Our library-led book club is back in session! Our next virtual meeting is Tuesday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom, when we will discuss The Women in Black by Madeleine St. John. New members are always welcome. Registration and an email address is required for Zoom access. 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.
How short can a story be? What about a poem? And what’s the difference? Join Good Hart Artist Residency writer-in-residence, Steph Sorensen, on Thursday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. as she presents a writing workshop examining the very short form in fiction and poetry. Through close-reading of published short-form pieces, students will work to understand what makes brevity successful, uncovering what is truly necessary in writing, and practicing the art of paring down through generative exercises.
Open to adult writers and readers of all ages and levels of experience. Registration and an email address are required for Zoom access. The Zoom meeting ID and passcode will be emailed to you with your registration confirmation.
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 club meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month and the next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. and the theme is: The Largest Unsolved Art Heist in History.
Registration and an email address are required for Zoom access. The meeting ID and passcode will be in your registration confirmation email. 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!
Book Stack is a book recommendation form for kids or grown ups of kids to use. The youth services staff will pick out five titles we think you’ll love and email you the list! You can choose to place the items on hold or come into the library to pick them up. If you need us to put the books on hold, let us know! Try it out!
Book Match is a book recommendation form for teens and tweens. Are you stuck, trying to figure out your next read? Then you have come to the right spot! Let us help you out, fill out the simple form and we’ll help pick out your next read.
PDL Stack is an item recommendation form for adults to use. Are you short on time? Want to try something new? Fill out the form and we will pick a stack of items (books, DVDs, CD music, etc.) just for you!
COMING SOON! Ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines all in one place! We are excited to help streamline your reading experience by offering magazines in the popular Libby app you are already using for our collection of ebooks & audiobooks. Magazines will not count against your checkout limits and can be renewed, or borrowed again at any time. A vast variety of titles like US Weekly, National Geographic, Good Housekeeping Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone, to name a few, will be available mid-March. When the migration to the new collection is complete, the RB Digital app will be retired. Stay tuned for more information!
Niche Academy is an online learning platform that gives Petoskey District Library patrons their own online academy. The platform includes ready-to-use tutorials for common library services like Ancestry Library Edition, Kanopy, and OverDrive/Libby, to name a few. Look for the blue Tutorials tab on the right-side of the webpage (or the blue arrow on your mobile). Start any tutorial right away, or create a free account to track your progress. You can also reach the tutorials and login page here.
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.
IRS (Federal) Tax Forms
The 2020 IRS 1040 Forms and Instructions are 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.
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 until June 30, 2021. 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.
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