August Ballot Proposals

vote-november-8Little Traverse and Springvale Townships have placed a 0.4 operational millage on the November 8 general election ballot. Passing these new millages will allow the Library to service all the residents of those townships through 2020, and to increase hours of operation, programs offered, and its materials budget. Continue Reading

New Metered Parking

We are pleased to announce additional metered parking for library patrons on Woodland Avenue.

If you appreciate these additional spots and would like them to be permanent, please let the parking committee know by calling… Continue Reading

Life Long Learning Series

fall2016programdescriptions_coverA series of continuing education courses on a variety of topics taught by experts in their fields, including North Central Michigan College professors. These classes are geared for adults and are brought to you for free, or a minimal fee, by the Friends of the Petoskey Library and PDL. Click here for a complete listing of courses. Please register at the library.


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, October 24 at 5:30 p.m. –  attend a training course and receive certification to use the 3D printers for your own print jobs; and Idea Lab: 3D Design on Monday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m. – You have completed the library’s 3D printer certification class—now what? In this session learn about a variety of free websites available online so you can begin planning your projects from home or the library. Staff will demonstrate how to use TinkerCAD, a simple software tool used to create your own 3D designs to print. Class size is limited, please register by calling the library at 231-758-3100 or sign up online. For our complete fall schedule, click here.

Friends @ the Carnegie

ericEric Hemenway presents:
The Odawa of the Upper Great Lakes:
A People of Place and Perseverance
Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

This talk will look at the history of the Odawa from the Upper Great
Lakes and the long, and often, difficult path the tribe had to take to stay
in Michigan.

Eric Hemenway is an Anishnaabe/Odawa from Cross Village, Mi. He is the Director of Repatriation, Archives and Records for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. Eric, along with the staff of LTBB Archives, works to create historical materials to educate the public on the history of the Odawa, as well as collect and preserve information and artifacts that are relevant to the history of the tribe. Continue Reading

Hobbies in the Lobby

paperMake an Origami Ornament
, October 27, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Paper folding fun for all ages!  Bill Breedlove will teach you how to create an origami ornament.  Materials provided.  Registration is requested.

Lifelong Learning: History of Rock and Roll

img_7776Defining “rock and roll” broadly as a family of musical styles, this program will present an overview of rock/pop styles from the 1950s to the present; in addition, we will examine the historical origins and evolution of rock and roll music within the context of cultural, social, political, and economic history, elaborating on the pervasiveness and persuasiveness of rock and roll in modern society.    Taught by Erick Haight, a graduate of Central Michigan University and currently the full-time professor of psychology and humanities at North Central Michigan College, as well as a former freelance album reviewer for Alternative Press and Bust.  Meets November 3, 10, 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Petoskey District Library Classroom.  $10/session; please register.

First Fridays for Foodies


Healthy & Delicious Appetizers

Learn how to create an eye catching appetizer platter using ingredients you can feel good about serving your guests during Petoskey District Library and Crooked Tree Arts Center’s “First Fridays for Foodies” culinary demonstration on Friday, November 4 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 the Grain Train’s Angela Papi and Mindy Taylor.  They will have recipes to sample and share. Free and open to the public.

Hobbies in the Lobby

haynzeIntro to Film-making
Wednesday, November 9, 5:30 p.m.

Local film director and cinematographer Haynze Whitmore will discuss how he turned a childhood hobby into a career.  This intro course will cover some of the basics of filmmaking.  Haynze is currently working on Crepitus, a film starring horror movie icon Bill Moseley, set to begin filming in January 2017.  Registration is appreciated.

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 3-5 p.m. Monday, November 21 (Topic: Little known websites…please bring your laptop) 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

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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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 lists Continue Reading

eResources Training

Sign up for one-on-one introductory training with library staff. Learn how to download eBooks with Overdrive, eMusic with Freegal, and eMagazines with Zinio to your computer, eBook reader, tablet or mobile device. MS Word & Excel sessions are also available. Sessions available Mondays, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and Fridays, 1:00-5:00 p.m. 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 at 231-758-3100 or register online .

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. Continue Reading


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. Continue Reading