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Fri. & Sat. 10am – 5pm
Sun. 12noon – 5pm

Summer Reading Program

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Kids and Teens can now sign up for summer reading! Summer reading offers prizes, events, and a great way to stop the summer slide. Visit the children’s department or teen desk to get started.

A full list of events and more information can be found here.

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Repair Café@the Library

Do you like to fix and tinker with things (think bikes, furniture, toys, jewelry, small electrical appliances, gadgets, computers, textiles, lawnmowers…)? We are planning a Repair Café to be held in conjunction with our Makerspace at the Library and are looking for folks who are handy at repairing things. Volunteer repairers will help people fix broken things rather than throwing them away. Please let us know if you are interested; also pass this along to anyone you think might be. Once we Continue Reading

Library Board Vacancy

The Library Board is made up of five residents of the City of Petoskey appointed by the Mayor. There is currently a vacancy on the board for a term ending January 31, 2021. Any city resident who is interested in the position should contact Mayor John Murphy at City Hall, 231-347-2500. The Board is responsible to hire the Director, create policies and oversee the budget. Members serve without compensation.

Online Catalog Contest

Each time you contribute information such as ratings, tags, comments or reviews, you receive community credits. Community credits are a way you can keep track of your contributions to the library’s catalog, and to the wider community of library users.

The simplest way to start earning community credits is to add titles to your shelves: each star rating, tag or other comment that you add earns one credit. When you create a list of at least five titles, you earn 5 credits. Continue Reading

Summer Author Events

Petoskey native Julie Buntin will visit to promote her novel, Marlena, on Thursday, July 13 at 6:00 p.m.  Marlena is an electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades.  Julie Buntin is from northern Michigan and her work has been published in The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan and O, The Oprah Magazine as well as several other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and she teaches fiction at Marymount Manhattan College.  This event is in partnership with McLean & Eakin Booksellers, who will host Julie earlier in the day at a ticketed luncheon.

PDL’s Summer Author Series kicks off on Friday, June 23 and features five events throughout the summer months culminating with the second annual Local Author Fair on August 14.  All summer author events will be held at the Carnegie Building at 451 E. Mitchell Street. Please register for events on the library’s events calendar, or by calling 231.758.3100. Continue Reading

Adult Chess Club

Adult Chess Club meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  The next club will meet Sunday, June 25 in the lower level classroom. Offering education and competition for adults 18+ with instruction led by Adam Masek.  Adam has enjoyed playing and studying chess for over 25 years. He is currently dedicated to earning the Expert title. He has taught beginners of all ages, and looks forward to sharing his experience and enthusiasm for the game at this new club.  Drop-in program. Feel free to bring your own chess set; the library will have a number of sets available.

Makerspace Mondays

makerspaceStop by & learn how to use the new digital equipment & software located in the lower level Makerspace area.

3D Printer Class: Monday – June 26, 5:30 p.m.; July 10, 5:30 p.m.; August 7, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, August 26, 1:00 p.m. Attend a training course & receive certification to use the 3D printers for your own print jobs. Please register: June 26, July 10, August 7, August 26

Video Converter: Monday – July 10, 1:00 p.m. Learn how to preserve your memories into the future by converting your old VHS tapes into digital MP4 format using the Makerspace equipment. Please register.

SketchUp: Monday – July 17, 5:00 p.m.; August 14, 3:00 p.m. Learn the essentials of this 3D modeling software & create your very own 3D model. Please register: July 17, August 14 Continue Reading

Friends @ the Carnegie

Jeff Lange presents
Dance of the Sandhill Crane
Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Jeff Lange will be speaking about and presenting his film, “The Dance of the Sandhill Crane”, which was filmed around Petoskey. This film follows a Sandhill crane family through the nesting season. Throughout the film, you will witness courtship dancing, chick hatching, life around the marsh and beyond, and intense sibling rivalry, which is a significant cause of chick mortality. Jeff is the founder of, an organization that seeks to restore loon-breeding lakes and territories throughout Northern Michigan. He is also a singer/songwriter who plays at various music venues throughout Michigan, and is fond of kayaking Ontario’s Goulais and Agawa Rivers.

All Friends @ the Carnegie programs are held at the Carnegie Building at 451 E. Mitchell Street, unless otherwise noted. The programs are offered at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month, except May (third Monday) and December (no program). All Friends @ the Carnegie programs are open to the public and admission is free.

Hobbies in the Lobby

Learn a Language with Mango
Wednesday, June 28 at 5:30 p.m.

Come and meet your very own Mango advocate, Amy Janczarek, who will walk you through how to get started with your language learning quest! She’ll walk patrons through sign up, the user portal, downloading the mobile app and a course demo. Mango offers access to 72 foreign language courses and 19 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere™ and access to a variety of specialty mini courses, like Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses.  Petoskey District Library patrons can access all Mango has to offer by visiting our library portal here.

This Week’s Movie, Wednesday and Friday

This Wednesday (6-28) and Friday (6-30) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the Swedish comedy film The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Rated R; 2015; 115 min.; Swedish with subtitles). 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

Genealogy Interest Group

Barb Hernden 2015 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, July 17. Topic: Genealogy Magazines (What’s Available to Help in Your Research). 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

Michigan eLibrary (MeL)

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.


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For links to the complete collection, go to the MeL Databases page.

Detroit News Historical Archives

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.

  1. Selected America’s Historical Newspapers: 1873-1922, 1944-1945
  2. America’s News: Historical and Current: 1873-1922, 1944-1945 and 1999-current
  3. Detroit News: 1999-current only

The second option takes you to the integrated interface where you can search all available content together. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)

MAP-logo-tr-small-newDid 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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Michigan Notable Books, 2017

MNB_Sticker_FINAL_511483_7The 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