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

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

Friends @ the Carnegie: Whence & Whither

Thomas Lynch, poet, writer, and undertaker, will present on the literary and mortuary arts on Monday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building. His recently published work, Whence & Whither, takes its title to wit: Every cradle asks us “Whence?” and every coffin “Whither?” Where do we come from? Where are we going? How ought we imagine the great beyonds beyond our being? How do we come to be the ones we are? Join us for an evening of lively discussion and deathly colloquies, serious questions, provisional answers. 

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.

Wednesday Night Movie

This Wednesday (4-24) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film The Mule (rated R; 2018; 116 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 Update

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.

New detours beginning Tuesday, April 16th (weather and construction progress permitting) During the next phase of the MDOT project, crews will begin reconstructing the highway between the bridge and Lake Street. This next phase will require that southbound US-31 traffic be detoured on Lake Street and Ingalls Avenue, back to US-31. Westbound traffic on Mitchell Street bound for US-31 will be routed north on Petoskey Street and Lake Street to US-31. Northbound US-31 traffic will remain detoured on Mitchell Street, Division Street, Arlington Avenue, and MacDonald Drive until late June. Project map: 
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Ask A Lawyer

In honor of Law Day, Emmet-Charlevoix Bar Association and Petoskey District Library present Ask A Lawyer on Wednesday, May 1, 4:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. in the library’s lower level classroom. This event will be offered to the general public at no charge, on a first come-first serve basis. It will feature local attorneys volunteering their time to answer legal questions in the areas of criminal law, domestic/family law, probate/estate planning, personal injury, general civic, business, and real estate law.

The 2019 Law Day theme—Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society—focuses on these cornerstones of representative government and calls on us to understand and protect these rights to ensure, as the U.S. Constitution proposes, “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.”

Spring Repair Café

Please join us for PDL’s Spring Repair Cafe on Saturday, May 4, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. in the lower level classroom and outdoor labyrinth. We throw away too many items that could get a new lease on life after a simple repair. Our volunteer fixers will be available to help repair a variety of items, ranging from small electrical appliances & gadgets, electronics/computers, furniture, lamps, toys, jewelry, clothing & textiles, yard and garden tools and equipment, bicycles, books and paper items.

If you are interested in helping, either as a “fixer” or assisting on the day of the event, please call the Library at 231.758.3114.

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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, May 20, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. in the lower level classroom and the topic is Obituaries and Death Certificates. 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, May 20 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, May 21. We will be picking the book selections for the summer months at this meeting, so please bring some suggestions with you! We will also discuss The Faygo Book by Joe Grimm. Joe Grimm is a 2019 Michigan Notable Book author and will be coming to PDL on Wednesday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. to talk about his book, the story of a pop, a people, and a place. Its stories will tickle the taste buds and memories of Detroiters and Faygo lovers everywhere.

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

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.

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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