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Fri. & Sat. 10am – 5pm
Sun. 12noon – 5pm

Detroit News Historical Archives

We are currently offering a trial of the Newsbank Detroit News database. Search people, places, organizations, events, historical topics and more from The Detroit News. This authoritative source for Michigan information includes birth, marriage and death notices. Content is currently available from 1873-1922, 1944-45, and 1999-current. Users outside of the library building will need to log-in with their library card number.

Once you enter, you’ll see three ways to use the resource Continue Reading

Tax Form Information


IRS (Federal) Tax Forms
Same as last year, we will will only be receiving IRS Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ and their instruction booklets. (The forms arrived January 17, but the booklets have not been received as yet; we will update this post when they get here.) We will gladly assist you in downloading and printing forms or ordering forms by mail at the Reference Desk on the second floor. We will also have a set of common reproducible forms (not yet received) from which you can make photocopies. 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 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.

New Townships, New Hours, New Services!

petoskey-library-logoThe Library is pleased to announce the addition of two new townships as part of our service area. On November 8, 2016 the voters of Little Traverse and Springvale Townships passed a ballot initiative in support of contracting library services with Petoskey at a rate of 0.40 mils. All residents of Little Traverse and Springvale are now eligible for a library card, beginning immediately. The Library will prorate reimbursements to those residents with active paid cards. Patrons should call or visit the library to request the prorated refund.

As of December 1, 2016, the library will be expanding their hours to now be open on Friday and Saturday mornings, the new library hours will be 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and Noon – 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Life Long Learning – Poetry Appreciation

tanya-muzumdar-headshotTanya Muzumdar presents:
Poetry Appreciation

Wednesdays, January 18 & 25 and February 1  11:00 am-12:00 noon
$10/session or $12/session at the door

Our focus will be on learning to appreciate poetry as a diverse literary art form through close readings and discussion of the work of classical and contemporary poets. We will examine a broad selection of free-verse and traditional-form poetry and its elements, such as imagery, music, tone, and use of the line. You will leave the course with a deeper understanding of poetry, a broad selection of poems, and suggestions for further reading.

Tanya Muzumdar teaches English and poetry at North Central Michigan College. Continue Reading

Wednesday Night Movie

movieOn Wednesday (1-18) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film Don’t Think Twice (Rated R; 2016; 92 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 check us out on Facebook®. To receive weekly email updates send an email to


Hobbies in the Lobby

connieNew Year, New You!  Get Organized!
Friday, January 20, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Connie Huizenga is an expert with over 21 years experience organizing, optimizing and helping home owners improve their spaces.  She will teach you simple tips to declutter for the new year.  Connie is the Director of Optimization at DEAATAILS, a company based out of Chicago, Illinois. Registration required.

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 Google Docs on Monday, January 23 and February 13, 5:30 p.m. – Learn how to create and share your work online with Google Docs & access your documents from anywhere; and 3D Printer Class on Monday, February 20, 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 winter schedule, click here.

Friends @ the Carnegie

wilesRick Wiles presents:
1950s Petoskey
Monday, January 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Local historian and former Petoskey High School history and reading instructor, Rick Wiles, will present photos and events of 1950s Petoskey.

Richard Wiles taught history at Petoskey High School from 1974-2009, worked as a reading instructor, and has also taught college level research classes. He is the owner of MICHIGAN NORTH RESEARCH in Petoskey and a frequent contributor to the Petoskey News-Review.  Most of his research is done online, visiting the Petoskey District Library, conducting personal interviews, reading old newspapers on the Greenwood Cemetery site, filing FOIA’s, using the National Archives, and talking with other northern Michigan researchers, especially local genealogists.  All of his work is then put into a factual white paper and given to the Local History Room collection of the Petoskey District Library.  The library’s collection of white papers on several northern Michigan historical events includes:   Summerset: The Robison Family Murder Tragedy, Fireball in the Sky: The Remembrance of the B 52 Crash in Little Traverse Bay, Norwood Chert: The Remembrance of the Woodland Indian National memorial Park, Finske-Inneriks Terroriste: The 40th Year Remembrance of the U. P. Bomber, and A Bitter Memory:  The Burt Lake Indian Village Burn-out, to name a few. Continue Reading

Makerspace Open House

ll1Learn all about the buzz of “making” during the official launch of the PDL Makerspace on Wednesday, January 25, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.  in the lower level of the library.  All ages are welcome to drop-in to check out the new lower level space, watch a 3D printing demonstration, try a hand at soldering, and learn about the other available tools and how to begin using them. Continue Reading

Life Long Learning – The Long Arc of the Universe

stockingKathleen Stocking presents:
The Long Arc of the Universe – Travels Beyond the Pale

Tuesday, February 7   11:00 am-12:00 noon
$10/session or  $12/session at the door

Kathleen Stocking tells of her experiences included in her book, The Long Arc of the Universe — Travels Beyond the Pale. She shares the joys and trials of travelling and working in the Third World – some of the adventures and near disasters as well as some of the revelations and rewards.  She is an advocate of Americans — and everyone everywhere –- developing a global awareness in keeping with the vastness of the Internet. It is a “brave new world out” there (Shakespeare) and we need to understand it.

Award-winning essayist Kathleen Stocking has two Michigan best sellers, Continue Reading

Life Long Learning – The Art of Memoir Writing

randyRandy Evans presents:
The Art of Memoir Writing

Thursdays, February 16 & 23 and March 2, 11:00 am-12:00 noon
$10/session or $12/session at the door

This class will guide participants through the steps for writing a personal or family memoir. Randy Evans will share his expertise in turning family stories, personal background and your local history into a cohesive story.

Randy Evans is an Ohio University English literature major, earned an MBA from Columbia University, and holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook University. He is also a Northern Michigan writer, known for Continue Reading

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, February 20. Topic: What Was the Name? What is in Your Name? What Does It Mean? 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

Michigan Children’s Protection Registry

logo-protect-mi-childParents have new tool to protect children and teens

With cell phones and the Internet, today’s kids have an easy connection to the outside world. It’s like a huge playground without a fence and that makes protecting kids so much harder.

The reality of the digital world is that children and teens are regularly inundated with electronic advertisements promoting alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling. The companies behind these ads are increasingly using text messaging as their marketing strategy of choice, though they often don’t know the age of the recipients.

Thankfully, parents now have some help to stop these ads. ProtectMiChild, offered through the Michigan Secretary of State’s office is a free service that blocks adult ads from reaching emails, mobile phones and Instant Messenger IDs belonging to children and teens. Similar to the federal Do Not Call List, the Michigan Child Protection Registry is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan residents. Signing-up takes only seconds and the information entered is kept secure and private.

Protect your child today.

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 lists Continue Reading