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

Violins of Hope Documentary

Petoskey Film Series presents Violins of Hope – Strings of the Holocaust, narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody, on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Building. The documentary follows the journey of Israeli master violin maker Amnon Weinstein and his efforts to restore violins from the Holocaust. The collection of violins represents an incredible history of suffering, courage and resiliency. Their amazing stories are blended into Weinstein’s mission to not only collect and restore the violins, but to send them back out into the world where they are played by renowned musicians and orchestras around the world.

Michael Leibson, a docent at the Holocaust Memorial Center, Detroit, will lead a discussion following the movie. The restored violin that will be played at the concert will also be on display.

This program is one of many Holocaust education community events occurring throughout the month of April, leading up to the Violins of Hope concert on April 28 at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. Continue Reading

Staff In-service

committeeThe Library will be closed on Friday, April 26 for staff in-service. We will open again at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday (4-27).


So, what’s all the “hoopla” you’re hearing about Hoopla!?!

Hoopla is a digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, eAudiobooks, eBooks, comics/graphic novels, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone! Continue Reading

US-31 Construction Update

The US-31 reconstruction and realignment project in Petoskey is underway, requiring detours until late June. Library visitors can still find street parking on Mitchell, but remember Woodland Ave. and Michigan St. have parking too. Please read below for more information and a tentative detour schedule.

New detours beginning Tuesday, April 16th (weather and construction progress permitting) During the next phase of the MDOT project, crews will begin reconstructing the highway between the bridge and Lake Street. This next phase will require that southbound US-31 traffic be detoured on Lake Street and Ingalls Avenue, back to US-31. Westbound traffic on Mitchell Street bound for US-31 will be routed north on Petoskey Street and Lake Street to US-31. Northbound US-31 traffic will remain detoured on Mitchell Street, Division Street, Arlington Avenue, and MacDonald Drive until late June. Project map: 
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This Week’s Movie Wednesday and Friday

This Wednesday (4-17) and Friday (4/19) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film On a Clear Day (Rated PG-13; 2005; 95 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.

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Part-Time Library Assistant/Shelving Position Available at PDL!

Bring your passion for providing excellent customer service to the Petoskey District Library as a part-time Library Assistant and Shelver.  Work in a fast-paced environment where you can utilize computer and technology skills, share your love of literature, and contribute to the community as a member of our team.  Attention to detail and the ability to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends is a must.  Download an application and job description, or visit us at 500 E. Mitchell Street to pick-up in person. Please submit applications by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2019.  The Petoskey District Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Community Shred Day

Encore Financial Group, Petoskey District Library, and Rasmussen, Teller, O’Neill & Christman are excited to partner and offer a complimentary document shred day! On Saturday, April 20 from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., a Shred-It truck will be on site in RTOCCPA’s parking lot (behind the library at 555 Michigan St.)

Limit 5 boxes per vehicle. For more information call 231.627.1023. Visit for a list of what to shred.

Friends @ the Carnegie: Whence & Whither

Thomas Lynch, poet, writer, and undertaker, will present on the literary and mortuary arts on Monday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building. His recently published work, Whence & Whither, takes its title to wit: Every cradle asks us “Whence?” and every coffin “Whither?” Where do we come from? Where are we going? How ought we imagine the great beyonds beyond our being? How do we come to be the ones we are? Join us for an evening of lively discussion and deathly colloquies, serious questions, provisional answers. 

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 and admission is free.

Ask A Lawyer

In honor of Law Day, Emmet-Charlevoix Bar Association and Petoskey District Library present Ask A Lawyer on Wednesday, May 1, 4:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. in the library’s lower level classroom. This event will be offered to the general public at no charge, on a first come-first serve basis. It will feature local attorneys volunteering their time to answer legal questions in the areas of criminal law, domestic/family law, probate/estate planning, personal injury, general civic, business, and real estate law.

The 2019 Law Day theme—Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society—focuses on these cornerstones of representative government and calls on us to understand and protect these rights to ensure, as the U.S. Constitution proposes, “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.”

Spring Repair Café

Please join us for PDL’s Spring Repair Cafe on Saturday, May 4, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. in the lower level classroom and outdoor labyrinth. We throw away too many items that could get a new lease on life after a simple repair. Our volunteer fixers will be available to help repair a variety of items, ranging from small electrical appliances & gadgets, electronics/computers, furniture, lamps, toys, jewelry, clothing & textiles, yard and garden tools and equipment, bicycles, books and paper items.

If you are interested in helping, either as a “fixer” or assisting on the day of the event, please call the Library at 231.758.3114.

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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, May 20, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. in the lower level classroom and the topic is Obituaries and Death Certificates. Participants are encouraged to bring as much family information with them as possible. The group is led by professional genealogist Barbara Manley Hernden. Continue Reading

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.

We meet the third Monday of every month in the lower level classroom. The next meeting will be Monday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m.

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). If you have any discussion comments or questions regarding our current title, please bring them with you to the next meeting.

We hope you can join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, May 21. We will be picking the book selections for the summer months at this meeting, so please bring some suggestions with you! We will also discuss The Faygo Book by Joe Grimm. Joe Grimm is a 2019 Michigan Notable Book author and will be coming to PDL on Wednesday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. to talk about his book, the story of a pop, a people, and a place. Its stories will tickle the taste buds and memories of Detroiters and Faygo lovers everywhere.

Tax Form Information


IRS (Federal) Tax Forms
The 2018 IRS 1040 Forms and instruction booklets 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

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-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, all located on the Library’s first floor. 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. Circulation staff is ready and willing to teach patrons how to use the self-checkout kiosks. Continue Reading