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

Summer Reading Program

Build a Better World logo and posterSummer Reading Program

Kids and Teens can now sign up for summer reading! Summer reading offers prizes, events, and a great way to stop the summer slide. Visit the children’s department or teen desk to get started.

A full list of events and more information can be found here.

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No Daily Overdue Fines!

Beginning March 1, we will no longer charge patrons daily fines for overdue  Petoskey District Library materials. Checked out material will have an extended grace period of two to four weeks, depending on the type of item borrowed. Understanding their responsibility to the library’s collection and tax payer dollars, the library board decided the Library will charge fines for any materials returned past the grace period. The elimination of a daily fine is one way the library hopes to break down financial barriers that often shut off access to some patrons.

“Most of our patrons return their items on time, though there are situations that occur that prevent people from getting items back before the due date. We hope that taking away the stigma of overdue fines will Continue Reading

Library Board Vacancy

The Library Board is made up of five residents of the City of Petoskey appointed by the Mayor. There is currently a vacancy on the board for a term ending January 31, 2021. Any city resident who is interested in the position should contact Mayor John Murphy at City Hall, 231-347-2500. The Board is responsible to hire the Director, create policies and oversee the budget. Members serve without compensation.

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

Wednesday Night Movie

On Wednesday (6-21) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the romantic comedy film A Royal Night Out (Rated PG-13; 2015; 105 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 check us out on Facebook®. To receive weekly email updates send an email to

Summer Author Events

Making a stop on the Michigan Notable Author Book Tour is author Steve Lehto, who will discuss his award-winning book Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow on Friday, June 23 at 7:00 p.mPreston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow tells the story of the man who tried to start his own car company after World War II. He promised an advanced car at an affordable price but his enterprise was shut down before he could build more than 51 cars. Was he merely trying the impossible or were there darker forces operating against him?

PDL’s Summer Author Series kicks off on Friday, June 23 and features five events throughout the summer months culminating with the second annual Local Author Fair on August 14.  All summer author events will be held at the Carnegie Building at 451 E. Mitchell Street. Please register for events on the library’s events calendar, or by calling 231.758.3100. Continue Reading

Makerspace Mondays

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

3D Printer Class: Monday – June 26, 5:30 p.m.; July 10, 5:30 p.m.; August 7, 5:30 p.m.; 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: June 26, July 10, August 7, August 26

Video Converter: Monday – July 10, 1:00 p.m. Learn how to preserve your memories into the future by converting your old VHS tapes into digital MP4 format using the Makerspace equipment. Please register.

SketchUp: Monday – July 17, 5:00 p.m.; August 14, 3:00 p.m. Learn the essentials of this 3D modeling software & create your very own 3D model. Please register: July 17, August 14 Continue Reading

Friends @ the Carnegie

Jeff Lange presents
Dance of the Sandhill Crane
Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Jeff Lange will be speaking about and presenting his film, “The Dance of the Sandhill Crane”, which was filmed around Petoskey. This film follows a Sandhill crane family through the nesting season. Throughout the film, you will witness courtship dancing, chick hatching, life around the marsh and beyond, and intense sibling rivalry, which is a significant cause of chick mortality. Jeff is the founder of, an organization that seeks to restore loon-breeding lakes and territories throughout Northern Michigan. He is also a singer/songwriter who plays at various music venues throughout Michigan, and is fond of kayaking Ontario’s Goulais and Agawa Rivers.

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.

Hobbies in the Lobby

Learn a Language with Mango
Wednesday, June 28 at 5:30 p.m.

Come and meet your very own Mango advocate, Amy Janczarek, who will walk you through how to get started with your language learning quest! he’ll walk patrons through sign up, the user portal, downloading the mobile app and a course demo. Mango offers access to 72 foreign language courses and 19 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere™ and access to a variety of specialty mini courses, like Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses.  Petoskey District Library patrons can access all Mango has to offer by visiting our library portal here.

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, July 17. Topic: Genealogy Magazines (What’s Available to Help in Your Research). 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 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 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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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

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.