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


Petoskey District Library is excited to announce hoopla digital: a 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 films. On a mobile device, borrowed content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline or, in either the app or on a computer, all borrowed content may be enjoyed while connected to the internet by streaming. Continue Reading

Thank you!

The Library staff received the Service Excellence Award on Tuesday, December 4 at the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce Breakfast for Champions.  This heartwarming, community-focused event honors Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce member businesses that make up our amazing business community.  A number of awards are presented throughout the ceremony, including the Chairman’s Award, the Athena Award, the Thriving Petoskey Award, the Service Excellence Award, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, The Leadership Star Award, Architectural Awards, and Ambassador of the Year Award. The Service Excellence Award is presented annually for demonstrating superior, unique and unequaled service to the public and is sponsored by Stafford’s Hospitality.  We are so very honored and will continue to do the good work we do for our community.

This December–Donate Supplies & We’ll Waive the Fines

The Library continues its long tradition of waiving library fines in exchange for donations for our local food pantries during the month of December.  “Patrons with overdue fines can donate nonperishable items or paper products and the Library will waive those fines, no questions asked,” said Public Services Librarian Jodi Haven.  Last March, the Library instituted a “no daily overdue fine” policy, which offers patrons flexibility in returning PDL materials with an extended grace period.  Haven encourages patrons even without fines to consider donating items.  For more information, please call 231-758-3100.

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

This Week’s Movie Wednesday and Friday

This Wednesday (12-12) and Friday (12-14) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film Colette (Rated R; 2018; 111 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


NEW! Self-Pickup Holds

If you have visited us recently you probably have noticed the new shelving units located at the first floor circulation desk.  This set of shelving is the home of our new self-pickup holds service.  Items requested by patrons will now be shelved alphabetically by a special code unique to each patron (first 4 letters of the patron’s last name and last four digits of patron’s library card number).  We hope that this change will streamline the patron experience by allowing patrons the option of checking out with staff, or using the self-checkout machine on their own.  Later this year, we will enhance the experience additionally by updating our self-checkout machines.

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, December 17, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Local historian Rick Wiles will be here to present A Bitter Memory: The Burt Lake Burnout of 1900. 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. Genealogy will be taking a brief hiatus over the winter months. December 17 will be the last meeting until we pick up again in the spring on April 15.

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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. The next meeting will be Monday, December 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom where we will be video conferencing with Dr. Michael Klaper.

New Year’s Eve

Join us for the fun-for-all-ages New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center and Petoskey District Library on Monday, December 31, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Ring in 2019 with a festive lineup of entertainment, refreshments and creative activities! Musical performances, arts and crafts, pottery, balloon tying, confetti room, face painting, magic workshops, karaoke, and a pizza buffet are some of the highlights on the schedule. 

The evening’s festivities conclude with the “Midnight at 9,” Times Square-style ball drop on East Mitchell Street. The outdoor festivities begin at 8:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Admission buttons are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are on sale at Crooked Tree, the Library and online at

This event is sponsored in part by the Kroeger-Mainland Family Fund at PHSACF and in partnership with the Petoskey District Library and Blissfest Music Organization.

Make Your Own Clothes Sewing Series

Have you always wanted clothes that were just your style and fit your body well? Join instructor Tina Bury for a series on sewing your own wardrobe. Attend all or some of the classes depending on the clothing items you want to make. There will be two classes for each clothing item, please register for the classes separately. Basic sewing skills helpful, if you can confidently thread your sewing machine, we’ll learn the rest together. Please bring your own sewing machine with all of its supplies, including the manual. Material list and more information about the classes will be emailed to registrants.
Thursday, January 3 & 10, 5:15 p.m.: T-shirt – Learn to use a sewing pattern and alter it to fit your unique body.
Thursday, January 24 & 31, 5:15 p.m.: Skirt – Draft and sew a skirt using your measurements and your sense of style.
Thursday, February 7 & 28, 5:15 p.m.: Leggings – Building on the skills you learned while drafting your skirt, we’ll develop a pattern for fitted leggings.

Code Club

Does your child/tween/teen love video games? Want them to learn useful skills while exercising their mind? 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!

Code Club is taking a break over the holidays. We will resume on January 7 and from then on, Code Club will meet on Mondays, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the lower level classroom.

Lifelong Learning: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Our Lifelong Learning classes offer continuing education courses on a variety of topics taught by experts in their fields provided to the public at no charge.

Join Dr. Suzanne Shumway for a six-week course on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle every Tuesday, January 8 – February 12, 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. in the lower level classroom. Topics covered will include his life and times, Sherlock Holmes, other works, and his lasting influence and mainstream fan fiction. Please register.

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). There will be no meeting in December. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 15 when we will discuss Brown Dog by Jim Harrison. 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.

Reading List:
December 18: No meeting
January 15: Brown Dog by Jim Harrison

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.