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

Hawk Hill Raptors

Get up close with various raptor species on Tuesday, July 30 at 11:00 a.m. in the Carnegie Building (located at 451 E Mitchell St) with Hawk Hill Raptors. Learn what makes a raptor a raptor, what unique adaptations these birds possess in order to make it in the natural world, and what adversities they face in order to survive in their habitat and raise their young. This children’s program is open to the public at no charge. Continue Reading

Local Author Fair

Join us for authors, wine, snacks, and book sales! Local authors will gather on Monday, August 12 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building (451 E Mitchell St) for Petoskey District Library’s fourth annual Local Author Fair. The event will feature new talent and popular, local favorites who either live in or write about the area. The PDL Local Author Fair is open to the public at no charge. A full list of attending authors and their bios can be found here. Continue Reading

Big Book Sale

The Friends of the Petoskey Library will host their popular indoor/outdoor Used Book Sale during Petoskey’s sidewalk sales on Thursday, July 25, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday, July 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hundreds of adult; children’s and teacher; rare and vintage; history and travel; cooking and gardening; and health and self-help books plus CDs and DVDs will be for sale. You can purchase some of these items early at the Members-Only Presale on Wednesday, July 24, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Not a member? You can join that night, or print off a membership form here. Most books are priced from 25 cents – $3. Rare books are usually half their online price.

This is the Friend’s largest fundraiser, the proceeds of which fund the Library’s children’s book collection each year. Can’t make it to this annual sale? You can shop any day of the library is open in our lower level store. There is new inventory added every week.

Friday and Saturday Night Movie

This Friday (7-19) and Saturday (7-20) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film Kinky Boots (PG-13; 2006; 107 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 a library service that you may or may not be aware of. For the month of July, we will feature:

3D Printing

Turn your creations into reality!  Print your own objects on one of two 3D Printers available in our Makerspace.   If you’re at least 13 years of age and have an area library card, just complete and pass our online certification course here.  You can take the course as many times as needed.  Visit sites such as Thingiverse to find something to print, or create your own design using SketchUp software in our Makerspace.  Objects can be printed in a variety of different colors and cost just $1.00 per print job, plus .05 cents per gram over 10 grams of weight.  Anything from cookie cutters, to jewelry, to game pieces can be printed, as long as it follows our guidelines.

Summer Reading Program

A universe of stories. Infinity, even. The Petoskey District Library’s Summer Reading Program has started and we need readers! Summer Reading is for all ages, babies through adults, and prizes can be earned for reading from June 7 – August 23. Visit us anytime the library is open to sign up! 


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

Tai Chi on the outdoor labyrinth is led by Jean Fought and occurs every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Jean teaches Yang Style Tai Chi with its martial applications. Anyone regardless of experience is welcome. Weather permitting.

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, August 20 where the group will share books they’re currently reading.

Reading List:
August 20:  Reader’s Choice
September 17:  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
October 15:  Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
November 19:  Reader’s Choice
December:  No Meeting

Piecing Together the Medicare Puzzle

Michelle Shawn from the Senior Benefits Network will help you understand the basics of Medicare and how the pieces fit together for YOU! Medicare is often an overwhelming topic and a stressful transition for many people. Please join us on Wednesday, July 17 or Wednesday, August 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom as we unclutter the puzzle pieces and show you a clear picture of the ins and outs of Medicare. Each session will cover the same information. Open to the public at no charge.

Friends @ the Carnegie

Monday, July 22, 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building

This is the story of Rabbi Maya Leibovich’s life. She is the first Israeli-born woman ordained as rabbi by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem. Since her ordination in 1993, she has led a congregation of the Reform Movement in Mevasseret Zion which grew to over two hundred families, served as head of the Israeli Reform Rabbinical council, and was amongst the first rabbis to go to the Former Soviet Union and teach Reform Judaism. In her retirement, Maya serves as Summer Rabbi to B’nai Israel in Petoskey. During the year she dedicates time to a Women’s Shelter in Jerusalem, participates in surveillance over road blocks and volunteers in Alyn at a rehabilitation center for physically challenged and disabled children, adolescents and young adults.

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.

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, August 19, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom. Participants are encouraged to bring as much family information with them as possible. The group is led by professional genealogist Barbara Manley Hernden. This month’s topic is U.S. Draft Registrations, Part Two: World War II Continue Reading

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

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

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.

Mah Jongg

Join us every Monday, 10:15 a.m. – 1:15 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.