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Holiday Closing

The library will be closed on Saturday, July 4 for Independence Day.

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

bigbooksGet your calendars out … the Friends’ ever-popular Used Book Sale is coming up soon! This year’s two-day really, really BIG sale takes place indoors on Thursday, July 30 and indoors/outdoors on Friday, July 31, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This sale always takes place in conjunction with downtown Petoskey’s fabulous sidewalk sales days.

Typically people are lined up early each morning to get the first chance at the sale books. But you can sneak a peek even earlier than that, IF you’re a member of the Friends, at the Members Only, “First Look at the Books” on Wednesday, July 29 from 4:00 to 6:30 PM.Continue Reading

Byte-Sized Tech: iPad® Instruction Series

Anne Johnson

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

An Afternoon with Ann Patchett

Staff_Ann_FinalAn Afternoon with Ann Patchett
Monday, July 20, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Carnegie Building, 451 E. Mitchell

Please join us in welcoming one of our favorite authors back to Petoskey, the lovely Ann Patchett. Ann will join us on Monday, July 20th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to discuss some of her favorite reads and what’s happening in her writing world. Tickets are $5.00 and are available for purchase online or at McLean & Eakin, or by calling M & E at 231.347.1180. This ticket is redeemable for merchandise credit during the event only. This event will take place at the Carnegie Building (old library building) located at 451 E. Mitchell Street, Petoskey.Continue Reading

Magazine Survey

Your opinion is important to us! We want your input regarding our current magazine subscriptions and how we may tailor the collection to match the interests of our patrons.

We are also measuring public interest in digital magazines. The Library is exploring the possibility of providing a service that would allow our patrons to read a variety of magazines online, for free, from any digital device.Continue Reading

Friends @ the Carnegie

Dianna Stampfler (Nov 2012)Friends at the Carnegie presents:
Made in the Mitten:  Savoring Michigan’s Rich Foodie & Agricultural History
Monday, July 27, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Friends of the Petoskey Library Carnegie Lecture Series presents Made in the Mitten:  Savoring Michigan’s Rich Foodie & Agricultural History with Promote Michigan’s president Dianna Stampfler at 7:00 p.m., Monday, July 27, 2015.  Dianna will not only introduce audiences to Michigan’s rich foodie and agricultural history, but will allow everyone to sample a few Michigan-made products as well!  The lecture will take place in the Carnegie Building, 451 E. Mitchell Street.  Continue Reading

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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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.

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!