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Spring Events Newsletter

Spring pg 1The Library’s Spring 2016 Events Newsletter for April, May and June is available here. Continue Reading

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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.  Continue Reading

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.Continue Reading

This Week’s Movie, Wednesday and Friday

movieThis Wednesday (6-1) and Friday (6-3) the Petoskey Film Theater will be showing the British film Ladies in Lavender (Rated PG-13; 2005; 104 min.). 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.

For more information on upcoming films call the PFT Movie Hotline at 758-3108 or like us on Facebook®. To receive weekly email updates send an email to

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. Sessions being held at the library are listed below. For a complete listing of courses, download the Spring 2016 registration brochure here, or visit North Central Michigan College for more information.

Book Chats
Third Thursday of each month, 10:30 AM
Petoskey District Library, Upper Level Meeting Room –  Free

Discuss books you are reading and share insights. New members receive gift certificate to Friends of Library Book Sale.

Introduction (or Re-introduction) to Bridge
Fridays, May 13, 20 & 27 and June 3, 10 &17, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Petoskey District Library, Lower Level Classroom – Free
Allison White and members of the Petoskey Duplicate Bridge Club

Learn the basics of playing bridge, a classic, strategic card game, in the informal setting of the library. Students will learn the first steps in bidding and card play.


First Fridays for Foodies


Exploring a World of Flavor through Homemade Baby Food with Freshbaby

Friday, June 3, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

Did you know that the best time to introduce new flavors to a child is before their first birthday? Learn interesting and easy ways you can introduce your child to herbs, spices and ethnic flavors with your own homemade baby food during this culinary demo sponsored by Crooked Tree Arts Center and Petoskey District Library.  The event will be held in CTAC’s newly renovated commercial kitchen.

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Summer Open House

ellie dyer megan braendleJoin Downtown Petoskey on Friday, June 3 in celebrating the beginning of the summer season! Pennsylvania Park will come alive with the sounds of the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, and Downtown will be bustling with activity as the restaurants and merchants show off their 2016 goods.  The fun doesn’t stop there!  The library will stay open after hours to offer gaming fun for all ages!  Play Yardzee on the lawn, visit the children’s room to play giant tic-tac-toe, check out the retro arcade station in the Young Adult area, or take your pick of tabletop board games.  Treat yourself to a cotton candy outdoors (weather permitting).

Hobbies in the Lobby

beeBee Keeping as a Hobbyist
Friday, June 10, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

Matthew Lesky of Bees North of 45 will be in the lobby sharing his knowledge of beekeeping and what it takes to become a bee hobbyist.  Matthew will share a hive and some honey (no bees).  Hobbies in the Lobby is open to the public.  For more information, call 231-758-3100, or view the online calendar here.

Byte-Sized Tech

binary-code-569564_640Our Byte-Sized Tech series of technology classes for the public is taught by either library staff or special presenters. The next session is iPhoneography on Monday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m. In this session  you will learn how to take better pictures & video using your SmartPhone, as well as how to view, edit, and organize your media.  Class size is limited, please register by calling the library at 231-758-3100 or sign up online. For our complete spring schedule, click here.

Maureen Abood Author Visit

Maureen_Abood photo by Stephanie BakerMichigan Notable Book Authors’ Tour
Thursday, June 30, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Carnegie Building

Author Maureen Abood is on the Michigan Notable Book Author tour for her book, Rose Water and Orange Blossoms, a fresh and classic book of Lebanese recipes. She shares stories of her life and how she came to write this fabulous book as well as some of her favorite recipes. Books will be available for purchase by McLean & Eakin Booksellers.

This year, several authors whose engaging works were chosen as 2016 Michigan Notable Books selections will visit nearly 50 libraries throughout the state to offer storytelling, book signings and question-and-answer time with guests.  The program annually selects 20 of the most outstanding books published in that year – titles that are reflective of Michigan’s diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experience. “It’s a literary treat for our community to have Maureen Abood share her cookbook, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms:  Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen,  written right here in northern Michigan.  An author of Maureen’s caliber here will make it an evening to remember,” said Programming Librarian Jodi Haven.

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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.

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, June 20 (Topic: 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

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 listsContinue 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 .

Friends Book Sale

2014 Book sale 2The Friends of Petoskey Public Library‘s big summer used book sale is coming up during Sidewalk Sale days, July 28-29. They are in need of gently used books, especially children’s books and contemporary fiction. We would greatly appreciate your donations anytime during normal library hours. All proceeds support library programs and collections. We ask that you do not bring textbooks, encyclopedias, Reader’ Digest condensed or books in poor condition. Remember, you can also buy used books from the Friends at bargain prices, all year long, in the lower level of the library.