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Fall Events Newsletter

Fall 2016_coverThe Library’s Fall 2016 Events Newsletter for September, October and November is available here.
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Petoskey District Library has joined Library Ideas network of Public Library websites that offer access to over 7 million songs,Continue Reading

A Patriot & Poems

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Saturday, September 10, 7:00 p.m.
Carnegie Building

Please help Charlie Brice celebrate the launch of his first full-length poetry collection, Flashcuts Out of Chaos  (available at McLean & Eakin Booksellers and Horizon Books).  Charlie’s poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals and publications including The Kentucky Review and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Joining Charlie will be his wife, Judy Brice, whose love of nature, experiences with illness, both her own and that of her patients, has informed much of her work. Her collected poems have appeared in Renditions in a Palette, published in 2013.Continue Reading

Byte-Sized Tech

binary-code-569564_640Our Byte-Sized Tech series of technology classes for the public is taught by either library staff or special presenters. Upcoming sessions include Microsoft Windows 10, Monday, September 12 at 5:30 p.m.; in this session you will learn tips for managing and customizing the new features of this latest version of Windows and 3D Printer Class on Monday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m.; attend a training course and receive certification to use the 3D printers for your own print jobs. Class size is limited, please register by calling the library at 231-758-3100 or sign up online. For our complete fall schedule, click here.

Crooked Tree Photographic Society

posterPlease stop in and enjoy the Best of the Crooked Tree Photographic Society Photography Show, which will be on display in the library through September 15th.

Genealogy Interest Group

Barb Hernden 2015A new genealogy interest group began meeting at the Petoskey District Library last September. Anyone who is interested in genealogy or local history is invited to the group’s next meeting 3-5 p.m. Monday, September 19 (Guest speaker: Rick Wiles) at the Petoskey District Library. 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 genealogist Barbara Manley Hernden.Continue Reading

Friends @ the Carnegie

gary-300x289Gary Barfknecht presents:
Rooted in Iron and Ice
Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Author Gary W. Barfknecht will bring to life the unique, fascinating challenges and pleasures of growing up post-World War II in what he has concluded was a small, insular, foreign country:  northern Minnesota’s harsh, frigid, isolated strip of mineral wealth known as the Mesabi Iron Range.

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 or visit

Hobbies in the Lobby

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with Michigan Mushroom Market
Friday, September 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

Local mushroom experts, Ashleigh and Ken Harris of Michigan Mushroom Market, will teach you how to store, prepare, and cook with gourmet and medicinal mushrooms, and the health benefits of consuming them.  Registration is requested.

Coloring Group for Adults

colorA coloring craze is spreading and adults everywhere are rediscovering the joys of coloring. It is a fad that is not only fun, but could be beneficial to your health as well as seen in articles in the New Yorker, The New York Times and from NPR. Adult coloring books feature intricate designs and patterns- some featuring whimsical doodles, others based on themes. The Petoskey District Library has joined in on the fun to host a weekly meeting for adults to try it out for themselves. This group allows adults to create pictures all while offering an outlet for relaxation, stress relief, and creative expression. The library will provide the coloring pages and colored pencils, but feel free to bring your own! The group meets every Tuesday from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the lower-level.

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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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 listsContinue Reading

eResources Training

Sign up for one-on-one introductory training with library staff. Learn how to download eBooks with Overdrive, eMusic with Freegal, and eMagazines with Zinio to your computer, eBook reader, tablet or mobile device. MS Word & Excel sessions are also available. Sessions available Mondays, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and Fridays, 1:00-5:00 p.m. 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 at 231-758-3100 or register online .

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.Continue Reading


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.Continue Reading

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.