Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday 12noon – 5pm 

Summer Reading Program

PDL’s Summer Reading Program has begun! 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 (do as much or as little as you like): 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 prize when they hand in their cards, plus an entry ticket into the grand prize basket. Summer Reading goes from June 4 – August 20.

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Classic K-9 CANCELED

Unfortunately, the Classic K-9 event scheduled at the Petoskey Middle School for Wednesday, June 23 has been canceled. Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for the inconvenience.  Continue Reading

NEW! 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.


Mask & Meeting Room Update

Following the latest MIOSHA guidelines, the Petoskey District Library will no longer require fully vaccinated patrons or library staff and workers to wear masks or socially distance while at the library. Patrons who are not fully vaccinated should wear masks and continue to socially distance. All groups gathering in our meeting rooms must adhere to social distancing and mask requirements. We will continue to offer services for those who might want to limit their time at the library, including: access to digital servicescurbside service; virtual library card registration; questions answered by phone, email, or online chat; book bundles for any age group; and 24/7 pick up of library materials from our on-site lockers. Safety protocols will continue to be followed, including multiple surfaces cleanings throughout the day, hand sanitizer will continue to be available; and a limited supply of masks will be available to the public.

Following the latest Michigan Health and Human Services Department order, the Petoskey District Library’s meeting room guidelines have been updated to accommodate larger numbers. For more information about reserving meeting room space, please visit here or call 231.758.3100
Small meeting room: groups of up to 5 from multiple households can reserve the space.
Large meeting room: groups of up to 6 from multiple households can reserve the space.

Lower level classroom: groups of up to 25 from multiple households can reserve the space.
Carnegie Building: groups of up to 55 can reserve the space. To reserve the Carnegie, please call Sarah Biskup, 231.758.3144

Friday Night Movie

This Friday, June 18 at 7:30 pm the Petoskey Film Series will be showing Stan & Ollie (PG, 2019, 1 hr 38 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 Facebook!

Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the audience capacity is limited to 55 people, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Saving or reserving seats will not be permitted. A mask or face covering is required for entry unless you have been fully vaccinated (two weeks after second dose). Refreshments will not be served or allowed at the film series during this time.

Intro to Foundation Directory Online

Are you looking for grants for your nonprofit organization? Join us for a public training on Tuesday, June 22 at 4:00pm via Zoom. Learn how to use Foundation Directory Online (FDO), the most comprehensive prospect research tool for fundraisers, with over 235,000+ grant maker profiles. You will learn how to search for grant makers who have funded organizations working on causes and with communities similar to those you serve. For more information on this beginner level class, please visit here. To register for this session, please visit here

PDL Podcast Club

Are you an avid podcast listener but wish you could talk to people about all those great episodes you’ve spent hours listening to? Join our virtual monthly podcast discussion group to get you talking! Our club meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month and the next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. and the theme is: Podcasts about Petoskey People.

Registration and an email address are required. June’s meeting will be held in-person, or a combination of in-person and Zoom. Once you register for this event, you will be emailed a thematic listening list with 1–5 hours of podcast episodes. Simply listen and come ready to have a great chat!

Eat What You Grow

You can’t get fresher than your own garden! Whether you have a full garden bed or a few pots, you can grow your own food. Virtually join Lisa Howard, writer, editor, culinary speaker, wellness expert & cooking instructor on Wednesday, June 23 at 7:00pm to talk about why homegrown food is good for your health and how to use the fruits and veggies of your labor in easy-to-make dishes, from salads in a jar to zoodle dinners. We’ll also cover the benefits of animal products from grass-fed animals and how to best use those. Registration and an email address are required for Zoom access.

Story Adventures

Join children’s librarian Megan and educator Kate Cohen from the Learn Local Academy of TOPOnexus on Wednesday, July 14, July 28, 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!

PDL Page Turners Book Club

Our library-led book club is in session! Our next meeting is Tuesday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m. when we will gather on the library’s outdoor labyrinth to discuss Agent Sonya by Ben Macintyre. Please bring a chair or something to sit on. New members are always welcome. In the event of inclement weather, we will meet in the lower level classroom. Visit our Reading List to see which titles are coming up, to request library copies on hold, and to see what we have read in the past. Registration on our online event calendar is appreciated, but not required.

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!

Service of the Month

For the Month of June, Ask Us About … Michigan Activity Pass

Did you know that your library card can be your best travel companion? Discover hundreds of Michigan’s cultural destinations and natural attractions with your Michigan library card! You can “check out” FREE or discounted admission passes (or other exclusive offers) to hundreds of Michigan state parks, campgrounds, museums, trails, arts & cultural destinations, seven National Park Service venues, and more. The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) is the product of a partnership between hundreds of public library buildings and over 400 destinations and is available to library card holders throughout the state. Card holders can reserve and print a pass, either from home or at the library, using their library card number. The printed pass is good for one use and is valid for one week. Offers for local attractions include Petoskey State Park, Harbor Springs Historical Museum, and Castle Farms, to name a few. Some tout free admission, others have free offers or discounted tickets. 

How to use MAP:

Download a step by step guide

  1. Visit the online portal at to browse destinations and select a pass.
  2. Select a pass and claim it. You must have a valid PDL library card ready.
  3. Print your pass and bring it with you when you visit your destination!

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 September 30, 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.