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

Service of the Month

For the month of October, we are highlighting our material recommendation forms. Whether you’re short on time, unsure of what to read/listen to next, or just want to be surprised, we are here to help you find your next good book. Fill out the form for your age group and staff will choose items we think you’ll love and get them ready for you to check out!

Book Stack is a book recommendation form for kids or grown ups of kids to use.
Book Match is a book recommendation form for teens and tweens.
PDL Stack is an item recommendation form for adults to use. Continue Reading

Friday Night Movie

This Friday, October 22 at 7:30pm, the Petoskey Film Series will be showing Maiden (PG, 2018, 1 hr 37 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 or liking us on Facebook. If you would like to be added to the film series eNews, sent to your email every Wednesday afternoon with the week’s movie information, please email Sarah at 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: Self Medication in Animals

Animals, including humans, have a long history of using plants as sources of medicine. Throughout the animal kingdom, there are fascinating examples of how animals self-medicate to reduce disease. Join Mark Hunter, University of Michigan, Earl E. Werner Distinguished University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, on Monday, October 25 at 7:00pm in the Carnegie Building (451 E Mitchell St), to learn how monarch butterflies use plants to self-medicate against their parasites, and what we can learn about medicines and human health in our changing world. Registration is not required to attend this program.

NASA@ My Library

PDL was 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. Join us for the kick off on Thursday, November 4 at 7:00pm in the Carnegie Building (451 E Mitchell St) to Explore Our Universe with Michael Cortright, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. He will present about the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch this December, and explain how it will help us better understand the universe we live in and how it all started! On Friday, November 5 at 6:00pm on the library’s outdoor labyrinth, Michael Cortright will present Telescopes 101. He will share the history and science behind telescopes and how they help us better understand the universe we live in! He will bring his own telescopes to share with interested attendees. All ages are welcome at both of these programs, registration is not required.

NASA@ My Library is based upon work funded by NASA under cooperative agreement No. NNX16AE30A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of NASA@ My Library and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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.
November 9: The End of Globalization?

Books & Bricks

Join us on Wednesday, 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.

2021–2022 Young Children’s Library Series

Join Petoskey District Library and Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra (GLCO) for Little Waves on Saturdays, November 13 and December 11 at 10:30am in the children’s program room! 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 My Favorite Musical Instrument. 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

For November’s book club, we will be discussing Fresh Water for Flowers by Valerie Perrin on Tuesday, November 16 at 5:30pm in the lower level classroom.  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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.