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Friends @ the Carnegie

DVDThe Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society’s Brad Blair & Tim Ellis present:
Holiday Hauntings
Monday, November 24, 2014

Tim Ellis and Brad Blair are veteran paranormal investigators who have been chasing ghosts since they were kids growing up together in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Childhood friends since third grade, Brad and Tim took their love of the paranormal as kids to the next level when they created the Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society in 2000 along with their other childhood friend Steve LaPlaunt. Continue Reading

This Week’s Movie, Wednesday and Friday

movieThis Wednesday (11-26) and Friday (11-28) the Petoskey Film Theater will be showing the film What’s Cooking, (Rated PG-13; 2000; 109 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. To receive weekly email updates send an email to petoskey.film.theater2@gmail.com.

Hobbies in the Lobby

testFeatured Artist: Shirley Harrer
Friday, December 5th, 2014

The Petoskey District Library is excited to welcome artist Shirley Harrer as part of Hobbies in the Lobby.  Shirley, who is from Sault Ste. Marie, has been a crafter all her life.  Her specialty is creating beautiful handcrafted teddy bears, moose and bunnies of all sizes.  Many of her bears are made as memorial gifts for families, out of clothing and other mementos of a loved one, which she creatively customizes into unique family heirlooms.  Her talents are not just limited to animals. She also creates beautiful custom pins, warm woolen mittens and garland, many of which are made from recycled materials.  Continue Reading

Byte-Sized Tech: Google Drive Workshop

Picture1with Shannon Maitland
Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Petoskey District Library will be hosting a Google Drive workshop as part of our Byte-Sized Tech program. Google Drive is a free service that allows you to store files online from your computer or mobile device and access them from anywhere. Google Drive also gives access to free web-based applications for creating documents and spreadsheets, forms and drawings that you can work on individually or as part of group collaboration.Continue Reading

National Book Awards

national book awardThe National Book Foundation announced its National Book Award winners on Wednesday, November 19.

Phil Klay was named the winner in the fiction category for his book of short stories, Redeployment, which takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The winner in the nonfiction category was Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos, a vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation.

Taking the poetry prize was Louise Glück’s Faithful and Virtuous Night, a luminous, seductive new collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.

Finally, the award for the Young People’s Literature category went to Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, in which the author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.

Laughter Yoga Classes

TiffanywoodsTiffany Lenau from Yoga Roots is returning to the Petoskey District Library to do a new series of Laughter Yoga classes. Laughter Yoga is a laughter delivery system that enables a person to laugh continuously for 15 to 20 minutes.  Improved blood circulation, increased oxygen levels, muscle relaxation, lower blood pressure and an overall boost to the immune system are some of the positive effects that may be experienced through laughter.

These events will be held the first Friday of the month with the exception of December, which will be held on the second Friday (December 12th, 2014). This program will run from November-February. Laughter Yoga classes will meet in the lower level classroom of the Petoskey District Library from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please call the library at 231-758-3111 to register for the class, as there are limited spaces available.

Congratulations Craig!

eddiWe would like to congratulate the Petoskey Film Theater’s Craig Stutzky as the winner of the 2014 eddi Award for Individual Patron. The eddi Awards are presented biennially by the Crooked Tree Arts Center to honor local individuals and organizations that work to keep the arts alive in northern Michigan.

Craig has been showing films since 2001 on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Carnegie Building as part of the Petoskey Film Theater.  The Library buys the license and provides the venue for the Film Theater, but Craig selects and shows the films. Craig has a passion for film and it is an outstanding achievement to provide the community with art films and educational events twice a week, week after week, year after year. Congratulations, Craig…and thanks.

Introducing Our New Online Catalog

screenshotWe are excited to introduce our new online catalog, powered by BiblioCommons. The site enables you to keep track of your borrowing history, contribute ratings and reviews, create favorites lists or topic guides to share with others, get personalized recommendations, send and receive messages with other catalog users and even catalog your own home library. And each time you create a list or add comments, you are building a better catalog for your community’s library!Continue Reading

Project Passenger Pigeon

michigan-marker2014 marks the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon – once the most abundant bird species in North America, if not the world. In the year 1800, more than five billion passenger pigeons crisscrossed the skies of the eastern United States and Canada. Passing flocks could darken the skies for three days straight. However, in the face of relentless slaughter for food and recreation, coupled with habitat loss, this seemingly inexhaustible resource was depleted in just a few decades. The “last grand nesting” of Passenger Pigeons known occurred near Petoskey in 1878, blanketing a region 40 miles long and three to ten miles wide. By 1900 the species was virtually extinct, and by mid-afternoon of September 1, 1914, Martha, the last of her species, died in the Cincinnati Zoo.Continue Reading

Bear Creek Bookdrop

bear_creek_bookdropThe library has installed a bookdrop at the Bear Creek Township Hall for the convenience of residents who want to return items without making a trip in to town.

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.

For a map showing all participating attractions, click here.

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.

ExpressSOS

express_sosPrint Vehicle Registration, Operator’s Permit and more at the Library

Library visitors can now use a library computer to renew license plate tabs and print a copy of their vehicle registration thanks to a convenient “print and go” feature available through ExpressSOS – the  online, no-wait Secretary of State.

The self-printed registration allows drivers to legally operate their registered vehicle while waiting for the tabs to arrive in the mail.  Similarly, library patrons can renew a driver’s license online* and print an operator’s permit, enabling them to drive legally until the license arrives in the mail. Patrons can also use library computers to print State IDs, duplicate copies of vehicle or boat registrations, and duplicate copies of titles directly from ExpressSOS.

*NOTE: Every eight years, Michigan drivers are required to visit a Secretary of State branch office for a new driver’s license photo and an eye test.

Digital Public Library of America

dpla-logo_0The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items — photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more — from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others.

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!