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Fall Events Newsletter

Fall 2016_coverThe Library’s Fall 2016 Events Newsletter for September, October and November is available here.
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Petoskey District Library has joined Library Ideas network of Public Library websites that offer access to over 7 million songs,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.


“Back to the Books” Card Party & Luncheon

card partyFriends of Petoskey Public Library invite you to their fall “Back to the Books” Card Party & Luncheon party on Monday, September 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Petoskey-Bay View Country Club. Check in starts at 11:30 a.m., lunch is at noon followed by card games, board games, dominoes, mahjong and any favorite game you care to share. Cost is $25 per person and proceeds will be used to purchase new materials for the Library.

Email or call Joyce Hutto-Nolan at 529-6685 for reservations by September 21.

Friends @ the Carnegie

gary-300x289Gary Barfknecht presents:
Rooted in Iron and Ice
Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Author Gary W. Barfknecht will bring to life the unique, fascinating challenges and pleasures of growing up post-World War II in what he has concluded was a small, insular, foreign country:  northern Minnesota’s harsh, frigid, isolated strip of mineral wealth known as the Mesabi Iron Range.

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

Hobbies in the Lobby

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with Michigan Mushroom Market
Friday, September 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

Local mushroom experts, Ashleigh and Ken Harris of Michigan Mushroom Market, will teach you how to store, prepare, and cook with gourmet and medicinal mushrooms, and the health benefits of consuming them.  Registration is requested.

Michigan Libraries for Life

small-logo-01-1-1On Saturday, October 8 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m., Petoskey District Library will join more than 100 libraries across the state, inspiring local residents to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, while educating them on the facts of organ, tissue and eye donation as part of the “Michigan Libraries for Life” program.

The libraries involved in the campaign are located throughout Michigan, from Houghton to Dearborn and from South Haven to Detroit. Volunteers will answer questions, provide fun giveaway items and, most importantly, help library patrons sign up on the Donor Registry. Many of the participating libraries will display the “Memories from Michigan” donor family quilts, which tell the stories of organ, tissue, and eye donors through panels that have been personalized by their families.Continue Reading

Friends of the Library Annual Dinner

evansLocal author Randy Evans will be the featured speaker at the Friends of the Petoskey District Library’s annual meeting and dinner on Monday, October 10 at the Petoskey-Bay View Country Club. Known for his descriptive prose and powerful imagery, Randy is the author of Red Sky Anthology: Reading Aloud in Northern Michigan and Out of the Inferno: A Husband’s Passage Through Cancerland. Randy’s poetry and short fiction have also appeared in Bear River Review, Walloon Writers Review, and Dunes Review.

There will be a cocktail hour and silent auction starting at 6:00 p.m. with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $40 per person and tables can be reserved. Call the Library at 231-758-3100 for reservation information or click here to open the reservation form.   Proceeds go to support the Library with materials and programs.

1919: The Beginning of Something


Since 1990, the Michigan Hemingway Society has held an annual Hemingway Weekend in Petoskey to focus on the Michigan influence in Ernest Hemingway’s work, especially the Nick Adams stories, featuring speakers,readings, exhibits and tours of northern Michigan sites where the Nobel Prize-winning author spent his boyhood summers.  The original Carnegie Library was a favorite haunt of Hemingway’s when he was living in Petoskey during the winter of 1919-20. In December of 1919 he spoke here to the Ladies Aid Society about his experiences in World War I.   On Saturday, October 15  the public is invited to attend a reenactment of Hemingway’s famous “War Talk” at the Carnegie Library where it happened.  After the event, take a tour of the local history room at Petoskey District Library to browse the large collection of Hemingway’s works, along with other local items.  If you want to experience all the conference has to offer, including a keynote speech from Dr. Donald Daiker, Professor of English Emeritus at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, visit the Michigan Hemingway Society website to make your reservation.



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, October 17 (Topic: Brick Walls…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

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 Idea Lab: 3D Design on Monday, October 17 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; and 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  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.

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 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 listsContinue 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 .