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Introducing Our New Online Catalog

screenshotWe are excited to introduce our new online catalog, powered by BiblioCommons. The site enables you to keep track of your borrowing history, contribute ratings and reviews, create favorites lists or topic guides to share with others, get personalized recommendations, send and receive messages with other catalog users and even catalog your own home library. And each time you create a list or add comments, you are building a better catalog for your community’s library!Continue Reading

Summer Reading Program Quick Links

Our Summer Reading Programs are underway and here are some shortcuts to the various pages:

Early Childhood
Kids (5-12)
Teens (13 & up)

This Week’s Movie, Wednesday and Friday

movieThis Wednesday (7-30) and Friday (8-1) the Petoskey Film Theater will be showing the French comedy, Priceless (Rated R; 2008; 111 min.; French w/subtitles). 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.

Hobbies in the Lobby

Jania kids closeupThis August during Petoskey District Library’s Hobbies in the Lobby, join magician Jania Taylor as she demonstrates easy to learn magic tricks using common everyday objects.  At the end of this hour long workshop, children ages 8 and up will be able to amaze their friends and family with their new magical skills.  The event will take place in the outdoor labyrinth on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 1:00.  Adults and kids 8 and up can reserve a spot by calling 231-758-3111.   Hobbies in the Lobby is a free event and is open to the public. 

Byte-Sized Tech: iPad® Class

ipad-model---vector_34-45177The Petoskey District library will be hosting a beginning iPad® workshop with Taylor Keie from Verizon in Petoskey on July 31st from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the lower level classroom. Taylor teaches regular iPad® classes for Verizon and will be coming to the library to teach iPad® basics and answer questions. To be prepared for this class, you will need to bring your iPad®, any cords and passwords you may need.  Please contact the library to register for the class @ 231-758-3100.

This class is part of the Byte-Sized Tech class series that the Petoskey District Library is hosting. Jon Baughan and Erynne Purvis are teaching and facilitating these computer classes. If you have any suggestions for future classes please contact them at the Petoskey District Library.  Keep an eye out for more upcoming classes that will meet your technology needs.

Byte-Sized Tech: Bibliocommons® Class

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On August 12, 2014 from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. the Petoskey District Library will be hosting a BiblioCommons class for patrons to come and get acquainted with our newly implemented online catalog. This new virtual catalog makes it easier and faster for library patrons to find the various materials they need. Some additional benefits of the new online catalog include allowing patrons to track their borrowing history, create and utilize book lists and contribute book ratings and personal reviews.Continue Reading

Project Passenger Pigeon

michigan-marker2014 marks the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon – once the most abundant bird species in North America, if not the world. In the year 1800, more than five billion passenger pigeons crisscrossed the skies of the eastern United States and Canada. Passing flocks could darken the skies for three days straight. However, in the face of relentless slaughter for food and recreation, coupled with habitat loss, this seemingly inexhaustible resource was depleted in just a few decades. The “last grand nesting” of Passenger Pigeons known occurred near Petoskey in 1878, blanketing a region 40 miles long and three to ten miles wide. By 1900 the species was virtually extinct, and by mid-afternoon of September 1, 1914, Martha, the last of her species, died in the Cincinnati Zoo.Continue Reading

Election Alert: Know Before You Go

Michiganians get to flex their electoral muscle on Tuesday, August 5, in the Primary Election. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Want to get a sneak peak at your ballot? Visit michigan.gov/vote for election information, your voting location, absentee voting and much more.

Bear Creek Bookdrop

bear_creek_bookdropThe library has installed a bookdrop at the Bear Creek Township Hall for the convenience of residents who want to return items without making a trip in to town.

Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)

MAP-logo-tr-small-newUse your library card to get a free or reduced cost pass for over 100 arts and cultural organization across the state! The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) is the product of a partnership between Michigan’s nearly 400 public libraries and 109 arts and cultural organizations across the state of Michigan. 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. Each library will have five passes available per week for each of the participating organizations.

For a map showing all participating attractions, click here.

Park & Read

ParkRead_Button_455140_7Enjoy a great book in the great outdoors

Back for its sixth summer, the Park & Read program offers library card-holders a free one-day pass valid at any of Michigan’s 102 scenic state parks.

A partnership between the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and hundreds of participating Michigan libraries, Park & Read is an easy way for residents to explore – at no charge – what state parks are all about.

Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Park & Read is a component of the MI Big Green Gym partnership that encourages Michigan residents to use their parks for outdoor recreation and fitness. The passes can be used for a variety of outdoor adventures and exercise in Michigan’s state parks.Continue Reading

eReader Tutorials

Need help with your iPad®, Nook®, Kindle®, or other eReader?  Schedule a 30 minute personal consultation with our trained staff to learn how to download library eBooks, eAudiobooks, and other eContent. 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 231-758-3111.

ExpressSOS

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.

The self-printed registration allows drivers to legally operate their registered vehicle while waiting for the tabs to arrive in the mail.  Similarly, library patrons can renew a driver’s license online* and print an operator’s permit, enabling them to drive legally until the license arrives in the mail. Patrons can also use library computers to print State IDs, duplicate copies of vehicle or boat registrations, and duplicate copies of titles directly from ExpressSOS.

*NOTE: Every eight years, Michigan drivers are required to visit a Secretary of State branch office for a new driver’s license photo and an eye test.

Digital Public Library of America

dpla-logo_0The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items — photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more — from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others.

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.

Each Mango lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture.

Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex conversational elements within an audio-visual framework that allows the user to draw important connections between pieces of information they have already learned.

Mango is currently available in 38 foreign language and 15 ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. Best of all, if you have your library card and have access to the Internet, you can access the actual courses remotely from anywhere!