Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday 12noon – 5pm 

TALK Text and Learn for Kindergarten

Make any time learning time! Did you know singing, talking, and playing with babies and young children builds the cognitive and language skills they need to do well in school and beyond? TALK sends 8-10 fun activity suggestions each month that parents and caregivers with children 5 and under can do any time to explore, discover, and build school readiness skills. It’s easy to sign up by texting TALK to 75547. Visit here for more information. Continue Reading

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Petoskey Public Library are looking forward to the holiday season and the new year. We will continue to support library programs through volunteer and financial efforts. We are planning a new and unique fundraising effort in October of 2022, but in the meantime, we hope you will support the Friends’ Bookstore and respond to our recent request letter. To send in a donation, please print and send this in with your payment to: Friends of the Petoskey Public Library 500 E Mitchell St Petoskey, MI 49770. Be sure visit the Petoskey District Library soon and enjoy its many resources and programs! Continue Reading

Petoskey Film Series Update

The Petoskey Film Series will be taking a break throughout the month of December. Films will resume on SATURDAY, JANUARY 8 at 7:30pm in the Carnegie Building, located at 451 E Mitchell St. Moving forward, the Petoskey Film Series will occur once a week, on Saturday evenings. 

If you would like to be added to the film series eNews, sent to your email every Wednesday afternoon with the week’s movie information, please email Sarah at


Join us in the children’s program room for a mid-week storytime where we will read, talk, sing, and play! Wednesday Wiggle Storytime will be on Wednesdays, December 1 and 6 at 11:00am. For toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown ups.


Pandora’s Box Film Screening & Conversation

For generations, women have been shamed, ostracized, and silenced, merely because they menstruate. We hope to spark conversation about period poverty, and inspire attendees to help end period poverty close to home by supporting Northmen Den through PDL’s product drive. During the entire month of December, we are collecting donations of maxi pads, tampons, and other hygiene products to give to those in need. Donations will be dispersed to area schools through help from Northmen Den and Zonta Club of Petoskey.

Join us for an evening to watch and discuss Pandora’s Box, a documentary that unmasks the global pandemic of menstrual inequity and period poverty on Monday, December 6 at 7:00pm in the Carnegie Building, located at 451 E Mitchell St.

Apple Users Group

Join other Mac (MacBook, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch) users to share and learn from each other in a friendly environment. We meet the third Wednesday of the month at 5:00pm in the library’s lower level classroom. Our next meeting is December 15. Together, we will learn about peripherals, software, the features associated with Apple products and how to use them properly. Beginners are welcome. Mary Jean Meyerson, instructor and Apple enthusiast, will lead the group on various topics and be available for questions during the meeting. Funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library of Michigan.

2021–2022 Young Children’s Library Series

Join Petoskey District Library and Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra (GLCO) for Little Waves on Saturday, December 11 at 10:30am in the children’s program room! This program provides a variety of opportunities for children to discover their own unique gifts and interests through interactive activities with GLCO musicians. This year’s theme My Favorite Musical Instrument. This program is offered to the public at no charge. Registration is not required and parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in and jam along!

Books & Bricks

We’ll return on January 12, 2022 from 3:45pm–4:30pm!
Join us to talk about books and build with LEGO! Kids will get a free copy of the featured book of the month and complete a LEGO challenge. This program is appropriate for children ages 8-12 years old.

Pageturners Book Club

Our book club meets the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm in the large meeting room. There will be no December meeting. We will start off the new year meeting on Tuesday, January 18 reading Nomadland by Jessica Bruder. 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. New members are always welcome. Registration is appreciated, but not required. For a list of upcoming titles click here.

PDL Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Grant

Petoskey District Library is one of 61 organizations nationwide selected to receive a 2021-2022 NEA Big Read grant. A grant of $5000 will support a community reading program focusing on An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo in March – May 2022. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. 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.

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.


Service of the Month

For the Month of December, Ask Us About …Library Parking!

Where is the parking lot… a frequent question asked over the years. Patrons and staff of Petoskey District Library have adjusted to using downtown business and residential street parking for library visits, but after a 2019 survey, and considerable request from the community, PDL has answered. The library is in contract with the nearby First Presbyterian Church, having signed a lease with access to 16 spots.

“We are fortunate to be a very walkable city here. Many errands can be accomplished on foot, but library errands and visits are not always as easy- whether bringing babies or children to story time, or traveling during the elements, convenient parking is definitely desirable,” shared Library Director Valerie Meyerson. Meyerson added that in July 2020 the library added curbside service, allowing easy, meter-free access for quick library trips. Additionally, returning library materials can be drive-thru either using the library’s back alley book return, or at any book return at the township halls of Bear Creek, Little Traverse, Resort, and Springvale townships.

The parking lot, located just over 100 steps away from the library’s main doors, at the corner of the intersection of Division and Lake Streets, is available for library users to use while visiting the library during regular library hours, Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday:  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Patrons who are interested in using the lot should request an authorized window sticker at the library. 

Mask Update

Due to a rise in positive cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant in Emmet County, Petoskey District Library suggests you wear a mask while in the building, regardless of your vaccination status. Thank you!

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.

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.