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Hoopla

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!

There are no holds and multiple users can use the same title at the same time!! Titles can be streamed, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. There are hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily.  The platform is simple, intuitive and allows 4 downloads to you each month.  If you’re a regular Hoopla user you may have encountered the message “The collective daily borrow limit set by your library has been reached and will reset at midnight. Please browse and add titles to favorites so you can easily access them after midnight.”  This is different than your 4 item monthly limit and has to do with the daily budget that we at the Library have set in order to budget for this service and keep it available to you year round.  If you encounter this message, remember that the budget will reset at midnight.  Don’t forget about our other digital resources through the Up North Digital Collection using Overdrive or Libby, and our movie streaming service, Kanopy- all available 24/7 at no charge to you! Library cardholders can learn more about Hoopla and how to access and sign up to start instantly streaming films. On a mobile device, borrowed content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline or, in either the app or on a computer, all borrowed content may be enjoyed while connected to the internet by streaming. Continue Reading

Red Carpet Contest 2019

Predict this year’s Academy Award winners for a chance to win dinner and movie for two! The person with the most accurate guesses will receive a gift card to Petoskey’s Tap 30 as well as two movie tickets to the Lyric Theater in Harbor Springs. In the case of a tie, the winner will be drawn randomly from eligible ballots. The contest ends Sunday, February 24th at 5:00 p.m. One entry per person, please. Haven’t seen many of the movies? You’re not alone! Just take a moment and guess!! Enter here, good luck!

Tax Form Information

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IRS (Federal) Tax Forms
The 2018 IRS 1040 Forms and instruction booklets available in the reference area on the second floor. We will gladly assist you in downloading and printing forms or ordering forms by mail at the Reference Desk on the second floor. The following list contains links to some common IRS tax forms, instructions and publications. Other forms and publications are also available at the IRS website.

Tax return preparation and filing options include Free File and e-file can be found here. Continue Reading

This Week’s Movie Wednesday and Friday

This Wednesday (2-20) and Friday (2-22) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film A Star Is Born (rated R; 2018; 136 min.). A Star Is Born is nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture! 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, like us on Facebook®. To receive weekly email updates send an email to petoskeyfilmtheater4@gmail.com.

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

Checking out Library items just got even easier. 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

January Friends @ the Carnegie rescheduled!

This is the rescheduled Friends @ the Carnegie program that was canceled Monday, January 28 due to weather.

Jane Garver and Dylan Taylor from the Little Traverse Historical Museum will share letters and journal entries written by local men and women to illustrate their contributions to World War I on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building. Learn about the war experiences of young men stationed in France, as well as nurses, missionaries, and Red Cross volunteers from the area.

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.

Code Club

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 on Mondays, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the lower level classroom.

Lake Superior Solo: 1,000 Mile Kayaking Adventure

Tom Renkes decided the best way to celebrate his 60th birthday was to embark on a 1,000 mile solo adventure kayaking Lake Superior. Join him on Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building to hear about his adventure. Tom will have all of his gear with him to show what he brought and how packed it into his kayak during the trip. He will share how his journey was a combination of Anthony Bourdain, Henry David Thoreau, Ernest Hemingway, and John Muir on a trip to mold an experience into nature’s eloquence. Life and death challenges abound on a lake known for rude weather, yet beauty beyond reproach, and when recounting for the emotional response as each challenge is overcome, one may visualize a far-reaching life after a milestone birthday.

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. Registration is not necessary, but greatly appreciated.

We are selecting the books for the year at our next meeting on Tuesday, February 19. Please bring any suggestions you may have for the reading list with you and we will take a vote!

Reading List:
February 19: Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas

Friends @ the Carnegie: Greenwood Cemetery

Karl Crawford, Superintendent of Greenwood Cemetery, will present the role the cemetery plays in preserving the history, memories, stories, documents, and photos of Petoskey’s inhabitants interred at Greenwood on Monday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building. What started as a desire to improve cemetery burial records has transitioned into preserving obituaries and tens of thousands of photos from Petoskey newspaper archives and making it all available digitally on their website.

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.

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.

We meet the third Monday of every month in the lower level classroom. The next meeting will be Monday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. and we will be video conferencing with vegan chef Amber Poupore. Amber is the head chef at GreenSpace Cafe in Ferndale and owns Royal Oak raw eatery Cacao Tree.

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.

Library Wins Grants to Enhance Makerspace & Teen Area

3D Printers, crafting supplies, photo printing, sewing machines, a Shotbox portable photo studio, video editing software; these are just a few of the things available to the public at the Petoskey District Library’s Makerspace, and now the Library is excited to expand that list due to a $4000 grant awarded by the Bay Harbor Foundation, a $3500 grant awarded by the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, and a gift from the Friends of the Petoskey Library.

The grants provide funds to support purchase of new equipment and kits for the lower level area of the Library known as the Makerspace and Teen Area, including a laminator for public use, and more. The newest addition is smartboard technology. A smartboard is essentially an interactive white board which can be connected to one or more laptops, PCs, tablets, or other electronic devices.  This smartboard will be used for Library programs and classes, teen activities, and will be available for individuals and organizations who book the Library classroom for their meetings. Continue Reading

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. Beginners are welcome.

Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)

MAP-logo-tr-small-newDid 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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