Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 7pm
Fri. & Sat. 10am – 5pm
Sun. 12noon – 5pm

No Daily Overdue Fines!

Beginning March 1, we will no longer charge patrons daily fines for overdue  Petoskey District Library materials. Checked out material will have an extended grace period of two to four weeks, depending on the type of item borrowed. Understanding their responsibility to the library’s collection and tax payer dollars, the library board decided the Library will charge fines for any materials returned past the grace period. The elimination of a daily fine is one way the library hopes to break down financial barriers that often shut off access to some patrons.

“Most of our patrons return their items on time, though there are situations that occur that prevent people from getting items back before the due date. We hope that taking away the stigma of overdue fines will Continue Reading

Tax Form Information

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IRS (Federal) Tax Forms
Same as last year, we will only be receiving IRS Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ and their instruction booklets. (These have arrived and are available in the reference area on the second floor.) We will gladly assist you in downloading and printing forms or ordering forms by mail at the Reference Desk on the second floor. We also have a set of common reproducible forms from which you can make photocopies. The following list contains links to the IRS tax forms, instructions and publications that we normally carry. Other forms and publications are also available at the IRS website.
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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.

Friends @ the Carnegie

Amy Tweeten, City Planner
Sidewalks, Trails & Pathways:
All the places you can go using the City’s non-motorized facilities

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

What is a Walkscore™ and how is it used?  This talk will discuss the importance of non-motorized facilities to different demographic groups how the City of Petoskey is enhancing its walkability to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors.  Amy Tweeten is the Petoskey City Planner, a position she has held since 2005. She has worked as a professional planner for 20 years in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Virginia.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Continue Reading

Wednesday Night Movie

On Wednesday (3-29) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film 20th Century Women (Rated R; 2016; 119 min.). This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. 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 check us out on Facebook®. To receive weekly email updates send an email to petoskey.film.theater4@gmail.com.

 

Makerspace Mondays

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

Scanner/Photoshop: Mondays – March 13 or April 3, 5:30 p.m. Turn slides, negatives & photos into digital memories using the scanner & Photoshop Elements. Bring along some of your own personal slides, negatives, or photos for this fun introductory demo.

3D Printer Class: Mondays – March 20, April 17, or May 22, 5:30 p.m. Attend a training course & receive certification to use the 3D printers for your own print jobs. Please register: March 20, April 17, May 22.

Video Converter: Monday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. Learn how to preserve your memories into the future by converting your old VHS tapes into digital MP4 format.

SketchUp: Mondays – April 10 or May 8, 5:30 p.m. Learn the essentials of this 3D modeling software & create your very own 3D model.

Life Long Learning – The History of Animation and Film

Anne Morningstar presents:
The History of Animation and Film

Wednesdays, April 5 and April 12; 12:30-2:00 p.m.
$10/session or $12/session at the door

Explore the History of Animation and Film in this two-day workshop. Together, we will travel to Prehistoric caves and Egyptian tombs, all the way through the Wild West and Hollywood, and end in our present day. We will take an extra close look at how film and animation have helped influenced our world today, and what is in store for our future.

Anne Morningstar is a full-time Instructor of Digital Art and Design at North Central Michigan College. She holds a Continue Reading

Government 101 – A Refresher Lecture

Center Space, a project of Accountability and Connection Together (ACT) Northern Michigan, in partnership with the Petoskey District Library present Government 101, a refresher lecture, Tuesday, April 11, 5:30 p.m. by Dr. Scott LaDeur, political science professor at North Central Michigan College. Dr. LaDeur will cover the division of power between state and federal government and between the branches of government in order to show how policy making occurs and the roles citizens can most effectively play in influencing the process.  Reception to follow.  Registration is requested.

ACT Northern Michigan is an organization that encourages all citizens to ACT in ways that connect our community and make it stronger.

Scott LaDeur holds a PhD in political science from Northern Illinois University focusing on American politics and international relations.  He has held teaching appointments at five institutions and is currently on the faculty of North Central Michigan College.  He serves on the Executive Board of the Michigan Political Science Association and is active in research on foreign policy making in the U.S. Congress.  He has taught courses on a wide variety of issues including terrorism, elections, political cinema and the rise of China. He and his wife live in Harbor Springs with their 3-year old son.

Allergy-Free Easter Egg Hunt

Allergy-Free, Non-Food Easter Egg Hunt brought to you by The OddFellows of Petoskey & Petoskey District Library.  Ages 0 – 12.  Free Books & Prizes!

Hop to it! Prizes, books, eggs, and fun!  With generous support from the OddFellows, the Petoskey District Library will hold an indoor, non-food Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 at 10:15 a.m. There will be four divisions of age groups and the eggs will be filled with trinkets, not food, to keep it an allergy-free event. Every child who hunts for eggs will get to take a brand new book home.

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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, April 17. Topic: Family Tree vs. Roots Magic & Other Popular Software Databases. 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

Life Long Learning – Antiques and Collectibles

Joseph McGee presents:
Antiques and Collectibles: What’s Hot and What’s Not

Sunday, April 30; 2:00-3:00 p.m.
$10 or $12 at the door

Which is it?  “Ye olde antique” or just junk in the attic? Join local businessman and appraiser Joseph McGee to learn about what’s collectable and what’s not. Joseph, owner of Joseph’s World will be presenting information on what antiques and collectibles are saleable or worth holding on to and what doesn’t have a market right now.

Joseph McGee, Owner of Joseph’s World Art and Antiques, has been working in the field for over 30 years. Originally schooled in the fields of 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.

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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 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.

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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