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August Ballot Proposals

The Petoskey District Library’s contracts with Bear Creek and Resort Townships are up for renewal this year. There will be ballot questions on the August ballot in these two townships. Please remember to get to the polls and vote on August 2, 2016.

To request an absentee ballot, click here for the application. Complete the application and return to your local clerk (Resort: Lucy Eppler, Clerk, PO Box 848, Petoskey, MI 49770; Bear Creek: Judy A. Mays, Clerk, 373 North Division Road, Petoskey MI 49770).Continue Reading

Summer Events Newsletter

PDL summer newsletter pg 1The Library’s Summer 2016 Events Newsletter for July and August is available here.Continue Reading

Election Alert: August Primary August 2

Election Alert FlyerSecretary of State Ruth Johnson is encouraging all eligible voters to cast their ballots on Tuesday, August 2. To view your sample ballot or find your voting location, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center. The polls are open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.Continue Reading

Print from Anywhere/Freegal®/Zinio®

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Petoskey District Library has joined Library Ideas network of Public Library websites that offer access to over 7 million songs,Continue Reading

Friends @ the Carnegie

Neil W. Ahrens 2015Neil Ahrens presents:
Ahrens’ Anthology: An Artist’s Adventure
Monday, July 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

A talk from a lifelong Artist tracing a path through his works, thoughts, and future plans. Within one month after this talk he will be in a Two Person Exhibit at the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort, MI.”


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 or visit

Wednesday Night Movie

movieOn Wednesday (7-27) the Petoskey Film Theater will be showing the film Made in Dagenham (Rated R; 2010; 113 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 like us on Facebook®. To receive weekly email updates send an email to

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

bigbooksSail into summer with the Friends of the Petoskey Library Used Book Sale! Wonderful used books available in every category, including some interesting rare books. Most hardcover are $3.00; most trade paperbacks just $2.00! Browse the BIG BOOK SALE Thursday, July 28 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday, July 29 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. during sidewalk sales. Remember, you can also buy used books from the Friends at bargain prices, all year long, in the lower level of the library.

PS: If you’re a member of the Friends, you can get a first look at the sale books on Wednesday, July 27 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Not yet a member? No problem! Join that night for as little as $20. Download a membership application here.

Harry Potter Release Party

harry potterJoin the Staff at the library and McLean & Eakin Booksellers for a fun party on Saturday, July 30, leading up to the midnight release of JK Rowling’s newest screenplay. Fun activities from 9:00 p.m. until midnight, including Harry Potter inspired games, contests, cosplay, plus refreshments! Stop in and go on a Magical Creature Hunt, get your own lightning bolt scar, and test your Quidditch skills. Books available to purchase at midnight or pre-purchase a copy for yourself at McLean & Eakin now, to be waiting for you that evening. Please register here, or call 231.758.3100.

Crooked Tree Photographic Society

posterPlease stop in and enjoy the Best of the Crooked Tree Photographic Society Photography Show, which will be on display in the library through September 15th.

Byte-Sized Tech

binary-code-569564_640Our Byte-Sized Tech series of technology classes for the public is taught by either library staff or special presenters. Upcoming sessions include 3D Printer Class on Sunday, August 7 at 3:00 p.m.; attend a training course and receive certification to use the 3D printers for your own print jobs and Microsoft Windows 10, Wednesday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m. In this session you will learn tips for managing and customizing the new features of this latest version of Windows. Class size is limited, please register by calling the library at 231-758-3100 or sign up online. For our complete summer schedule, click here.

Local Author Fair

Local Author FairNearly 30 local authors will gather at the Carnegie Building on August 15, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. for Petoskey District Library’s first annual Local Author Fair.  The event will feature new talent and popular, local favorites who either live in or write about the area.  A selection of titles will be available for sale.   Kickoff for the event will be a keynote address at 3:00 p.m. by author Dennis Cawthorne.   Continue Reading

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 3-5 p.m. Monday, August 15 (Topic: Favorite Websites) 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

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.

Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)

MAP-logo-tr-small-newDid you know that your library card can be your best travel companion? Discover hundreds of Michigan’s cultural destinations and natural attractions with your Michigan library card! You can “check out” FREE or discounted admission passes (or other exclusive offers) to hundreds of Michigan state parks, campgrounds, museums, trails, arts & cultural destinations, seven National Park Service venues, and more. The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) is the product of a partnership between 638 public library buildings and over 400 destinations. 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 every 7 days.

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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 listsContinue Reading

eResources Training

Sign up for one-on-one introductory training with library staff. Learn how to download eBooks with Overdrive, eMusic with Freegal, and eMagazines with Zinio to your computer, eBook reader, tablet or mobile device. MS Word & Excel sessions are also available. Sessions available Mondays, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and Fridays, 1:00-5:00 p.m. 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 at 231-758-3100 or register online .

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.Continue Reading


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.Continue Reading