April 2021 Events
There is no month so cruel as April, especially if you live in the Upper Peninsula. At Peter White Public Library, we are staving off the challenges of a post-pandemic spring with science and poetry.
Check out what’s happening this month @PWPL.
National Poetry Month: U. P. Poet Laureate Finalists Reading. U. P. Poet Laureate finalists Tyler Dettloff and Rosalie Sanara Petrouske ring in April with a night of inspired and inspiring words. Join Peter White Public Library for this kickoff event to National Poetry Month with some Yooper verse. Monday, April 5, 2021, 7 p.m., via Zoom.
This event is free and open to the public, but donations to the Great Lakes Recovery Centers are graciously accepted. Suggested donations: $15.
To donate, follow this link: https://www.greatlakesrecovery.org/donate/
What’s Up? A monthly series on astronomy. Scott Stobbelaar of the Marquette Astronomical Society will provide a monthly guide as to what can be seen in the skies of the Upper Peninsula. Join via Zoom as we reach for the stars at Peter White. Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 7 p.m., via Zoom.
Beginning Genealogy: Learn how to find and organize your family history with Joan Ball, researcher from the Marquette County Genealogical Society. This session will cover pedigree charts, family groups, census records, and organizational techniques. Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 6:30 p.m., via Zoom.
To receive handouts, please register for the class at 906-226-4311 or
Women in Science: Doctor Amy Barnsley: In this monthly series, Dr. Amy Barnsley of NMU’s Department of Math and Computer Science will discuss her journey from biology to math education. Get ready to be mathematically, algebraically, and geometrically inspired. Thursday, April 8, 2021, 7 p.m. via Zoom.
Strings & Strums: Dylan McKenzie-Trost in Concert: In celebration of International Guitar Month, Peter White Public Library will host a livestream concert by singer/songwriter/musician Dylan McKenzie Trost. Tune in for an evening of strings, strums, and songs from one of the area’s most popular performers. Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 7 p.m. via Facebook livestream.
Online Genealogy Resources: An in-depth presentation of the online genealogy database FamilySearch.org will be held with Laurie Johnson, researcher from the Marquette County Genealogical Society. Thursday, April 15, 2021, 6:30 p/m., via Zoom. To receive handouts, please register for the class at 906-226-4311 or
Authors Reading Virtually: Natasha Trethewey. Peter White Public Library’s Authors Reading Virtually series is excited to host two-time U. S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. She will read from her work and participate in a Q & A. This special Authors Reading Virtually is co-sponsored by NMU’s Department of English and The Women’s Center of Marquette. Saturday, April 17, 2021, 12 p.m., via Facebook livestream.
This event is free and open to the public, but donations to the Women’s Center of Marquette are graciously accepted. Suggested donations: $15.
To donate, follow this link: https://wcmqt.org/donate/
National Poetry Month: U. P. Poet Laureate Finalists Reading. U. P. Poet Laureate finalists April Lindala and Beverly Matherne continue the celebration of National Poetry Month. Join Peter White Public Library in honoring with an evening of words and inspiration. Monday, April 19, 7 p.m., via Zoom.
This event is free and open to the public, but donations to the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition are graciously accepted. Suggested donations: $15
To donation, follow this link: https://www.upenvironment.org/join-renew
The Spring GENEALOGY LOG-IN presentation on Mining Fatality Records will
be led by Beth Gruber, Librarian at the J.M. Longyear Research Library, housed at
the Marquette Regional History Center. Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 6:30 p.m., via
Zoom. To receive handouts, please register for the class at 906-226-4311 or
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, allowing participants to find their own deep centers, clearing their minds and freeing their spirits. Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 7 p.m. via Zoom.
National Poetry Month: Poet Laureate of the Upper Peninsula. Newly-selected U. P. Poet Laureate M. Bartley Seigel caps off Peter White Public Library’s celebration of National Poetry Month. Join in for an evening of words filled with the waters and wisdom of the U. P. Monday, April 26, 7 p.m., via Zoom
This event is free and open to the public, but donations to the American Indian College Fund are graciously accepted. Suggested donations: $15.
Great Decisions: Join Peter White Public Library for our exciting new discussion group. “Great Decisions” is America’s largest and oldest foreign policy discussion group. Prior to each meeting, participants can read up on the topic in the Great Decisions Briefing Book.
This month, our speaker will be Kathleen Heideman Rydholm, a participant in the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. Join us at 6:00 pm via zoom.
PWPL has a limited number of Briefing Books available at the library for checkout. Contact Dory Shaffer to sign up or get your briefing book phone: (906) 226-4311 email: firstname.lastname@example.org This program is funded by the Michigan Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
What’s Happening in Youth Services in April
Youth Services always has something happening to keep your kids’ imagination active. This month, plan on DIY bird feeding kits for pick up on Monday, April 5th. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. We also are looking to spread good cheer and kindness with “the Kindness Crew.” Learn more by contacting Youth Services, or check out our events calendar. For the teens in your world, Ms. Amanda is keeping social connections alive with the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and the Junior Teen Advisory Board (jTAB). These monthly meetings are grouped by age and encourage volunteerism and community-mindedness, but they are also a lot of fun, with cooking and art kits.
For LGBTQIA+ teens and allies, PWPL hosts a monthly meeting called Outword. Meet with people who understand the challenges you face with every first Wednesday. You aren’t alone. Contact Amanda to learn more.
Springtime Fun at PWPL
Whatever your plans are for Spring, pencil in some time at the Peter White Public Library, where there’s always something to look forward to!