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Summer Reading Program

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There are a lot of great events still happening this July and August. Click on the Build a Better World artwork or here to see the calendar of programs for kids and teens! Continue Reading

Wi-Fi Hotspots Available

At Petoskey District Library (PDL) you can check out more than just books! The library is pleased to announce the addition of six mobile Wi-Fi hotspots which can be checked out from the Reference Desk for a one week period by PDL cardholders aged 18 and up. The portable hotspots allow patrons without internet to easily get online using any Wi-Fi enabled device such as a phone, tablet or laptop anywhere there is a cell connection. Currently, the library lends hotpots from Verizon and T-Mobile.

PDL has long offered free Wi-Fi to anyone in their building and on the library grounds. With over 1400 Wi-Fi users in the month of May alone, the need to extend the service beyond the building was clear. “These mobile hotspots accommodate Continue Reading

New Metered Parking

We are pleased to announce 3 hour metered parking on Woodland Avenue.  We hope that our patrons will find these parking spaces convenient while at the library.  Just returning items?  Our drive-through dropbox is located in the alley off of Waukazoo Avenue and is open 24/7.  We also have installed new drive-through book returns at the Little Traverse Township Hall and Springvale Township Hall, in addition to those previously placed at the Bear Creek and Resort Township Halls.  Now residents of these townships can have the convenience of returning items without making a trip in to town.  Township book returns are emptied weekly, and all items are backdated to the previous date it was emptied.

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

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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Friends @ the Carnegie

Eric Hemenway presents:
Art without Boundaries: LTBB Odawa Art in Vienna, Austria
Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Eric Hemenway will share the story of how a large collection of Odawa art from Cross Village and Harbor Springs arrived in Vienna, Austria, where it is today. This collections reflects a time of immense change and difficulty for the Odawa of Wagnakising.

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. If you would like more information about this or other Library events, call the Petoskey District Library at 231-758-3100.

This Week’s Movie, Wednesday and Friday

This Wednesday (7-26) and Friday (7-28) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film Tommy’s Honour (Rated PG; 2017; 112 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


Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

bigbooksSail into summer with the Friends of the Petoskey Library Used Book Sale! Wonderful used books available in every category, including some interesting rare books. Most hardcover are $3.00; most trade paperbacks just $2.00! Browse the BIG BOOK SALE Thursday, July 27 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday, July 28 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. during sidewalk sales. Remember, you can also buy used books from the Friends at bargain prices, all year long, in the lower level of the library.

PS: If you’re a member of the Friends, you can get a first look at the sale books on Wednesday, July 26 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Not yet a member? No problem! Join that night for as little as $20. Download a membership application here.

Hobbies in the Lobby

Genealogy 101
Friday, August 4 at 1:00 p.m.

“The pursuit of family history tends to be shaped by several motivations, including the desire to carve out a place for one’s family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future generations, and a sense of self-satisfaction in accurate storytelling.”

Join Professional Genealogist Barbara Hernden in the library classroom for Hobbies in the Lobby as she outlines the basics of beginning your family history journey. From where to start, how to organize your family information with charts, to making the most out of the resources that are available, she will cover it all! Please register.

Makerspace Mondays

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

3D Printer Class: Monday – 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: August 7, August 26

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

Cricut Machine: Monday – August 14, 5:30 p.m. Learn how to use the Cricut machine to make DIY special holiday cards or other ideas. Please register.

Summer Author Events

The Marsh King’s Daughter, is a dark psychological suspense novel set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wilderness by Michigan author, Karen Dionne.  PDL and McLean & Eakin Booksellers welcome Karen on Tuesday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m.  Karen’s short fiction has appeared in Bathtub Gin, The Adirondack Review, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, and Thought Magazine, as well as First Thrills: High-Octane Stories from the Hottest Thriller Authors, an anthology of short stories from bestselling and emerging authors edited by Lee Child.

PDL’s Summer Author Series kicked 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

Author Event

Make the Great Lakes Great Again
Saturday, August 12, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Carnegie Building

Mark your calendars and bring a friend to the Carnegie Building on Saturday, August 12, 2017 4-6 PM for readings and discussion on our Great Lakes and how to make them great again — with four of Michigan’s finest writers, naturalists, advocates, and experts –Monica Rico, Alison Swan, Jerry Dennis, and Keith Taylor. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.  Brought to you by Lynch & Sons Fund for the Arts and Petoskey District Library.

The Carnegie Building is located at 451 E. Mitchell Street in Petoskey.  Registration appreciated.

Local Author Fair

Over 30 local authors will gather at the Carnegie Building on August 14, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. for Petoskey District Library’s second annual Local Author Fair.  The event will feature new talent and popular, local favorites who either live in or write about the area.  A selection of titles will be available for sale.   Kickoff for the event will be a keynote address at 4:00 p.m. by author Louis Kasischke. Lou Kasischke, author of After the Wind, has lived his entire life in Michigan, but his love of mountains and alpine sports has led him to remote parts of the world, on all seven continents.  He earned his BA in business and a Juris Doctor degree in law from MSU.  He also became a certified public accountant and later earned his advanced Master of Laws degree.  His professional career often focused on taking high-stake risks, managing risks, and making decisions with far-reaching consequences, which made his life as a serious mountain climber a natural extension.  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, August 13 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.

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, August 21. Topic: Charts You Can Use in 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.