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

Time Running Out to Register to Vote

If you are not a registered voter and want to vote in the November 6 General Election, you have until Tuesday, October 9 to register. Michigan residents can register by mail or in person at their county, city or township clerk’s office or by visiting any Secretary of State branch office. For more information, Continue Reading


Petoskey District Library is excited to announce hoopla digital: a new digital media service provided to you, our patron, through which you may access and enjoy over half a million titles, from six different formats: Movies, TV, Music Albums, eAudiobooks , eBooks, and Comics/Graphic Novels. All in one location, from your computer, tablet or Smartphone!  With hoopla, there are no hold lists, no extra apps or accounts needed or special steps to use it.  Petoskey District Library cardholders can learn more about Hoopla and how to access and sign up to start instantly streaming Continue Reading

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-Pickup Holds

If you have visited us recently you probably have noticed the new shelving units located at the first floor circulation desk.  This set of shelving is the home of our new self-pickup holds service.  Items requested by patrons will now be shelved alphabetically by a special code unique to each patron (first 3 letters of the patron’s last name and last four digits of patron’s library card number).  We hope that this change will streamline the patron experience by allowing patrons the option of checking out with staff, or using the self-checkout machine on their own.  Later this year, we will enhance the experience additionally by updating our self-checkout machines.

This Week’s Movie Wednesday and Friday

This Wednesday (9-19) and Friday (9-21) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film Hearts Beat Loud (Rated PG-13; 2018; 97 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


Saturday Night Movie

This Saturday (9-22) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the Italian comedy film A Little Chaos (Rated R; 2014; 112 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 visit us on Facebook®. To receive weekly email updates send an email to

Code Club

Code Club is back and will continue throughout the school year! Does your child/tween/teen love video games? Want them to learn useful skills while exercising their mind? We meet every week and learn how to program computers. Kids love being able to create their own video games and websites, and in the process they will gain useful technology skills!

Code Club meets Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in either the lower level classroom or the small meeting room.

Friends @ the Carnegie: Red Dirt Road

Charlevoix resident Marie Eckstein will present an award-winning documentary short film that tells the story of Red Dirt Road, a fashion accessories business that employs 13 remarkable Cambodian women on Monday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building. The film will be followed by a discussion about how the presence of a woman-owned business in an impoverished village has impacted the lives of every resident of Tramung Chrum. Red Dirt Road products will be available for purchase following the presentation, including beautiful hand-loomed silk handbags, wallets, and scarves.

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 at no charge. Seating capacity is 75 people, please arrive early.

Lifelong Learning Around the Globe & Morocco Solo

Wednesday, October 3, 5:30 p.m.: Emily Meyerson started traveling the globe when she was twenty years old, and hasn’t stopped since. When others hear about her travels, she is often asked questions about affordability, what to do about the lack of a travel partner, language barriers, safety, and how to find the right destination. With thirty years of travel experience, Emily will share with us and inspire us on why and how to travel the world.
Wednesday, October 10, 5:30 p.m.: Having recently traveled to Morocco solo, Emily will share with us all about her three-week journey though Morocco’s imperial cities, their Kasbahs and souks, camel trekking in the Sahara desert, visiting some of the most beautiful beaches in that part of the world, and climbing the highest peak in West Africa.

Both of these programs will take place in the library’s lower level classroom. There is no registration, seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Fall Repair Café@the Library

Please join us during International Repair Café Week for the Library’s fall Repair Café, which will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the lower level classroom and outside on the labyrinth. Our volunteer fixers will be available to help folks repair a variety of items, ranging from small electrical appliances & gadgets, electronics/computers, furniture, lamps, toys, jewelry, clothing & textiles, yard and garden tools and equipment, bicycles, books and paper items.  If you are interested in helping, either as a “fixer” or assisting on the day of the event, please fill out this survey or call the Library at 231-758-3114. Continue Reading

Cards for the Library Fall Card Party & Luncheon

card partyFriends of Petoskey Public Library invite you to their fall Card Party & Luncheon on Monday, October 1 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 $25 per person and proceeds will be used to purchase new materials for the Library.

Email or call Joyce Hutto-Nolan at 622-8059 for reservations by September 26.

Friends of the Library Annual Dinner

The Friends cordially invite you to join them for a delightful evening at their annual dinner party on Monday, October 8 at the Petoskey Bay View Country Club. This year’s featured speaker is author of the Michigan Chiller series (and more), Jonathan Rand.  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. Registration forms can be downloaded here. Guests can also email Joyce Hutto-Nolan. Proceeds support the Growing Readers Together project.

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, October 15, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. and the topic will be Tips & Tricks Part 2, followed by the ABC’s of Genealogy if time permits. 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.

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Plant Based Nutrition Support Group

Are you curious about plant-based foods and want to incorporate them in your life? PBNSG (Plant Based Nutrition Support Group) is a non-profit organization dedicated to evidence-based education and advocacy of plant-based whole food nutrition and an active lifestyle to help prevent or reverse chronic disease and achieve optimal health.This group meets to empower all who want to optimize their health by following a plant-based, low-fat diet. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, please visit here. The next meeting will be Monday, October 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom.

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). Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 16 when we will discuss There There by Tommy Orange. If you have any discussion comments or questions regarding our current title, please bring them with you to the next meeting. Registration is not necessary, but greatly appreciated.

Reading List:
October 16: There There by Tommy Orange
November 20: Educated by Tara Westover
December 18: No meeting
January 15: Brown Dog by Jim Harrison

Lifelong Learning: Understanding World Religions

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.

As a theologian and scholar, North Central Michigan College Professor Toby Jones is passionate about creating ties of understanding that move us beyond mere tolerance when it comes to the world’s great religions. Join him in the library’s lower level classroom as he covers three of those religions over the next three months. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Wednesday, October 17, 5:00 p.m.: Buddhism
Wednesday, November 14, 5:00 p.m.: Judaism

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.