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Banned Books Week

BBW14_300x250_2Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.


In celebration of Banned Books Week 2014, libraries and bookstores will upload videos to the Banned Books Week YouTube Channel. Participants will submit either a reading, or a description of a local book challenge.

Library Director Opening

The Petoskey District Library is seeking a new Director who will be a critical contributor to the Petoskey arts and cultural community. The successful candidate will lead a committed, talented staff and active, vital Friends of the Library group, bringing innovation and creativity in generating new and effective library programs and services for the library community. Click here for complete information.

Introducing Our New Online Catalog

screenshotWe are excited to introduce our new online catalog, powered by BiblioCommons. The site enables you to keep track of your borrowing history, contribute ratings and reviews, create favorites lists or topic guides to share with others, get personalized recommendations, send and receive messages with other catalog users and even catalog your own home library. And each time you create a list or add comments, you are building a better catalog for your community’s library!Continue Reading

Byte-Sized Tech: Bibliocommons® Classes


The Petoskey District Library will be hosting four BiblioCommons classes for patrons to come and get acquainted with the new virtual online card catalog.

Beginning BiblioCommons classes will be held on Thursday, September 4 and Thursday, September 18. These classes will teach patrons how to log in and create a username, as well as explaining how to access your account, search the new catalog and place holds.

Creating Lists and Sharing in BiblioCommons classes will be held on Thursday, September 11 and Thursday, September 25. These classes go beyond the basics and will teach you how to create your own book lists, share book lists and explore the social community of BiblioCommons.

All classes will be held in the lower level classroom of the Petoskey District Library from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

To be prepared for this class you will need to bring your own device with any passwords or cords you may need.  If you do not have a laptop or tablet, please feel free to come watch and learn. You will also need to bring your library card and know your current PIN. If you don’t know your current PIN you can get that information at the circulation desk. Please contact the library at 231-758-3111 to register for class or if you have any questions.

Cards for the Library

card partyFriends of Petoskey Public Library invite you to Cards for the Library, Monday, September 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bay View Country Club. Check in starts at 11:30 a.m., lunch is at noon followed by card games, board games, dominoes, mahjong and any favorite game you care to share. Cost is $25 per person. Call the Library for more information on reservations. All proceeds benefit the Library!

Hobbies in the Lobby

TiffanywoodsLearn and practice this unique combination of laughter and yogic breathing with Yoga Roots owner, Tiffany Lenau. Tiffany discovered her love for yoga in 1992 and developed a strong personal practice in the years to follow. Tiffany has seen many lives changed through the healing power of yoga and considers herself blessed to be sharing this gift with her students, empowering them to find healing and peace within themselves. This event is free and open to the public. Sign-up by calling 231-758-3111.

Friends of the Library Annual Dinner

gary_barfknechtLocal author Gary Barfknecht will be the featured speaker at the Friends of the Petoskey Public Library’s annual meeting and dinner on Thursday, October 16 at the Petoskey Bay View Country Club. Gary will share thoughts from his recently published book, Rooted in Fire and Ice: Innocent Years on the Mesabi.

There will be a cocktail hour and silent auction starting at 6:00 p.m. with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $30 per person and tables can be reserved. Call the Library at 231-758-3100 for reservation information. Proceeds go to support the Library with materials and programs.

Voter Registration Deadline

Michigan residents have until Monday, October 6, to register to vote in the November 4 general election. You can register by mail, in person at your local clerk’s office or any Secretary of State office.

For more information, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center; it’s a great resource for voters that allows you to confirm you are registered to vote, find the location of your polling place and even see a sample ballot.

Project Passenger Pigeon

michigan-marker2014 marks the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon – once the most abundant bird species in North America, if not the world. In the year 1800, more than five billion passenger pigeons crisscrossed the skies of the eastern United States and Canada. Passing flocks could darken the skies for three days straight. However, in the face of relentless slaughter for food and recreation, coupled with habitat loss, this seemingly inexhaustible resource was depleted in just a few decades. The “last grand nesting” of Passenger Pigeons known occurred near Petoskey in 1878, blanketing a region 40 miles long and three to ten miles wide. By 1900 the species was virtually extinct, and by mid-afternoon of September 1, 1914, Martha, the last of her species, died in the Cincinnati Zoo.Continue Reading

Bear Creek Bookdrop

bear_creek_bookdropThe library has installed a bookdrop at the Bear Creek Township Hall for the convenience of residents who want to return items without making a trip in to town.

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.

For a map showing all participating attractions, click here.

Park & Read

ParkRead_Button_455140_7Enjoy a great book in the great outdoors

Back for its sixth summer, the Park & Read program offers library card-holders a free one-day pass valid at any of Michigan’s 102 scenic state parks.

A partnership between the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and hundreds of participating Michigan libraries, Park & Read is an easy way for residents to explore – at no charge – what state parks are all about.

Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Park & Read is a component of the MI Big Green Gym partnership that encourages Michigan residents to use their parks for outdoor recreation and fitness. The passes can be used for a variety of outdoor adventures and exercise in Michigan’s state parks.Continue Reading

eReader Tutorials

Need help with your iPad®, Nook®, Kindle®, or other eReader?  Schedule a 30 minute personal consultation with our trained staff to learn how to download library eBooks, eAudiobooks, and other eContent. Please bring with you your charged registered device, library card, and a valid email address

In order to better serve you, please call ahead to make an appointment 231-758-3111.


express_sosPrint Vehicle Registration, Operator’s Permit and more at the Library

Library visitors can now use a library computer to renew license plate tabs and print a copy of their vehicle registration thanks to a convenient “print and go” feature available through ExpressSOS – the  online, no-wait Secretary of State.

The self-printed registration allows drivers to legally operate their registered vehicle while waiting for the tabs to arrive in the mail.  Similarly, library patrons can renew a driver’s license online* and print an operator’s permit, enabling them to drive legally until the license arrives in the mail. Patrons can also use library computers to print State IDs, duplicate copies of vehicle or boat registrations, and duplicate copies of titles directly from ExpressSOS.

*NOTE: Every eight years, Michigan drivers are required to visit a Secretary of State branch office for a new driver’s license photo and an eye test.

Digital Public Library of America

dpla-logo_0The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items — photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more — from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others.