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

Waukazoo Alley Closure

The Waukazoo alley will be closed for a few weeks due to construction. The book drop will not be accessible. Please return items inside or to the book drop located by the front door.

The alley will be closed intermittently through September 21.

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Wednesday and Friday Night Movie

This Wednesday (9-18) and Friday (9-20) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film My Week with Marilyn (R; 2011; 99 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


Service of the Month

Each month, we will highlight library service. For the month of September, we will feature Library Cards.

The best way to explore infinity and beyond is at your library! Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. PDL joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time to remind parents, caregivers and students that a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

This year, Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are going on an adventure as Honorary Chairs of Library Card Sign-Up Month. Sign-up or renew your library card this fall and get a special Toy Story bookmark, while supplies last.

Want to know if you qualify for a PDL card? Even if you do not live in Petoskey, we offer many library card options including education and employment cards, reciprocity between several of our neighboring libraries, and cards for purchase. For more information about how to sign up for a library card, please call us at 231.758.3100, or stop by!


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

Tai Chi

Due to construction near the outdoor labyrinth, Tai Chi will now be held at the United Methodist Church, 1804 E. Mitchell Rd. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.

Lifelong Learning: Modern Myths

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 Rosenthal Shumway on an investigative journey into the nature of myths that influence our culture on Wednesdays, September 11, September 18, October 2 and October 9, 5:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom. Beginning with an attempt to define myth, we will then go on to explore how modern myths are formed and how they earn the influence they have on us. Some of the works we will consider are The Lord of the RingsThe Chronicles of NarniaThe Wizard of OzTo Kill a Mockingbird, and Star WarsRegistration is not required for these classes. Seating will be first come, first serve.

Back to the Books – Fall Card Party & Luncheon

Friends of Petoskey Public Library invite you to their fall Card Party & Luncheon on Monday, September 23, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Petoskey-Bay View Country Club. Check in starts at 11:30 a.m., lunch is at noon followed by card games, board games, dominoes, mahjong and any favorite game you care to share. Cost is $30 per person and proceeds will be used to purchase new materials for the Library.

Email or call Jane Damschroder at 231-347-6440 for reservations by September 18.

Friends @ the Carnegie

Dr. Carl Palazzolo presents: The Falkland Islands, Botswana and Namibia on Monday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building

Dr. Carl Palazzolo is a 1978 graduate of MSU’s vet school. He currently practices companion and exotic animal medicine at the Long Beach Animal Hospital in California. Dr. P also works with injured wildlife, providing free medical and surgical care. He has been taking people on wildlife photography trips for 30 years, and has been to all seven continents. His veterinary degree and expertise has opened up doors not available to the average wildlife photographer, and he will be showing some of the photos he has taken because of this.

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.

Hobbies in the Lobby

Come and watch the mysterious and dynamic art of Turkish Marbling on Wednesday, September 25 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the library lobby! This process saw its heyday in Europe during the 17th-19th centuries when artists decorated book covers and end papers with impossibly intricate and colorful patterns. Heidi Reichenbach Finley demonstrates marbling before your eyes; floating paint on liquid and using special tools to create patterns. The design is transferred to paper, resulting in a stunning one-of-a-kind print.

Battling the Bogus News Buzz

Information literacy is increasingly important in a world dominated by fake news. Join us for a two-part program on Thursday, October 3 at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, October 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Building, located at 451 E Mitchell St. These programs will help teens and adults differentiate between quality, factual information, and the fake stuff. The first session of this program will be a presentation by Ken Winter, former Editor and Publisher of the Petoskey News-Review, currently teaches media and writing for NCMC and the MSU School of Journalism. The following week, there will be a panel discussion with special guests Professor Scott LaDeur, Petoskey News-Review Executive Editor Jeremy McBain, and IPR News Director Noelle Riley. Both of these programs are open to the public at no charge.

Friends of the Library Annual Dinner

The Friends of the Petoskey Library cordially invite you to join them for a delightful evening at their annual dinner party on Monday, October 7 at the Petoskey Bay View Country Club. This year’s featured speaker will be state librarian Randy Riley. There will be a cocktail hour and silent auction starting at 6:00 p.m. with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $50 per person and tables can be reserved. This year’s dinner proceeds will help fund the Growing Readers Together project. To reserve your tickets, please complete this form and return with your credit card info or check payable to the Friends of the Petoskey Public Library by Friday, September 27 to Joyce Hutto-Nolan, 920 Arlington Ave. Petoskey, MI 49770.

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. Participants are encouraged to bring as much family information with them as possible. The group is led by professional genealogist Barbara Manley Hernden. The next meeting will be Monday, October 21, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom.  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). 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, October 22 where the group will discuss Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.

Reading List:
October 15:  Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
November 19:  Reader’s Choice
December:  No Meeting

What Michigan Residents Need to Know about Real ID

On Oct. 1, 2020, 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

Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)

Did 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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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