Challenge yourself this winter and take part in our all ages Winter Reading! Print a card from home or pick some up from the library curbside or at any desk and complete your bingo board by February 26, 2021 to be entered into a prize drawing! Any kid who finishes their board will also get a free book just for completing the challenge AND will be entered into the prize drawing. Happy Winter Reading!
Winter Reading ends February 26, 2021.
Our library-led book club is back in session! Our next virtual meeting is Tuesday, February 16 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom, when we will discuss True Grit by Charles Portis. New members are always welcome. Please register here to receive the Zoom login information by email. Visit our Reading List to see which titles are coming up, to request library copies on hold, and to see what we have read in the past.
Are you an avid podcast listener but wish you could talk to people about all those great episodes you’ve spent hours listening to? Join our virtual monthly podcast discussion group to get you talking! Our first club meeting will be on Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. and will continue on the fourth Tuesday of every month. This month’s theme is FRIENDSHIP. Registration and an email address are required for Zoom access. Once you register for this event, you will be emailed a thematic listening list with 1–5 hours of podcast episodes. Simply listen and come ready to have a great chat! The meeting ID and passcode will be emailed to registrants on Monday, January 25. Please check your spam folder if you have not received it in your email inbox. Hope to see you there!
PDL has a TumbleBooks subscription that can be accessed online through this direct link. Explore, read and have fun! TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games. Users can also access TBL from any smartphone or iPad/Android tablet by downloading the app. Subscriptions are unlimited, meaning your kids can read as much as they want, when they want, with no wait times, check-outs, or downloads.
Though it is not quite business as usual, Petoskey District Library continues to follow their phased plan, safely welcoming patrons into the space six days a week. Since reopening to the public on June 22, the library has found innovative ways to continue services safely, including the continuation of curbside service and by offering their programs virtually. Not only do the staff follow vigorous cleaning protocols throughout the day, the library’s air filtration system continually brings in fresh air and was upgraded to include hospital grade filters, all part of their commitment to uphold safety protocols to provide a safe environment for all who visit.
Other efforts to keep patrons safe include the installation of automatic door openers on all public restroom doors, and soon all faucets will be touchless as well. Restroom toilets and paper towel dispensers went touchless prior to the pandemic. These upgrades have been on the library’s wish list for some time. “The time was definitely right to move these important updates up to the top of the list. Not only does this help make the bathrooms more accessible, patrons can avoid high touch point surfaces, which is so important as we work to keep each other as safe as possible,” said Facility Manager Neil Ahrens. Continue Reading
Now with your Petoskey District Library card (barcode), enjoy remote access to Value Line, the most complete guide to investment research and a full array of products including the Research Center, Value Line Investment surveys (standard edition, plus edition, small & mid-cap edition), the Selection & Opinion newsletters, Value Line Mutual Fund Surveys and many more. Value Line is one of the most highly regarded and widely used independent investment research resources available. Create your own custom reports; use the screener tool to understand profit and risk; and gather incomparable data, news, and analysis all from home. Library cardholders can access this premium investment tool from any location with Internet access, while non-cardholders can access Value Line from a Petoskey Library computer. The library’s print subscription of Value Line Investment Survey will continue until October 2020.
Need a fun activity to do while social distancing? Why not try some genealogical research from home? The Petoskey District Library is providing Ancestry.com (Library Edition) to you remotely. Remote access is available to PDL cardholders for a limited time only. Log in to our online catalog to access the link. Here are some directions to get you started.
Another cool resource is The Greenwood Cemetery website. Here you can access full newspapers from Emmet County, dating back to the 1870s. This site is always expanding, and it now has thousands of historical photographs and documents, all accessible from your home computer. We are very fortunate to have such a unique resource available to us.
Did you know that the Library of Congress has digitized a ton of Sanborn Fire Maps? Currently, you can access maps from over 3000 U.S. cities. These detailed maps are historical snapshots that tell a vivid story of our past. Beware! This site can take you down some rabbit-holes, and you may lose track of hours of your time.
Petoskey District Library is pleased to announce the availability of RBDigital 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. Forbes, Newsweek, Martha Stewart Living and National Geographic Traveler are just a few of the popular titles available.
If overdue fines have kept you or your family from using the Library, we have great news for you! Petoskey District Library (PDL) is proud to join fine-free libraries across the country and we look forward to welcoming back many patrons who have stopped using the library because of overdue fines. What started on January 1, 2020, overdue fines are no longer charged on most items. Most patrons’ existing overdue balances were wiped clean to give them a fresh start to the year. Continue Reading
On Oct. 1, 2021, 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 www.Michigan.gov/REALID.
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 for Petoskey Library cardholders. Click here for access. Continue Reading