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Zinio Digital Magazines

LY5053_Zinio_WebButtonPetoskey District Library in partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books is pleased to announce the availability of Zinio for Libraries, the world’s largest newsstand. Through the Library gateway, patrons of Petoskey District Library will have unlimited multi-user access to complete digital magazines, which can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.  Forbes, Newsweek, Martha Stewart Living and National Geographic Traveler are just a few of the popular titles available.
Attention iPad, Kindle and Android Users –  Zinio for Libaries apps require that you first checkout your magazine in a browser.  The mobile apps are for reading only.  After checking out a magazine in your browser, you will need to login to the App. To login select Country = United States; State = Maryland; Library Name = “Popular 50 eMagazine Collection” and then your email/password. Please contact a library staff member for further help on how to access this service, or view the User Guide here.

Life Long Learning Series

The Petoskey District Library and North Central Michigan College are collaborating on a series designed for learners of all ages.  Enjoy intellectual adventures and great conversations led by North Central professors. Complete series information listed below.  Click here to access the workshop registration form.Continue Reading

Children’s Programs – Fall 2015

PandaBearThe Youth Department of the Petoskey District Library will offer several pre-school programs for the fall and winter: “Babies & Books” for pre-walkers, a Parent/Child Lap Sit program for children under three and a Thursday story hour for children birth to five years of age. Visit the Early Childhood page for dates and times.  Programs for children ages five and up, including Chess Gang and PAWS to read can be found here.

This Week’s Movie, Wednesday and Friday

movieThis Wednesday (10-7) and Friday (10-9) the Petoskey Film Theater will be showing the film Moonrise Kingdom (Rated PG-13; 2012; 94 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 like us on Facebook®. To receive weekly email updates send an email to

Friends of the Library Annual Dinner

jamesLocal author Stewert James will be the featured speaker at the Friends of the Petoskey District Library’s annual meeting and dinner on Tuesday, October 13 at the Petoskey Bay View Country Club. Stewert is the author of the the Super PAC trilogy and the recently published Writing with Hemingway at the City Park Grill : a collection of short stories.

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 $35 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.

AARP Driver Safety Course

Driver-Safety-logoTuesday, October 13, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Lower Level Classroom
Registration Required

The AARP Smart Driver™ Course is the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older. It has given millions of drivers the skills and tools they need to drive safely on today’s roads, allowing them to remain independent for many years to come. In fact, 97% of those who take it change at least one driving behavior. And the best part? There are no tests to pass – just useful information to keep you safe on the road!.

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Genealogy Interest Group

Barb Hernden 2015A new genealogy interest group will meet at the Petoskey District Library beginning this September. Anyone who is interested in genealogy or local history is invited to the group’s second meeting 2-4 p.m. Monday, October 19, at the Petoskey District Library. The group will meet 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 first meetings theme is, “Beginning Genealogy: Where to begin? The who, what, when and where of family history.” The group will be led by genealogist Barbara Manley Hernden.Continue Reading

Changes coming to MeLCat

Michigan-eLibrary-LogoDue to an upcoming server migration, MeLCat will be temporarily unavailable for new requests beginning on Wednesday, November 18.  Library users will be able to pick up MeLCat materials until Wednesday, December 2.  The ability to place requests and check out MeLCat items will be restored by Friday, December 11.  MeLCat materials can be returned to our library at any time.  Everything you need to know about this temporary downtime can be found herePlease plan ahead and place your MeLCat requests prior to November 18.

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.

MAP is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Recreation and Park Association and The Library Network.

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Byte-Sized Tech: Technology Classes

binary-code-569564_640The Petoskey District Library is hosting a series of technology classes for the public taught by Petoskey District Library Technology Supervisor Mary Sue Prantera. The classes will cover a variety of topics each week from basic computer skills to using Microsoft Office programs such as Excel and Word. Computers are provided for all classes.  Class size is limited, so please register by calling the library at 231-758-3100.  Click here to access the fall calendar.

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 and other documents that record the lineage of individuals from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more. We are delighted to be able to provide these resources, whose user-friendly search tools and comprehensive indexing make it simple enough for beginners, yet provide deep and broad content that will help veteran genealogists advance their research. Click here to view a “Quick Start Guide,” and then come to the Petoskey District Library to discover your unique personal history. (Note: this resource is only accessible while in the library.)

For those wishing to do genealogy research at home, HeritageQuest Online, available to all Michigan residents via the Michigan eLibrary (MeL), is now powered by Ancestry™. Some of the enhancements include:

  • Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years
  • Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and much more.

Resort Township Bookdrop

The library has installed a bookdrop at the Resort Township Hall, in addition to the one previously placed at the Bear Creek Township Hall. Now residents of both townships can have the convenience of returning items without making a trip in to town.

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.


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.

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!