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

New Cooking and Travel Database Trials

We invite you to try out two new databases for a trial period in the library, either 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.

Please give them a try and Continue Reading

Wi-Fi Hotspots Available

At Petoskey District Library (PDL) you can check out more than just books! The library is pleased to announce the addition of six mobile Wi-Fi hotspots which can be checked out from the Reference Desk for a one week period by PDL cardholders aged 18 and up. The portable hotspots allow patrons without internet to easily get online using any Wi-Fi enabled device such as a phone, tablet or laptop anywhere there is a cell connection. Currently, the library lends hotpots from Verizon and T-Mobile.

PDL has long offered free Wi-Fi to anyone in their building and on the library grounds. With over 1400 Wi-Fi users in the month of May alone, the need to extend the service beyond the building was clear. “These mobile hotspots accommodate Continue Reading

Ask a Trooper

Join State Trooper Corey Hebner Saturday, December 23, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the library classroom for an open Q and A session regarding law enforcement and public safety. Along with any questions the public may have, some of the topics covered will be instruction on traffic stops, information about the legalization of medical marijuana, how to use your smart phone safely and secure your personal information over the internet, and education about the opioid epidemic facing our country.

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

This Week’s Movie, Wednesday and Friday

This Wednesday (12-13) and Friday (12-15) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film The Viceroy’s House (Not Rated; 2017; 106 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 petoskeyfilmtheater4@gmail.com.

 

Donate Supplies & We’ll Waive the Fines

The Library continues its long tradition of waiving library fines in exchange for donations during the month of December, but this year we are seeking specific items greatly needed by survivors of domestic abuse and their children in our community.  “Collecting Food for Fines has long been our tradition, but this year we wish to support the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan’s (WRCNM) Safe Home in asking for donations of household supplies and toiletries.  Patrons with overdue fines can donate these items and the Library will waive those fines, no questions asked,” said Public Services Librarian Jodi Haven.  Last March, the Library instituted a “no daily overdue fine” policy, which offers patrons flexibility in returning PDL materials with an extended grace period.  Haven encourages patrons even without fines to consider donating items.  View the entire Safe House list here.  For more information, please call 231-758-3100.

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.

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, December 18. Topic: Rick Wiles & the Robison murders in Good Hart. 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

Gateway Writers Group

The next Gateway Writers Group meeting will be Friday, December 22, 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.

 

New Year’s Eve Celebration @ CTAC and the Library

The library is partnering with Crooked Tree Arts Center again this year for a family-friendly, fun-filled evening to ring in the new year! Purchase your ticket at the library, CTAC, or online to gain access to arts & crafts, music, dance, theater performances & workshops, and lots of food and refreshments at both locations!
Adults: $10
Students (Age 2-18): $5

Repair Café@the Library

What a great turnout for our inaugural Repair Café on October 14. A big thank you to our volunteer “fixers,” Kathy, Patty, James, Dave, Matt, Bob, and Jack; and to our helpers, Joel, Tanner, Laura, and Scott; and especially to the folks who brought in nearly 40 items 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. Stay tuned for info about our next Repair Café, which we’re tentatively scheduling for February. Let us know if you are interested in helping, either as a “fixer” or otherwise assisting with planning or on the day of the event. Call the Library at 231-758-3114. Continue Reading

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.

Book Club Kits

Attention book club members! We have kits for you to check out for your book clubs. As you are thinking about next year’s titles, you may want to consider our collection. Choose from the following titles:
Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl.
The Girls of Atomic City, by Denise Kiernan
1984, by George Orwell
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George
Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Hguyen
First Darling of the Morning, by Thrity Umrigar
Visit here for descriptions of each of our book club kit titles.

Coming soon:
Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles Continue Reading

No Daily Overdue Fines!

We no longer charge patrons daily fines for overdue Petoskey District Library materials. Checked out material will have an extended grace period of two to four weeks, depending on the type of item borrowed. Understanding their responsibility to the library’s collection and tax payer dollars, the library board decided the Library will charge fines for any materials returned past the grace period. The elimination of a daily fine is one way the library hopes to break down financial barriers that often shut off access to some patrons.

“Most of our patrons return their items on time, though there are situations that occur that prevent people from getting items back before the due date. We hope that taking away the stigma of overdue fines will encourage more people to continue to use the library even if they forget to return a book on time,” says Library Director Valerie Meyerson. “It is our goal to get the public here to use the services we provide, and we hope this is one way to do that.”

New Metered Parking

We are pleased to announce 3 hour metered parking on Woodland Avenue.  We hope that our patrons will find these parking spaces convenient while at the library.  Just returning items?  Our drive-through dropbox is located in the alley off of Waukazoo Avenue and is open 24/7.  We also have installed new drive-through book returns at the Little Traverse Township Hall and Springvale Township Hall, in addition to those previously placed at the Bear Creek and Resort Township Halls.  Now residents of these townships can have the convenience of returning items without making a trip in to town.  Township book returns are emptied weekly, and all items are backdated to the previous date it was emptied.

Michigan eLibrary (MeL)

Administered by the Library of Michigan in partnership with Michigan’s libraries of all types, the Michigan eLibrary provides all Michigan residents with free access to online full-text articles, full-text books, digital images, and other valuable research information at any time via the Internet, as well as providing an easy-to-use interlibrary loan system, known as MeLCat, to allow Michigan residents to borrow books and other library materials for free from participating Michigan libraries.

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For links to the complete collection, go to the MeL Databases page.

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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