Calling all Artists!
The Peter White Public Library is looking for artists to fill the library gallery spaces with artwork in 2019. Exhibits will run for six weeks in the Huron Mountain Club gallery or the Lower Level Reception gallery. Interested individuals or groups must have enough artwork to fill the gallery space to be considered.

Online applications  must be submitted for committee review by Saturday, January 15. Date preferences and gallery requests will be taken into consideration. Submissions must be complete to be considered.

Andrea Ingmire
Library Director
2018 in Review
It is hard to believe that 2019 is upon us. As such, it is nice to take a look back and remember all the accomplishments and acknowledge all the things we're grateful for.

We kicked off 2018 by revising our Mission Statement. Knowing that 2018 was going to be a year of many changes, the Library Board and staff felt it was important to have a solid understanding of the library's mission. And, we wanted a mission statement we could remember!

In April the Library Board adopted an updated Strategic Plan.

In May the library's renovation project began.

This fall the renovations finished up on the lower level. The Youth Services department reopened on October 31 and the Community Room was not far behind.

On December 1 the library held it's annual Holiday Walk and the Marquette Arts and Culture Center opened to the public.

While this renovation project has been an extensive undertaking the library has managed to continue offering programs and services in a modified fashion. In fact, an average of nearly 2000 people attended monthly library programming this year.

We thank you for your continued patience during the renovations.

The remainder of this project should be completed in March 2019.
Youth Services
Relocated Youth Services

The Westwood Mall served as a gracious host to the Youth Services Department from May - October 2018.

In many ways this time showed the community's true colors. We had SO much help moving to the Mall and back to PWPL again. Our staff handled this stressful time like champions. And, our patrons were ever patient with us.

We can't thank you enough!
Youth Fine Free Program

During this time of transition, and relative chaos, the library decided to try a Fine Free program for youth materials.

The board will be evaluating this program at the January 15th board meeting. If you have feedback on how this program has effected your family, feel free to send an email to Andrea

Renovations
We have the pleasure of working with an all star renovation team:
  • Integrated Designs Incorporated;
  • Closner Construction and all their Sub-Contractors.

These folks have gone out of their way to help.

They've unloaded furniture, addressed electrical emergencies, and always come through on promises.

We couldn't be happier to have this crew!
Financial Stability
An important objective of 2018 was to address the ongoing financial challenges at PWPL.

To all of our supporters who voted in favor of the library, donated to the Library's Development Fund, or volunteered their time we thank you!

This year we were able to shore up the library's operating budget. Financial stability allows us to continue offering a wide variety of programs and services at a low cost to the community.
What's coming up for PWPL in 2019? Find out in our next issue of the Insider.

Happy New Year!
Contact Andrea Ingmire with any questions or comments! aing@uproc.lib.mi.us 906-226-4303
The Mission of the Peter White Public Library is to enrich the community through access to library services and cultural opportunities.