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Notice of Public Hearing

The Petoskey District Library Board of Trustees will be holding a public hearing on the proposed technology protection measures and Internet safety policy to bring the library into compliance with CIPA, the Children’s Internet Protection Act. The hearing will be held in the Library’s lower level classroom, 4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2015. The library is located at 500 E. Mitchell, Petoskey.

This Week’s Movie, Wednesday and Friday

movieThis Wednesday (5-27) and (Friday (5-29) the Petoskey Film Theater will be showing the charming French comedy film My Afternoons with Margueritte, (Rated PG-13; 2010; 82 min.; French with subtitles). 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

Magazine Survey

Your opinion is important to us! We want your input regarding our current magazine subscriptions and how we may tailor the collection to match the interests of our patrons.

We are also measuring public interest in digital magazines. The Library is exploring the possibility of providing a service that would allow our patrons to read a variety of magazines online, for free, from any digital device.Continue Reading

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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Hobbies in the Lobby

PerennialsPhotoPlanning a Summer Garden
with Master Gardener Doreen Jagodnik

Friday, May 29, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

Learn about planning the perfect summer garden this May at the Petoskey District Library. Join Master Gardener Doreen Jagodnik as she shares her expertise with the public as part of Hobbies in the Lobby at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 29th.  Doreen will discuss how to plan and assess a suitable location for your garden, how to choose and pick the best plants from a nursery and will share other tips and answer questions about annual and perennial gardens.Continue Reading

Life Long Learning Series

The 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. Complete series information and a registration form are available here.

Laughter Yoga Fridays
Fridays, May 1, June 5 & August 7, 1 PM
Room 550, Upstairs SCRC – Free

Bring more joy into your life with laughter yoga – fun exercise for health and happiness, instant stress reduction, immune system boost, mood lift, increased energy and positive outlook.  Join Yoga Roots Tiffany Lenau for breathing and laughing exercises.

Saturday Night Movie

saturday movieThis Saturday (5-30) the Petoskey Film Theater will be showing the hilarious British comedy film The Full Monty, (Rated R; 1997; 95 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

An Evening with Deborah Harkness

deborah_harkness_scarlett_freund-824x549Deborah Harkness Author Event
Friday, June 5th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Crooked Tree Arts Center Theater

We are pleased to announce that New York Times Bestselling author of the All Souls Trilogy, Deborah Harkness will visit Petoskey on Friday, June 5th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Crooked Tree Arts Center Theater. Ms. Harkness will visit to promote the final book in the thrilling series, The Book of Life. This event is hosted by McLean & Eakin Booksellers in partnership with the Petoskey District Library. For more information, please call or email to McLean & Eakin. Tickets are available now by calling the store at 231.347.1180.

  • General Admission tickets for this event are $5.00. This ticket is redeemable for $5.00 off your book purchase at the event or for merchandise in the store. Expires 6/12/2015.
  • Limited Reserve Seating tickets are available for $20. These tickets include a copy of The Book of Life in paperback.

Summer Open House

Join Downtown Petoskey on Friday, June 5 in celebrating the beginning of the summer season! Pennsylvania Park will come alive with the sounds of the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, and Downtown will be bustling with activity as the restaurants and merchants show off their 2015 goods. Don’t miss the Great Lakes Central Railroad Motorcar Excursion chugging into town on the tracks at 5 pm!  Bring a blanket (or two!) and catch the Movie in the Park at Dark – Mary Poppins!

The fun doesn’t stop there!  Join us at the library for special family fun events.  Read to one of our PAWS dogs in the children’s room or play croquet and eat cotton candy out on the lawn (weather permitting)! Also, join Mr. Ron for a special story time of Theseus and the Minotaur in the Labyrinth.

PAWS to Read
Patty & Anya:  6-7 PM
Sandra & Maddie:  7-8 PM
Jean & Mickey:  8-9 PM

Labyrinth Story Time with Mr. Ron
8 PM in the labyrinth (in the event of bad weather, story time will be moved to the Program Room)

Croquet & Cotton Candy in the lawn (weather permitting)
6-8 PM



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.

Resort Township Bookdrop

The library has installed a bookdrop at the Resort Township Hall, in addition to the one previously placed at the Bear Creek Township Hall. Now residents of both townships can have the convenience of returning items without making a trip in to town.

Michigan Notable Books, 2015

The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce the list of the 2015 Michigan Notable Books – 20 books highlighting Michigan people, places and events. The list highlights a wide range of exceptional “Michigan books” published in 2014 that bring attention to Michigan authors and topics.

“These wonderful reads celebrate, in their own unique ways, Michigan’s people, places and events,” State Superintendent of Public Education Mike Flanagan said in announcing the list. “The Michigan Notable Books list is a great way to showcase each year a new crop of talented writers in a state steeped in history and natural beauty and rich in stories and characters.”Continue Reading

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

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.