Family Movie Night at the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library

December 19, 2018

Ishpeming, MIDecember 19, 2018 – The Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library will hold Family Movie Night on Thursday, December 20th at 5:30 pmHow the Grinch Stole Christmas will play, and cookies and hot chocolate will be provided!

New Year’s Eve Elementary Ball at Children’s Museum

December 19, 2018

Marquette, MIDecember 19, 2018 – The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum will hold a New Year’s Eve Elementary Ball on Monday, December 31st from 5:30-7:30 pm. The cost is $5 per child, adults are free! For more information, visit the museum website.

Christmas Luncheon at First Baptist Church

December 19, 2018

Marquette, MIDecember 19, 2018 – First Baptist Church will be hosting a community Christmas Luncheon on Tuesday, December 25.

“If you are desiring a nice Christmas meal, or perhaps you find yourself alone for the holiday, or you have nowhere else to go, or you are away from home for the holidays, please come and join us,” said Chad Mager, Pastor at First Baptist Church. “The meal is completely free and lovingly prepared by us and is open to anyone! If you know of someone who needs somewhere to go on Christmas for a nice meal, please forward this to them and encourage them to come.”

“We recognize there are people out there that may need help getting to the meal, so we’re providing transportation. Leave a message at our church office and we’ll arrange for someone to pick you up and bring you home.”

The event will run from 12 – 2 pm on Tuesday, December 25 in the Community Room of First Baptist Church located at 728 W Kaye Ave in Marquette. The meal is free and open to everyone. Those in need of transportation can leave a message at 906-226-2014.

Negaunee Public Library’s Strategic Plan

December 19, 2018

Negaunee, MIDecember 19, 2018 – The Negaunee City Council adopted the Negaunee Public Library’s strategic plan, effective through 2021, at the council meeting Thursday, December 13. The strategic plan, which is the library’s first, makes recommendations regarding library staffing, funding, facility, and programming.

The strategic plan comes from several months of effort by the library’s strategic planning committee and advisory board. A community survey was conducted online and by paper last summer, and several focus discussion groups were held.

Some of the key deliverables outlined in the plan include:

  • Improving staff wages and benefits so they are commensurate with similar positions within the city and comparable to similar-sized libraries;
  • Increasing attendance on Saturdays and offer Saturday hours year-round;
  • Insuring that the library has adequate funding;
  • Expanding or reconfiguring space to better meet the community’s library needs;
  • Partnering with other agencies and organizations to provide programming;
  • Expanding Friends of the Negaunee Public Library’s book sales; and
  • Expanding programming for teens, as the city has no youth programs outside school.

The library and its supporters have already begun implementing these goals. For example, the Friends of the Negaunee Public Library are pursuing grant opportunities to fund Saturday hours during the summer, and they also held a small but profitable book and vinyl records sale. The library is also pursuing programming ideas to bring more teens into the library.

City Manger Nate Heffron commends all the hard work the library staff and board put into this plan. “We took a hard look at the services that we are providing and measured their effectiveness based direct community input. Our goal is to improve upon our successes and prepare for the next generation of library users,” Heffron said.

A copy of this document can be viewed online at, or at the Negaunee Public Library.

For more information, contact Jessica Holman, library director, at (906) 475-7700 ext. 18, via email at, or in person at the library.

2019 Tom Baldini Holiday Homecoming

December 19, 2018

Marquette, MIDecember 19, 2018 –  All Marquette Area Alums, guests, former and current employees, friends and supporters from Marquette Senior High School, Graveraet, J.D. Pierce, Bishop Baraga and Alternative High School are invited to share the holiday season. The 7th annual Tom Baldini Holiday Homecoming will be held on Sunday, December 23 from 6 pm – 8 pm at Vango’s on Third Street.


Marquette Area Public School Education Foundation has established a Marquette Christmas tradition by providing a gathering for visiting and local alumni to socialize and celebrate the holidays together. Each year our crowd has grown and we are continuing the tradition. Pizza, salad and a cash bar will be available.


The Foundation Board would like to thank all those who have contributed to the Marquette Area Public School Foundation helping to support the scholarship fund, and classroom teacher projects. Donations appreciated. Special thanks to Vango’s for providing the venue.