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

Red Carpet Contest 2017

Predict this year’s Oscar winners for a chance to win dinner and a movie for two! The person with the most accurate guesses will receive dinner for two at Duffy’s Garage & Grill as well as two movie tickets to the Lyric Theater in Harbor Springs. In the case of a tie, the winner will be drawn randomly from eligible ballots. The contest ends Sunday, February 26th at 5:00 p.m. One entry per person, please. Enter here, good luck!

Watch the Oscars live at the Lyric Theater on February 26th at 7 p.m.! (Free admission) Continue Reading

Tax Form Information


IRS (Federal) Tax Forms
Same as last year, we will only be receiving IRS Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ and their instruction booklets. (These have arrived and are available in the reference area on the second floor.) 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.

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 and Friday

movieThis Wednesday (2-22) and Friday (2-24) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film Manchester by the Sea (Rated R; 2016; 137 min.). Manchester by the Sea is nominated for six Academy Awards, including for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. 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

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

Friends @ the Carnegie

solanusJoe Hoffman & Jeff Haven present:
St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission Church
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Learn about the history and influence of the St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission Church, Petoskey’s oldest building, during Friends of the Petoskey Library Carnegie Lecture Series presented by Joe Hoffman and Jeff Haven on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Together they will highlight Bishop Baraga’s involvement in wanting to establish the church at the shore of Little Traverse Bay for the Native Americans and white settlers living in the area and those traveling on Lake Michigan.  The lecture will take place in the Carnegie Building, 451 E. Mitchell Street.   Continue Reading

First Fridays for Foodies


Mabs’ Atomic Mustard

Continuing the tradition of sharing the heat!  As fourth generation mustard lovers, Mabs’ is proud to share their grandmother’s most coveted gift. It is created with only premium, fine ground mustard flour and pure cane sugar to ensure the best and most consistent taste possible. Learn recipes to combine its explosive flavor on sandwiches, crunchy snacks, or in your favorite sauces.  Petoskey District Library and Crooked Tree Arts Center’s “First Fridays for Foodies” culinary demonstration takes place Friday, March 3 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., this culinary demo will be put on by Andrea Simard of Mabs’ Atomic Mustard. Free and open to the public.

Makerspace Mondays

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

Scanner/Photoshop: Mondays – March 13 or April 3, 5:30 p.m. Turn slides, negatives & photos into digital memories using the scanner & Photoshop Elements. Bring along some of your own personal slides, negatives, or photos for this fun introductory demo.

3D Printer Class: Mondays – March 20, April 17, or May 22, 5:30 p.m. Attend a training course & receive certification to use the 3D printers for your own print jobs. Please register: March 20, April 17, May 22.

Video Converter: Monday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. Learn how to preserve your memories into the future by converting your old VHS tapes into digital MP4 format.

SketchUp: Mondays – April 10 or May 8, 5:30 p.m. Learn the essentials of this 3D modeling software & create your very own 3D model.

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

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, March 20. Topic: How to Organize Your Records (Charts, Photos, Paper Records). 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

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.

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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