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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

Money Smart Week® 2016

money smart weekLibraries provide financial literacy programming during Money Smart Week® at your library, April 23-30, 2016

Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.  More than 3,000 free financial education classes and seminars for consumers will be held in more than 40 states during Money Smart Week®, April 23-30.  Classes are open to people of all ages at businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, community organizations and government agencies throughout the country.  Money Smart Week® events happening at the Petoskey District Library include:Continue Reading

Byte-Sized Tech

binary-code-569564_640We are beginning the spring session of our Byte-Sized Tech series of technology classes for the public taught by either library staff or special presenters. The first session, part of Money Smart Week®, is Digital Services: Simple Ways to Save Money with Technology. Monday. April 25, 5:30 p.m. In this session you will learn how using technology, along with free and/or low cost services, can help you save money on everyday expenses. Explore ways to save money with free e-Music, e-Books, and e-Magazines … Set up online bill pay and never receive a late fee again … End cable without giving anything up … and other money saving tips. Class size is limited, so please register by calling the library at 231-758-3100 or sign up online. For our complete spring schedule, click here.

Friday Night Movie

movieAs a part of the Money Smart Week activities through the Petoskey District Library, this Friday (4-29) the Petoskey Film Theater will be showing the Academy Award-winning film The Big Short, (Rated R; 2015; 130 min.). The Big Short was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and won Best Writing, Adapted 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.

For more information on upcoming films call the PFT Movie Hotline at 758-3108 or visit 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.Continue Reading

Cards for the Library

card partyFriends of Petoskey Public Library invite you to their spring Cards for the Library party on Monday, May 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bay View Country Club. Check in starts at 11:30 a.m., lunch is at noon followed by card games, board games, dominoes, mahjong and any favorite game you care to share. Cost is $25 per person and proceeds will be used to purchase new materials for the Library.  Email or call Joyce Hutto-Nolan at 529-6685 for reservations by April 27.

First Fridays for Foodies

ctacPetoskey Cheese
Friday, May 6, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

The Petoskey District Library and CTAC will sponsor a culinary demonstration in the newly renovated CTAC kitchen between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. the First Friday of each month   This month Petoskey Cheese will discuss finding the perfect cheese.

The cheese class will be a fun and interactive way to learn more about different styles of cheese.  Local Cheesemonger, Katie Potts will walk you through tasting cheese, a brief cheese lesson, and some of her favorite paring tips.

Mark your calendars for the next First Friday for Foodies culinary demo on Friday, June 3, 2016:  Make baby food with an ethnic flair with Freshbaby.

Understanding Your Health

Dottie HawthorneChoosing Reliable Digital Resources
Friday, May 6, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

The Petoskey District Library has collaborated with retired medical librarian Dottie Hawthorne to offer health education for the public in a new series titled Understanding Your Health.  The first program, “Choosing Reliable Digital Resources”, will take place on Friday, May 6 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Library classroom. Finding and navigating reliable health resources online can be daunting.  Dottie will guide the group through several reputable sites, offering tips for how to navigate and evaluate health information online.

Dottie Hawthorne is a retired librarian from the Mayo Clinic Medical Library in Rochester, MN. She practiced her library skills serving physicians, researchers, nurses and allied staff for thirty two years. Prior to that she was librarian of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. She has a BS in Medical Technology from Michigan State University, and a MS in Librarianship from Western Michigan University, where she met her husband, Frank. They were both born and raised in small towns of lower Michigan, and are happy retirees to Petoskey since April 2015. Dottie enjoys hiking, traveling, reading and gardening.

This program is open to the public; Please register by calling the library 231-758-3100 or sign up online.

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.

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 .

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

Steve Hamilton Author Visit

hamiltonSummer Author Series
Saturday, May 21, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Crooked Tree Arts Center Theater

We are pleased to announce that New York Times-bestselling, two-time Edgar-award-winning author Steve Hamilton will visit Petoskey on Saturday, May 21 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Crooked Tree Arts Center Theater. Mr. Hamilton will visit to promote the first novel in a new series, The Second Life of Nick Mason. This event is hosted in partnership with McLean & Eakin Booksellers.  Tickets are available now by calling McLean & Eakin at 231.347.1180.

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Spring Events Newsletter

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