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

Downtown Construction

PDL understands that the current downtown street construction can cause disruptions to your typical library visits. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please feel free to renew your items online or give us a call if you need any assistance. Here is an update from Petoskey Department of Public Works Director Mike Robbins:

Crews will focus their attention to milling off the top layer of pavement on Division Street between Mitchell and Rose streets. Then, crews will mill off the top layer of pavement on Mitchell between Howard Street and Waukazoo Avenue. The sections of Mitchell and Division streets where pavement milling will take place will be closed to through traffic while the work progresses. Although the milling work is expected to be completed today, the section of Mitchell between Howard and Waukazoo will likely be closed for several more days as crews work on concrete replacement and brickwork. At most times after the milling is done, traffic will be able to access Division Street from Mitchell, but there will be intermittent closures. The repaving work will take place sometime late next week, if weather permits. All areas affected by street closures for the project will still be accessible by pedestrian traffic. Continue Reading

Wednesday and Friday Night Movie

This Wednesday (10-9) and Friday (10-11) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film Maiden (PG; 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 PFS Movie Hotline at 758-3108 or like us on Facebook®. To receive weekly email updates send an email to


Fly Guy Presents!

This week, Fly Guy Presents: Weather on Thursday, October 17 at 3:30 p.m. in the children’s program room. Weather is amazing. It can be dangerous, extreme, pleasant, and very interesting. Let’s find out more! Fly Guy Presents are STEM based programs featuring the non-fiction Fly Guy books and are meant for school-age children.

Service of the Month

Each month, we will highlight a library service. For the month of October, we will feature Kanopy & Petoskey Film Series

Calling all cinephiles, film fans, big movie buffs, and anyone interested in the magic of movies!  Not only can you browse thousands of DVDs available for checkout right here on the shelves, you can also find movies to stream without ever leaving home. Get out your Petoskey library card and sign up for Kanopy, PDL’s on-demand video streaming service.  With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides access to independent, international, classic, and documentary films, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs. Choose up to 4 titles per month from a list of over 30,000 films, from hundreds of popular producers such as The Criterion Collection and PBS, as well as thousands of independent filmmakers. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. Continue Reading


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

Positive Energy in Northern Michigan

Join Deb Hansen for a community discussion about positive energy here in northern Michigan and learn about the truly creative and energizing things happening across our communities on Wednesday, October 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom. We’re taking the initiative to move to clean, renewable sources of energy. We’re growing more of our own food, reducing food waste, and strengthening our local economy and making sure others are looked after. We’re collaborating across organizational boundaries and setting some big goals and reclaiming a belief in our ability to meet challenges. We hope that learning about these initiatives will inspire you to come up with your own projects!

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, October 21, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom. We will be taking a VIRTUAL trip to the Allen Co. Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN. It is the 2nd largest brick and mortar genealogy holding in the U.S. Continue Reading

Friends @ the Carnegie

Eric Hemenway, Director of Archives and Records for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, will share how Odawa women have held critical leadership roles for the tribe over the centuries on Monday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building. This talk will look at a few of the historical women leaders of the Odawa, spanning the 19th century to the present day. Please note that this Friends @ the Carnegie program is on the third Monday of the month instead of the fourth Monday.

 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.

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, October 22 where the group will discuss Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.

Reading List:
October 15:  Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
November 19:  Reader’s Choice
December:  No Meeting

A Guide to Post-Acute Rehabilitation

Life may look different after a major life event, illness, or injury. Join Lindsay DeCoster, RN from the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at McLaren Northern Michigan, on Wednesday, October 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom and understand the various rehabilitation options that are available to you. From acute hospital-based rehabilitation to skilled nursing, and home healthcare, she will help you know what type of rehabilitation to ask for and how to be your own advocate. Open to the public at no charge.

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

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.