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Job Opening: Teen & Tween Services Librarian

Are you a librarian ready for an exciting challenge? Do you relate well with teens and enjoy teen literature? Do you have dozens of surprisingly wonderful ideas that you can’t wait to implement? Yes? We may have the job of your dreams. The Petoskey and Boyne District Libraries are seeking a person who will devise innovative, enriching programs that will interest teens. The Teen/Tween Services Librarian is a shared full-time position between the Boyne and Petoskey District Libraries. The Teen/Tween Services Librarian will spend 20 hours per week at each location.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.

cathedral at nightGreeks, Cathedrals and the American Dream
Mondays, April 20, 27 and May 4, 10:30-11:30 AM
Petoskey District Library, Lower Level Conference Room – $30

Explore three of the world’s most influential art movements: Classical and Hellenistic Greek art, Gothic Cathedrals and 14th century art, and American Modernism.  How and why have these styles influenced who we are today?  Examine, critique and discuss the influence of the great art movements with Professor Anne Morningstar of North Central.  Anne is a professional artist, trained animator, instructor and art history fanatic.Continue Reading

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.

Saturday Night Movie

saturday movieThis Saturday (3-28) the Petoskey Film Theater will be showing the hilarious British comedy Saving Grace, (Rated R; 2000; 93 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. To receive weekly email updates send an email to

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.

Fairy Tale Moons Exhibit

FTM Jack and beanstalkOnce upon a time, every Moon had a name, and in every name was a story.

So begins a delightful journey into the world of “Fairy Tale Moons,” an exhibit of watercolor artwork that joins some of our best-loved tales to the star patterns overhead each month, now on display at the Petoskey District Library.

“Fairy Tale Moons” is the work of star lore historian and Headlands International Dark Sky Park Program Director Mary Stewart Adams and her sister, artist Patricia DeLisa.

The artwork was created for the “Fairy Tale Moons” wall calendars as a way to support storytelling and star knowledge in people of all ages. Adams did this by using tales such as “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Rip Van Winkle” to name the Full Moon each month, following the indigenous tradition, and her sister Patricia then painted each scene. Viewers of the exhibit will find the “Handful of Beans Moon” and the “Winkle Moon” among the 32 works on display. A description of how the tale and the image relate to the stars overhead accompanies each piece.

“It’s really about the imagination,” Adams said. “Through the work of “Fairy Tale Moons,” my sister and I have sought to restore the whimsy and beauty of storytelling and the night sky, and to create a means of access that requires nothing more than a willingness to dream and imagine and be inspired by the beauty of story and stars. It’s highly restorative.”

Book Launch Event

2014-7-7 Terry Wooten 0218The Petoskey District Library celebrates National Poetry Month with a book launch: poet-bard Terry Wooten launches a lifetime retrospective of poems, The Stone Circle Poems, on Thursday, April 9 at 7 p.m.  at the Carnegie Building, 451 E. Mitchell Street.

The Stone Circle Poems is comprised of 537 poems written over the past four and a half decades.  Terry is a two-time recipient of Michigan Creative Artist Awards, as well as having been listed in the Michigan Arts and Humanities Touring Directory, and his Elders Project was awarded the 2013 State History Award in Education from the Historical Society of Michigan.  Terry is also the creator of Stone Circle, a triple ring of 88 large boulders located near Elk Rapids, Michigan.  Stone Circle grew as a Midwestern destination as Wooten’s poetry flourished. Wooten is a living legend on the Midwest arts scene, and his Stone Circle is a cherished institution which draws its audience from across the region and beyond.

Join us and listen to one of the best local storytellers/poets in Michigan. Terry will recite some of his poetry and will be available to sign his books.  More information about this event, please call 231-758-3100.

Let Water Run Notice

Due to extremely cold weather conditions causing a high rate of water service freeze ups, the City of Petoskey is requesting that all water customers continuously run their water until further notice.  Customers should run a stream of cold water the diameter of a pencil in one faucet 24 hours per day. All utility customers will receive an adjusted bill based on their average water usage.  Customers should remember to run their water continuously, even though the outside temperature may rise above freezing, as the frost will remain in the ground until spring and could cause water services to freeze if the flow of water is turned off inside. A follow-up notification will be provided when City of Petoskey customers can stop running their water.

Tax Form Information


IRS (Federal) Tax Forms
We have received a notice from the IRS that there will be a drastic cut in the forms and publications that we will be receiving for distribution to the public. Will will only be receiving IRS Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ and no instruction booklets. (Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ have been received.) We’re sorry for the inconvenience and will gladly assist you in downloading and printing forms at the Reference Desk on the second floor. We also have a binder of reproducible forms and instructions from which you can make photocopies. Please direct your concerns to Senators Debbie Stabenow, and Gary Peters and Congressman Dan Benishek. The following list contains links to the IRS tax forms, instructions and publications that we normally carry. Other forms and publications are also available at the IRS website. Continue Reading

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

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.

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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.

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.