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National Library Week 2014

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This week, the Petoskey District Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.  

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them.  Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond. The Petoskey District Library is celebrating National Library Week by offering a number of community centered programs.Continue Reading

This Week’s Movie, Wednesday and Friday

movieThis Wednesday (4-16) and Friday (4-18) the Petoskey Film Theater will be showing the film drama Philomena, (Rated PG-13; 2014; 98 min.). Philomena, based on a powerful true story and led by stellar performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, was nominated for 4 Academy Awards®. 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.

Byte-Sized Tech: Facebook® Class

220px-Facebook.svgDo you want to connect with friends and family on Facebook®? Has the idea of creating your own account and navigating your own Facebook® page seem like byting off more than you can chew? If so, let the Petoskey District Library help you.

We will be hosting a beginning Facebook® class on April 17 at 2:00 p.m. The class will walk you through creating a Facebook® account and how to connect with loved ones and friends. Please bring your own tablet or laptop for the class. If you do not have your own device that is okay we can still show you how to create your own account and how to use your new Facebook® page. Please call the Petoskey District Library at 231-758-3100 to sign up or feel free to drop in.

Cards for the Library

card partyFriends of Petoskey Public Library invite you to Cards for the Library, Monday, May 5 from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the Bay View Country Club. Cards for the Library features a luncheon with Bridge+Cards+Games. Cost is $25.00 per person. For more information or to reserve yous space, call Joyce Hutto-Nolan at 529-6685 or email her at by Wednesday, April 30. So, get your friends together and join us on May 5. All proceeds benefit the Library!

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.

Strategic Plan 2013-2018

The Library Board hired Hartzell-Mika Consulting, LLC, to engage in a strategic planning process April-July, 2013. The process included a survey, three focus groups, phone interviews with five residents and two day-long community planning sessions. The consultants presented a Final Report including an Executive Summary of Recommendations, reviewed by the Library Board in July and August. In July, as recommended by the community planning session attendees, the Board adopted the Vision Statement, Mission Statement, and Core Values of the Library. Concluding the planning process, in September the Board adopted a two-tier set of goals for the Library. The first tier includes goals for the next three years. The second tier are goals that can be accomplished as the Library’s funding increases.

Strategic Plan
Appendix: Key Leader Interviews
Appendix: Focus Group Summary
Appendix: Survey Summary

Tax Form Information


IRS (Federal) Tax Forms
The following IRS tax forms, instructions and publications have been received by the library and are available in the Reference Department on the second floor. This list will be updated as shipments are received. Forms and publications are also available at the IRS website. Continue Reading

Books That Shaped Work In America

booksthatshapedworklogoIn honor of its Centennial in 2013, the United States Department of Labor, in partnership with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is developing a list of Books that Shaped Work in America. Since this is a constantly changing and evolving list, they’re asking you to recommend books that informed you about occupations and careers, and molded your views about work. Chief DOL spokesman Carl Fillichio notes, “The list is a work in progress, just like our nation. The goal of the effort is to spark discussion and engage people from all walks of life in the history, mission and important resources of their Labor Department.”

World Book Night, 2014

WBN2014_logo_672x652Want to be a World Book Night book giver on April 23, 2014, in support of literacy and community? It’s Shakespeare’s birthday and 25,000 volunteers will go out on one day and give a half million specially-printed paperbacks to light or non-readers across America. Apply to be a book giver! Read up on the guidelines and list of books, and then apply!”


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.

Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)

MAP-logo-tr-small-newMichigan Activity Pass Program Adds 32 New Venues

Use your library card to get a free or reduced cost pass for over 60 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 60 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.

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.

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.

Each Mango lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture.

Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex conversational elements within an audio-visual framework that allows the user to draw important connections between pieces of information they have already learned.

Mango is currently available in 38 foreign language and 15 ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. Best of all, if you have your library card and have access to the Internet, you can access the actual courses remotely from anywhere!

eBooks and More

300x250-A-E-V-MThe Petoskey District Library has collaborated with the Northland Library Cooperative and the Friends of the Petoskey Public Library to expand its services to include eBooks, and digital audiobooks, music and video.

Through this service, powered by OverDrive, library card holders may check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting the library’s Digital eLibrary. Users may browse the collection, check out with a valid library card, and download to a PC, Mac® and many mobile devices after installing the included free software. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod®, Kindle®, Sony® Reader™ and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD. You will never need to worry about late fees, as titles will automatically expire at the end of their lending period. We invite you to visit our Digital eLibrary today and start enjoying the world of digital media.