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

Friday Night Movie

This Friday, September 24 at 7:30pm the Petoskey Film Series will be showing The Divine Order (Not Rated, 2017, 1 hr 36 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! Due to the recent surge in Covid-19 (Delta variant) cases, although there are no restrictions, masks are recommended for everyone attending.


Friends at the Carnegie Speaker Series

Join us for our first Friends at the Carnegie Speaker Series in 19 months on Monday, September 27 at 7:00pm in the Carnegie Building, located at 451 E Mitchell St. Our beautiful area has not always appeared as it does now. In fact, we were once submerged under a vast tropical sea. Later, dinosaurs, then 7-foot tall beavers roamed our lands. In this entertaining and informative movie presentation, author and long-time Petoskey resident Gary Barfknecht brings to life those and other fascinating changes Little Traverse Bay has undergone since the beginning of time. Gary will also share surprises and challenges he encountered while crafting his unique visual time travel.

Bob Seger: Turn the Page

Join author Dr. Edward Balian, who wrote the only Bob Seger biography to date, on Friday, October 8 at 7:00pm in the Carnegie Building, located at 451 E Mitchell St., for an evening down memory lane to explore the life of rock ‘n roll legend Bob Seger. Tracking Seger’s over half-century music career, Turn the Page follows Bob from his earliest days playing Detroit area high schools and gymnasiums up through and including his final 2019 national tour. Copies of the book will be for sale during the event. Registration is not required.

National NASA@My Library STEM Programming Initiative

Petoskey District Library (PDL) has been selected through a competitive application process to be part of NASA@ My Library, an education initiative created to increase and enhance STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underrepresented in STEAM education. Continue Reading

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.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

This September, we want you to Show Us Your Card! Snap a selfie in front of our library-themed backdrop in the lobby holding your new Petoskey District Library card and tag us on Instagram @petoskeydistrictlibrary to be entered into a drawing for a library mug full of Downtown Bucks! Already have a card? Make sure your library card is up-to-date and play along, and why not invite a friend to get a card!? (Make sure to @your friends in your photo so they can be entered, too). If you’re not on Instagram, don’t fret! Just email your photo to to be entered into the drawing. Please note, if your Instragram profile is set to private, we will not see your entry. Feel free to email your photo. Continue Reading

Books & Bricks

Join us on Wednesdays, October 13 and November 10 from 3:45pm – 4:30pm in the children’s program room 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.

Great Decisions

Join us virtually or in person for an informal, participant-driven, foreign policy study group on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm on Zoom or in the library classroomRegister early to check out the reading materials and prepare for the month’s topic. The topics discussed generally do not appear in the regular news cycle, but are events that are shaping our world today.
October 12: Role of the World Health Organization
November 9: The End of Globalization?

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, October 20, and November 17. 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.

Book Club

Our library-led book club’s next meeting is on Tuesday, October 19 at 5:30pm in the large meeting room. 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.
Reading List:
October 19: The Women of Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell

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 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.

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!