Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 7pm
Fri. & Sat. 10am – 5pm
Sun. 12noon – 5pm

Wi-Fi Hotspots Available

At Petoskey District Library (PDL) you can check out more than just books! The library is pleased to announce the addition of six mobile Wi-Fi hotspots which can be checked out from the Reference Desk for a one week period by PDL cardholders aged 18 and up. The portable hotspots allow patrons without internet to easily get online using any Wi-Fi enabled device such as a phone, tablet or laptop anywhere there is a cell connection. Currently, the library lends hotpots from Verizon and T-Mobile.

PDL has long offered free Wi-Fi to anyone in their building and on the library grounds. With over 1400 Wi-Fi users in the month of May alone, the need to extend the service beyond the building was clear. “These mobile hotspots accommodate Continue Reading

Repair Café@the Library

Do you like to fix and tinker with things (think bikes, furniture, toys, jewelry, small electrical appliances, gadgets, computers, textiles, lawnmowers…)? We are planning a Repair Café to be held in conjunction with our Makerspace at the Library and are looking for folks who are handy at repairing things. Volunteer repairers will help people fix broken things rather than throwing them away. Please let us know if you are interested; also pass this along to anyone you think might be. Once we Continue Reading

Makerspace Mondays

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

SketchUp: Monday, August 14, 3:00 p.m. Learn the essentials of this 3D modeling software & create your very own 3D model. Please register.

Cricut Machine: Monday – August 14, 5:30 p.m. Learn how to use the Cricut machine to make DIY special holiday cards or other ideas. Please register.

3D Printer Class: Saturday, August 26, 1:00 p.m. Attend a training course & receive certification to use the 3D printers for your own print jobs. Please register.


This Week’s Movie, Friday and Sunday

This Friday (8-18) and Sunday (8-20) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the Canadian comedy film My Internship in Canada (Rated R; 2015; 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 or like us on Facebook®. To receive weekly email updates send an email to


Saturday Night Movie

This Saturday (8-19) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the wonderful British comedy/musical film Kinky Boots (Rated PG-13; 2006; 100 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 visit us on Facebook®. To receive weekly email updates send an email to

Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

The last time anyone in mainland United States saw a total eclipse of the Sun was 38 years ago! Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime event. Come and join us Monday, August 21, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. for activities and fun for the whole family on the outdoor labyrinth before the solar eclipse. All ages are welcome, viewing glasses will be provided.  Continue Reading

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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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, August 21. Topic: DNA Part II with Ed Evans. 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 professional genealogist Barbara Manley Hernden. Continue Reading

Fly-Fishing Author Talk

We are pleased to partner with McLean & Eakin Booksellers in welcoming fly-fisherman extraordinaire, Brian Kozminski, who has been plying trout from Michigan waters for over 30 years. He is featured in The Trout Tips: More Than 250 Fly-fishing Tips from the Members of Trout Unlimited and 25 Best Towns Fly Fishing For Trout. Join us Saturday, August 26th at 10:00 a.m. at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, where Brian will discuss fly-fishing in Grayling, a highlighted town, and much more. After his discussion, participants are encouraged to walk to the mouth of the Bear River for a fly-fishing demonstration. Visit or call 231.347.1180 to reserve a space.

Adult Chess Club

Adult Chess Club meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month,
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  The next club will meet Sunday, August 27 in the lower level classroom. Offering education and competition for adults 18+ with instruction led by Adam Masek.  Adam has enjoyed playing and studying chess for over 25 years. He is currently dedicated to earning the Expert title. He has taught beginners of all ages, and looks forward to sharing his experience and enthusiasm for the game at this new club.  Drop-in program. Feel free to bring your own chess set; the library will have a number of sets available.

Friends @ the Carnegie

Kim Nowack presents: The Mackinac Bridge
Monday, August 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

The Mackinaw Bridge opened to traffic on November 1, 1957, making it 60 years old this year! It is currently the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world. Join Chief Engineer Kim Nowack for an hour long program and discussion of Michigan’s “Mighty Mac.”

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.

Online Catalog Contest

Each time you contribute information such as ratings, tags, comments or reviews, you receive community credits. Community credits are a way you can keep track of your contributions to the library’s catalog, and to the wider community of library users.

The simplest way to start earning community credits is to add titles to your shelves: each star rating, tag or other comment that you add earns one credit. When you create a list of at least five titles, you earn 5 credits. Continue Reading

New Metered Parking

We are pleased to announce 3 hour metered parking on Woodland Avenue.  We hope that our patrons will find these parking spaces convenient while at the library.  Just returning items?  Our drive-through dropbox is located in the alley off of Waukazoo Avenue and is open 24/7.  We also have installed new drive-through book returns at the Little Traverse Township Hall and Springvale Township Hall, in addition to those previously placed at the Bear Creek and Resort Township Halls.  Now residents of these townships can have the convenience of returning items without making a trip in to town.  Township book returns are emptied weekly, and all items are backdated to the previous date it was emptied.

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.

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