Mon. – Fri. 10am – 6pm

Sat. 10am – 2pm

Sun. Closed

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. Continue Reading

Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree

Come one, come all, let’s celebrate fall! Join us on Saturday, October 24 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the library’s outdoor labyrinth for pumpkin carving, pumpkin painting, live music from Holly Keller-Thompson, and a chance to have your caricature drawn by artist Chris Tamlyn! Open to all ages at no charge, supplies will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Carve or paint your pumpkin at this event and then be sure to bring it back downtown to Pennsylvania Park on Saturday, October 31 for Downtown Petoskey’s Jack O’ Lantern Walk!

Spooky Trivia Night

Join us for a spooky night of virtual Halloween trivia on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. Open to all ages, teams will be the members of your household, play alone or with your family. Hosted by our very own Teen Librarian, Nisa, and PDL scorekeepers. Special prizes for those that attend in costume! Registration and an email address is required. More information including the Zoom meeting link and password and instructions will be emailed to registrants by Wednesday, October 28. The winning team will receive a gift card to a local restaurant. Hope to see you there!

PDL Gives a Hoot About Health!

Though it is not quite business as usual, Petoskey District Library continues to follow their phased plan, safely welcoming patrons into the space six days a week. Since reopening to the public on June 22, the library has found innovative ways to continue services safely, including the continuation of curbside service, and offering many of their programs virtually, outdoors, or in-person at much smaller capacities. Not only do the staff follow vigorous cleaning protocols throughout the day, the library’s air filtration system continually brings in fresh air and was upgraded to include hospital grade filters, all part of their commitment to uphold safety protocols to provide a safe environment for all who visit.

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PDL Page Turners Book Club

Our book club meets the third Tuesday of the month on Zoom (and limited numbers in our lower level classroom). If you have any discussion questions or thoughts you would like to share regarding our current selection, please bring them with you to the meeting. New members are always welcome. Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 17 at 5:30 p.m. Please register for this event if you would like the Zoom invitation emailed to you.

Reading List:
November 17: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Service of the Month

For the Month of October, Ask Us About… PDL’s Special Services

-Faxing: Visit the Reference Department to send or receive faxes. No cost to send, and only 15 cents per page to receive.

-Notary Public: Call ahead to schedule an appointment to have your documents notarized.

-Test Proctoring: Call the Reference Department, 231-758-3114, to schedule time to have your test proctored by approved PDL proctors.

Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)

MAP IS BACK! After a nearly four month hiatus, we are pleased to once again be able to offer the Michigan Activity Pass program to patrons of Michigan’s public libraries. You are encouraged to use a mobile vs a printed pass, to abide by any restrictions our MAP partner destinations have in place, and to always check the partner destination’s website and/or Facebook page for the latest information before visiting. Continue Reading

2020 Census Information

Time is running out to respond to the #2020Census. Help ensure everyone is counted by reminding your friends and family to complete the census. The Secretary of Commerce has announced a target date of October 5, 2020 to conclude 2020 Census self-response and field data collection operations. Respond now at 2020CENSUS.GOV. The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It is an opportunity to shape your community’s future. When everyone is counted, communities get the funding they need for health care, education, emergency services, libraries, and more. You can inspire others. Tell everyone—your friends and family, neighbors and co-workers—that you will complete the census, and that they should respond now, too! Continue Reading

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.

Genealogy Research from Home

Need a fun activity to do while social distancing? Why not try some genealogical research from home? The Petoskey District Library is providing (Library Edition) to you remotely. Remote access is available to PDL cardholders for a limited time only. Log in to our online catalog to access the link. Here are some directions to get you started.

Another cool resource is The Greenwood Cemetery website. Here you can access full newspapers from Emmet County, dating back to the 1870s. This site is always expanding, and it now has thousands of historical photographs and documents, all accessible from your home computer. We are very fortunate to have such a unique resource available to us.

Did you know that the Library of Congress has digitized a ton of Sanborn Fire Maps? Currently, you can access maps from over 3000 U.S. cities. These detailed maps are historical snapshots that tell a vivid story of our past. Beware! This site can take you down some rabbit-holes, and you may lose track of hours of your time.

RBDigital Magazines

Petoskey District Library is pleased to announce the availability of RBDigital for Libraries, the world’s largest newsstand. Through the Library gateway, patrons of Petoskey District Library will have unlimited multi-user access to complete digital magazines, which can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. RBDigital’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.  Forbes, Newsweek, Martha Stewart Living and National Geographic Traveler are just a few of the popular titles available.

Fine Free 2020

If overdue fines have kept you or your family from using the Library, we have great news for you! Petoskey District Library (PDL) is proud to join fine-free libraries across the country and we look forward to welcoming back many patrons who have stopped using the library because of overdue fines. Starting January 1, 2020, overdue fines will no longer be charged on most items. Most patrons’ existing overdue balances will be wiped clean to give them a fresh start to the year. Continue Reading

What Michigan Residents Need to Know about Real ID

On Oct. 1, 2021, the federally mandated REAL ID law goes into effect, and if you travel by air, this law will impact you. REAL ID is the post-9/11 federal requirement that sets higher security standards for identification. Once in effect, a REAL ID will be required to board any U.S. flight or to enter some federal facilities. A REAL ID can be a U.S. Passport or an Enhanced Driver’s License – or you can turn your standard driver’s license into a REAL ID at the Secretary of State’s office. Learn more about the law and what documents you need to bring to get a REAL ID at

Foundation Directory Online

Discover a wealth of information on searching for grants, writing proposals, establishing nonprofits, and fundraising at the Library. Through a subscription to Foundation Directory Online, users can search unique databases of information on more than 140,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grantmaking public charities and over 4 million of their recent grants. This service can be used free of charge on a Library computer. We currently can allow access to the directory from a Library computer one patron at a time, so it is recommended to call ahead to reserve a time slot. Continue Reading

Book Club Kits

Attention book club members! As you are thinking about your next titles, you may want to consider checking out one of our book club kits. Choose from the following titles:

NEW JULY 2020:  White Fragility 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
The Girls of Atomic City, by Denise Kiernan
1984, by George Orwell
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
First Darling of the Morning, by Thrity Umrigar
Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance —NEW
Visit here for descriptions of each of our book club kit titles.

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