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

Library Closure

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. We will open again at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28. Our digital collection is available 24/7. Download Audiobooks, eBooks, eMagazines, eMusic and more to enjoy the library at home or on the go! Continue Reading

Summer Open House

A universe of stories. Infinity, even. The Petoskey District Library’s Summer Reading Program is starting soon and we need readers! The kick off happens on Friday, June 7 from 6:00pm-9:00pm on the outdoor labyrinth with free cotton candy, karaoke, and telescope demos from our friends at the Northern Michigan Astronomy Club. Summer Reading is for all ages, babies through adults, and prizes can be earned for reading from June 7 – August 23. If you can’t visit on June 7 to sign up for the program, visit us anytime the library is open after June 7.

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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

Friday and Saturday Night Movie

This Friday (5-24) and Saturday (5-25) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film The Upside (PG-13; 2019; 126 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


US-31 Construction

The US-31 reconstruction and realignment project in Petoskey is underway, requiring detours until late June. 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.
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Resilience Movie

In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness month, North Country Community Mental Health, Petoskey District Library, and Petoskey Film Series present Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope on Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Building. Resilience chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

Michigan Notable Book Author Joe Grimm

The Faygo Book is the social history of a company that has forged a bond with a city and its residents for more than a century. Join Michigan Notable Book Author Joe Grimm on Wednesday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom to hear the story of Faygo, Detroit’s beloved soda pop. The story begins over a hundred years ago with two Russian immigrant brothers who were looking to get out of the baking business. Author Joe Grimm mixes the ingredients of a successful beverage company confected in dicey times in a boom-and-bust town. The Faygo Book is the story of a pop, a people, and a place. These stories and facts will tickle the taste buds and memories of Detroiters and Faygo lovers everywhere. The Faygo Book is a 2019 Michigan Notable Book. There WILL be a pop quiz. Open to the public at no charge, seating will be first come, first serve.

Joe Grimm wrote The Faygo Book after building up a tremendous thirst on the Wayne State University Press book Coney Detroit, written with Katherine Yung. Grimm, a lifelong Detroit area resident, is a Michigan State University journalism professor and worked 25 years at the Detroit Free Press. Grimm’s favorite Faygo flavor is Rock & Rye.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is back starting Tuesday, June 4! 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.

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, June 7, 11:00 a.m.–Noon. This month’s presenter will be Spirit of Walloon.


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 time of genealogy has changed to 1:30 p.m.– 3:30 p.m. starting next month. The next meeting is Monday, June 17, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom. Participants are encouraged to bring as much family information with them as possible. The group is led by professional genealogist Barbara Manley Hernden. Continue Reading

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, June 17 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.

We hope you can join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, June 18 where we will discuss Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.

Reading List:
July 16: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
August 20: Reader’s Choice

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

3D Printing Certification

Learn how to use the 3D Printer 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 printer. Policies and costs for 3D printing can be found here.


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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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.