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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.

Wednesday Night Movie

movieThis Wednesday (11-25) the Petoskey Film Theater will be showing the offbeat, hilarious French comedy film Chef (Rated R; 2014; 115 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.

Candy Cane Village & Open House Events

open houseThe Friends of the Petoskey Library present…
Candy Cane Village
Friday, December 4, 2015

Visit the Carnegie Building at 451 E. Mitchell Street from 6 to 8 p.m. when Santa and his helpers will give away free books, cookies and candy canes to all good children who come to the village!  They will have books for teens, too!  Grown-ups can enjoy refreshments while children talk to Santa, select books and make crafts.  Between 5 to 9 p.m., stroll across the street to the main Library for more events on the main floor! Make and take a fun holiday decoration at the kids’ craft table, pull up a seat to the big screen to watch a holiday TV cartoon, and help yourself to treats and other great goodies! This event takes place during Petoskey’s Downtown Holiday Open House.

First Fridays for Foodies

ctacHave a gluten-free family member coming for the holidays? Is this your first holiday season on a gluten-free diet? Curious about gluten-free living in general? Join us Friday, December 4 at 11:00 a.m. as the Grain Train talks about a gluten-free holiday season and shows us how to make a delicious gluten-free cornbread.

Crooked Tree Arts Center and the Petoskey District Library will present “First Friday for Foodies” culinary series in CTAC’s newly renovated commercial kitchen between 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Mark your calendars for the next First Friday for Foodies culinary demo on Friday, February 5, 2016.

Hobbies in the Lobby

Basic Book Repair & Book Covering Workshop
Friday, December 4, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

Bring your damaged books for simple book repair and/or your favorite hardcover books to receive a book cover.  First book cover is free; 25 cents for each additional cover.  No registration necessary; drop-ins welcome.

Genealogy Interest Group

Barb Hernden 2015A new genealogy interest group will meet at the Petoskey District Library beginning this September. Anyone who is interested in genealogy or local history is invited to the group’s next meeting 2-4 p.m. Monday, December 21, at the Petoskey District Library. The group will meet 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 December meeting theme is, “Finding information in obituaries and writing one” The group will be led by genealogist Barbara Manley Hernden.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 listed below.  Click here to access the workshop registration form.

Appreciating Poetry
Fridays, November 6 – 20, 12 Noon – 1:00 PM
Petoskey District Library, Lower Level Classroom  – $25/3 classes

Learn to appreciate poetry as a diverse literary art form through close readings and discussions of classic and contemporary poets. Examine lyric and narrative poems and their elements of imagery, tone and voice. Led by Michigan writer, editor, instructor and poet Tanya Muzumdar.

Book Chats
Third Thursday of each month, 10:30 AM
Petoskey District Library, Upper Level Meeting Room –  Free

Discuss books you are reading and share insights. New members receive gift certificate to Friends of Library Book Sale.

Mah Jongg

Mondays, January 4 – 25, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Petoskey District Library, Lower Level Classroom – Free

Join instructor Rhea Murray and coaches to learn this fun, competitive game.  Mah Jongg is a game of skill and luck.  It originated in China about 2,000 years ago.  The goal is to build a hand of 14 tiles and win.  This class is an introduction for beginners.  Space is limited, so please register.

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 – Fall 2015

PandaBearThe Youth Department of the Petoskey District Library will offer several pre-school programs for the fall and 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.

Changes coming to MeLCat

Michigan-eLibrary-LogoDue to an upcoming server migration, MeLCat will be temporarily unavailable for new requests beginning on Tuesday, November 17.  Library users will be able to pick up MeLCat materials until Wednesday, December 2.  The ability to place requests and check out MeLCat items will be restored by Friday, December 11.  MeLCat materials can be returned to our library at any time.  Everything you need to know about this temporary downtime can be found herePlease plan ahead and place your MeLCat requests prior to November 17.

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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Byte-Sized Tech: Technology Classes

binary-code-569564_640The Petoskey District Library is hosting a series of technology classes for the public taught by Petoskey District Library Technology Supervisor Mary Sue Prantera. The classes will cover a variety of topics each week from basic computer skills to using Microsoft Office programs such as Excel and Word. Computers are provided for all classes.  Class size is limited, so please register by calling the library at 231-758-3100.  Click here to access the fall calendar.

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.