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Tax Form Information

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IRS (Federal) Tax Forms
The 2019 IRS 1040 Forms and Instructions 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. 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

Service of the Month

For the month of February, Ask Us About our Book Buddy Outreach Services

Did you know–every week Library staff reaches beyond our doors to engage seniors at our area senior living facilities?  For the past 16 years, librarian Lisa Scholl has provided outreach to a number of facilities and today her list of stops is up to seven:  American House, (2)Harbor Village Senior Apartments, Independence Village, Pineview Cottage, Residences at Harbor Watch, Riverview Terrace. All of the materials that are available to patrons who come to the Library are available to outreach patrons.  Each week, Lisa hand-selects and delivers a variety of fiction and nonfiction, large print books, audio-visual materials and other materials that residents have specifically requested. Lisa also coordinates special library presentations to the residents including book talks and hands-on technology training. Continue Reading

Wednesday and Friday Night Movie

This Wednesday (2-19) and Friday (2-21) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (PG, 2019; 109 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 check us out on Facebook®. To receive weekly email updates send an email to petoskey.film.theater4@gmail.com.

 

Friends @ the Carnegie: King House

In the 1850s, Middle Village was home to a thriving Odawa community on the shore of Little Traverse Bay. Join Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Kerri Finlayson on Monday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building for a presentation on the archaeological excavations at an Odawa log cabin at the village site. The cabin, recently restored by The King House Association, has been vacant since the 1950s and is one of only two log cabins remaining from the historic Native American town. Kerri and co-director, Dave Frurip, have been excavating at the King House since 2016.

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.

Lifelong Learning

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 Diane Cookinham, retired secondary and college English and Humanities instructor, to discover and discuss major themes in science fiction, their evolution over time, and their impact on societal norms. This will be a four-week course, every Wednesday evening, Wednesday, February 26–Wednesday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom. Focus on literature and film advocacy as a companion to entertainment and appreciation of the creative process. Participant interaction and contribution is an integral part of the discussion. Registration is not required.

PDL Page Turners Book Club

We meet the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the large meeting room on the second floor. If you have any discussion comments or questions regarding our current title, please bring them with you to the next meeting. Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 17 at 5:30 p.m.

Reading List:
March 17: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
April 21: Our House by Louise Candlish

Fine Free 2020

If overdue fines have kept you or your family from using the Library, we have great news for you! Petoskey District Library (PDL) is proud to join fine-free libraries across the country and we look forward to welcoming back many patrons who have stopped using the library because of overdue fines. Starting January 1, 2020, overdue fines will no longer be charged on most items. Most patrons’ existing overdue balances will be wiped clean to give them a fresh start to the year. Continue Reading

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 www.Michigan.gov/REALID.

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. 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. Staff is ready and willing to teach patrons how to use the self-checkout kiosks which can be found near the first floor checkout desk, outside of the children’s room, and near the second floor reference room. 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.

Coming soon:
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles Continue Reading

Library Wins Grant to Support Tutoring Program

The Library is pleased to announce they are a recent recipient of a $750 Community Grant from Petoskey’s Walmart store #2417. Aligned with our mission to nurture knowledge, drive discovery, and connect community, this grant will support the Growing Readers Together program, a partnership between the Library and the Public Schools of Petoskey.  Growing Readers Together, which is now in its second year, is a three-pronged approach to supporting children in their reading quest:  direct tutoring for students, Family Literacy Nights to help families learn more skills to support their student’s achievements; and Brain Boxes, to provide materials for students to take home. Continue Reading