Library of Things

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, Oden State Fish Hatchery, Castle Farms, and Mackinac Island ferries, to name a few.  Some tout free admission, others free offers or discounted tickets.


Book Club Kits

Attention book club members! We have kits for you to check out for your book clubs. As you are thinking about this year’s titles, you may want to consider our collection. Kits check out for 6 weeks and can be renewed if no one else is waiting.  Each kit contains multiple copies of the book, an author bio, and discussion questions. Choose from the following titles:

– In the Aftermath by Joan Ward (new January 2022!)
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy
Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George
The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Hguyen
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
The Girls of Atomic City, by Denise Kiernan
Code Girls: the Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, by Liza Mundy
1984, by George Orwell
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson

Board Games

Choose and checkout from a variety of tabletop board games including Apples to Apples, Bananagrams, Chess, Codenames, Exploding Kittens, Forbidden Island, Gravity Maze, Jumbo Sequence, Machi Koro, Mah Jongg, Niya, Pandemic, Q-bitz, Set, Settlers of Cattan, Sushi Go, Ticket to Ride, Unstable Unicorns, World Game, and Zombie Dice.

OUTDOOR GAMES: Bocce Ball, Corn Hole, Mölkky, Pickleball, Yard Dice

Take home a corn hole game for a week of fun!  1 game includes:  (2 collapsible boards, 8 pegs, 8 bean bags (4 red, 4 blue), 4 scoreboard feet). For PDL cardholders 18 years and up.  Outdoor bocce ball includes 1 game (8 100 mm bocce balls (4 green, 4 red), 1 – 50 mm white pallino ball, 1 distance marker, instructions: in carrying case. Mölkky is an outdoor throwing game from Finland that can be used with 2 or more players. This is an excellent party game for all ages. 



Exploration Kits

Check out one of 4 different kits for a 1 week period.  Each kit contains materials to help you start exploring new topics.

Choose from:
Adult coloring
Home helper
Stone polishing




  Ghost Hunting Kit                         

Have you always wanted to be a ghost-buster? Or just looking for some spooky fun? Well, guess what? Petoskey District Library has a Ghost Hunting Kit for you to check out! It comes complete with a Spirit Box, a voice recorder, an EMF reader, a UV flashlight, all in a handy carrying satchel. This will guarantee hours of fun and mystery as you gather evidence of paranormal activity. 



Kindle eReaders

Check out one of 6 Kindle eReader devices for a 3 week period. Each Kindle is loaded with dozens of titles, ranging from best-selling fiction to interesting nonfiction reads, and more.





                                                          Kitchen Fun!

We have an ice cream maker, a waffle cone maker, food dehydrator, and a vacuum food sealer available now for checkout. Also… cake pans!! Is it a special someone’s birthday? And you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a pan you will only use once? Come on in and borrow one of ours. We have these shapes available now: Bear, Butterfly, Darth Vader, Dinosaur, Heart, Horse/Unicorn, and Spider-Man. See more here.




  Light Therapy Lamp

  Delivers LED light to your home, office, dorm room, or apartment. Cues your body’s own energy enhancers to help you regain focus and concentration.  Checks out for one week. 

Metal Detector

Did you lose something important? Or are you looking to find a treasure buried down deep? If you have a Petoskey Library card and you are over 18, there is no need to rent or pay to use a metal detector. The Petoskey District Library now has a  Garrett Ace 200 metal detector with headphones, a collapsable shovel, and a user manual for you to check out and take home  Features include a digital target ID (0-99 scales), target ID cursor, 4 sensitivity settings, low battery indicator (use 4 AA batteries) and user-friendly button controls.



Mobile Laptops

Patrons 18 and over with a current and valid PAC2 consortium library card can check out and use a laptop inside the library from the Young Adult Desk

  • Each laptop has a touchpad mouse, but USB mice are available as well.
  • All current Computer / Internet use policies and guidelines apply.
  • In-house use only
  • Printing is available to our print release kiosk.

 Sewing Machines

Do you need to make a quick mend? Or maybe you want to learn a new trade? Petoskey District Library now has 2 Brother sewing machines to loan out! The machines come with a wide table attachment, instructions, a foot controller pedal, multiple different feet, instruction manual, and a carrying case.




The SHOTBOX is an all-in-one portable light studio that allows you to scan faster, capture amazing photos, and have fun unleashing your creative side all just using your smartphone. Checks out for one week. 


Orion Starblast Altazimuth Reflector Tabletop Telescope, designed for land and sky viewing. Attached blue and grey bag contains an instruction manual and book titled National Audubon Society Pocket Guide Constellations by Dr. Gary Mechler and Dr. Mark Chartrand. 




Wifi Hotspots

At Petoskey District Library (PDL) you can check out more than just books! The library is pleased to announce the addition of thirteen mobile Wi-Fi hotspots which can be checked out from the Reference Desk for a one week period. The portable hotspots allow patrons without internet to easily get online using any Wi-Fi enabled device such as a phone, tablet or laptop anywhere there is a cell connection. Currently, the library lends hotpots from T-Mobile.  To check out a Hotspot, visit the Reference Desk on the second floor anytime during regular business hours.



Make some noise at the Library! These little musical instruments are easy to learn, and known for their warm, unique sound. It’s an easy way to explore music for inexperienced and seasoned musicians alike. If you are at least 18 years old, and a current library cardholder in good standing, we will loan you a soprano ukulele and tuner for one week. Visit the second floor Reference Desk for more information.



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