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

Violins of Hope Community Events

Throughout the month of April, there will be community events leading up to the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra: Violins of Hope concert at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. The founder of Violins of Hope, Amnon Weinstein, has spent the last two decades locating and restoring violins that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. They are traveling now across the world to break the silence of those six million killed. Please join the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and chorus for a special evening of music played on a restored instrument, once played by musicians in the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Selections include works by composers P. Hass, G. Klein, and H. Krasa, all of whom composed music while in the camp and all were silenced during the Holocaust. Selections from Schindler’s List by John Williams and the Mozart Requiem will also be featured.

The Petoskey District Library is proud to be a partner in the following Holocaust education community programs:

I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Sunday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Crooked Tree Arts Center Theater: Harbor Springs middle school and high school students will read from I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a collection of drawings and poems done by the children in Terezin concentration camp, expressing their thoughts and feelings about life as it was for them. The art and poetry were created at the camp in secret art classes taught by Austrian artist and educator Friedl Dicker-Brandeis. Open to the public at no charge.
The Diary of Anne Frank Reader’s Theater, Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building by Little Traverse Civic Theater 
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3D Printing Certification

Learn how to use our 3D Printers in our lower level Makerspace! 3D Printing Certification is now available through an online Niche Academy tutorial. Complete the tutorial and then stop by the YA desk to obtain your official certification and start using the 3D printers. Policies and costs for 3D printing can be found here.

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So, what’s all the “hoopla” you’re hearing about Hoopla!?!

Hoopla is a digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, eAudiobooks, eBooks, comics/graphic novels, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone! Continue Reading

US 31 Construction

Construction and detours for US 31 will begin on March 18. It will be worth the chaos of construction, as it will bring us a very pedestrian friendly roadway with crossing islands and better intersections. Library visitors can still find street parking on Mitchell, but remember Woodland Ave. and Michigan St. have parking too. Please read below for more information and a tentative detour schedule. Continue Reading

This Week’s Movie Wednesday and Friday

This Wednesday (3-27) and Friday (3-29) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the documentary film They Shall Not Grow Old (Rated R; 2019; 99 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.

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Friends @ the Carnegie: Those Magical Dames

Celebrate Women’s History Month and join magician Jania Taylor for a historical lecture of women in magic on Monday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building. Jania features six overlooked female magicians, starting with those that paved the way back in the 1800s, trouping shows by steamer ship and trains, then, as time went on, to those performing on modern day stages. Audiences will get a peek at their trials, triumphs and will witness some of the magic that was performed in their shows. 

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.

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First Fridays for Foodies

Enjoy the Crooked Tree Arts Center Artisans & Farmers Market (10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.) and stop in the kitchen for a one hour informal class/demonstration on Friday, April 5, 11:00 a.m.–Noon. This month’s presenter will be Pisces Moon Collective.

Join Pisces Moon Collective’s Mariana Villani to learn the basics of finding, growing, and making your own natural medicine. Mariana will discuss and demonstrate how to harvest, store, and prepare medicinal plants and mushrooms into teas, balms, tinctures, pills, and more. She will focus on native plants and mushrooms of North Michigan and some other herbs that are easy to find and grow in this region. Continue Reading

National Library Week 2019

Libraries Lead:
Celebrate National Library Week
April 7-13, 2019

Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups depend upon libraries and the resources they offer. Resources like eBooks, technology classes, and engaging lifelong learning programs are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunity to build skills and confidence through resources and programming.

Petoskey District Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer. During National Library Week, PDL will continue its long tradition of waiving library fines in exchange for donations for our local food pantries.  Patrons with overdue fines can donate items from Manna Food Project’s Healthy Food List and the Library will waive those fines, no questions asked. 

Plant Based Nutrition Support Group

Are you curious about plant-based foods and want to incorporate them in your life? PBNSG (Plant Based Nutrition Support Group) is a non-profit organization dedicated to evidence-based education and advocacy of plant-based whole food nutrition and an active lifestyle to help prevent or reverse chronic disease and achieve optimal health. This group meets to empower all who want to optimize their health by following a plant-based, low-fat diet. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, please visit here.

We meet the third Monday of every month in the lower level classroom. The next meeting will be Monday, April 15 at 5:30 p.m.

PDL Page Turners Book Club

We meet the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the large meeting room (second floor). If you have any discussion comments or questions regarding our current title, please bring them with you to the next meeting. Registration is not necessary, but greatly appreciated.

We hope you can join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, April 16, when we will discuss Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts.

Reading List:
April 16:  Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
May 21:  She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer

Tax Form Information


IRS (Federal) Tax Forms
The 2018 IRS 1040 Forms and instruction booklets 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. The following list contains links to some common IRS tax forms, instructions and publications. Other forms and publications are also available at the IRS website.

Tax return preparation and filing options include Free File and e-file can be found here. 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

NEW! Self-Checkout Kiosks

Petoskey District Library patrons can avoid lines and choose to checkout their own materials on one of three new touchscreen self-checkout kiosks, all located on the Library’s first floor. Patrons simply scan their physical library card (or card saver app), place items on the kiosk pad, print or email their receipt and they’re done. Fines and fees can be paid for quickly with the kiosks’ credit/debit card readers. Circulation staff is ready and willing to teach patrons how to use the self-checkout kiosks. Continue Reading

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.

Library Wins Grants to Enhance Makerspace & Teen Area

3D Printers, crafting supplies, photo printing, sewing machines, a Shotbox portable photo studio, video editing software; these are just a few of the things available to the public at the Petoskey District Library’s Makerspace, and now the Library is excited to expand that list due to a $4000 grant awarded by the Bay Harbor Foundation, a $3500 grant awarded by the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, and a gift from the Friends of the Petoskey Library.

The grants provide funds to support purchase of new equipment and kits for the lower level area of the Library known as the Makerspace and Teen Area, including a laminator for public use, and more. The newest addition is smartboard technology. A smartboard is essentially an interactive white board which can be connected to one or more laptops, PCs, tablets, or other electronic devices.  This smartboard will be used for Library programs and classes, teen activities, and will be available for individuals and organizations who book the Library classroom for their meetings. Continue Reading

Mah Jongg

Join us every Monday, 10:15 a.m. – 1:15 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.

Book Club Kits

Attention book club members! As you are thinking about your next titles, you may want to consider checking out one of our book club kits. Choose from the following titles:
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy
Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl.
The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George
The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Hguyen
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
The Girls of Atomic City, by Denise Kiernan
1984, by George Orwell
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
First Darling of the Morning, by Thrity Umrigar
Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance —NEW
                                                                     Visit here for descriptions of each of our book club kit titles.

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