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Peter White Public Library received some good news: they've been selected for the 2021 Big Read program from the National Endowment of the Arts, which includes a $20,000 grant.

The book selected is An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States.

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Marty Achatz, Adult Programming Coordinator at Peter White, about the grant and what it means for patrons of the library:


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April is National Poetry Month, and Peter White Public Library is celebrating with a month-long list of events which draw from the poetic talent of the Upper Great Lakes. They also feature regular monthly events,  and to learn more about what's on offer for April 2021, we spoke with Marty Achatz, Adult Programming Coordinator at Peter White.


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From author talks to a look at what's happening in the night sky, Peter White Public Library has a variety of socially-distanced events in the month of February 2021.

Marty Achatz is the Adult Programming Coordinator at Peter White, and he spoke with Public Radio 90's Kurt Hauswirth about events such as a virtual author/poet talk with W. Todd Kaneko, and a series called Women in Science that features Dr. Jane (Wankmiller) Harris, Director of NMU's Forensic Research Outdoor Station (FROST). Hear about these events and more in an interview with Marty and Kurt:


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"Great Decisions" is America's largest and oldest foreign policy discussion group. Peter White Public Library is holding their own version of the discussion group, where participants can read up on topics and discuss at a local level. The Great Decisions Briefing Book will be available, along with a knowledgeable speaker or video presentation; following that, participants can submit an opinion ballot to be shared with government officials and decision makers.

Marty Achatz, Adult Program Coordinator, and Dory Shaffer, Reference Librarian, speak with Public Radio 90's Kurt Hauswirth about the upcoming program, and how residents of the Upper Great Lakes can get involved:


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The month of January celebrates two special dates: the life and civil rights movements of Martin Luther King Jr Monday, January 18th, and the next American Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden Wednesday, January 20th. These days (and more) have inspired new events at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette, MI.

We hear more about these January event in a conversation with Marty Achatz, the Adult Programming Coordinator of the Peter White:


Find out more about events at Peter White Public Library at their Facebook page or their website.

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"A Dickens of a Month" is coming at Peter White Public Library. It's a celebration of the author and his timeless holiday classic A Christmas Carol. But, it's about more than that; it's a series of events to help you celebrate the season, learn more about the author, hear from writers and historians, and help those who need help the most.

There are four events in "A Dickens of a Month":

All four events are online in the month of December, 2020. We heard more about these events from Marty Achatz, local poet and Adult Programming Coordinator for the Peter White Public Library in this interview with Public Radio 90's Kurt Hauswirth:


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