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Sun. 12noon – 5pm

Wi-Fi Hotspots Available

At Petoskey District Library (PDL) you can check out more than just books! The library is pleased to announce the addition of six mobile Wi-Fi hotspots which can be checked out from the Reference Desk for a one week period by PDL cardholders aged 18 and up. The portable hotspots allow patrons without internet to easily get online using any Wi-Fi enabled device such as a phone, tablet or laptop anywhere there is a cell connection. Currently, the library lends hotpots from Verizon and T-Mobile.

PDL has long offered free Wi-Fi to anyone in their building and on the library grounds. With over 1400 Wi-Fi users in the month of May alone, the need to extend the service beyond the building was clear. “These mobile hotspots accommodate Continue Reading

Saturday Night Movie

This Saturday (9-23) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film Greenfingers (Rated R; 2001; 91 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



Book Club Kits

Attention book club members! We have kits for you to check out for your book clubs. As you are thinking about next year’s titles, you may want to consider our collection. Choose from the following titles:
Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl.
The Girls of Atomic City, by Denise Kiernan
1984, by George Orwell
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George
Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Hguyen
First Darling of the Morning, by Thrity Umrigar
Visit here for descriptions of each of our book club kit titles.

Coming soon:
Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles Continue Reading

New Writers Group

The Gateway Writers Group is held on the
2nd Tuesday and 4th Friday of each month from 11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. in the small meeting room on the first floor of the library. The next meeting will be held on Friday, September 22.

This is a new writing group. The group’s format will be decided on by the attendees. Open to anyone with a sincere desire to learn and sharpen the craft of writing.

Friends @ the Carnegie

Sheldon and Karla Buckmaster: Revisit the Old Petoskey High/Middle School Building
Monday, September 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Virtually walk the halls, and look around the rooms of the old Petoskey High/Middle School building through a 40 minute 1990 movie. The movie tour is narrated by Sheldon Buckmaster who taught in the Petoskey Public School system for several years. Sheldon and his wife Karla, local historians, both attended Petoskey High School in the 1960s when Petoskey High School was located on the corner of Howard and State streets. They took an opportunity in the Spring of 1990, before the building was totally vacated, to videotape and preserve the memorable images of the old building for posterity.

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. Continue Reading

A Morning with Ken Haedrich

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book and Petoskey District Library present cookbook author and baker Ken Haedrich on Friday, September 29 from 9:30—11:30 a.m. Take a stroll through Petoskey’s Farmer’s Market then head to the Carnegie Building for a conversation & sampling of sweet and savory recipes from The Harvest Baker. Tickets can be purchased at and includes his book & the meal.

Ken Haedrich is the author of more than a dozen cookbooks, including Maple Syrup Cookbook and Home for the Holidays, a winner of the Julia Child Cookbook Award. His articles have appeared in many publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, and Bon Appétit. Ken also writes a monthly food column for Country Journal.


Petoskey Poetry Palooza

Petoskey District Library and Red Sky Stage present a poetry reading extravaganza on Saturday, September 30, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Red Sky Stage, located at 445 East Mitchell St. Petoskey poets Charlie Brice, Judy Brice, and Dar Charlebois will join Central Michigan University poets Robert Fanning and Jeffrey Bean. They will read new poems and poems from their recently published poetry collections.

Charlie Brice is the author of Flashcuts Out of Chaos, Judy Brice is the author of Renditions in a Pallet, Dar Charlebois is the Director of the Petoskey Poets. Robert Fanning’s newest collection is Our Sudden Museum, and Jeffrey Bean is the author of the award winning collection Woman Putting on Pearls.

This event is open to the public at no charge, refreshments will be served.

Repair Café@the Library

Do you like to fix and tinker with things (think bikes, furniture, toys, jewelry, small electrical appliances, gadgets, computers, textiles, lawnmowers…)? We are planning a Repair Café to be held on Saturday, October 14 from 11:00am-3:00pm, in conjunction with our Makerspace at the Library and are looking for folks who are handy at repairing things. Volunteer fixers will help people repair broken things rather than throwing them away. Please let us know if you are interested; also pass this along to anyone you think might be. In addition to fixers, we also need volunteers to help on the day of the event to ensure it runs smoothly. Contact: 231-758-3114; Email Continue Reading

Friends of the Library Annual Dinner

Author Beverly Kay Brandt will be the featured speaker at the Friends of the Petoskey District Library’s annual meeting and dinner at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 9 at the Petoskey-Bay View Country Club.  Professor Emerita in The Design School at Arizona State University, Brandt received her Ph.D. from the American and New England Studies Program at Boston University. Her monograph, The Craftsman and The Critic: Defining Usefulness and Beauty in Arts-and-Crafts Era Boston was honored as one of the 50 “must have, must read” books on architecture and design.  Her scholarly and creative writing has been featured in numerous magazines and journals.

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 $40 per person and tables can be reserved. Registration forms can be picked up at the Library or downloaded here. Guests can also call 231.622.8059 or email Joyce Hutto-Nolan. Proceeds go to support the Library with materials and programs.

Genealogy Interest Group

Barb Hernden 2015 Anyone who is interested in genealogy or local history is invited to join our genealogy interest group’s next meeting at the Petoskey District Library, 3-5 p.m. Monday, October 16. Topic: Online Family Trees Intro and Basics. 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 professional genealogist Barbara Manley Hernden. Continue Reading

Online Catalog Contest

Each time you contribute information such as ratings, tags, comments or reviews, you receive community credits. Community credits are a way you can keep track of your contributions to the library’s catalog, and to the wider community of library users.

The simplest way to start earning community credits is to add titles to your shelves: each star rating, tag or other comment that you add earns one credit. When you create a list of at least five titles, you earn 5 credits. Continue Reading

Mah Jongg

Join us every Monday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m in the library classroom for Mah Jongg, a game of skill, strategy, calculation and a certain amount of chance and luck. Mah Jongg originated in China about 2,000 years ago. The goal is to build a hand of 14 tiles and win. Come and play with others who enjoy this competitive game. Please bring your own tiles.

New Metered Parking

We are pleased to announce 3 hour metered parking on Woodland Avenue.  We hope that our patrons will find these parking spaces convenient while at the library.  Just returning items?  Our drive-through dropbox is located in the alley off of Waukazoo Avenue and is open 24/7.  We also have installed new drive-through book returns at the Little Traverse Township Hall and Springvale Township Hall, in addition to those previously placed at the Bear Creek and Resort Township Halls.  Now residents of these townships can have the convenience of returning items without making a trip in to town.  Township book returns are emptied weekly, and all items are backdated to the previous date it was emptied.

Michigan eLibrary (MeL)

Administered by the Library of Michigan in partnership with Michigan’s libraries of all types, the Michigan eLibrary provides all Michigan residents with free access to online full-text articles, full-text books, digital images, and other valuable research information at any time via the Internet, as well as providing an easy-to-use interlibrary loan system, known as MeLCat, to allow Michigan residents to borrow books and other library materials for free from participating Michigan libraries.


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For links to the complete collection, go to the MeL Databases page.

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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