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Library Closure

The library will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen on Saturday, November 28 at 10 a.m. Visit the digital eLibrary 24/7. Thank you and have a safe holiday weekend!

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For the safety of the community and by recommendation of our local health department, the Petoskey District Library is no longer scheduling in-person meetings at their Carnegie Building, and meetings held in the library building meeting spaces are limited to just two people until further notice. All in-person library programs are cancelled and will meet virtually when possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding, we apologize for the inconvenience.

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November 24 Library Board Meeting

Because of state directives, the Petoskey District Library will host its regularly scheduled 5 PM, November 24 Board of Trustees meeting electronically, via Zoom. The public is invited to join this meeting by following this link or by dialing in: 312.626.6799. Use the meeting id: 842 8263 3753 and password: 875185.

Follow this link for the agenda.

In order to contact members of the board, the public may either email: or call 231.758.3114. The Petoskey District Library will provide necessary, reasonable aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audiotapes of printed materials, to individuals with disabilities upon a two-week notice to the Library.

Peter Marabell Author Talk

The Friends of the Petoskey Library were not able to host their popular Annual Dinner fundraising event this October. In lieu of the live after dinner presentation, please sit back and enjoy this talk with local author, Peter Marabell.

Ladies of the Lights

Join Petoskey District Library, North Central Michigan College’s Lifelong Learning Club, and Dianna Stampfler for a virtual presentation on Wednesday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. titled Ladies of the Lights. They were women before their time, taking on the romantic, yet dangerous and physically demanding job of tending to the beacons that protected the shoreline. In all, some 40 women have been identified who excelled in this profession over the years — dating back as early as the 1840s and as recent as present day. Join us to see nearly 70 images of keepers, learn about their families, their lights, and their impact on the profession of lighthouse keeping. Registration and an email address is required. More information including the Zoom meeting link and password will be emailed to registrants by Tuesday, December 1. Hope to see you there!

PDL Page Turners Book Club

Our book club has wrapped up for the year, but if you’d like to catch up on what we read for 2020, please visit our online Reading List. Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 19 at 5:30 p.m. Stay tuned for more information about the 2021 reading list. New members are always welcome.

TumbleBook Library

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.

PDL Gives a Hoot About Health!

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 offering many of their programs virtually, outdoors, or in-person at much smaller capacities. 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.

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Value Line at Home

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.

Genealogy Research from Home

Need a fun activity to do while social distancing? Why not try some genealogical research from home? The Petoskey District Library is providing (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.

RBDigital Magazines

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.

Fine Free 2020

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. Starting January 1, 2020, overdue fines will no longer be charged on most items. Most patrons’ existing overdue balances will be wiped clean to give them a fresh start to the year. Continue Reading

What Michigan Residents Need to Know about Real ID

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

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