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)

Join Zoom Meeting

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)

Join Zoom Meeting

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.




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