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Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday 12noon – 5pm 

Service of the Month: Creativebug

For the Month of January, Ask Us About…Creativebug!
Petoskey District Library has a Creativebug subscription available anytime, anywhere using your PDL library card! To set up your account, have your library card number ready and visit this direct link and enjoy unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes!

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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

Midterm Study Labs

Hey teens! Need some space to prepare for midterm exams? Look no further! Join us in the lower level of the library Monday, January 17–Thursday, January 20 after school until the library closes at 6:00pm for study space, snacks, and a place to relax with games and activities (when your brain needs a breather!).

Pageturners Book Club

Our book club meets the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm in the large meeting room. The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 15 to discuss The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore. 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. For a list of upcoming titles click here.

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. Our next meeting is January 19. 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.

Friends at the Carnegie Speaker Series

Join us on Monday, January 24 at 7:00pm in the Carnegie Building, located at 451 E Mitchell St, for The Secret to Growing Roses with Mary Netzky. Have you always wanted to grow roses, but heard they took too much care? Bought a rose bush that looked great on the label but only produced a few stingy blooms and died over the winter? Some rose varieties are not abundant bloomers nor winter hardy, and do get lots of diseases. But there is a whole world of rose varieties that any gardener can grow, surviving for years with spectacular blooms. Mary Netzky will share the secrets she has learned from over 30 years of successful rose growing in climate zone 4 or colder. Mary is a past president of Northern Chicagoland Rose Society and its newsletter editor, a Consulting Rosarian for The American Rose Society, and co-owner of Rose Gardens by Mike and Mary. Masks are required to attend this program.

Books & Bricks

Join us to talk about books and build with LEGO on Wednesday, February 9 at 3:45pm in the children’s program room! 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.

Young Children’s Library Series

Join Petoskey District Library and Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra (GLCO) for Little Waves on Saturday, February 12 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 year’s theme is My Favorite Musical Instrument and this month’s theme is VOICE and KEYBOARDS. 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!

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

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.

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 Codiv-19 in the area and throughout the state, Petoskey District Library strongly 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.

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.