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Petoskey District Library is excited to announce hoopla digital: a new digital media service provided to you, our patron, through which you may access and enjoy over half a million titles, from six different formats: Movies, TV, Music Albums, eAudiobooks , eBooks, and Comics/Graphic Novels. All in one location, from your computer, tablet or Smartphone!  With hoopla, there are no hold lists, no extra apps or accounts needed or special steps to use it.  Petoskey District Library cardholders can learn more about Hoopla and how to access and sign up to start instantly streaming Continue Reading

Artwork for NYE


Area students are invited to submit artwork for the 2018/2019 New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center and Petoskey District Library logo contest! The selected artwork will be used for promotional materials, t-shirts and admission buttons. It must be 2-dimensional and original. Students may choose, (it is not required) to include the words “New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center 2019” in their artwork. The winning student will receive a family pass for the event and a $50 gift card for art supplies. Open to students in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties and Char-Em Intermediate School District. For more information, please visit here.

Entry Deadline: Monday, November 19, 2018
New Year’s Eve Student Art Submission Form

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-Pickup Holds

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 3 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.

Code Club

Code Club is back and will continue throughout the school year! 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!

Code Club meets Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in either the lower level classroom or the small meeting room.

This Week’s Movie Wednesday and Friday

This Wednesday (10-10) and Friday (10-12) the Petoskey Film Series and the Petoskey District Library will be showing the film Leave No Trace (Rated PG; 2018; 109 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

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 next meeting is Monday, October 15, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. and the topic will be Tips & Tricks Part 2, followed by the ABC’s of Genealogy if time permits. 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.

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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.

The next meeting will be Monday, October 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom. Paul Chatlin, the founder of PBNSG, will be presenting at this meeting. Paul began PBNSG in February 2014 and 123 people attended the first meeting. Today, PBNSG has over 5800 members and over 100 volunteers.

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). Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 16 when we will discuss There There by Tommy Orange. 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.

Reading List:
October 16: There There by Tommy Orange
November 20: Educated by Tara Westover
December 18: No meeting
January 15: Brown Dog by Jim Harrison

Lifelong Learning: Understanding World Religions

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.

As a theologian and scholar, North Central Michigan College Professor Toby Jones is passionate about creating ties of understanding that move us beyond mere tolerance when it comes to the world’s great religions. Join him in the library’s lower level classroom as he covers three of those religions over the next three months. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Wednesday, October 17, 5:00 p.m.: Buddhism
Wednesday, November 14, 5:00 p.m.: Judaism

Friends @ the Carnegie: Jane Cardinal

Discovering new facts is one of the most fascinating and exciting parts of conducting historical research. We welcome local historian Jane Cardinal back on Monday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building to tell us about the interesting new finds regarding the origins of the cross overlooking the lake in Cross Village.

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 at no charge. Seating capacity is 75 people, please arrive early.

Get to Know Your Sewing Machine…Better

You can thread your machine and sew a straight stitch, but what about those others stitches? Do you wonder what all those feet are for? Do you wish you could install a zipper or sew a button hole? Come and join instructor Tina Bury on Saturday, November 3, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the lower level classroom. We’ll begin where the first Get to Know Your Sewing Machine class left off. If you didn’t take the first session, no problem, we ask only that you be able to thread your machine and wind a bobbin. Your owner’s manual is a great place to start! Attendance is very limited, registration is required to attend this workshop.

Bring your sewing machine and all of its accessories (power cord, manual, bobbins, presser feet, needles, etc.) and learn:
– Common presser feet and their uses
– Practice new stitches and their purposes
– How to clean and oil your machine
– Familiarize yourself with needles, thread, and fabric
– Practice stitching, installing a zipper and making a button hole with a project that we’ll make together in class.

When you leave this class, you’ll be ready to sew up some lovely gifts!

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.

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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Mah Jongg

Join us every Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 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.

Co-op deal expands library cardholders’ borrowing opportunities

Petoskey District Library recently announced a new opportunity for its cardholders to borrow materials from select Northland Library Cooperative member libraries, without charge.

Libraries participating in this reciprocal borrowing agreement include Beaver Island District Library, Boyne District Library, Charlevoix Public Library, Interlochen Public Library, Kalkaska County Library, Oscoda County Library, Otsego County Library, Petoskey District Library, Presque Isle District Library, Suttons Bay District Library, Traverse Area District Library and Wolverine Community Library. The only services not available to reciprocal borrowers are the interlibrary loan service, including borrowing through MeLCat, and services that are limited to residents because of licensing restrictions. Continue Reading