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 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!

Act Against Series

Join PDL, Temple B’Nai Israel, and the Anti-Defamation League‘s Executive Director Carolyn Normandin for part one of the two-part series, Act Against: A Series to Support Your Jewish Neighbors on Thursday, June 2 at 5:30pm in Temple B’Nai, located at 505 Michigan St in Petoskey. Tour the temple and hear about its history, learn what antisemitism is, experience a brief Havdalah service, followed by some delicious nosh (snacks). Hope to see you there!

On Wednesday, June 22 at 5:30pm in the Carnegie Building, located at 451 E Mitchell St, join PDL, Temple B’Nai Israel, and keynote speaker Maddi Jackson, Director of Israel Education and Programming for MSU Hillel for part two of the Act Against: A Series to Support Your Jewish Neighbors series. Maddi will facilitate conversations about how to identify and respond to antisemitism, including incident reporting. Please join us for these important topics of discussion.

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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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.