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April Library Board Meeting Canceled

The Petoskey District Library Board of Trustees Meeting regularly scheduled for April 27 has been canceled. The next Library Board Meeting takes place on Thursday, May 25 at 5 p.m. in the Classroom on Lower Level of the Petoskey District Library. Continue Reading

No Daily Overdue Fines!

Beginning March 1, we will no longer charge patrons daily fines for overdue  Petoskey District Library materials. Checked out material will have an extended grace period of two to four weeks, depending on the type of item borrowed. Understanding their responsibility to the library’s collection and tax payer dollars, the library board decided the Library will charge fines for any materials returned past the grace period. The elimination of a daily fine is one way the library hopes to break down financial barriers that often shut off access to some patrons.

“Most of our patrons return their items on time, though there are situations that occur that prevent people from getting items back before the due date. We hope that taking away the stigma of overdue fines will 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.

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.

  1. Selected America’s Historical Newspapers: 1873-1922, 1944-1945
  2. America’s News: Historical and Current: 1873-1922, 1944-1945 and 1999-current
  3. Detroit News: 1999-current only

The second option takes you to the integrated interface where you can search all available content together. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

This Week’s Movie, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

This Wednesday (4-26), Friday (4-28) and Saturday (4-29) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the acclaimed musical film La La Land (Rated PG-13; 2016; 128 min.). La La Land won 7 Golden Globe Awards® and 6 Academy Awards®, including–briefly–for Best Picture! 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 like us on Facebook®. To receive weekly email updates send an email to

Great Girls in Michigan History Exhibit

The Zonta Club of Petoskey is delighted to announce that it will be the first Zonta Club in Michigan to host the Great Girls in Michigan History exhibit, April 21 through May 17, at the Petoskey District Library. This was made possible by a $500 grant from the Petoskey Club to the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame in 2016.

Michigan girls do great things. In this exhibit you will meet nine girls from different eras, with different dreams, from across the state of Michigan who all accomplished something amazing before the age of 20. This exhibit features women like Serena Williams, Tricia McNaughton (Saunders), MaryLou Hernandez, and Myra Komaroff (Wolfgang). It was not always easy for these girls; most had significant obstacles to overcome to reach their goals. Visitors will leave knowing what qualities Great Girls possess and inspired to reach their own dreams.

Makerspace Mondays

makerspaceStop by & learn how to use the new digital equipment & software located in the lower level Makerspace area.

SketchUp: Monday – May 8, 5:30 p.m. Learn the essentials of this 3D modeling software & create your very own 3D model.

3D Printer Class: Monday – May 22, 5:30 p.m. Attend a training course & receive certification to use the 3D printers for your own print jobs.

Please register: May 8, May 22.

Hobbies in the Lobby

Beginning Birding
Wednesday, April 26, 5:30 p.m.

Learn how to become a birder! This is your chance to learn some birding ID skills in the classroom. We will cover field guide choice/use, optics selection/use, tips for learning bird vocalizations, and identification pitfalls and how to avoid them. Darrell Lawson began birding five years ago and developed an instant passion for our avian friends.  He is the acting president of the Petoskey Regional Audubon Society and is a committee member for the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch.  He routinely leads field trips in Northwest Michigan and the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

Life Long Learning – Antiques and Collectibles

Antiques and Collectibles: What’s Hot and What’s Not

Sunday, April 30; 2:00-3:00 p.m.
$10 or $12 at the door

Which is it?  “Ye olde antique” or just junk in the attic? Learn about what’s collectable and what’s not during this hour long presentation.  Information on what antiques and collectibles are saleable or worth holding on to and what doesn’t have a market right now will be discussed.  Please register.

Ask the Lawyers

In honor of Law Day, the Emmet-Charlevoix Bar Association, in conjunction with the Petoskey District Library will present an “Ask the Lawyers” event, from 3:30-7:00 PM on May 1 at the Petoskey District Library. This free event, offered to the general public, will feature local attorneys volunteering their time to answer legal questions in the areas of criminal law, domestic/family law, probate, personal injury, automobile/ no-fault insurance, business and copyright/trademark law.  Patrons will be seen on a first come – first served basis.

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Understanding Social Media through the Eyes of Digital Natives

Tuesday, May 2, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
In this panel discussion students from North Central Michigan College will discuss how they perceive and use social media. Their experience of social media evolved in a world that was already online when they were born, and growing up in a digital landscape affects how they understand the possibilities and limitations of online interactions. Find out why these students are generally optimistic about the future of the digital world and 21st century modes of communication, even in a climate where many people fear the influence of fake news, social media bubbles, and online isolation.  This is a culminating project of a technology-themed English class which examined digital writing through the lens of rhetoric.  Moderated by North Central Michigan College adjunct English professor Carrie Tebeau.  Please register.

First Fridays for Foodies

Bear Earth Herbals:  Cooking with Herbal Teas

Learn to incorporate herbs into everyday meals. Unique ideas, recipes and samples to taste.  Get inspired with Bear Earth Herbals owner Sierra Bigham.  Petoskey District Library and Crooked Tree Arts Center’s “First Fridays for Foodies” culinary demonstration takes place Friday, May 5 from 11:00 a.m. to noon in Crooked Tree Art Center’s renovated commercial kitchen.  Coinciding with CTAC’s weekly artisans and farmer’s market from 10:00 am to 1:00 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

Saturday Morning with Ernie & Nick Pt. 2

A special program just for tweens and teens to discuss the life of young Ernest Hemingway in the local region, 1899 – 1919 – titled Saturday Morning with Ernie and Nick – will be held at the Petoskey District Library on Saturday, May 6.  The 90-minute event gets underway at 10:30 a.m. in the library’s lower level classroom. Continue Reading

Cards for the Library Spring Card Party & Luncheon

card partyFriends of Petoskey Public Library invite you to their spring Card Party & Luncheon on Monday, May 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Petoskey-Bay View Country Club. Check in starts at 11:30 a.m., lunch is at noon followed by card games, board games, dominoes, mahjong and any favorite game you care to share. Cost is $25 per person and proceeds will be used to purchase new materials for the Library.

Email or call Joyce Hutto-Nolan at 622-8059 for reservations by May 3.

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, May 15. Topic: Using Vital Records (birth, marriage, death). 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 Notable Books, 2017

MNB_Sticker_FINAL_511483_7The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce the list of the 2017 Michigan Notable Books – 20 books highlighting Michigan people, places and events. The list highlights a wide range of exceptional “Michigan books” published in 2016 that bring attention to Michigan authors and topics.

Each year the list features 20 books, published the previous calendar year, which are about or set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or are written by a Michigan author. Continue Reading