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Ancestry® Library Edition

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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.)

Friday Night Movie

friday movieThis Friday (3-6) the Petoskey Film Theater will be showing the delightful Scottish comedy The Angel’s Share (Rated R; 2012; 101 min.). The Angel’s Share was the winner of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize. 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.

Let Water Run Notice

Due to extremely cold weather conditions causing a high rate of water service freeze ups, the City of Petoskey is requesting that all water customers continuously run their water until further notice.  Customers should run a stream of cold water the diameter of a pencil in one faucet 24 hours per day. All utility customers will receive an adjusted bill based on their average water usage.  Customers should remember to run their water continuously, even though the outside temperature may rise above freezing, as the frost will remain in the ground until spring and could cause water services to freeze if the flow of water is turned off inside. A follow-up notification will be provided when City of Petoskey customers can stop running their water.

Hobbies in the Lobby

ancestry picBeginning Genealogy Workshop with Donna Johnson
Friday, March 13, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

The Petoskey District Library is excited to welcome Donna Johnson as part of Hobbies in the Lobby.  Donna is a founding member of the Emmet County Genealogical Society and was born and raised in Petoskey.  Join Donna as she shares her knowledge and research and take home a packet of resources to help start your very own research. Hobbies in the Lobby is free and open to the public.  Registration is recommended.  For more information or to register, call the library at (231) 758-3111.

Tax Form Information

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IRS (Federal) Tax Forms
We have received a notice from the IRS that there will be a drastic cut in the forms and publications that we will be receiving for distribution to the public. Will will only be receiving IRS Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ and no instruction booklets. (Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ have been received.) We’re sorry for the inconvenience and will gladly assist you in downloading and printing forms at the Reference Desk on the second floor. We also have a binder of reproducible forms and instructions from which you can make photocopies. Please direct your concerns to Senators Debbie Stabenow, and Gary Peters and Congressman Dan Benishek. The following list contains links to the IRS tax forms, instructions and publications that we normally carry. Other forms and publications are also available at the IRS website. Continue Reading

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

National Book Awards

national book awardThe National Book Foundation announced its National Book Award winners on Wednesday, November 19.

Phil Klay was named the winner in the fiction category for his book of short stories, Redeployment, which takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The winner in the nonfiction category was Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos, a vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation.

Taking the poetry prize was Louise Glück’s Faithful and Virtuous Night, a luminous, seductive new collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.

Finally, the award for the Young People’s Literature category went to Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, in which the author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.

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

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.

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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.