Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday 12noon – 5pm 

Community Read

This summer’s #supporttheirstories community read is The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. Stop by the library’s front desk for the action card or print one here. The Resource List that accompanies the action card can be found here. Complimentary copies of the book are also available at the front desk, while supplies last. Throughout the months of July and August, Meredith Kennedy will be facilitating the following discussions. Please join us on the library’s outdoor labyrinth, registration is not required.
Wednesday, August 11, 2:00pm: Learn about the importance of MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) and how it relates to the characters in the book. Little Traverse Bay Bands will have a staff person from their MMIW & Survivor Outreach program helping to lead the discussion with Meredith.
Wednesday, August 25, 5:30pm: Learn about and discuss U.S. policy, including the Dawes Act, Indian Education Act, and the Indian Child Welfare Act and how it affected the local community and how these policies still affect Indigenous people today.
Wednesday, September 1, 7:00pm: Final Panel Discussion Continue Reading

Story Adventures

Join children’s librarian Megan and educator Kate Cohen from the Learn Local Academy of TOPOnexus on Wednesday, August 11, & August 25 at 11:00am on the library’s outdoor labyrinth for a short story time followed by a mini walking adventure that takes you out and about town. We will use our senses (including wonder!) to explore four themes that make Petoskey special – water, rocks, trees, and town. Registration is required. This program is appropriate for children ages 3 – 5 years old, but siblings are always welcome to join!

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Summer Reading Program

Stop by the library to pick up your bingo cards according to the age group(s) you need. We are happy to run your cards out to you curbside, or feel free to print out your own cards using these links: Baby & Toddler, Kids, Teen, and Adult. Prizes are as follows for those that turn in a completed bingo board: Babies and Toddlers get a brand new board book. Kids get a prize pack (a bag filled with random, fun stuff!) and choice of a brand new book. Teens have levels: one bingo gets you a prize from the prize bin; two bingos get you a book from the book bin; every bingo you complete gets you a vote on the community prize. Adults will receive a ceramic mug with the library’s new logo when they hand in their cards, plus an entry ticket into the grand prize basket. Summer Reading goes from June 4 – August 20.

Friday Night Movie

This Friday, July 30 at 7:30 pm the Petoskey Film Series will be showing Nothing Like a Dame (alternative title: Tea With the Dames) (Unrated, 2018, 1 hr 24 mins) in the Carnegie Building, located at 451 E Mitchell St. You can also find out what film is playing by calling the movie hotline at 231.758.3108. Like us on FacebookThere are no longer capacity restrictions or mask requirements at the Petoskey Film Series. 


Service of the Month

For the Month of July Ask Us About… Our 24/7 Lockers & Curbside Service

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. 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.

Curbside services continues! Call or text and we’ll bring your items to the curb. Park in any of the 15 minute spaces out front and give us a call or text, and we will come right out with your items. On foot? That works, too! Read more about how to use curbside service here.

Big Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Petoskey Library will host their popular Big Used Book Sale in the library’s lower level classroom during Petoskey’s sidewalk sales on Thursday, July 29 and Friday, July 30, 10am – 4pm and Saturday, July 31 10am – 2pm. Hundreds of adult; children’s and teacher; rare and vintage; history and travel; cooking and gardening; and health and self-help books will be for sale. $1 fiction, 25¢-50¢ children’s books, jigsaw puzzles, $2 collector comic books, and more! Everything will be half-off on Saturday, July 31! This is the Friend’s largest fundraiser, the proceeds of which fund the Library’s children’s book collection each year. Can’t make it to this annual sale? You can shop any day the library is open in our lower level store. There is new inventory added every week.

Digital Magazines on Libby!

NOW AVAILABLE! Ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines all in one place! We are excited to help streamline your reading experience by offering magazines in the popular Libby app you are already using for our collection of ebooks & audiobooks. Petoskey Library cardholders can read digital magazines on Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from OverDrive, or by visiting here. Magazines check out for 7 days, will not count against your checkout limits and can be renewed, or borrowed again at any time. Enjoy a vast variety of titles like US Weekly, National Geographic, Good Housekeeping Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone, to name a few. For help using Libby, view this helpful guide. The RBdigital app you used for digital magazines will be retired on March 31, 2021.

Material Recommendation Forms

Book Stack is a book recommendation form for kids or grown ups of kids to use. The youth services staff will pick out five titles we think you’ll love and email you the list! You can choose to place the items on hold or come into the library to pick them up. If you need us to put the books on hold, let us know! Try it out!
Book Match is a book recommendation form for teens and tweens. Are you stuck, trying to figure out your next read? Then you have come to the right spot! Let us help you out, fill out the simple form and we’ll help pick out your next read.
PDL Stack is an item recommendation form for adults to use. Are you short on time? Want to try something new? Fill out the form and we will pick a stack of items (books, DVDs, CD music, etc.) just for you!

TumbleBook Library

PDL has a TumbleBooks subscription that can be accessed online through this direct link. Explore, read and have fun! TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games. Users can also access TBL from any smartphone or iPad/Android tablet by downloading the app. Subscriptions are unlimited, meaning your kids can read as much as they want, when they want, with no wait times, check-outs, or downloads.

Value Line at Home

Now with your Petoskey District Library card (barcode), enjoy remote access to Value Line, the most complete guide to investment research and a full array of products including the Research Center, Value Line Investment surveys (standard edition, plus edition, small & mid-cap edition), the Selection & Opinion newsletters, Value Line Mutual Fund Surveys and many more. Value Line is one of the most highly regarded and widely used independent investment research resources available. Create your own custom reports; use the screener tool to understand profit and risk; and gather incomparable data, news, and analysis all from home. Library cardholders can access this premium investment tool from any location with Internet access, while non-cardholders can access Value Line from a Petoskey Library computer. The library’s print subscription of Value Line Investment Survey will continue until October 2020.

Genealogy Research from Home

Enjoy access to genealogical research in the Library, or from home! The Petoskey District Library is providing (Library Edition) to you remotely. Remote access is available to PDL cardholders until December 31, 2021. 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.

What Michigan Residents Need to Know about Real ID

On May 3, 2023, 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. With support from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, with our 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 for Petoskey Library cardholders. Click here for access. 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:

NEW JULY 2020:  White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
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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Michigan eLibrary (MeL)

Administered by the Library of Michigan in partnership with Michigan’s libraries of all types, the Michigan eLibrary provides all Michigan residents with free access to online full-text articles, full-text books, digital images, and other valuable research information at any time via the Internet, as well as providing an easy-to-use interlibrary loan system, known as MeLCat, to allow Michigan residents to borrow books and other library materials for free from participating Michigan libraries.


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For links to the complete collection, go to the MeL Databases page.

eResources Training

Sign up for one-on-one introductory training with library staff. Learn how to download eBooks with Overdrive, eMusic with Freegal, and eMagazines with Zinio to your computer, eBook reader, tablet or mobile device. MS Word & Excel sessions are also available.  Please bring with you your charged registered device, library card, and a valid email address

In order to better serve you, please call ahead to make an appointment at 231-758-3100 or register online .