Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday 12noon – 5pm 

Summer Reading

Our all ages summer reading program started on June 3 and goes until August 12. You still have time to stop in the Library and pick up your bingo board! Please visit here for more information or to print out your own bingo board. Continue Reading

Feature of the Month: The Suggestion Box

Feature of the Month for July is…the Suggestion Box

Your ideas matter! For the month of July, the suggestion box is moving to the Lobby! We plan to share with you some of the suggestions we receive this month, along with our responses!  We receive feedback and suggestions in a variety of ways. If you would you like to make a suggestion, you can chose to hand write a suggestion form and drop it in the box.  Suggesting items for purchase by the Library can be done in person, or on our website using this form. Remember, we use a collection development policy to help guide our purchasing. Of course, we are always open to your emails and calls, and visits as well.

Suit to Saddle: Cycling to Self-Discovery on the Southern Tier

Join Larry Walsh for a story of triumph overcoming adversity on Tuesday, July 12 at 7:00pm in the Carnegie Building, located at 451 E Mitchell St. Larry will tell us about his 3,120-mile bike ride from California to Florida and his 4,200-mile TransAmerica Bike Race. He will share his story of an improbable journey of self-discovery and resolve. After serving seven years in the Army and working for 28 years in the pharmaceutical industry, Walsh stepped away from corporate life and cycled into the heart of America. Hear about what he learned on the road and his experience writing his books.

Time Traveling with Tacos & Telescopes

James Webb space telescopeThe idea of time travel has fascinated people over the ages…now, we really will be able to peer back into the mists of time, thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope! Join us on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00pm on the Outdoor Labyrinth as we celebrate the first images from this amazing piece of human ingenuity and see what *was* out there! We will have tacos, a life-size TARDIS (sorry, it is not bigger on the inside) and a DeLorean, just like the one from Back to the Future! We will also have a subject matter expert from the University of Michigan on hand to show us what James Webb has found so far.

This is an all-ages program and is part of the NASA@ My Library program, made possible by the Space Science Institute, Lunar and Planetary Institute, the National Center for Interactive Learning, the Education Development Center, and the American Library Association.

Michigan Science Center

Join PDL and Michigan Science Center for these two events:
Eureka!: Friday, July 15, 11:00am in the Carnegie Building, 451 E Mitchell St.
Imagine where we would be without inventions such as the light bulb, microwave oven, or even our favorite toys. Join us as we explore the unexpected and amazing tales of how these everyday modern marvels came to exist and celebrate the scientists and inventors who made them possible. This program is appropriate for school age children.

What’s Up? Your Guide to the Night Sky Planetarium: Friday, July 22, 1:00pm, 1:40pm, or 2:20pm in the Carnegie Building, 451 E Mitchell St.
Learn about the motion of the Sun, Moon, and stars as we investigate the dark sky objects we can see from our very own backyard. During each session, our educator will give tours of the current night sky using the Discovery Dome’s star projector, featuring bright stars, constellations, planets, and more. This program is appropriate for children, teens, and families. Please choose ONE of the THREE times to attend: 1:00pm, 1:40pm, or 2:20pm.

The Inner Seas Harp and Guitar with The Stapletons

Join us for a sea shanty good time on Monday, July 18 at 2:00pm on the Outdoor Labyrinth! The Stapletons will perform music of The Inner Seas. The show features traditional sailing songs that began on the ocean and then traveled inland during the sailing era on the Great Lakes. The Stapletons are a husband and wife, harp and guitar duo. Together, they write storytelling baroque folk rich with hints of balladry and the blues. Original harp and guitar arrangements and ethereal vocal harmonies combine to create a wondrous sound. This concert is for all ages to enjoy, please join us!

MI Library is NOW

Petoskey District Library, alongside The Library Network and the Lakeland Library Cooperative, is proud to announce the receipt of new digital content in eBook and audiobook format through an American Rescue Plan Act (APRA) grant.

In keeping with the federal legislative priorities, these digital titles will be about career development, job seeking, physical and mental health, and general educational needs with a focus on nonfiction books. “So You Want to Start a Side Hustle?”, “The Science and Technology of Growing Young”, “Effortless: Make it Easier to Do What Matters Most”, “Stop Worrying About Your Anxious Child” are among the thousands of titles now available! All you need is a Petoskey District Library card – it will open a world of opportunity and knowledge.

Attention Overdrive Users

The OverDrive app will sunset in your favorite App store. Now is the time to switch to Libby!

The legacy OverDrive app will end soon. OverDrive app users are encouraged to make Libby their primary app to enjoy our digital library. The OverDrive app will be removed from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Microsoft Store in February 2022. While the OverDrive app will continue to work, it will eventually end by year end 2022. If you already have the Overdrive app installed you will still be able to use it, but the support for it will diminish. You can switch to the Libby app without losing your current checkouts or holds.

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Anti-Racism Resources

Part of our commitment to creating a welcoming, respectful space here at the Petoskey District Library is sharing resources with patrons so they can learn and understand points of view that may differ from their own. To that end, Teen Services staff have compiled some resources that we will share here and that we will periodically update as needed. We have also created a list of questions to facilitate discussions between teens and their families.

Anti-racism resources

Anti-Racism Discussion Questions

Library Donor Wall

Since 2000, donor Gayle Murphy (left) has given yearly donations to the library supporting the purchase of materials in memory of her mother Frances Barrett who was an avid reader of mystery fiction.

Visit our second floor and just past stacks and stacks of fiction books, you will see another display of books of a slightly different variety. Handcrafted ceramic book spine tiles make up the Library’s donor wall located near the entrance to the Local History Room. The beautiful display of tiles each display a brass nameplate of the donor(s) or memoriam description, and each color of tile represents a different donation amount bracket in amounts of $500 to over $10,000.  Since 2004 when it was created, the donor wall has continued to grow, each donation carefully tracked and moved up the amount brackets accordingly. Continue Reading

hoopla BingePass is here!

Hoopla BingePass is here! Update your hoopla app to get access to hoopla BingePass, which gives 7 days of unlimited access to hoopla Magazines and The Great Courses, with just one hoopla borrow! Hoopla is a digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, eAudiobooks, eBooks, comics/graphic novels, TV shows, over 50 magazines, and The Great Courses, to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone! Continue Reading

Kanopy Now Available in Libby!

Do you love Libby (OverDrive) for eBooks and downloadable audio? Do you love Kanopy for streaming movies? Good news! Petoskey Library cardholders can now search for Kanopy content on the Libby app AND the Kanopy app! On Libby, just look for the “Extras” section, accessible using the Libby app on mobile devices or here. If you’re new to Kanopy, you can learn more by watching our tutorial. Continue Reading

Books Broaden the View

A new partnership between the Petoskey District Library (PDL) and the Emmet County Correctional Facility is bringing books to the inmates at the Emmet County Jail. PDL Librarian Lisa Scholl has worked in outreach services at PDL for 17 years, bringing library books currently to five Petoskey senior apartments and living facilities, and now she has added another stop to her list. Through a new book delivery program, inmates at the Emmet County jail can request, by mailed letter, delivery of two paperback books a month. The books, donated by the Friends of the Petoskey Public Library, are hand-selected by a librarian based on the inmates’ preferences.  “We are excited about this program. Reading books can offer inmates a productive way to use their time; it can be relaxing and educational. Reading and learning can take their minds to a new place, inspire them in their lives. We are thankful to the Friends of the Library for the donations of the books and hope the inmates will get a lot out of it”, said Scholl.

24/7 Pick Up of Library Materials

Can’t pick up your library items during regular library hours? Choose to pick up your library items from our 24/7 entry lockers. Lockers are located in the indoor entryway found at our east entrance off of Mitchell Street. The purchase of the 24/7 lockers was made possible by a grant from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, thank you! If you’d like to request a locker, call us at 231.758.3100 (press 2), or learn how to request your items for pick up in the 24/7 lockers here.


COVID-19 Test Kits Available

Test kits are available on a first come, first serve basis. You can obtain a test kit during business hours at the Library’s main desk, or you can park in front of the building, call 231.758.3100 and press 1 for curbside assistance.  We can offer one box per person, up to five per household. The kit includes simple instructions to self-administer the test, at home.
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