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Life Long Learning Series

The 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. Complete series information listed below.  Click here to access the workshop registration form.Continue Reading

Rubbish Collection Begins September 1

The City’s 2015 residential rubbish collection program will begin September 1, 2015. The Tuesday and Wednesday collections will continue during a two-week period through September 8 and September 9, respectively.  Click HERE for more information.

Book Sale a success!

wheelbarrow The Friends of the Library had another amazing used Book Sale.  Thank you for your support.  All the money raised will go directly into funding new materials and programs for the Library.

Summer of Safety

Summer_of_safety_logo_white_outline_06_489662_7Join us in supporting the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning’s Summer of Safety campaign to increase seat belt use and reduce impaired driving on Michigan roads through the summer when traffic crashes increase. In 2009, Michigan led the nation in seat belt use with 98 percent of all motorists wearing their seat belts. Since that record-setting year, the rate has dipped to 93 percent and the adjudication of seat belt citations by the courts has dropped by more than 40 percent. It’s important to raise the seat belt compliance rate. If Michigan had maintained a 98 percent belt use rate since 2009, an additional 115 lives could have been saved and 1,113 serious injuries could have been prevented. The campaign also hopes to raise awareness of all traffic safety initiativesContinue Reading

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.

MAP is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Recreation and Park Association and The Library Network.

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Genealogy Interest Group

Barb Hernden 2015A new genealogy interest group will meet at the Petoskey District Library beginning this September. Anyone who is interested in genealogy or local history is invited to the group’s first meeting 2-4 p.m. Monday, September 21, at the Petoskey District Library. The group will meet 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 first meetings theme is, “Beginning Genealogy: Where to begin? The who, what, when and where of family history.” The group will be led by genealogist Barbara Manley Hernden.Continue Reading

Back to the Books Card Party

card partyFriends of Petoskey Public Library invite you to Back to the Books on Monday, September 21 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 September 16.

Friends @ the Carnegie

Carl PalazzoloFriends at the Carnegie presents:
Dr. Carl Palazzolo, D.V.M.
Veterinarian & Wildlife Photographer

Monday, September 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Friends of the Petoskey Library Carnegie Lecture Series presents veterinarian and wildlife photographer Dr. Carl Palazzolo, D.V.M. at 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 28, 2015. Dr. P combines his knowledge of photography and exotic animal veterinary medicine to deliver a presentation and spectacular slideshow which highlights his many trips all over the globe. The lecture will take place in the Carnegie Building, 451 E. Mitchell Street.  Continue Reading

2015 Fall Workshops

carnegie2The Friends of Michigan Libraries (FOML) and the FOML Trustee Alliance will hold their 2015 workshops at our very own Carnegie Building this October 1-2.  For more information, including how to register, follow the links at Community Engagement: How Friends Can Promote the Value of Your Library or “Strategic Thinking, Strategic Planning: How Trustees Can Plan for Success“.

Byte-Sized Tech: Technology Classes

binary-code-569564_640Byte-Sized Tech Class Schedule

The Petoskey District Library is hosting a series of technology classes for the public taught by Petoskey District Library Technology Supervisor Mary Sue Prantera. The classes will cover a variety of topics each week from basic computer skills to using Microsoft Office programs such as Excel and Word. Computers are provided for all classes.  Class size is limited, so please register by calling the library at 231-758-3100.  Fall schedule to be announced.

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 lists and other documents that record the lineage of individuals from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more. We are delighted to be able to provide these resources, whose user-friendly search tools and comprehensive indexing make it simple enough for beginners, yet provide deep and broad content that will help veteran genealogists advance their research. Click here to view a “Quick Start Guide,” and then come to the Petoskey District Library to discover your unique personal history. (Note: this resource is only accessible while in the library.)

For those wishing to do genealogy research at home, HeritageQuest Online, available to all Michigan residents via the Michigan eLibrary (MeL), is now powered by Ancestry™. Some of the enhancements include:

  • Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years
  • Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and much more.

Resort Township Bookdrop

The library has installed a bookdrop at the Resort Township Hall, in addition to the one previously placed at the Bear Creek Township Hall. Now residents of both townships can have the convenience of returning items without making a trip in to town.

Michigan Notable Books, 2015

The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce the list of the 2015 Michigan Notable Books – 20 books highlighting Michigan people, places and events. The list highlights a wide range of exceptional “Michigan books” published in 2014 that bring attention to Michigan authors and topics.

“These wonderful reads celebrate, in their own unique ways, Michigan’s people, places and events,” State Superintendent of Public Education Mike Flanagan said in announcing the list. “The Michigan Notable Books list is a great way to showcase each year a new crop of talented writers in a state steeped in history and natural beauty and rich in stories and characters.”Continue Reading

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.


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.