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


Petoskey District Library is excited to announce hoopla digital: a new digital media service provided to you, our patron, through which you may access and enjoy over half a million titles, from six different formats: Movies, TV, Music Albums, eAudiobooks , eBooks, and Comics/Graphic Novels. All in one location, from your computer, tablet or Smartphone!  With hoopla, there are no hold lists, no extra apps or accounts needed or special steps to use it.  Petoskey District Library cardholders can learn more about Hoopla and how to access and sign up to start instantly streaming Continue Reading

Foundation Directory Online

Discover a wealth of information on searching for grants, writing proposals, establishing nonprofits, and fundraising at the Library. Through a subscription to Foundation Directory Online, users can search unique databases of information on more than 140,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grantmaking public charities and over 4 million of their recent grants. This service can be used free of charge on a Library computer. We currently can allow access to the directory from a Library computer one patron at a time, so it is recommended to call ahead to reserve a time slot. Continue Reading

Print from Anywhere

printWith our MobilePrint Service™, you can use your personal computer or mobile device to print to the library’s printers from anywhere. Simply submit documents for printing and come to the library within 24 hours to release and pick up your document.

Code Club

Does your child/tween/teen love video games? Want them to learn useful skills while exercising their mind? Sign them up for Code Club! We meet every week and learn how to program computers. Kids love being able to create their own video games and websites, and in the process they will gain useful technology skills! We will host a showcase presentation in August. Code Club meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. Feel free to attend one or both meetings each week. Please register.

There will be no Code Club meeting this Saturday, June 16 at 1:00 p.m.

Book Cover Contest

The entries are in!  We will draw and announce winners of the (3) categories:  Kids (10 & under), Tween/Teen (11-17), Adult (18+) on Monday, June 25.  Prizes for each age category include a Crooked Tree Arts Center Family Membership plus (1) six week children’s class or summer art camp ($180 value); and $25 to McLean & Eakin Booksellers. Now through June 21, stop by to view the Gallery Walk Preview and cast your fan-favorite vote for our book cover contest.  One vote only, please.

Genealogy Interest Group

Anyone who is interested in genealogy or local history is invited to join our genealogy interest group. The group meets every third Monday of the month. The next meeting is Monday, June 18, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. and the topic is Brick Wall session Q & A. 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 professional genealogist Barbara Manley Hernden. Continue Reading

PDL Page Turners Book Club

We meet the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. the large meeting room (second floor). Our next meeting will be Tuesday, June 19. If you have any discussion questions or thoughts you would like to share regarding our current book, please bring them with you to the next meeting!

Reading List:
June 19: Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies by Joel Stone (PDL’s Michigan Notable Book Author)
July 17:  March by John Lewis
August 21:  Reader’s Choice (pick your own)
September 18:  Can You Forgive Her by Anthony Trollope
Registration is not necessary, but greatly appreciated.

Michigan Notable Books Tour: Joel Stone

The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce the list of the 2018 Michigan Notable Books – 20 books highlighting Michigan people, places and events. The list highlights a wide range of exceptional “Michigan books” published in 2017 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.

We are pleased be a part of the Michigan Notable Books Tour, and this year we welcome Joel Stone on Friday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building. Events that took place in the summer of 1967 had a significant impact on the people of Detroit and southeast Michigan. Joel Stone, senior curator at the Detroit Historical Society, will look briefly at the events of 1967 in their historical context, and discuss how the “Detroit67: Looking Back to Move Forward” community engagement project was developed to address this important anniversary. The project was recently awarded the prestigious 2018 National Medal by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The book, Detroit1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies, which Mr. Stone edited, has won numerous awards including the Library of Michigan’s Notable Books Award.

Friends @ the Carnegie: Robison Case

We have a special program for this month’s Friends @ the Carnegie, which will take place in Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Ross Stoakes Theater on Monday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m. This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Good Hart Robison family murder. Join author Mardi Jo Link, former prosecutor Dick Smith, and local historian Rick Wiles for a true crime panel to discuss the case and what we have learned since this unthinkable tragedy shocked our northern Michigan community.

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.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi on the outdoor labyrinth is led by Jean Fought and occurs every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Jean teaches Yang Style Tai Chi with its martial applications. Anyone regardless of experience is welcome. Weather permitting.

Cooking and Travel Databases

We are happy to introduce two new databases available for use remotely (log-in with your library card) or in the library on our computers or on your own device using our WI-FI connection. A to Z World Food™ is the world’s largest database of global food culture and recipes, with 6,500 recipes covering 174 countries, as well as 884 articles on national and regional cuisine, dining etiquette, and special occasion foods; 545 ingredient articles linked to recipes from around the globe; beverages, sauces, quotes, cooking conversions, food history, glossaries and more.
A to Z World Travel™ is a comprehensive travel resource with information about points of interest, security, transportation, food and recipes, culture, language, and more. With 202 World City Travel Guides covering over 67 topics each, plus an additional 56 travel resources it provides the knowledge you need to experience the world and all its wonders.

Gateway Writers Group

This writers group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m. in the small meeting room on the first floor of the library.

Open to anyone with a sincere desire to learn and sharpen the craft of writing.


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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Mah Jongg

Join us every Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m in the library classroom for Mah Jongg, a game of skill, strategy, calculation and a certain amount of chance and luck. Mah Jongg originated in China about 2,000 years ago. The goal is to build a hand of 14 tiles and win. Come and play with others who enjoy this competitive game. Beginners are welcome.

Online Catalog Contest

Will you be the next winner of an eReader tablet, or maybe an overnight stay at Stafford’s Perry Hotel?  PDL patrons have until the end of June to contribute credits to the 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

Co-op deal expands library cardholders’ borrowing opportunities

Petoskey District Library recently announced a new opportunity for its cardholders to borrow materials from select Northland Library Cooperative member libraries, without charge.

Libraries participating in this reciprocal borrowing agreement include Beaver Island District Library, Boyne District Library, Charlevoix Public Library, Interlochen Public Library, Kalkaska County Library, Oscoda County Library, Otsego County Library, Petoskey District Library, Presque Isle District Library, Suttons Bay District Library, Traverse Area District Library and Wolverine Community Library. The only services not available to reciprocal borrowers are the interlibrary loan service, including borrowing through MeLCat, and services that are limited to residents because of licensing restrictions. Continue Reading