t your favorite, you can find a plethora of cookbooks on the shelves at Peter White Public Library. Peruse the shelves or add one of the above books to your account. If we don’t have it in the stacks, we can get it for you.

Express In-Person Service starts Monday, January 25 at 12 noon. PWPL offers curbside pickup, Mon-Thurs 10am-6pm and Fri-Sat 10am-5pm. For more information, click here.