Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday 12noon – 5pm 

This Fall Help Feed Our Community!

Food banks across the nation are facing a 40% decrease in USDA food donations. That is why we have partnered with Manna Food Project to host a food drive this November 14–December 23 to help people in need. Please consider donating canned goods at the Library, they can be dropped off on the table in the main lobby. Visit the Manna Food Project website for a list of food donation guidelines. Continue Reading

Americans & the Holocaust Exhibit

January 5 – February 14, 2023
Petoskey District Library presents Americans and the Holocausta traveling exhibition that examines Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. What did Americans know, and what more could have been done? The exhibition – from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. – also presents stories of individual Americans, some of whom took actions that went against the grain at the time, daring to rescue Jews from Europe. 

Are you an educator interested in scheduling a guided tour for your students? If you would like to schedule a visit for your class while the exhibit is here, please contact Sue Moffatt, 231.439.5192 or

Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries is made possible by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association.

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Great Decisions

Join us for an 8-part, informal study and discussion program on world affairs. Read the articles provided and then meet to discuss and learn with other curious minds! The next Great Decisions meeting is virtual on Wednesday, December 14 from 6:30pm–8:00pm. Registration is required for Zoom access and course information.

This month’s topic: Biden’s Foreign Policy with special guest Scott LaDeur, Professor of Political Science at North Central Michigan College

Scott LaDeur holds a PhD in political science from the School of Public and Global Affairs at Northern Illinois University focusing on International Relations and American Politics. He has taught classes on a wide variety of issues including terrorism, political conspiracy theories, elections, and the rise of China. He provides election night analysis on television in Northern Michigan and has appeared on regional television, podcasts and newspapers around the state. Professionally, he has served on the Executive Board of the Michigan Political Science Association, his classes have been featured in the New York Times, and Scott is active in research on foreign policy making in the U.S. Congress including a recent book chapter in Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy: Activism, Assertiveness and Acquiescence in a Polarized Era, published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2021.

Upcoming topics:
February 8: Energy Geopolitics
February 22: War Crimes


Storytime will resume on Thursday, January 5 at 11:00am and Baby Storytime will resume the following week on Tuesday, January 10 at 11:00am in the children’s program room. See you then!

Young Children’s Library Series

Join Petoskey District Library and Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra (GLCO) for Little Waves on Saturday, January 14 at 10:30am in the children’s area! This program provides a variety of opportunities for children to discover their own unique gifts and interests through interactive activities with GLCO musicians. 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!

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 and we will pick back up in the new year on Tuesday, January 17 to discuss The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust Shadow written by coauthors Krystyna Chiger and Daniel Paisner. 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.

MI Library is NOW

Petoskey District Library, alongside The Library Network and the Lakeland Library Cooperative, is proud to announce the receipt of new digital content in eBook and audiobook format through an American Rescue Plan Act (APRA) grant.

In keeping with the federal legislative priorities, these digital titles will be about career development, job seeking, physical and mental health, and general educational needs with a focus on nonfiction books. “So You Want to Start a Side Hustle?”, “The Science and Technology of Growing Young”, “Effortless: Make it Easier to Do What Matters Most”, “Stop Worrying About Your Anxious Child” are among the thousands of titles now available! All you need is a Petoskey District Library card – it will open a world of opportunity and knowledge.

Library Awarded Grant to Support Tutoring Program

Petoskey District Library (PDL) was the recent recipient of two grants: a $6000 grant from Hestia Women’s Giving Circle, and $24,960 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library of Michigan (LOM). Aligned with PDL’s mission to nurture knowledge, drive discovery, and connect community, these grants will support the Growing Readers Together program, a partnership between PDL and the Public Schools of Petoskey. Growing Readers Together, which is now starting its fifth year this fall, is a three-pronged approach to supporting children in their reading quest:  direct tutoring for students and monthly Family Literacy Nights to help families learn more skills to support their student’s achievements.

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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.