The Library staff received the Service Excellence Award on Tuesday, December 4 at the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce Breakfast for Champions. This heartwarming, community-focused event honors Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce member businesses that make up our amazing business community. A number of awards are presented throughout the ceremony, including the Chairman’s Award, the Athena Award, the Thriving Petoskey Award, the Service Excellence Award, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, The Leadership Star Award, Architectural Awards, and Ambassador of the Year Award. The Service Excellence Award is presented annually for demonstrating superior, unique and unequaled service to the public and is sponsored by Stafford’s Hospitality. We are so very honored and will continue to do the good work we do for our community.
The Library continues its long tradition of waiving library fines in exchange for donations for our local food pantries during the month of December. “Patrons with overdue fines can donate nonperishable items or paper products and the Library will waive those fines, no questions asked,” said Public Services Librarian Jodi Haven. Last March, the Library instituted a “no daily overdue fine” policy, which offers patrons flexibility in returning PDL materials with an extended grace period. Haven encourages patrons even without fines to consider donating items. For more information, please call 231-758-3100.
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
This Wednesday (12-12) and Friday (12-14) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film Colette (Rated R; 2018; 111 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.
If you have visited us recently you probably have noticed the new shelving units located at the first floor circulation desk. This set of shelving is the home of our new self-pickup holds service. Items requested by patrons will now be shelved alphabetically by a special code unique to each patron (first 4 letters of the patron’s last name and last four digits of patron’s library card number). We hope that this change will streamline the patron experience by allowing patrons the option of checking out with staff, or using the self-checkout machine on their own. Later this year, we will enhance the experience additionally by updating our self-checkout machines.
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!
The last Code Club meeting before the holidays will be this Tuesday, December 11, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the small meeting room. We will take a brief hiatus and begin meeting on Mondays, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the lower level classroom starting on January 7.
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 next meeting is Monday, December 17, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Local historian Rick Wiles will be here to present A Bitter Memory: The Burt Lake Burnout of 1900. Participants are encouraged to bring as much family information with them as possible. Each session will focus on a different topic. The group will be led by professional genealogist Barbara Manley Hernden. Genealogy will be taking a brief hiatus over the winter months. December 17 will be the last meeting until we pick up again in the spring on April 15.
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. The next meeting will be Monday, December 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom where we will be video conferencing with Dr. Michael Klaper.
We meet the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the large meeting room (second floor). There will be no meeting in December. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 15 when we will discuss Brown Dog by Jim Harrison. 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.
December 18: No meeting
January 15: Brown Dog by Jim Harrison
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.
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
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.
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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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.
– A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles Continue Reading
At Petoskey District Library (PDL) you can check out more than just books! The library is pleased to announce the addition of six mobile Wi-Fi hotspots which can be checked out from the Reference Desk for a one week period by PDL cardholders aged 18 and up. The portable hotspots allow patrons without internet to easily get online using any Wi-Fi enabled device such as a phone, tablet or laptop anywhere there is a cell connection. Currently, the library lends hotpots from Verizon and T-Mobile.
PDL has long offered free Wi-Fi to anyone in their building and on the library grounds. With over 1400 Wi-Fi users per month, the need to extend the service beyond the building was clear. “These mobile hotspots accommodate a number of situations including people who are traveling and want to avoid roaming charges, those who live in locations without reliable internet service, or for those who can’t afford internet service but may want to try it out,” said Technology Supervisor Mary Sue Prantera.
To check out a Hotspot, visit the Reference Desk on the second floor anytime during regular business hours.