Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday 12noon – 5pm 

Library Closure

The Library will be closing at 3:00pm on Friday, October 7 so that we can get the building ready for the Night at the Library fundraiser, which starts at 6:00pm.  Continue Reading

A Night at the Library Fundraising Event

Support the Petoskey District Library, Your Place, on Friday, October 7 from 6:00pm–9:00pm for A Night at the Library, a new and immersive Friends of the Petoskey Library fundraiser where literary characters will leap from the shelves and spring into life. Experience these characters in action as live actors perform short, engaging scenes from five of your favorite novels. Socialize and enjoy a signature cocktail compliments of High Five Spirits, hors d’oeuvres, and local wine tastings. The evening also features a silent auction with exciting and unique experiences donated by local businesses.

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite, are $75 per person, and include a signature cocktail served in a complimentary wine glass, and wine tastings from area wineries paired with culinary delights. Water and nonalcoholic beverages are available upon request. This event is for those 21 years of age and older.

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Baby Storytime, Tuesdays at 11:00am: Join Miss Lisa for music, movement and playtime with your baby. We will help little ones build early literacy skills while bouncing, singing, exploring board books and playing together. For babies 3 to 24 months and their grown-up(s).
Storytime, Thursdays at 11:00am: Talk, sing, read, write, play, that is what we’ll do today! Storytime models these five practices to support development of early literacy skills. Grown ups are encouraged to participate in the fun and learning! Storytime is for toddlers and preschoolers.

Feature of the Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Every September, the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. Celebrate by visiting us and getting your very own library card! You can read all about how to get a library card, or get the process started right away by applying for a library card online. You’ll still need to come and visit us to show us where you live and pick up your new card!

Cinq à Six French Conversation Group

Parlez-vous? Cherchez-vous? Rejoignez-nous! (Do you speak? Are you looking? Join us!)

If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to converse in French in a casual and friendly environment, please join us for our new Cinq à Six French Conversation Group every Friday at 5:00pm in the Large Meeting Room. This group is for anyone wishing to practice speaking French, from debutants to fluent francophones, kids and adults – all are welcome. Meetings will occur weekly, but feel free to drop-in as your schedule permits. Nous espérons vous voir là-bas! (We hope to see you there!)

Young Children’s Library Series

Join Petoskey District Library and Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra (GLCO) for Little Waves on Saturday, October 8 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!

Great Decisions

Join us virtually for an informal study of topics compiled by the Foreign Policy Association as the most critical global issues facing America today on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30pm–8:00pm on Zoom. We look forward to meeting with other curious minds in the quest to understand the world a little better. Registration is required for Zoom access. To participate, you are asked to please prepare by reading the topic articles compiled into the Great Decisions Briefing Book (link to topics). This book is available to check out in the library magazine room or purchase at the main circulation desk for $28.

This month’s topic: No End in Sight, A Century of Drug Wars

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, October 18 to discuss either Dracula by Bram Stoker or Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, you get to choose! 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.