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Fri. & Sat. 10am – 5pm
Sun. 12noon – 5pm

Thank You Little Traverse and Springvale!

thanks-sms-for-friendsWe would like to thank the voters of Little Traverse and Springvale Townships, who have both approved a 0.4 operational millage for library services. Passage of these new millages will allow us to serve all the residents of those townships through 2020, and to increase hours of operation, programs offered, and Continue Reading

New Townships, New Hours, New Services!

petoskey-library-logoThe Library is pleased to announce the addition of two new townships as part of our service area. On November 8, 2016 the voters of Little Traverse and Springvale Townships passed a ballot initiative in support of contracting library services with Petoskey at a rate of 0.40 mils. All residents of Little Traverse and Springvale are now eligible for a library card, beginning immediately. The Library will prorate reimbursements to those residents with active paid cards. Patrons should call or visit the library to request the prorated refund.

As of December 1, 2016, the library will be expanding their hours to now be open on Friday and Saturday mornings, the new library hours will be 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and Noon – 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

We will have two open public meetings for all residents to provide input on ideas for additional services that the library may wish to provide. Please register for either 5:30 pm, Tuesday, December 6, or 10:30 am, Wednesday, December 7 for an hour long input session.

New Metered Parking

We are pleased to announce additional metered parking for library patrons on Woodland Avenue.

If you appreciate these additional spots and would like them to be permanent, please let the parking committee know by calling Becky Goodman at 231.622.8501. Thank you for your patronage!

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, December 19 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

Life Long Learning – Poetry Appreciation

tanya-muzumdar-headshotTanya Muzumdar presents:
Poetry Appreciation

Wednesdays, January 18 & 25 and February 1  11:00 am-12:00 noon
$10/session or $12/session at the door

Our focus will be on learning to appreciate poetry as a diverse literary art form through close readings and discussion of the work of classical and contemporary poets. We will examine a broad selection of free-verse and traditional-form poetry and its elements, such as imagery, music, tone, and use of the line. You will leave the course with a deeper understanding of poetry, a broad selection of poems, and suggestions for further reading.

Tanya Muzumdar teaches English and poetry at North Central Michigan College. Continue Reading

Life Long Learning – The Long Arc of the Universe

stockingKathleen Stocking presents:
The Long Arc of the Universe – Travels Beyond the Pale

Tuesday, February 7   11:00 am-12:00 noon
$10/session or  $12/session at the door

Kathleen Stocking tells of her experiences included in her book, The Long Arc of the Universe — Travels Beyond the Pale. She shares the joys and trials of travelling and working in the Third World – some of the adventures and near disasters as well as some of the revelations and rewards.  She is an advocate of Americans — and everyone everywhere –- developing a global awareness in keeping with the vastness of the Internet. It is a “brave new world out” there (Shakespeare) and we need to understand it.

Award-winning essayist Kathleen Stocking has two Michigan best sellers, Continue Reading

Life Long Learning – The Art of Memoir Writing

randyRandy Evans presents:
The Art of Memoir Writing

Thursdays, February 16 & 23 and March 2, 11:00 am-12:00 noon
$10/session or $12/session at the door

This class will guide participants through the steps for writing a personal or family memoir. Randy Evans will share his expertise in turning family stories, personal background and your local history into a cohesive story.

Randy Evans is an Ohio State English literature major, earned an MBA from Columbia University, and holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook University. He is also a Northern Michigan writer, known for Continue Reading

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 lists Continue 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 .

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. Continue Reading


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. Continue Reading

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.