Administered by the Library of Michigan in partnership with Michigan’s libraries of all types, the Michigan eLibrary provides all Michigan residents with free access to online full-text articles, full-text books, digital images, and other valuable research information at any time via the Internet, as well as providing an easy-to-use interlibrary loan system, known as MeLCat, to allow Michigan residents to borrow books and other library materials for free from participating Michigan libraries.
For links to the complete collection, go to the MeL Databases page.
Petoskey District Library has joined Library Ideas network of Public Library websites that offer access to over 7 million songs, Continue Reading
We are currently offering a trial of the Newsbank Detroit News database. Search people, places, organizations, events, historical topics and more from The Detroit News. This authoritative source for Michigan information includes birth, marriage and death notices. Content is currently available from 1873-1922, 1944-45, and 1999-current. Users outside of the library building will need to log-in with their library card number.
Once you enter, you’ll see three ways to use the resource.
Basic Embroidery Stitches
Wednesday, February 22, 5:30 p.m.
Learn a few standard embroidery stitches with staff member Donna Smith. Materials provided. Registration required.
This Wednesday (2-22) and Friday (2-24) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film Manchester by the Sea (Rated R; 2016; 137 min.). Manchester by the Sea is nominated for six Academy Awards, including for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. 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.
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 University 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
Joe Hoffman & Jeff Haven present:
St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission Church
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Learn about the history and influence of the St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission Church, Petoskey’s oldest building, during Friends of the Petoskey Library Carnegie Lecture Series presented by Joe Hoffman and Jeff Haven on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Together they will highlight Bishop Baraga’s involvement in wanting to establish the church at the shore of Little Traverse Bay for the Native Americans and white settlers living in the area and those traveling on Lake Michigan. The lecture will take place in the Carnegie Building, 451 E. Mitchell Street. Continue Reading
The Library’s Winter 2017 Events Newsletter for December, January and February is available here.
Mabs’ Atomic Mustard
Continuing the tradition of sharing the heat! As fourth generation mustard lovers, Mabs’ is proud to share their grandmother’s most coveted gift. It is created with only premium, fine ground mustard flour and pure cane sugar to ensure the best and most consistent taste possible. Learn recipes to combine its explosive flavor on sandwiches, crunchy snacks, or in your favorite sauces. Petoskey District Library and Crooked Tree Arts Center’s “First Fridays for Foodies” culinary demonstration takes place Friday, March 3 from 11:00 a.m. to noon in Crooked Tree Art Center’s renovated commercial kitchen. Coinciding with CTAC’s weekly artisans and farmer’s market from 10:00 am to 1:00 p.m., this culinary demo will be put on by Andrea Simard of Mabs’ Atomic Mustard. Free and open to the public.
Stop by & learn how to use the new digital equipment & software located in the lower level Makerspace area.
Scanner/Photoshop: Mondays – March 13 or April 3, 5:30 p.m. Turn slides, negatives & photos into digital memories using the scanner & Photoshop Elements. Bring along some of your own personal slides, negatives, or photos for this fun introductory demo.
3D Printer Class: Mondays – March 20, April 17, or May 22, 5:30 p.m. Attend a training course & receive certification to use the 3D printers for your own print jobs. Please register: March 20, April 17, May 22.
Video Converter: Monday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. Learn how to preserve your memories into the future by converting your old VHS tapes into digital MP4 format.
SketchUp: Mondays – April 10 or May 8, 5:30 p.m. Learn the essentials of this 3D modeling software & create your very own 3D model.
The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce the list of the 2017 Michigan Notable Books – 20 books highlighting Michigan people, places and events. The list highlights a wide range of exceptional “Michigan books” published in 2016 that bring attention to Michigan authors and topics.
Each year the list features 20 books, published the previous calendar year, which are about or set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or are written by a Michigan author. Continue Reading
Anyone who is interested in genealogy or local history is invited to join our genealogy interest group’s next meeting at the Petoskey District Library, 3-5 p.m. Monday, March 20. Topic: How to Organize Your Records (Charts, Photos, Paper Records). 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
The 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.
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.
Did 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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