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Special Library Board Meetings

The Petoskey District Library will host a public forum introducing the final candidates for the Director position on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 101 E. Lake Street. Each candidate will make a presentation and there will be time for questions. A short reception will follow the meeting. Candidates include Ryan Deery, Margaret Delaney, Valerie Meyerson, and Nieca Nowels. Final interviews for the Library Director position will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the lower-level classroom of the Petoskey District Library on Thursday, October 30, 2014. This meeting is open to the public.Continue Reading

Wednesday Night Movie

movieThis Wednesday (10-29) the Petoskey Film Theater and the C. S. Lewis Festival will be showing the film Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Rated PG; 2011; 113 min.). A vice president of Walden Media, Randy Testa, will be introducing the film. 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.

Byte-Sized Tech: Pinterest® Class

pinterestDo you have a Pinterest® account and want to get pinning? The Petoskey District Library will be hosting a Pinterest® class Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. This class is intended for beginners who already have an account. Please bring your own computer and password needed to sign into Pinterest®. If you are bringing a mobile device for class, be aware that the Pinterest® mobile app will look different than the Pinterest® web page. Those using a mobile device are welcome to come and take the class to learn more about Pinterest®, however, we will not being using the Pinterest® mobile app in this classroom demonstration.

Please call and register for our free class at 231-758-3111. Class size is limited.

Laughter Yoga Classes

TiffanywoodsTiffany Lenau from Yoga Roots is returning to the Petoskey District Library to do a new series of Laughter Yoga classes. Laughter Yoga is a laughter delivery system that enables a person to laugh continuously for 15 to 20 minutes.  Improved blood circulation, increased oxygen levels, muscle relaxation, lower blood pressure and an overall boost to the immune system are some of the positive effects that may be experienced through laughter.

These events will be held the first Friday of the month with the exception of December, which will be held on the second Friday (December 12th, 2014). This program will run from November-February. Laughter Yoga classes will meet in the lower level classroom of the Petoskey District Library from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please call the library at 231-758-3111 to register for the class, as there are limited spaces available.

Hobbies in the Lobby

Finding your way Gluten Free poster1114Grain Train outreach coordinator Mindy Taylor will offer a discussion on gluten-free living from 1-2 p.m. Friday Nov. 14, at the Petoskey District Library. Mindy has been working at the Grain Train for nearly seven years and has been finding her way gluten-free for the last three. Developing a support group with a positive tone that focuses on all the great foods that there are to eat in a gluten-free diet, rather than on the restrictions, was one of her first outreach projects. Mindy believes that gluten-free holidays can be just as enjoyable and tasty as any other holiday celebration. Whether you are gluten-free yourself, or planning gluten-free menu options for your holiday guests, join us to explore different possibilities. Continue Reading

Congratulations Craig!

eddiWe would like to congratulate the Petoskey Film Theater’s Craig Stutzky as the winner of the 2014 eddi Award for Individual Patron. The eddi Awards are presented biennially by the Crooked Tree Arts Center to honor local individuals and organizations that work to keep the arts alive in northern Michigan.

Craig has been showing films since 2001 on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Carnegie Building as part of the Petoskey Film Theater.  The Library buys the license and provides the venue for the Film Theater, but Craig selects and shows the films. Craig has a passion for film and it is an outstanding achievement to provide the community with art films and educational events twice a week, week after week, year after year. Congratulations, Craig…and thanks.

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

General Election Poll Hours

Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. for the November 4 General Election. Before you vote,  be sure to visit the Michigan Voter Information Center; it’s a great resource for voters that allows you to confirm you are registered to vote, find the location of your polling place and even see a sample ballot.

Project Passenger Pigeon

michigan-marker2014 marks the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon – once the most abundant bird species in North America, if not the world. In the year 1800, more than five billion passenger pigeons crisscrossed the skies of the eastern United States and Canada. Passing flocks could darken the skies for three days straight. However, in the face of relentless slaughter for food and recreation, coupled with habitat loss, this seemingly inexhaustible resource was depleted in just a few decades. The “last grand nesting” of Passenger Pigeons known occurred near Petoskey in 1878, blanketing a region 40 miles long and three to ten miles wide. By 1900 the species was virtually extinct, and by mid-afternoon of September 1, 1914, Martha, the last of her species, died in the Cincinnati Zoo.Continue Reading

Bear Creek Bookdrop

bear_creek_bookdropThe library has installed a bookdrop at the Bear Creek Township Hall for the convenience of residents who want to return items without making a trip in to town.

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.

For a map showing all participating attractions, click here.

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.

ExpressSOS

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.

Digital Public Library of America

dpla-logo_0The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items — photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more — from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others.

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!