Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday 12noon – 5pm 

Story Adventures with TOPOnexus

Join TOPOnexus and Petoskey District Library for an active outdoor adventure beginning at the library labyrinth with a short story, followed by a mini walking route (a half mile or less) on Tuesdays, May 24, May 31, June 7, and June 14 from 11:00am–12:00pm. We will use our senses (including wonder!) to explore four themes that make Petoskey special – water, rocks, trees, and town. Wrap up at the labyrinth with an exciting book hunt and leave with your own book. Registration is required for each week’s adventure. Bring strollers, good walking shoes and whatever you need for an on-foot adventure! Ages: 3-8 years, siblings are always welcome.

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Summer Reading Kickoff

Join PDL on Friday, June 3 from 6:00pm–8:00pm on the outdoor labyrinth to kickoff summer reading and Downtown’s Summer Celebration Weekend! Pick up your summer reading bingo card and hear what we have planned for the summer, play in the drum circle with Lori Fithian and Drummunity, learn about STEM, and get a new complimentary book from the Friends of the Petoskey Library!

Drummunity circle is a high energy, fun, unique, and interactive program for all ages. Lori Fithian, drum circle facilitator and workshop leader, will bring her collection of hand drums and percussion toys to transform our community into a “drummunity” – a word she invented for the community-building that happens when people come together around a circle of drums. Using hand drums, percussion, and simple drum circle games, Lori creates a positive, non-competitive experience for people of all ages and abilities to share. See you there! Continue Reading

Feature of the Month: Digital Yearbooks

For the Month of May, Ask Us About…Digital Yearbooks!

We have digitized many of the past Petoskey High School yearbooks. Take a trip down memory lane by visiting this collection on our website. Pre-1923, the Petoskey High School yearbook was titled Hermes, Petoskey High School annual, and the Observer. The Petosegan began in 1923, and we have tried to digitize everything after 1920. However, we do house many of the earlier Hermes, Annuals, and Observers in our Local History Room. Please ask a librarian if you would like to look at these. All month long we will post fun yearbook photos of Library staff on our social media. Check it out!

Friends at the Carnegie Speaker Series

Join photographer Wayne Pope for a natural history program containing still photos and video clips of Michigan’s notable bird species on Monday, May 23 at 7:00pm in the Carnegie Building, located at 451 E Mitchell St. Wayne will share specifically about the species that live around the Sleeping Bear Dunes, including Piping Plovers, Trumpeter Swans, Common Loons, and more. Topics will include bird feeding and courtship behavior, best locations for viewing birds, and photography tips. Wayne will also read poems that have been inspired by his favorite species.

NEA Big Read: Open Mic Music & Poetry Night

The final celebration of PDL’s NEA Big Read programming will be an open mic music and poetry night hosted by Tom Renkes with performances by musician Jessica Dominic and poet Elizabeth McBride on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00pm in the Crooked Tree Arts Center Theater, located at 461 E Mitchell St. PDL’s NEA Big Read community read is Joy Harjo’s book of poetry, An American Sunrise. If you have a poem you would like to share, please join us. You can choose to share original poetry or music, a poem from An American Sunrise, or even one or two of your favorite songs or poems. A microphone and sound will be provided. The allotted time for performances will be limited to how many artists sign up at the beginning of the evening. Sign up at the event will be on a first come-first perform basis. Hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please call Sarah at 231.758.3144 or email at

Library Board Meeting

The Library Board of Trustees will hold their regularly scheduled board meeting on Thursday, May 26 at 5:00pm the Library’s Lower Level Classroom. The public is invited to join this meeting in person, or by Zoom:  Meeting ID: 837 4319 9052 Passcode: 820540 or call 312 626 6799.

In order to contact members of the board, the public may either email: or call 231.758.3120. The Petoskey District Library will provide necessary, reasonable aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audiotapes of printed materials, to individuals with disabilities upon a two-week notice to the Library.

Click here for the meeting agenda.

Speak for Yourself: A Ride for Equity Event

Join Black Leaders Detroit, Petoskey Chamber of Commerce and Petoskey District Library for a forum focusing on building better relationships and increasing awareness concerning equity and inclusion on Friday, May 27 at 4:00pm in the Carnegie Building, located at 451 E Mitchell St. To register, please visit here.
Ride for Equity is a bike ride from Detroit to Mackinaw to raise money for black entrepreneurs and bring awareness to the importance of equitable funding practices. We’re raising money to support small black businesses!

Great Decisions

Pick one of two monthly sessions: The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 6:30pm–8:00pm (Zoom ONLY) and Wednesday, June 15, 3:30pm–5:00pm (Zoom or in-person) and the theme is Myanmar and ASEAN. These June sessions will be the last until we reconvene in September.

Registration and an email address are required, whether attending in-person or via Zoom. Register early to check out the reading materials and prepare for the month’s topic.

Pageturners Book Club

Our book club meets the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm in the Classroom. The next meeting is on Tuesday, June 21 to discuss Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny. This is another 2022 Michigan Notable Book and takes place in Boyne City, MI! If you have any discussion questions or thoughts you would like to share regarding our current read, please bring them with you to the meeting. Light snacks will be served and new members are always welcome. Registration is appreciated, but not required. For a list of upcoming titles click here.


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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