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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


We are pleased to now offer Kanopy, a streaming video service that is available to Petoskey District Library cardholders at no charge. With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides patrons with access to over 30,0000 films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs.

Petoskey District Library cardholders can learn more about Kanopy 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

Friends @ the Carnegie: Raving About Raptors

Come learn why we live in a historic place from an avian point of view as well as human perspective. On Monday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building, Kathy Bricker from the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch will describe how geography lures migrating birds to this area, spring and fall. The birds that have brought international fame to the Straits of Mackinac are raptors, a group which includes hawks, eagles, falcons, vultures, and owls.

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. Seating capacity is 75 people, please arrive early!

Hobbies in the Lobby: Spinning Demo

Stop in the library lobby on Tuesday, April 3 at 3:30 p.m. to learn about the wonderful world of wool at a hands-on spinning demo with Abbie Deloria. Find out what is so amazing about this underrated fiber, see how the fleece of a sheep is prepared for spinning, and then watch it being spun into yarn. Feel free to bring a drop spindle or spinning wheel to join the fun!

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail (AT) is a national scenic trail that traverses portions of 14 states as it winds its way over 2,190 miles from Georgia to Maine. Mary Campbell and John Larch spent six months hiking the AT in its entirety. Hear about their journey on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building. Having hiked through weather and terrain of all types, they will share their experiences, photos, and amusing tales from this amazing adventure.

Community Shred Day

Encore Financial Group, Petoskey District Library, and Rasmussen, Teller, O’Neill & Christman are excited to partner and offer a complimentary document shred day! On Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., a Shred-It truck will be on site in RTOCCPA’s parking lot (behind the library, at 555 Michigan St.) For more information and a list of what and when to shred, please visit:

Genealogy Interest Group

Barb Hernden 2015 Anyone who is interested in genealogy or local history is invited to join our genealogy interest group. The next meeting is Monday, April 16, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Topic: Getting into Census Records, 1890-1910. 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 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, April 17. 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:
April 17: The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
May 15: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
June 19: Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies by Joel Stone (PDL’s Michigan Notable Book Author)

Registration is not necessary, but greatly appreciated.

Tax Form Information


IRS (Federal) Tax Forms
Same as the past two years, we will only be receiving IRS Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ and their instruction booklets. (These have been received 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 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

New 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

The schedule for the Gateway Writers Group has changed. They will now meet 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.


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. Please bring your own tiles.

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

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

Print from Anywhere/RBDigital Magazines

printPetoskey District Library in partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books is pleased to announce the availability of RBDigital Magazines for Libraries, the world’s largest newsstand. Through the Library gateway, patrons of Petoskey District Library will have unlimited multi-user access to complete digital magazines, which can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. RBDigital’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.

Book Club Kits

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

Coming soon:
Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles Continue Reading