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Byte-Sized Tech: Technology Classes

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July 2015

Mondays at 5:30 PM
Thursdays at 2:00 PM

The 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.  View the full July calendar here.

Summer of Safety

Summer_of_safety_logo_white_outline_06_489662_7Join us in supporting the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning’s Summer of Safety campaign to increase seat belt use and reduce impaired driving on Michigan roads through the summer when traffic crashes increase. In 2009, Michigan led the nation in seat belt use with 98 percent of all motorists wearing their seat belts. Since that record-setting year, the rate has dipped to 93 percent and the adjudication of seat belt citations by the courts has dropped by more than 40 percent. It’s important to raise the seat belt compliance rate. If Michigan had maintained a 98 percent belt use rate since 2009, an additional 115 lives could have been saved and 1,113 serious injuries could have been prevented. The campaign also hopes to raise awareness of all traffic safety initiativesContinue Reading

Byte-Sized Tech: iPad® Instruction Series

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The Petoskey District Library is offering a series of six courses on iPad basics for new iPad users July through August. This class is geared towards people who would like a refresher or are just getting started with their iPad. The class will review different settings and features each week as well as offering time for questions and answers. Participants should bring their own iPad to the session, but are welcome to come just to watch. The sessions will be taught by Petoskey High School student, Anne Johnson, member of the Petoskey Paladins robotics team. It is not necessary to attend all courses, but the course content builds in complexity as the series progresses. All courses take place in the lower-level classroom of Petoskey District Library, Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.Continue Reading

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 and a registration form are available here.

Laughter Yoga Fridays
Fridays, May 1, June 5 & August 7, 1 PM
Room 550, Upstairs SCRC – Free

Bring more joy into your life with laughter yoga – fun exercise for health and happiness, instant stress reduction, immune system boost, mood lift, increased energy and positive outlook.  Join Yoga Roots Tiffany Lenau for breathing and laughing exercises.

Author Event with Andy Skrzynski

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Michigan Author Andy Skrzynski Book Signing
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Michigan author Andy Skrzynski will read from his novel, The New World:  A Step Backward and conduct a question and answer session on Tuesday, August 18 3:00 p.m. on the first floor of the library.

In 2075, following the World Annihilation Period and Earth’s 50-year transformation, the detested Skalag clan periodically pillages Ukkiville to murder and enslave its inhabitants. Dangers intensify as vicious, mutant beasts lurk in the shadows, preying on villagers. At the heart of this evil, the twisted scientist, Zolokt, creates killer combinations of animals, plants, and insects to inflict his acts of revenge. Infuriated by the savage attacks, a young leader, Thoruk, and his two lifelong friends pledge their lives to protect Ukkiville. The determined ruler aims to forever put an end to Zolokt and his followers, for only then will true freedom reign in The New World.Continue Reading

An Evening with Paula McLain

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Tuesday, August 18, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Crooked Tree Arts Center Theater

We are pleased to announce that New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife, Paula McLain will visit Petoskey on Tuesday, August 18th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Crooked Tree Arts Center Theater. Ms. McLain will visit to promote her new novel about Beryl Markum, Circling the Sun. This event is hosted in partnership with McLean & Eakin Booksellers.  Tickets are available now by calling McLean & Eakin at 231.347.1180.

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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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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.

Michigan Notable Books, 2015

The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce the list of the 2015 Michigan Notable Books – 20 books highlighting Michigan people, places and events. The list highlights a wide range of exceptional “Michigan books” published in 2014 that bring attention to Michigan authors and topics.

“These wonderful reads celebrate, in their own unique ways, Michigan’s people, places and events,” State Superintendent of Public Education Mike Flanagan said in announcing the list. “The Michigan Notable Books list is a great way to showcase each year a new crop of talented writers in a state steeped in history and natural beauty and rich in stories and characters.”Continue Reading

Introducing Our New Online Catalog

screenshotWe are excited to introduce our new online catalog, powered by BiblioCommons. The site enables you to keep track of your borrowing history, contribute ratings and reviews, create favorites lists or topic guides to share with others, get personalized recommendations, send and receive messages with other catalog users and even catalog your own home library. And each time you create a list or add comments, you are building a better catalog for your community’s library!Continue Reading

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!

eBooks and More

300x250-A-E-V-MThe Petoskey District Library has collaborated with the Northland Library Cooperative and the Friends of the Petoskey Public Library to expand its services to include eBooks, and digital audiobooks, music and video.

Through this service, powered by OverDrive, library card holders may check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting the library’s Digital eLibrary. Users may browse the collection, check out with a valid library card, and download to a PC, Mac® and many mobile devices after installing the included free software. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod®, Kindle®, Sony® Reader™ and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD. You will never need to worry about late fees, as titles will automatically expire at the end of their lending period. We invite you to visit our Digital eLibrary today and start enjoying the world of digital media.