PWPL celebrates renovation project

The Lake Superior Community Partnership recently assisted the Peter White Public Library in Marquette with a ribbon cutting to celebrate the recent library renovation project. A $4.2 million capital improvement project, approved by voters in November 2017, renovated and updated library spaces, services and technologies at the library. Crews repaired a large crack on the historic 1904 building façade and foundation, as well as repaired the roof, resealed the windows and installed a new chiller. The original Front Street stairs were also rebuilt after inspections revealed structure failure. Youth Services was completely renovated, the main level was renovated to allow for easier access to collections and create a vending/eating area for library visitors, among other things. Retired Librarians raised over $14,000 to add a new reference desk on the upper level, where three new group study rooms were also built on the Upper Level, as well as a new Local History Research Room. Carpet was replaced throughout the building, along with lighting fixtures, wiring and technology upgrades, among other updates. The Peter White Public Library serves the city of Marquette and five surrounding contracted townships, totaling 36,000 people. Pictured, from left, front row: Jesse Bell, Marquette County Ambassadors; Nick DeGrand, Closner Construction; Jeff Goodney, Closner; Andrea Ingmire, PWPL director; Anne Donohue, PWPL Board president; Carrie Goodney, IDI engineer; Randy Riley, Library of Michigan, state librarian; and Randy Larson, Marquette County Ambassadors. Second row, from left: Orajane Kennedy, PWPL Township Advisory Council representative, Marquette Township; Brett Bartlett, PWPL administrative assistant; Lainey Stephens, TAC, Sands Township; Suzanne Standerford, TAC, Sands Township; Jan Raskin, TAC, Chocolay Township; Barbara Bradley, TAC, Skandia Township; Beth Linna, TAC, Skandia Township; and Mary Davis, TAC, Marquette Township. Third row, from left: Judy White, TAC, Chocolay Township. Top row, from left: Carol Steinhaus PWPL Board; Sarah Rehborg, PWPL Youth Services librarian; Bruce MacDonald, PWPL assistant director; Patrick Myron, PWPL Board; and Andrew Dalian, PWPL Board.