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

Hiring Part-Time Library Assistant

The Petoskey District Library will be accepting applications for a regular part-time Library Assistant. The ideal candidate would have computer experience, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and other emerging technologies, good attention to detail, the ability to work independently, excellent customer service skills and also be able to work a flexible schedule that includes evenings and weekends. Application and a job description can be downloaded here or picked up at the circulation desk in the Library at 500 E. Mitchell St. Submit cover letter, resume and application by Sunday, May 28, 2017. 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.

Government 102

Back by popular demand, Dr. Scott LaDeur, political science professor at North Central Michigan College, will present “Government 102,” a more in-depth look at the legislative process.  Dr. LaDeur will cover various topics that help explain Congressional behavior, including campaign financing, lobbying, committee work, bill sponsorship, and the rules of debate on the House and Senate floor.  Proudly presented, once again, by Center Space in partnership with the Petoskey District Library, the event will be held on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Carnegie building, with reception to follow.  Registration encouraged; please call (231) 758-3100, or visit the event calendar online at www.petoskeylibrary.org Continue Reading

This Week’s Movie, Wednesday and Friday

This Wednesday (5-31) and Friday (6-2) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film A Walk in the Woods (Rated R; 2015; 104 min.), starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. 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 petoskeyfilmtheater4@gmail.com.

Summer Open House

Join Petoskey District Library and Downtown Petoskey on Friday, June 2 from 6:00-9:00pm in celebrating the beginning of the summer season! Let’s Build a Better World – with MUSIC! Start off your evening at the PDL Community Labyrinth at 6:00pm with “Drummunity”! Bring your friends and get in the groove with Lori Fithian for a “Drummunity” circle – she’ll bring the drums, YOU get to play them! All ages, no experience necessary.

Treat yourself to cotton candy, make bubbles at our bubble station, and get fired up for the start of the Summer Reading Program for kids and teens! The fun doesn’t stop there! Pennsylvania Park will come alive with the sounds of the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, and Downtown will be bustling with activity as the restaurants and merchants show off their 2017 goods. We hope to see you there!


Opiate Addiction Film & Discussion

Dr. Cynthia C. Statler will show the documentary Chasing the Dragon  on Tuesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the library classroom and present an overview of how we, as a nation, have arrived where we are with regard to opiate use/abuse/addiction, options for treatment, and how to support loved ones in the middle of this epidemic.

Dr. Cynthia C. Statler has practiced Pediatrics in northern Michigan since 1996.  Her participation with local Teen Drug Treatment Courts lead to her employment at Michigan Therapeutic Consultants, in Gaylord, Michigan.  In that setting, she assists those afflicted with opiate addiction in their recovery via Methadone Maintenance Therapy (MMT).

This event is free of charge and open to the public.  Registration is not required.  For more information call the library, 231.758.3100.

Summer Author Events

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

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, June 19. Topic: DNA Presentation with guest speaker Ed Evans. 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 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

New Townships, New Hours, New Services!

petoskey-library-logoThe Library is pleased to announce the addition of two new townships as part of our service area. On November 8, 2016 the voters of Little Traverse and Springvale Townships passed a ballot initiative in support of contracting library services with Petoskey at a rate of 0.40 mils. All residents of Little Traverse and Springvale are now eligible for a library card, beginning immediately. The Library will prorate reimbursements to those residents with active paid cards. Patrons should call or visit the library to request the prorated refund.

As of December 1, 2016, the library will be expanding their hours to now be open on Friday and Saturday mornings, the new library hours will be 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and Noon – 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

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 Children’s Protection Registry

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With cell phones and the Internet, today’s kids have an easy connection to the outside world. It’s like a huge playground without a fence and that makes protecting kids so much harder.

The reality of the digital world is that children and teens are regularly inundated with electronic advertisements promoting alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling. The companies behind these ads are increasingly using text messaging as their marketing strategy of choice, though they often don’t know the age of the recipients.

Thankfully, parents now have some help to stop these ads. ProtectMiChild, offered through the Michigan Secretary of State’s office is a free service that blocks adult ads from reaching emails, mobile phones and Instant Messenger IDs belonging to children and teens. Similar to the federal Do Not Call List, the Michigan Child Protection Registry is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan residents. Signing-up takes only seconds and the information entered is kept secure and private.

Protect your child today.

Ancestry® Library Edition

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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 Continue Reading

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 .