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

Creative Minds Changing Minds Art Exhibit

Stop in the library from November 8–November 29 and browse the “Creative Minds Changing Minds” traveling art show exhibit hosted by Community Mental Health Association of Michigan and North Country Community Mental Health. The artwork is displayed on the first floor of the library and features the original work of artists who access Community Mental Health services across Michigan. The goals of the two-year, traveling art show are to help de-stigmatize mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and addictive disorders by showcasing the multidimensionality of the artists and to highlight the recovery potential of art. For more information about the show, please read this article by the Petoskey News-Review. Continue Reading


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

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.

Artwork for NYE


Area students are invited to submit artwork for the 2018/2019 New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center and Petoskey District Library logo contest! The selected artwork will be used for promotional materials, t-shirts and admission buttons. It must be 2-dimensional and original. Students may choose, (it is not required) to include the words “New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center 2019” in their artwork. The winning student will receive a family pass for the event and a $50 gift card for art supplies. Open to students in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties and Char-Em Intermediate School District. For more information, please visit here.

Entry Deadline: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
New Year’s Eve Student Art Submission Form

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

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 3 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.

Friends @ the Carnegie: Petoskey in the 60s and 70s

Take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about Petoskey’s past through a slideshow of photographs and lively discussion with local historian Rick Wiles on Monday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building. Rick will show and tell us what Petoskey was like during the 1960s and 1970s.

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.

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, December 7, 11:00 a.m.–Noon. This month’s presenter will be Bear Creek Organic Farm.

Code Club

Code Club is back and will continue throughout the school year! 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 meets Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in either the lower level classroom or the small meeting room.

This Week’s Movie Wednesday and Friday

Note: There will be no movie this Wednesday (11-21) and Friday (11-23). Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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

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. and the topic will be a guest speaker TBD. 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.

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, 10:00 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. Beginners are welcome.

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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