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Art of Animation Cancelled

The Art of Animation and Film sessions in the Lifelong Learning winter 2016 series, taught by Anne Morningstar and scheduled for 11 am to noon on Tuesdays, Feb. 2, 9 and 16 have been cancelled.

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Freegal® Music Service

freegal logoPetoskey District Library has joined Library Ideas network of Public Library websites that offer access to over 7 million songs, including Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog of legendary artists. Under the terms of the agreement, registered cardholders of the Petoskey District Library can download 5 Freegal® Music MP3 files each week and stream 3 hours of music every day at no direct cost via the Freegal® gateway. The library will underwrite the purchase of the music. The Freegal® Music Service also has popular music videos for download.  Freegal Music apps are also available in the Apple® App Store and Google Play®.  “We are very excited to offer a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use. We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library in marketing all its services to the community,” said Technology Services Supervisor Mary Sue Prantera.

Zinio Digital Magazines

LY5053_Zinio_WebButtonPetoskey District Library in partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books is pleased to announce the availability of Zinio for Libraries, the world’s largest newsstand. Through the Library gateway, patrons of Petoskey District Library will have unlimited multi-user access to complete digital magazines, which can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.  Forbes, Newsweek, Martha Stewart Living and National Geographic Traveler are just a few of the popular titles available.
Attention iPad, Kindle and Android Users –  Zinio for Libaries apps require that you first checkout your magazine in a browser.  The mobile apps are for reading only.  After checking out a magazine in your browser, you will need to login to the App. To login select Country = United States; State = Maryland; Library Name = “Popular 50 eMagazine Collection” and then your email/password. Please contact a library staff member for further help on how to access this service, or view the User Guide here.

Saturday Night Movie

saturday movieThis Saturday (2-13) the Petoskey Film Theater will be showing the romantic comedy film Man Up, (Rated R; 2015; 93 min.). Films are shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Petoskey District Library Carnegie Building (the old library) at 451 East Mitchell. Donations are appreciated.

For more information on upcoming films call the PFT Movie Hotline at 758-3108 or visit us on Facebook®. To receive weekly email updates send an email to

Genealogy Interest Group

Barb Hernden 2015A new genealogy interest group began meeting at the Petoskey District Library last September. Anyone who is interested in genealogy or local history is invited to the group’s next meeting 2-4 p.m. Monday, February 15, (Topic: Find-a-Grave) at the Petoskey District Library. The group meets every third Monday of the month. Participants are encouraged to bring as much family information with them as possible. Each session will focus on a different topic. The group will be led by genealogist Barbara Manley Hernden.Continue Reading

Life Long Learning Series

ncmc pdl logoThe Petoskey District Library and North Central Michigan College are collaborating on a series designed for learners of all ages.  Enjoy intellectual adventures and great conversations led by North Central professors.  Download the Winter 2016 registration brochure here, or visit North Central Michigan College for more information.Continue Reading

Coloring Group for Adults

colorA coloring craze is spreading and adults everywhere are rediscovering the joys of coloring. It is a fad that is not only fun, but could be beneficial to your health as well as seen in articles in the New Yorker, The New York Times and from NPR. Adult coloring books feature intricate designs and patterns- some featuring whimsical doodles, others based on themes. The Petoskey District Library has joined in on the fun to host a weekly meeting for adults to try it out for themselves. This group allows adults to create pictures all while offering an outlet for relaxation, stress relief, and creative expression. The library will provide the coloring pages and colored pencils, but feel free to bring your own! The group meets every Tuesday from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the lower-level. The first meeting takes place on Tuesday, January 26.

Friends @ the Carnegie

MSAheadshot9.2015 (640x425)Friends at the Carnegie and Headlands International Dark Sky Park Program Director, Mary Stewart Adams present:
Astronomy in the late 1700s
Monday, January 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

It’s near President’s Day in the civic calendar of the United States, so star lore historian Mary Stewart Adams will take us on a journey back to the late 1700s, to the time of the Founding Fathers and the American Revolution, to consider the role of astronomy in the cultural consciousness of that era, and how it has developed since.

All Friends @ the Carnegie programs are held at the Carnegie Building at 451 E. Mitchell Street, unless otherwise noted. The programs are offered at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month, except May (third Monday) and December (no program). All Friends @ the Carnegie programs are open to the public and admission is free. If you would like more information about this or other Library events, call the Petoskey District Library at 231-758-3100.

Byte-Sized Tech

binary-code-569564_640Upcoming sessions in our Byte-Sized Tech series include 3D Printer Training (Wednesday, February 24, 5:30 p.m.) and Social Media (Monday, February 29, 5:30 p.m.). The 1 1/2-hour 3D printer class is required to receive certification to use our 3D printers. The social media session, entitled “Social Media and Your Kids” is presented by Sommer Pouquette and Haley Rummer and focuses on keeping kids safe on social media. They are part of a series of technology classes for the public taught by either library staff or special presenters. Class size is limited, so please register by calling the library at 231-758-3100 or sign up online. For a complete winter schedule, click here.

Tax Form Information


IRS (Federal) Tax Forms
We have received a notice from the IRS that there will be a drastic cut in the forms and publications that we will be receiving for distribution to the public. Will will only be receiving IRS Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ and their instruction booklets. (These forms and booklets have been received and are available in the reference area on the second floor.) We’re sorry for the inconvenience and will gladly assist you in downloading and printing forms or ordering forms by mail at the Reference Desk on the second floor. We will also have a set of common reproducible forms (not yet received) from which you can make photocopies. The following list contains links to the IRS tax forms, instructions and publications that we normally carry. Other forms and publications are also available at the IRS website. Continue Reading

Mango Languages

mangoFounded in 2007, Mango Languages is recognized as a leading provider of online language learning services to libraries, government agencies, corporations and the general public. Designed by a team of linguists, teachers, software developers, human interface specialists, writers, voice talents and designers, the company’s award-winning language learning system has drawn acclaim from prominent national and international reference groups, educational resources, web organizations and travel guides.

Each Mango lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture.

Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex conversational elements within an audio-visual framework that allows the user to draw important connections between pieces of information they have already learned.

Mango is currently available in 38 foreign language and 15 ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. Best of all, if you have your library card and have access to the Internet, you can access the actual courses remotely from anywhere!

National Book Awards

national book awardThe National Book Foundation announced its National Book Award winners on Wednesday, November 18.

Adam Johnson was named the winner in the fiction category for his book of short stories, Fortune Smiles, in which Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal.

The winner in the nonfiction category was Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, providing readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here”

Taking the poetry prize was Robin Coste Lewis, with her debut Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems, a meditation on the black female figure throughout time. This book is a thrilling aesthetic anthem to the complexity of race, a full embrace of its pleasure and horror, in equal parts..

Finally, the award for the Young People’s Literature category went to Challenger Deep, Neal Shusterman’s captivating, deeply powerful and personal novel about mental illness.

Children’s Programs – Winter 2016

PandaBearThe Youth Department of the Petoskey District Library will offer several pre-school programs for the winter: “Babies & Books” for pre-walkers, a Parent/Child Lap Sit program for children under three and a Thursday story hour for children birth to five years of age. Visit the Early Childhood page for dates and times.  Programs for children ages five and up, including Chess Gang and PAWS to read can be found here.

Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)

MAP-logo-tr-small-newUse your library card to get a free or reduced cost pass for over 100 arts and cultural organization across the state! The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) is the product of a partnership between Michigan’s nearly 400 public libraries and 109 arts and cultural organizations across the state of Michigan. Use your valid library card to reserve and print a pass, either from home or at the library. Take that pass with you to the cultural attraction, and present it to staff. That’s all there is to it!

Each MAP pass expires within one week from the date it is printed. Limit one pass per library card. Each library will have five passes available per week for each of the participating organizations.

MAP is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Recreation and Park Association and The Library Network.

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Ancestry® Library Edition


Thanks to a gift from the Friends of the Library, we are pleased to make Ancestry® Library Edition available to our Library users. Ancestry® Library Edition provides instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry® Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and other documents that record the lineage of individuals from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more. We are delighted to be able to provide these resources, whose user-friendly search tools and comprehensive indexing make it simple enough for beginners, yet provide deep and broad content that will help veteran genealogists advance their research. Click here to view a “Quick Start Guide,” and then come to the Petoskey District Library to discover your unique personal history. (Note: this resource is only accessible while in the library.)

For those wishing to do genealogy research at home, HeritageQuest Online, available to all Michigan residents via the Michigan eLibrary (MeL), is now powered by Ancestry™. Some of the enhancements include:

  • Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years
  • Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and much more.