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


We are pleased to now offer Kanopy, a streaming video service that is available to Petoskey District Library cardholders at no charge. With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides patrons with access to over 30,0000 films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs.

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New 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.

This Week’s Movie, Wednesday and Friday

This Wednesday (1-17) and Friday (1-19) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film Loving Vincent (Rated PG-13; 2017; 94 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


Mindfully De-Clutter Your Office

Friday, January 19, 1:00 p.m. Mindfully De-Clutter Your Office: Frustrated with the piles of papers taking over your office? Need a system that works and actually helps you maintain order? Paperwork can be over-whelming to us all. This class will provide some clear strategies to help you reduce your paper trail and systemize your office environment, so you feel more productive with your time.

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Friends @ the Carnegie: Author Tom Carr, Blood on the Mitten

Join Tom Carr, author of Blood on the Mitten: Infamous Michigan Murders, 1700s–Present, Monday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. for this month’s Friends @ the Carnegie speaker series. He will discuss the most notorious murders in Michigan of the last few centuries. Tom puts the accounts of these killings in a historical and social perspective, describing the politics and social agendas of the time. He will take us to the crime scene and describe what stands there now and show how motivation to murder has changed surprisingly little over time, although forensics, punishment and investigations have changed a great deal.
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Lifelong Learning: The Bronte Sisters

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 Dr. Suzanne Shumway for a three-week course on the Bronte sisters and the novels they each wrote. These classes will take place on three consecutive Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

January 24: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
January 31: Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
February 7: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Bronte

Registration is appreciated.

Young Hemingway & His Enduring Eden Film

Petoskey District Library is partnering with the Petoskey Film Series and Dr. George Colburn on Friday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Building to show a special screening of the new documentary Young Hemingway & His Enduring Eden. This film explores Northern Michigan’s integral role in development of Ernest Hemingway’s writings that ultimately led to the Nobel Prize in literature.

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Winter Repair Café@the Library

Repair Café is returning to the library on Saturday, February 17, from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. We had a great turnout for our inaugural event in October, with nearly 40 items brought in for repair during the 4-hour event. We were able to successfully repair 23 items, with several others being diagnosed for repair pending acquisition of necessary parts. Items repaired included, among others, several lamps, a leaf blower, a garden hose, a sewing machine, several pieces of jewelry, an electric tea pot, a weed whip, a fan, and several articles of clothing. For the winter event we will not be able to do outdoor gasoline powered equipment…you can save that for our June Repair Café. If you are interested in helping, either as a “fixer” or otherwise assisting with planning or on the day of the event, please take a minute to complete this quick survey, or call the Library at 231-758-3114. Continue Reading

Gateway Writers Group

The next Gateway Writers Group meeting will be Friday, January 26, 10:30 a.m.–Noon. The group is held on the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Friday of each month in the small meeting room on the first floor of the library.

Open to anyone with a sincere desire to learn and sharpen the craft of writing.


Genealogy Interest Group

Barb Hernden 2015 Anyone who is interested in genealogy or local history is invited to join our genealogy interest group. The next meeting is at the Petoskey District Library, 3-5 p.m. Monday, February 19. Topic: Getting into Census Records, 1790-1850*. The group meets every third Monday of the month. 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. the large meeting room (second floor). Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 20.
Reading List:
February 20: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
March 20: Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel
April 17: The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
May 15: Michigan Notable Book title to be selected soon
June 19: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Registration is not necessary, but greatly appreciated.

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

Service of the Month

Each month, we will highlight a library service that you may or may not be aware of. The first Wednesday of every month will be our “Launch Day”, look for more information in the lobby.

January: Mobile Laptops

Did you know we have laptops for you to check out and use while you’re at the library? You must be a current adult library card holder in our coverage area whose account is in good standing. The laptop must stay in the library. Check one out at the Circulation, Reference, or Children’s Desk.

Online Catalog Contest

Each time you contribute information such as ratings, tags, comments or reviews, you receive community credits. Community credits are a way you can keep track of your contributions to the library’s catalog, and to the wider community of library users.

The simplest way to start earning community credits is to add titles to your shelves: each star rating, tag or other comment that you add earns one credit. When you create a list of at least five titles, you earn 5 credits. 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. Please bring your own tiles.

Print from Anywhere/RBDigital Magazines

printPetoskey District Library in partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books is pleased to announce the availability of RBDigital Magazines for Libraries, the world’s largest newsstand. Through the Library gateway, patrons of Petoskey District Library will have unlimited multi-user access to complete digital magazines, which can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. RBDigital’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.