Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday 12noon – 5pm 

Meeting Room Info

Following the latest Michigan Health and Human Services Department order which eases capacity limits on gatherings, the Petoskey District Library’s meeting room guidelines have been updated to accommodate larger numbers.

Small meeting room: groups of 4 from multiple households can reserve the space.
Large meeting room: groups of 4 from multiple households can reserve the space.
Lower level classroom: groups of 10 from multiple households can reserve the space.
Carnegie Building: groups of 25 can reserve the space. To reserve the Carnegie, please call Sarah Biskup, 231.758.3144

All groups must adhere to social distancing and mask requirements. At this time, library programs will meet virtually, with some small in-person programs coming this spring. For more information about reserving meeting room space, please visit here or call 231.758.3100

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PDL Page Turners Book Club

Our library-led book club is in session! Our next virtual meeting is Tuesday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. when we will discuss Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy. New members are always welcome. This month, we will gather socially distanced on the library’s outdoor labyrinth. Please bring a chair or something to sit on. In the event of inclement weather, we will meet in the lower level classroom. Visit our Reading List to see which titles are coming up, to request library copies on hold, and to see what we have read in the past. Registration on our online event calendar is appreciated, but not required.

An Evening with Stewert James & The Penny

Join Petoskey District Library, Little Traverse Literary Guild, and McLean & Eakin Booksellers on Tuesday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. in Crooked Tree Arts Center Ross Stoakes Theater for an evening talk with local author Stewert James. Stewert will be discussing his newest book, The Penny, with moderator Glen Young. Space is limited to the first 100 guests. Masks and social distancing required. Copies of The Penny will be available for purchase and signing by the author. $17.99 +tax for paperback and $35.95 +tax for hardcover.

PDL Podcast Club

Are you an avid podcast listener but wish you could talk to people about all those great episodes you’ve spent hours listening to? Join our virtual monthly podcast discussion group to get you talking! Our club meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month and the next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. and the theme is: Homelessness.

Registration and an email address are required for Zoom access. The meeting ID and passcode will be in your registration confirmation email. Once you register for this event, you will be emailed a thematic listening list with 1–5 hours of podcast episodes. Simply listen and come ready to have a great chat!

Great Decisions

Join us for an informal, participant-driven, foreign policy study group. Register early to check out the reading materials and prepare for the month’s topics, available in print or on a library Kindle. The topics discussed generally do not appear in the regular news cycle, but are events that are shaping our world today. We look forward to meeting with other curious minds in the quest to understand the world a little better, and connect with fellow community members in the process. June’s session will be held in-person, or a combination of in-person and Zoom. Please choose one to attend:
Day session: Tuesday, June 8, 12:30pm
Evening session: Tuesday, June 8, 6:30pm
Topic: China and Africa

May is Mental Health Month


This May is Mental Health Month we invite you to view this presentation brought to us by North Country Community Mental Health (NCCMH).  Using photographs and interpretive statements, this project uses a curriculum called PhotoVoice to guide discussions of individuals who experience living with a mental illness and to find ways of coping with the difficult aspects as well as helping to inform their communities about mental health issues. NCCMH invites YOU to take a photograph representing your experience with the COVID-19 pandemic. You may email your photograph to NCCMH. Also, as a benefit to the community by NCCMH, a Health and Wellness App called MyStrength was launched, which provides individual help to recharge, refresh and improve your mood. Continue Reading

Digital Magazines on Libby!

NOW AVAILABLE! Ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines all in one place! We are excited to help streamline your reading experience by offering magazines in the popular Libby app you are already using for our collection of ebooks & audiobooks. Petoskey Library cardholders can read digital magazines on Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from OverDrive, or by visiting here. Magazines check out for 7 days, will not count against your checkout limits and can be renewed, or borrowed again at any time. Enjoy a vast variety of titles like US Weekly, National Geographic, Good Housekeeping Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone, to name a few. For help using Libby, view this helpful guide. The RBdigital app you used for digital magazines will be retired on March 31, 2021.

Material Recommendation Forms

Book Stack is a book recommendation form for kids or grown ups of kids to use. The youth services staff will pick out five titles we think you’ll love and email you the list! You can choose to place the items on hold or come into the library to pick them up. If you need us to put the books on hold, let us know! Try it out!
Book Match is a book recommendation form for teens and tweens. Are you stuck, trying to figure out your next read? Then you have come to the right spot! Let us help you out, fill out the simple form and we’ll help pick out your next read.
PDL Stack is an item recommendation form for adults to use. Are you short on time? Want to try something new? Fill out the form and we will pick a stack of items (books, DVDs, CD music, etc.) just for you!

Service of the Month

For the Month of May, Ask Us About … Page Turners (the Library’s Book Club)

Page Turners is a relaxed book group for adults, led by library staff member Jane Mooradian. Page Turners meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm. As with all library programs, there is no cost to attend and new members are always welcome. We have explored a variety of titles over the years, including works of fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels. There is no commitment, nor registration required, but we do hope if you enjoy yourself, you’ll return with a friend!

Since May 2020, our group has met virtually on Zoom, but here we are a year later, excited to safely resume our in-person discussions. This month, on Tuesday, May 18, we will gather on our outdoor labyrinth at 5:30 to discuss Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy. Bring your chair for an hour of fresh air and lively discussion! You can request a copy of the book using our online catalog at www.petoskey.bibliocommons.com or by calling 231.758.3100 (press 2).

Visit our Reading List to see which titles are coming up, to request library copies on hold, and to see what we have read in the past.

 

TumbleBook Library

PDL has a TumbleBooks subscription that can be accessed online through this direct link. Explore, read and have fun! TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games. Users can also access TBL from any smartphone or iPad/Android tablet by downloading the app. Subscriptions are unlimited, meaning your kids can read as much as they want, when they want, with no wait times, check-outs, or downloads.

Tax Form Information – Petoskey Library now has 2020 IRS and MI forms!

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IRS (Federal) Tax Forms
The 2020 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

Value Line at Home

Now with your Petoskey District Library card (barcode), enjoy remote access to Value Line, the most complete guide to investment research and a full array of products including the Research Center, Value Line Investment surveys (standard edition, plus edition, small & mid-cap edition), the Selection & Opinion newsletters, Value Line Mutual Fund Surveys and many more. Value Line is one of the most highly regarded and widely used independent investment research resources available. Create your own custom reports; use the screener tool to understand profit and risk; and gather incomparable data, news, and analysis all from home. Library cardholders can access this premium investment tool from any location with Internet access, while non-cardholders can access Value Line from a Petoskey Library computer. The library’s print subscription of Value Line Investment Survey will continue until October 2020.

Genealogy Research from Home

Need a fun activity to do while social distancing? Why not try some genealogical research from home? The Petoskey District Library is providing Ancestry.com (Library Edition) to you remotely. Remote access is available to PDL cardholders until June 30, 2021. Log in to our online catalog to access the link. Here are some directions to get you started.

Another cool resource is The Greenwood Cemetery website. Here you can access full newspapers from Emmet County, dating back to the 1870s. This site is always expanding, and it now has thousands of historical photographs and documents, all accessible from your home computer. We are very fortunate to have such a unique resource available to us.

Did you know that the Library of Congress has digitized a ton of Sanborn Fire Maps? Currently, you can access maps from over 3000 U.S. cities. These detailed maps are historical snapshots that tell a vivid story of our past. Beware! This site can take you down some rabbit-holes, and you may lose track of hours of your time.

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. What started on January 1, 2020, overdue fines are no longer charged on most items. Most patrons’ existing overdue balances were 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, 2021, 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.