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Art of Animation Cancelled

The Art of Animation and Film sessions in the Lifelong Learning winter 2016 series, taught by Anne Morningstar and scheduled for 11 am to noon on Tuesdays, Feb. 2, 9 and 16 have been cancelled.

Library Board Bylaws Committee

There will be a Library Board Bylaws Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 9, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the first floor conference room of the Library.

Print from Anywhere


Mobile Printing

Freegal® Music Service

freegal logoPetoskey District Library has joined Library Ideas network of Public Library websites that offer access to over 7 million songs, including Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog of legendary artists. Under the terms of the agreement, registered cardholders of the Petoskey District Library can download 5 Freegal® Music MP3 files each week and stream 3 hours of music every day at no direct cost via the Freegal® gateway. The library will underwrite the purchase of the music. The Freegal® Music Service also has popular music videos for download.  Freegal Music apps are also available in the Apple® App Store and Google Play®.  “We are very excited to offer a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use. We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library in marketing all its services to the community,” said Technology Services Supervisor Mary Sue Prantera.

Zinio Digital Magazines

LY5053_Zinio_WebButtonPetoskey District Library in partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books is pleased to announce the availability of Zinio for Libraries, the world’s largest newsstand. Through the Library gateway, patrons of Petoskey District Library will have unlimited multi-user access to complete digital magazines, which can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.  Forbes, Newsweek, Martha Stewart Living and National Geographic Traveler are just a few of the popular titles available.
Attention iPad, Kindle and Android Users –  Zinio for Libaries apps require that you first checkout your magazine in a browser.  The mobile apps are for reading only.  After checking out a magazine in your browser, you will need to login to the App. To login select Country = United States; State = Maryland; Library Name = “Popular 50 eMagazine Collection” and then your email/password. Please contact a library staff member for further help on how to access this service, or view the User Guide here.

Life Long Learning Series

ncmc pdl logoThe 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.  Download the Winter 2016 registration brochure here, or visit North Central Michigan College for more information.Continue Reading

Coloring Group for Adults

colorA coloring craze is spreading and adults everywhere are rediscovering the joys of coloring. It is a fad that is not only fun, but could be beneficial to your health as well as seen in articles in the New Yorker, The New York Times and from NPR. Adult coloring books feature intricate designs and patterns- some featuring whimsical doodles, others based on themes. The Petoskey District Library has joined in on the fun to host a weekly meeting for adults to try it out for themselves. This group allows adults to create pictures all while offering an outlet for relaxation, stress relief, and creative expression. The library will provide the coloring pages and colored pencils, but feel free to bring your own! The group meets every Tuesday from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the lower-level. The first meeting takes place on Tuesday, January 26.

Hobbies in the Lobby

danchingwaMake a Wish Necklace Workshop
Friday, February 12, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

Make your own beaded wish necklace, during the Hobbies in the Lobby event at 1 p.m. Friday, February 12, in the main lobby of the Petoskey District Library.

Petoskey resident, Daniel Chingwa, learned beading from his aunt Mary when he was just eight years old. Dan spent summers making necklaces, bracelets, rings and more in Petoskey’s Pennsylvania Park, making 65 cents an hour plus profits from selling his work. After selling his first bracelet for $12, he was hooked. He now spends his evenings and time away from work beading, anywhere between six and twelve hours a day. He says that many people may not realize the work that goes into the art.Continue Reading

Genealogy Interest Group

Barb Hernden 2015A new genealogy interest group began meeting at the Petoskey District Library last September. Anyone who is interested in genealogy or local history is invited to the group’s next meeting 2-4 p.m. Monday, February 15, (Topic: Find-a-Grave) 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

Tax Form Information


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 their instruction booklets. (Form 1040A and instructions and 1040EZ instructions only have been received.) We’re sorry for the inconvenience and will gladly assist you in downloading and printing forms or ordering forms by mail at the Reference Desk on the second floor. We will also have a set of common reproducible forms (not yet received) from which you can make photocopies. 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

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!

National Book Awards

national book awardThe National Book Foundation announced its National Book Award winners on Wednesday, November 18.

Adam Johnson was named the winner in the fiction category for his book of short stories, Fortune Smiles, in which Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal.

The winner in the nonfiction category was Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, providing readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here”

Taking the poetry prize was Robin Coste Lewis, with her debut Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems, a meditation on the black female figure throughout time. This book is a thrilling aesthetic anthem to the complexity of race, a full embrace of its pleasure and horror, in equal parts..

Finally, the award for the Young People’s Literature category went to Challenger Deep, Neal Shusterman’s captivating, deeply powerful and personal novel about mental illness.

Children’s Programs – Winter 2016

PandaBearThe Youth Department of the Petoskey District Library will offer several pre-school programs for the winter: “Babies & Books” for pre-walkers, a Parent/Child Lap Sit program for children under three and a Thursday story hour for children birth to five years of age. Visit the Early Childhood page for dates and times.  Programs for children ages five and up, including Chess Gang and PAWS to read can be found here.

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.

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.