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Sun. 12noon – 5pm

US Census Recruitment

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau is responsible for conducting the nationwide census. While the next census will be taken in 2020, the Census Bureau is already recruiting to fill important temporary positions. You can help your community! Apply for one of thousands of temporary #2020CensusJobs. A Census recruiter will be on site at the library on Tuesday, August 27 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the first floor meeting room to answer your questions or start the application process with you. Census results determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as how funds are spent on our roads, schools and hospitals. Apply online at Continue Reading

Service of the Month

Each month, we will highlight library service. For the month of August, we will feature

Local History

In 2015, Petoskey District Library created the Local History Room (LHR) – a space dedicated to our local region. Many of the items located in the LHR are available for checkout; however, some special collections are secured in locked cabinets which are accessible with help from staff. Of special interest is the Ohle Collection, which includes over 1,000 historical publications about the surrounding area, donated in 1973 by local historian William H. Ohle.  Other highlights include Petoskey High School yearbooks dating back to 1923, as well as city directories (Petoskey) spanning back to 1882.  While in the library you can supplement your genealogical research with Ancestry Library Edition.  The Greenwood Cemetery site has also digitized a vast majority of the Petoskey News Review, and other historical documents and photographs.

Come on in! Sit down at the century-old Carnegie Library tables, take in the sights and smells of leather-bound books. View some Robison family memorabilia, including an original painting by the father, Richard Robison. For more information about local history, please contact the Reference Department, 231.758.3114


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.

Friends @ the Carnegie

The Petoskey Area Garden Club has been beautifying Petoskey for 85 years. Membership in this award-winning organization has grown to 107. Collaborating with the Department of Parks and Recreation, club members now plant and care for flower beds throughout the community. Join Ethel Larsen on Monday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building as she presents highlights from the club’s long history, and provides glimpses of all the gardens.

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.

Lifelong Learning: Modern Myths

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.

Join Dr. Suzanne Rosenthal Shumway on an investigative journey into the nature of myths that influence our culture on Wednesdays, September 11, September 18, October 2 and October 9, 5:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom. Beginning with an attempt to define myth, we will then go on to explore how modern myths are formed and how they earn the influence they have on us. Some of the works we will consider are The Lord of the RingsThe Chronicles of NarniaThe Wizard of OzTo Kill a Mockingbird, and Star Wars.

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. Participants are encouraged to bring as much family information with them as possible. The group is led by professional genealogist Barbara Manley Hernden. The next meeting will be Monday, September 16, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom and the topic will be what forms and charts are helpful in genealogy. Continue Reading

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, September 17 where the group will discuss To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Reading List:
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

What Michigan Residents Need to Know about Real ID

On Oct. 1, 2020, 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

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.

Book Club Kits

Attention book club members! As you are thinking about your next titles, you may want to consider checking out one of our book club kits. Choose from the following titles:
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy
Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl.
The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George
The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Hguyen
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
The Girls of Atomic City, by Denise Kiernan
1984, by George Orwell
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
First Darling of the Morning, by Thrity Umrigar
Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance —NEW
                                                                     Visit here for descriptions of each of our book club kit titles.

Coming soon:
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles Continue Reading