Mon. – Fri. 10am – 6pm

Sat. 10am – 2pm

Sun. Closed

Friends @ the Carnegie

Join Roberta Shalifoe with the Eagle Spirit Dancers on Monday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s outdoor labyrinth for a vibrant, exciting, and extravagant dancing experience. Be moved by the vivid and inspiring performance that the Eagle Spirit Dancers give you as they share unique and exhilarating singing and dance styles passed down from generation to generation by their ancestors. They aim to cultivate and captivate all audiences worldwide about the magnificence, the craft, and the nobility of the Native American way of life.

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 stop by to pick up one (or more) from the Library. Take a peek at each bingo card to learn more about how to play and what you’ll earn!  More information about the Teen prizes can be found here. Adults will have the choice between a custom printed apron or glass mason jar, plus a chance at a grand prize basket full of local goodies. Happy Summer Reading!

Library Wins Grant to Support Tutoring Program

Petoskey District Library (PDL) was the recent recipient of a $4500 grant from Hestia Women’s Giving Circle. Aligned with PDL’s mission to nurture knowledge, drive discovery, and connect community, this grant will support the Growing Readers Together program, a partnership between PDL, the Public Schools of Petoskey, and several area businesses and organizations.  Growing Readers Together, which is now in its third year, is a three-pronged approach to supporting children in their reading quest:  direct tutoring for students; Brain Boxes, to provide materials for students to take home; and optimistically this fall, the return of Family Literacy Nights to help families learn more skills to support their student’s achievements. Continue Reading

Ask the Director

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

Library Millage FAQs

What is being voted on?

On August 4, 2020, Bear Creek, Little Traverse, Resort, and Springvale Township residents will be voting to renew a 0.4 mil for library operations which will continue the current contract and current services.

Why does the library need the money?
The Library would utilize the renewal millages from Bear Creek, Little Traverse, Resort, and Springvale Townships to continue services. If one or all of these Townships do not approve their millages, contractual services will end and the library will adjust services provided to accommodate lower revenues. Continue Reading

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

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 (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


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

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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