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Sun. 12noon – 5pm

Library Survey

Help us plan the future of Petoskey District Library! The Petoskey District Library is gathering community feedback as part of its strategic planning process. Listed in this online survey are questions related to community aspirations and the Library’s collections and services that reflect best practices for today’s public libraries in Michigan and across the nation.  Please take a few minutes to provide your input here, or visit the Library for a printed copy. This will be very helpful as we move forward with this process. The survey deadline is 5:00pm on Sunday, June 23, 2019.

If you are interested in more information or would like to be kept informed about this plan, please check back to our website soon!  Thank you for your time and support. Continue Reading

Summer Reading Program

A universe of stories. Infinity, even. The Petoskey District Library’s Summer Reading Program has started and we need readers! Summer Reading is for all ages, babies through adults, and prizes can be earned for reading from June 7 – August 23. Visit us anytime the library is open to sign up! 


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

Wednesday and Saturday Night Movie

This Wednesday (6-12) and Saturday (6-15) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film The Mustang (Rated R; 2019; 96 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


US-31 Construction

The detour of northbound US-31 traffic on city streets in Petoskey is expected to end next week, roughly two weeks ahead of schedule!

Contractors for this MDOT project are continuing reconstruction on US-31 between the Mitchell Street Bridge and Fairview Avenue. The detour is tentatively expected to end on Monday, June 17, but that schedule is weather and construction progress dependent. Work has reached a point that will allow contractors to restore one lane of traffic in each direction on US-31. Construction will continue, with lane closures and traffic shifts. “We’re pleased that our contractor, DJ McQuestion & Sons, has made such great progress that we can lift the detour early,” said MDOT Gaylord Transportation Service Center (TSC) Construction Engineer Brad Swanson. “We know the detour has been an inconvenience, and we appreciate everyone’s patience to this point.”

This work is part of an $11.2 million project to reconstruct about 1.3 miles of US-31 in the city of Petoskey from the Mitchell Street Bridge to Fairview Avenue. The work includes realigning a portion of the highway away from the bluff area between Winter Park Lane and Fairview Avenue, construction of a retaining wall, drainage improvements, sanitary sewer and water main replacement, and traffic signal upgrades. View the project map on Mi Drive. The project is expected to be completed by late September.

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.

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 time of genealogy has changed to 1:30 p.m.– 3:30 p.m. starting this month. The next meeting is Monday, June 17, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom. This month Ed Evans will be giving a presentation on DNA. Participants are encouraged to bring as much family information with them as possible. The group is led by professional genealogist Barbara Manley Hernden. Continue Reading

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, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. 

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, June 18 where we will discuss Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.

Reading List:
July 16: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
August 20:  Reader’s Choice
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

Piecing Together the Medicare Puzzle

Michelle Shawn from the Senior Benefits Network will help you understand the basics of Medicare and how the pieces fit together for YOU! Medicare is often an overwhelming topic and a stressful transition for many people. Please join us on one of these Wednesdays: June 19, July 17 or August 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom as we unclutter the puzzle pieces and show you a clear picture of the ins and outs of Medicare. Each session will cover the same information. Open to the public at no charge.

Friends @ the Carnegie: Atlantic Adventures

5,000 nautical miles in a 36 foot sloop. Join Don Roth on Monday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building as he tells about the adventures and misadventures of his Petosegan crew as they voyage through the Great Lakes, Erie Canal and Hudson River to New York City. Follow them as they go 2,000 miles offshore in the open Atlantic, during the worst hurricane season in recent memory, to make port in Bermuda, the Virgin Islands and then the Leewards.

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.

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

3D Printing Certification

Learn how to use the 3D Printer in our lower level Makerspace! 3D Printing Certification is now available through an online Niche Academy tutorial. Complete the tutorial and then stop by the YA desk to obtain your official certification and start using the 3D printer. Policies and costs for 3D printing can be found here.


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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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.