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August Ballot Proposals

The Petoskey District Library’s contracts with Bear Creek and Resort Townships are up for renewal this year. There will be ballot questions on the August ballot in these two townships. Please remember to get to the polls and vote on August 2, 2016.

To request an absentee ballot, click here for the application. Complete the application and return to your local clerk (Resort: Lucy Eppler, Clerk, PO Box 848, Petoskey, MI 49770; Bear Creek: Judy A. Mays, Clerk, 373 North Division Road, Petoskey MI 49770).Continue Reading

Summer Events Newsletter

PDL summer newsletter pg 1The Library’s Summer 2016 Events Newsletter for July and August is available here.Continue Reading

Print from Anywhere/Freegal®/Zinio®

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This Week’s Movie, Wednesday and Friday

movieThis Wednesday (6-29) and Friday (7-1) the Petoskey Film Theater will be showing the dramatic thriller film Eye in the Sky (Rated R; 2016; 103 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

Maureen Abood Author Visit

Maureen_Abood photo by Stephanie BakerMichigan Notable Book Authors’ Tour
Thursday, June 30, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Carnegie Building

Author Maureen Abood is on the Michigan Notable Book Author tour for her book, Rose Water and Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen. She shares stories of her life and how she came to write this fabulous book as well as some of her favorite recipes. Books will be made available for purchase by McLean & Eakin Booksellers.

This year, several authors whose engaging works were chosen as 2016 Michigan Notable Books selections will visit nearly 50 libraries throughout the state to offer storytelling, book signings and question-and-answer time with guests. The program annually selects 20 of the most outstanding books published in that year – titles that are reflective of Michigan’s diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experience. “It’s a literary treat for our community to have Maureen Abood share her cookbook, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen, written right here in northern Michigan. An author of Maureen’s caliber here will make it an evening to remember,” said Programming Librarian Jodi Haven.

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Saturday Night Movie

saturday_movieThis Saturday (7-2) the Petoskey Film Theater will be showing the critically-acclaimed film Pride, (Rated R; 2014; 120 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

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.

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 3D Printer Class on Monday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m.; attend a training course and receive certification to use the 3D printers for your own print jobs and Simple Ways to Save Money with Technology! on Wednesday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m. In this session you will learn how using technology, along with free and/or low cost services, can help you save money on everyday expenses. Explore ways to save money with free e-Music, e-Books, and e-Magazines … End cable without giving anything up … and other money saving tips. Class size is limited, please register by calling the library at 231-758-3100 or sign up online. For our complete summer schedule, click here.

Community Book Discussion

book-george-marshallDon’t Even Think About It:  Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change
Community Discussion with Deb Hansen
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Attend a community discussion, led by Deb Hansen, that will explore the social causes and responses to climate change.  Most people recognize that climate change is real, and yet they do nothing to try to stop it. What are the social, psychological, and political habits of American life that prevent citizens from understanding and acting on the changes happening to the world?

The public is welcome to join a community discussion in an attempt to address these questions by drawing on key themes from one of the most influential books on climate change: Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall.

Marshall wrote his book based on interviews with Nobel Prize-winning psychologists, activists of the Texas Tea Party, climate change scientists and deniers, liberal environmentalists and conservative evangelicals.

Registration is encouraged.  Copies may be available for checkout through the library system, or for purchase at McLean & Eakin.

Saving Money & Energy at Home

Love-saving-Money-Energy-Saving-Tips-for-Your-HomeThursday, July 14, 5:30 p.m.
Saving energy at home is easy. Enjoy light refreshments and learn about time-tested tips you can do around your home to help save energy and money. For DTE Energy customers, you can get started with several energy-efficiency programs offering FREE energy-saving products.  Please register.

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 2-4 p.m. Monday, July 18 (Topic: Field Trip to Greenwood Cemetery — we will meet at the cemetery) 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

Neil W. Ahrens 2015Neil Ahrens presents:
Ahrens’ Anthology: An Artist’s Adventure
Monday, July 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

A talk from a lifelong Artist tracing a path through his works, thoughts, and future plans. Within one month after this talk he will be in a Two Person Exhibit at the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort, MI.”


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

Friends Book Sale

2014 Book sale 2The Friends of Petoskey Public Library‘s big summer used book sale is coming up during Sidewalk Sale days, July 28-29. They are in need of gently used books, especially children’s books and contemporary fiction. We would greatly appreciate your donations anytime during normal library hours. All proceeds support library programs and collections. We ask that you do not bring textbooks, encyclopedias, Reader’ Digest condensed or books in poor condition. Remember, you can also buy used books from the Friends at bargain prices, all year long, in the lower level of the library.

Local Author Fair

Local Author FairNearly 30 local authors will gather at the Carnegie Building on August 15, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. for Petoskey District Library’s first annual Local Author Fair.  The event will feature new talent and popular, local favorites who either live in or write about the area.  A selection of titles will be available for sale.   Kickoff for the event will be a keynote address at 3:00 p.m. by author Dennis Cawthorne.   Continue Reading

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