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

Redistricting Commission

Now through June 1, 2020, you can apply to serve as one of 13 commissioners on the first-ever Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Last November, Michigan voters decisively supported the “Voters Not Politicians” constitutional amendment that makes a commission of 13 randomly-selected citizens – not elected politicians, consultants or lobbyists – responsible for drawing fair and representative district lines for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress. The commission is a historic opportunity for Michigan voters to draw electoral maps and give us more impartial elections.

All eligible Michigan citizens are encouraged to apply to serve on the commission, which does not require any special skills or expertise. The constitution simply requires that each commissioner performs his or her duties impartially and with integrity. The application takes about 15 minutes to complete, and commissioners will be compensated about $40,000 for their service. Commissioners will be randomly selected from the pool of eligible applicants in the summer of 2020 and will gather input from the public as well as census data to determine electoral district maps which will take effect for the 2022 elections. You can apply today or learn more at

Wednesday and Friday Night Movie

This Wednesday (11-13) and Friday (11-15) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film The Peanut Butter Falcon (PG-13; 2019; 97 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 PFS Movie Hotline at 758-3108 or like us on Facebook®. To receive weekly email updates send an email to

Service of the Month

Each month, we will highlight a library service. For the month of November, we will feature Ready Reads, Exploration Kits, and Book Club Kits.

Our Ready Reads backpacks are located in the children’s department. Each bag comes with a stack of books related to a popular topic: the alphabet, dinosaurs, princesses, shapes, and more. If you have a suggestion for a Ready Reads topic, please let the staff know. Stop by and discover how these kits are building literacy one popular topic at a time! Explore a new hobby with an Exploration Kit. Check out one of four different kits for a 3-week period. Each kit contains materials to help you start exploring new topics. Choose from adult coloring, home helper, nature, and stone polishing. We have put together all you need for your next book group with our Book Club Kits. Each kit contains a bag of 5 copies of the book, discussion questions, and an author bio. Discover what titles we have available here.


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

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. Participants are encouraged to bring as much family information with them as possible. The group is led by professional genealogist Barbara Manley Hernden. The next meeting will be Monday, November 18, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom and the topic will be Barb’s Favorite Websites. This will be the last meeting before the winter hiatus. Genealogy will resume on April 20, 2020. 

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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, November 19 for a Reader’s Choice book share.  Bring a book or two that you’ve read, or are currently reading.

Reading List:
November 19:  Reader’s Choice
December:  No Meeting

Friends @ the Carnegie

Take a trip down memory lane through a slideshow of photographs and lively discussion with local historian Rick Wiles on Monday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building. Rick will continue where he left off from last November’s presentation with Petoskey in the 1970’s. A photographic view of what this famous summer resort town looked like after its first 100 years of existence.

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 at no charge.

Open House & Candy Cane Village

Visit the Library during Petoskey’s Holiday Open House on Friday, December 6, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Come and take a photo with the visiting Pete the Cat and Curious George, warm up with a holiday movie, snacks, and more!

Stroll across the street and visit the Carnegie Building at 451 E Mitchell St. from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. for the Friends of the Petoskey Library annual Candy Cane Village. Every child and teen who comes is invited to choose a new book to keep and to visit with Santa Claus. Music will be provided by Dr. Goodhart’s Home Remedy and refreshments will be served.

What Michigan Residents Need to Know about Real ID

On Oct. 1, 2020, the federally mandated REAL ID law goes into effect, and if you travel by air, this law will impact you. REAL ID is the post-9/11 federal requirement that sets higher security standards for identification. Once in effect, a REAL ID will be required to board any U.S. flight or to enter some federal facilities. A REAL ID can be a U.S. Passport or an Enhanced Driver’s License – or you can turn your standard driver’s license into a REAL ID at the Secretary of State’s office. Learn more about the law and what documents you need to bring to get a REAL ID at

Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)

Did 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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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

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.

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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