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Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading 2020 has begun! We have bingo cards available for all ages: Baby, Kids, Teen, and Adult. Feel free to print off your own, or request the age group bingo cards you need using our curbside pickup service. Happy summer reading! Continue Reading

Curbside Service

How do I request items?

The quickest and easiest way is to place a hold online.  If you do not remember your login, or need assistance placing holds, you can reach us by email,online chat, or by phone during Library hours, 231-758-3100.

When and how long does it take before I can pick up my items?

  •  Curbside Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • You will receive notification that your item(s) is ready by either phone, email, or text.  Please allow at least 24 hours for your requests to be processed.

Can we request items from other libraries?  Are all Petoskey items available?

Yes, borrowing between our local libraries has resumed. At this time, lending and borrowing between MeLCat libraries is suspended. Other items available for curbside pickup include Library of Things items, tax forms, and print jobs. We can also send faxes, notarize documents, and make photocopies for you. Continue Reading

Diversify the Library

All over the country, public libraries strive to be welcoming and inclusive of all people. That vision is always evolving as librarians find ways to support diverse communities and take active roles in promoting racial justice. Throughout this past year, we have found new ways to embed equity in our regular operations. In January 2020, we became fine-free as an effort to break down financial barriers; a partnership with the Public Schools of Petoskey established remote library card registration and delivery of materials to the schools for children and teens; and staff participated in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) training to reinforce their responsibilities in actively supporting this core value. Our 2020 goal to create more equitable, diverse and inclusive collections is ongoing. Reading books written by and about people of color is one way white people can support racial justice. In partnership with McLean & Eakin Booksellers, you can help PDL diversify the library by purchasing an item or two from this wish list of items.

Ask the Director

Watch the video below where library director Valerie Meyerson?gives a quick tour and answers your questions about the Library reopening.

2020 Census Information

As of June 18, the self-response rate for Emmet County households that responded online, by mail, or by phone was at just 52.5%. The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It is an opportunity to shape your community’s future. When everyone is counted, communities get the funding they need for health care, education, emergency services, libraries, and more. You can inspire others. Tell everyone—your friends and family, neighbors and co-workers—that you will complete the census, and that they should respond now, too! Continue Reading

Access to Materials

Access Information and Materials from Home
As always, PDL cardholders may download or stream books, movies, magazines and music directly to any computer or to most of the following devices: Android, AppleTV, Chromecast, FireTV, iOS, Roku. To determine if you’re eligible for a Petoskey District Library card click here.  Ready to register?  Fill out this form!  

Ancestry Library Edition: During our closure research family history from home.  View this video to learn how to access remotely.
Hoopla: 
Checkout 4 items per month, choosing from audiobooks, eBooks, movies, comics, TV shows and music.
Kanopy: Stream classic cinema, indie films, and top documentaries, 8 viewing credits per month.
Mango Languages: Access online language learning software providing over 70 language tutorials.
Overdrive/Libby: Download up to 5 audibooks, eBooks, or videos at a time.
RB Digital Magazines: Download and read from over 50 magazine titles.  First-time users must register on a desktop before using the mobile app.

For information and resources about COVID-19, please visit here.

A State of Michigan hotline 1-888-535-6136 has been set up to answer general questions regarding COVID-19 and resources that are available for all Michigan communities. This state hotline will be staffed daily from 8:00am-5:00pm.

Click the following to access community and online resources, virtual tours, and MeL databases.

Value Line at Home

Now with your Petoskey District Library card (barcode), enjoy remote access to the Value Line’s Library Elite product that covers 3500 stocks across 100 industries.  Create your own custom report; use the screener tool to understand profit and risk; and gather incomparable data, news, and analysis all from home.  This product is available to you from PDL for a limited time only.  Tell us what you think!

Genealogy Research from Home

Need a fun activity to do while social distancing? Why not try some genealogical research from home? While we are closed, the Petoskey District Library is providing Ancestry.com (Library Edition) to you remotely.  Remote access is available to PDL cardholders for a limited time only.  Log in to our online catalog to access the link.  Here are some directions to get you started. 

Another cool resource is The Greenwood Cemetery website. Here you can access full newspapers from Emmet County, dating back to the 1870s. This site is always expanding, and it now has thousands of historical photographs and documents, all accessible from your home computer. We are very fortunate to have such a unique resource available to us.

Did you know that the Library of Congress has digitized a ton of Sanborn Fire Maps? Currently, you can access maps from over 3000 U.S. cities. These detailed maps are historical snapshots that tell a vivid story of our past. Beware! This site can take you down some rabbit-holes, and you may lose track of hours of your time.

RBDigital Magazines

Petoskey District Library is pleased to announce the availability of RBDigital for Libraries, the world’s largest newsstand. Through the Library gateway, patrons of Petoskey District Library will have unlimited multi-user access to complete digital magazines, which can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. RBDigital’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.  Forbes, Newsweek, Martha Stewart Living and National Geographic Traveler are just a few of the popular titles available.

Tax Form Information

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IRS (Federal) Tax Forms
The 2019 IRS 1040 Forms and Instructions are available in the reference area on the second floor. We will gladly assist you in downloading and printing forms or ordering forms by mail at the Reference Desk on the second floor. The following list contains links to some common IRS tax forms, instructions and publications. Other forms and publications are also available at the IRS website.

Tax return preparation and filing options include Free File and e-file can be found here. Continue Reading

Fine Free 2020

If overdue fines have kept you or your family from using the Library, we have great news for you! Petoskey District Library (PDL) is proud to join fine-free libraries across the country and we look forward to welcoming back many patrons who have stopped using the library because of overdue fines. Starting January 1, 2020, overdue fines will no longer be charged on most items. Most patrons’ existing overdue balances will be wiped clean to give them a fresh start to the year. Continue Reading

What Michigan Residents Need to Know about Real ID

On Oct. 1, 2021, 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 www.Michigan.gov/REALID.

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

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.

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Library Wins Grant to Support Tutoring Program

The Library is pleased to announce they are a recent recipient of a $750 Community Grant from Petoskey’s Walmart store #2417. Aligned with our mission to nurture knowledge, drive discovery, and connect community, this grant will support the Growing Readers Together program, a partnership between the Library and the Public Schools of Petoskey.  Growing Readers Together, which is now in its second year, is a three-pronged approach to supporting children in their reading quest:  direct tutoring for students, Family Literacy Nights to help families learn more skills to support their student’s achievements; and Brain Boxes, to provide materials for students to take home. Continue Reading