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


Petoskey District Library is excited to announce hoopla digital: a new 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 Continue Reading

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

Print from Anywhere

printWith our MobilePrint Service™, you can use your personal computer or mobile device to print to the library’s printers from anywhere. Simply submit documents for printing and come to the library within 24 hours to release and pick up your document.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi on the outdoor labyrinth is led by Jean Fought and occurs every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Jean teaches Yang Style Tai Chi with its martial applications. Anyone regardless of experience is welcome. Weather permitting.

This Week’s Movie Wednesday and Friday

This Wednesday (7-18) and Friday (7-20) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the British romantic comedy film Victoria and Abdul (Rated PG-13; 2017; 111 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

Friends @ the Carnegie: Kit Househunters

In the early 1900’s, a popular trend was to buy your home from a mail-order catalog; these were called kit homes. Join Sears kit homeowners and enthusiasts Andrew and Wendy Mutch on Monday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building as they present the fascinating history of kit and catalog homes. Learn about Michigan’s role in the kit house industry and see examples from vintage catalogs. The presentation will include a photographic tour of local kit homes and examples from across Michigan.

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. Seating capacity is 75 people, please arrive early.

Big Book Sale!

The Friends will host their popular indoor/outdoor Used Book Sale during Petoskey’s sidewalk sales on Thursday, July 26, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and Friday, July 27, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Hundreds of adult; children’s and teacher; rare and vintage; history and travel; cooking and gardening; and health and self-help books plus CDs and DVDs will be for sale.  You can purchase some of these items early at the Members-Only Presale on Wednesday, July 25, 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Not a member?  You can join that night, or print off a membership form here.  Most books are priced from 25 cents – $3.  Rare books are usually half their online price.

This is the Friend’s largest fundraiser, the proceeds of which fund the Library’s children’s book collection each year.  Can’t make it to this annual sale?  You can shop any day of the library is open in our lower level store.  There is new inventory added every week.

Local Author Fair

Wine, cheese, and authors! Local authors will gather at the Carnegie Building on Saturday, August 4, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. for Petoskey District Library’s third annual Local Author Fair. The event will feature new talent and popular, local favorites who either live in or write about the area. A selection of titles will be available for sale. Kickoff for the event will be a keynote address by author Randy Evans. The PDL Local Author Fair is free of charge and open to all ages. A full list of attending authors can be found here.


Lifelong Learning Classes

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. Randy Evans will guide us through the steps of writing a personal or family memoir on Thursdays, August 2, 9, and 16 from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in the library classroom. Topics that will be covered over the three-week course include: the use of memory, fiction vs. truth, types of personal storytelling, sources of life stories, life influences, reasons not to write about the past, liberties that can be used, where to begin the story, developing a writing voice, use of detail, honesty, heart, and humor, and the importance of reading, writing, and revising. Please register.

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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, August 20, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. and the topic will be Tips and Tricks When Researching. 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. Continue Reading

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). Our next meeting will be Tuesday, August 21. Pick your own book to read this month and bring it with you to our next meeting for a show and tell! Registration is not necessary, but greatly appreciated.

Reading List:
August 21: Reader’s Choice (pick your own)
September 18: Can You Forgive Her by Anthony Trollope

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.

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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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.

Co-op deal expands library cardholders’ borrowing opportunities

Petoskey District Library recently announced a new opportunity for its cardholders to borrow materials from select Northland Library Cooperative member libraries, without charge.

Libraries participating in this reciprocal borrowing agreement include Beaver Island District Library, Boyne District Library, Charlevoix Public Library, Interlochen Public Library, Kalkaska County Library, Oscoda County Library, Otsego County Library, Petoskey District Library, Presque Isle District Library, Suttons Bay District Library, Traverse Area District Library and Wolverine Community Library. The only services not available to reciprocal borrowers are the interlibrary loan service, including borrowing through MeLCat, and services that are limited to residents because of licensing restrictions. Continue Reading