Cheboygan Area Public Library
At your Library!
Welcome to the Cheboygan Area Public Library !
We are a district library that is dedicated to serving the Aloha Township, Benton Township, Beaugrand Township, the City of Cheboygan, Grant Township, Inverness Township and portions of Hebron and Munro Townships.

We strive to making your visit a positive experience by providing the best collection of books and media that we can, as well as, offering a variety of programs, classes, and services for all our patrons and the community.

The mission of the Cheboygan Area Public Library is to provide quality materials and services which fulfill the educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs of the entire community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful and professional.
Mark Bronson, Executive Director
I am honored to have been the Library Director since 2002. We have seen many changes over time, particularly changes in technology.

Our most important goal is to bring you the greatest and most complete variety of information and enrichment available. To that end, welcome to the new Cheboygan Area Public Library e-newsletter, in which we introduce ourselves and our services.

Thank you for being our prized patrons!
Meet Your Librarians
Way to go Sarah!
Sarah May is using her amazing talents to bring awareness and support to local conservation groups!

"Sarah Tule-May hopes that the donations [of 25 percent of her art sales] will start to add up and also bring each conservancy she donates to back into the eye of the public.

" 'The trails and preserves are used so often, but rarely do we think about the people who work to make sure we have those beautiful natural places preserved for future enjoyment,' she said. 'Through educational programs and public outreach programs, we can learn so much about the area we live in and the animals we share it with.' "

Check out this great article featured in the Cheboygan Tribune for the rest of the story!

We're featured in Cheboygan Today!
If you haven’t picked up a copy of the 2019 Cheboygan Today magazine yet, be sure to stop by the Cheboygan Chamber of Commerce to get one!

This magazine is put out by the Cheboygan Chamber and Visitors Bureau every year and features many great articles about what’s happening in Cheboygan, local business listings, exciting events, and all the things to do and see in our great community!

And this year, the magazine features a great article on the Cheboygan Area Public Library!
Check out our new Seed Library!
A seed library is a community-oriented project that allows participants to share seeds with one another by “checking out” seed packets of their choosing. A wide variety of flower, herb, fruit and vegetable seeds will be available for anyone interested to take home and plant!

The Seed Library operates on the honor system. You do not need a library card to take seeds out or to bring seeds in to share. Anyone interested in “borrowing” seeds is welcome to take out whichever seed packets interest them and you become a member automatically when you withdraw seeds to plant.
We encourage all members to learn basic seed-saving techniques. If you are unable to save your own seeds, please consider donating a packet or two of fresh, commercially grown, open-pollinated seeds to keep the Seed Library stocked. Please drop off any seed donations to the front desk. 

When you check out seeds, please fill out a Member Card, located in the first drawer of the Seed Library. The first time you fill out your card, please turn it in at the front desk. If you return to borrow more seeds, you will be able to find your card, filed alphabetically by your last name, in the Membership Drawer of the Seed Library.

Some Cool Info!
Look at those 2018 Statistics!
Makerspace coming soon!
Room B is under construction! And we are excited! Room B on the Library's lower level will soon be a Markerspace!

A Makerspace is a collaborative workspace for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools! This will be a space for all ages and interests!

While still being used for a variety of community meetings, this room will also be the home of some new and exciting resources such as a green screen, a 3-D printer, S.T.E.A.M. workshop supplies and more!

New Scanners!
D o you ever forget to bring your library card when you really wanted to check out that latest novel by your favorite author? When you do have your library card, do you struggle digging it out of your wallet? Now, you don’t have to worry about that!

Our new scanners allow for patrons to use a photo of their library card’s barcode or an app like Stocard to check out material!
Digital Magazines Available Through Flipster!
Did you know? Cheboygan Area Public Library now has over thirty electronic magazine titles to offer patrons in addition to the numerous print magazines on site!

Apple Magazine, Big Book of Tattoo Design, Bon Appetite, GQ, History Magazine, Hockey News, How It Works, Inked, Paddle World, Science Illustrated, Scuba Diving, Us Weekly, and Vogue are just a handful of the new titles being offered!

To use this service, just download the Flipster app for digital magazines to your computer or mobile device and log in to Flipster using your library card number as your Patron ID to view the magazine of your choice (hint: scroll down to Patron ID link below login button to sign in)!
Blackout Poetry!
Interested in trying your hand at Blackout Poetry during National Poetry Month? If you are, stop by Cheboygan Area Public Library! Just inside the main Library, our large display case is open so anyone interested can participate in our poetry fun! Markers and pages are available to create your own Blackout Poetry, which can also be hung in the display when finished!

So, what is Blackout Poetry? Blackout poetry is created by using a page of existing text to create a poem by isolating key words or phrases and blacking out the surrounding text. That’s it! Poets can choose any words through the page that speak to them. They can also get creative with how they black out the text. Its fun! Come check it out! There are some examples in the display case and all the supplies you need to create a unique and beautiful Blackout Poem!

Want to have some more fun with poetry? Join the Poetry Club that meets every month here at Cheboygan Area Public Library! On April 25 at 3pm, the Poetry Club is extending an open invitation to anyone interested in sharing their own poetry, or reading their favorite poems, or simply listening to poetry shared by others.
Come see us @ the "Discover Cheboygan" Business Expo
This year, the Cheboygan Area Public Library will be participating in the 2019 "Discover Cheboygan" Business Expo & Taste of the Straits!

This annual event is put on by the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce and showcases local businesses, services, and community organizations!

Admission is FREE and takes place at the Cheboygan Ice Rink on Thursday May 9, from 3-8pm!

Be sure to check out Booth 13...That's us!
We will be showing off all the fun programs we host and sharing the exciting news about what else is happening at your Library!
Children's Library
Children's Wing
An interactive play area, after school clubs, story times, and summer programs are among the many activities offered in the Children’s wing of the library, along side the full collection of children's books.

A Universe of Stories Summer Program is shaping up to be a fantastic opportunity to travel into space with dinosaurs, to see the stars and planets, and to play with alien friends! Our Summer Reading Program will blast off in June and wrap-up in August! More info will be coming soon!
Children's Garden
Enjoy a trip down the yellow brick road into the Children's garden along the west side of the Library building! Featuring a Tin Man, picnic table, wi-fi, and beautiful flowers, the Children's garden is a fun spot for all to hang out!
Teen Room
There is a customized teen room with the young adult collection, youth resources, and study areas. There are also several board games available for use anytime.
Keep an eye out for some great teen events coming this summer as part of the Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program! Teen inspired events/opportunities include a writing contest, a breakout room, solar ambassador guest speakers, and much more! Additional info will be coming soon!

Story Time

Join us for Storytime!
This is a fun interactive story time with creative play! Great for kiddos up to four years old!

As part of the Universe of Stories Summer Program, Storytime is going to transition into One-hour Wonders! These wondrous adventures with include the reading of a book and a fun craft! More info will be available soon!
Reaching Local Schools
Enjoying interactive storytelling that incorporates practicing library skills, East Elementary School's kindergarten, first, and second grades have been having a blast with Ms. Nancy during their monthly visits to the children's wing of the Library!

If any teachers are interested in setting a date and time for their class to visit the library and experience a special presentation by Ms. Nancy, be sure to stop by or give us a call!

Community Programs
Library Center for Community Programs
The Lower Level of the Library serves as the Library Center for Community Programs!

This space is available for meetings or programs of an educational, informational, cultural, or civic nature, primarily presented or co-sponsored by the Library or by not-for-profit groups or agencies.
Lady Long Rider
APRIL 16, 2019 @ 6pm

Bernice Ende, known as the Lady Long Rider, will be sharing her inspiring stories & adventurous tales from her amazing cross-country horseback trip!

Telling Twain
APRIL 25, 2019 @ 6pm

Enjoy storyteller Steve Daut’s literary tales about Mark Twain, American author of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn & Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Allan James Grund: Singer/Songwriter of the American Civil War
MAY 15, 2019 @ 6pm

Experience the history of the American Civil War, from Sumter to Gettysburg
to Appomattox, through songs written and performed by Civil War enthusiast
Allan James Grund.
2019 Programs
Jan 17 • Acoustic Guitarist Ken Verheecke
Feb 1-27 • Cheboygan Comic Expo
Mar 4-31 • Annual Quilt Show with Rivertown Patchworkers
Mar 14 • The Orphan Train in Michigan with Al Eicher
Apr 3 • Great Lakes Graham concert with Troy Graham
Apr 7 • Antique Appraisal Fair with Joseph McGee
Apr 16 • Lady Long Rider: Bernice Ende
Apr 25 • Telling Twain with Steve Daut
May 1-8 • Cheboygan Youth Art Show
May 15 • Allan James Grund , Singer/ Songwriter of the Amer. Civil War
Jun 12 • Michigan's Nature Getaways with Ron Rademacher
Jun • Cheboygan Area Photography Club’s Annual Photography Show
Jun 26 Manoomin: Wild Rice in Michigan with Barbara Barton
Jun-Aug • A Universe of Stories: Summer Reading Program
Jul 25 • Preserving our Maritime History with Bruce Lynn
Aug •  Faces of Radio with Mike Grisdale
Aug 20 •  Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses with Dianna Stampfler
Aug 7 • Friends of the Library’s Gift of Reading Program: Reading Fun at the County Fair
Sept • Tri-City Ghost Hunters Society
Sept • Friends of the Library’s Redazzle Fundraising Event
Oct 5 • Sheepshank Sam: Old Time Michigan Lumberjack & Teller of Tall Tales with Ben Thompson
Oct •  Lord of the Gourd Pumpkin Carving with Pat Harrison
Nov • Forestry and Stormy Outside with Mark Stormzand
Dec • Event TBD
Dec 4 • Friends of the Library’s Gift of Reading Program: A Night of Christmas Magic

Please note: dates may be subject to change; additional programs may be added throughout the year.
Lifelong Learning at the Library
Drawing 101
Drawing 101 is a drawing class open to all levels of experience! Each student will be able to draw at their own pace while learning or re-learning essential drawing skills using a variety of materials and techniques.
DATES: APRIL 9, 16, 23, 30
TIME: 10:00am-11:30am
COST: $20 per session
INFO: all materials are provided; open to ages 7 and up; limited to 15 students.

MAY 2, 9, 16 @ 3:15-4:45pm
After-School Series:
"May the Force Be with Us Droid Build"
S.T.E.A.M. Workshops
with LittleBits
S.T.E.A.M. programs are featured as a way to encourage creativity, innovation, and critical thinking.

LittleBits is a system of electronic building blocks that snap together to turn ideas in to inventions!

Each workshop features projects that are designed and developed by participants so kids at every level can come and find a challenge!

COST: $15 per student
INFO: all materials and instructions are provided; open to ages 7-17.

Library Services
The Collection
The Cheboygan Area Public Library currently holds over 65 thousand titles, dozens of current periodicals, plus hundreds of audiobooks, music CDs and DVDs.

Library patrons also have access to thousands of other resources through the Pac2 Consortium (a partnership with local library systems from five surround counties) and MeLCat (a partnership of Michigan libraries with access to electronic resources and borrowing privileges through interlibrary loans).

Genealogy Room
A room dedicated to genealogical studies resides on the main level of the Library with a variety of research tools and resources, including microfilm and microfiche.

A volunteer group from the Cheboygan County Genealogical Society is available on a regular basis to assist patrons with research. 
Computer Lab
The Library maintains a computer lab with a dozen stations that may be utilized by patrons and guests.

There are guest passes to use a computer without a library card available at the circulation desk.

Printing and copying is available for fifteen cents per page. Wireless printing is also an option for patrons using their own devices.
Meeting Center
The Cheboygan Area Public Library offers space for community meetings on the Lower Level of the Library as a way to serve the community as an information resource center and a recreational resource outlet accessible to all residents.

"Senior Reads" is an outreach program geared to serving our senior community!

Patrons at these locations can use their library cards to borrow items from a selection of materials brought on that day or can special order an item to be brought to them on the Library’s following visit.
"Senior Reads"
Outreach Program
This service will bring library materials to patrons that may not otherwise be able to visit the Library. Locations currently being served include the MediLodge of Cheboygan and The Brook retirement community and the first Friday of the month is when we will be visiting these off-site locations. 

If a resident doesn’t have a library card and wishes to borrow items, they may bring along their driver’s license or a form of identification and be signed up for a library card on the spot.

If you know of anyone at these locations that would like to borrow material but perhaps hasn’t heard about the Library’s visits, please share their names with us so we can make sure to follow up with them on our visits.

Friday Tech-Help
The Cheboygan Area Public Library is now offering personalized technology lessons. And it is free!

Every Friday, except the first Friday of the month, from 1-3pm there will be free, twenty-minute Tech Help sessions available.

Patrons can either bring in their own device or utilize one of the computers in the Library’s computer lab.

During these sessions, patrons will have the option to receive a lesson on any number of topics.
For example, they could learn how to post a picture to Facebook, use the online library catalog, download audio books from Overdrive, and so on.
Art Studio
A variety of art classes and open studio times are offered throughout the year in the dedicated art studio on the lower level of the Library.

Classes include studies in drawing, painting, clay, textiles, sewing, printmaking, and more.

Book Group
Join the Rivertown Readers & Beyond Book Group! This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 11am on the lower level of the Library!

Next up on the reading list:
April: Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
May: Broken Harbor by Tana French
June: Beartown by Fredrik Backman
July: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Flinn
August: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
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Please Note: The scheduling of a meeting or program in the Cheboygan Area Public Library does not in any way constitute an endorsement by the Library of the group or organization; its activities; or of the ideas and opinions expressed during the course of meetings or programs.
Ongoing Clubs
The fun we've had!
Annual Quilt Show
Annual Quilt Show
Annual Quilt Show
Annual Quilt Show
Annual Quilt Show
Annual Quilt Show
Faery Doll Workshop
Needle-Felted Pincushions Class
The Orphan Train in Michigan
Great Lakes Graham Concert
Special Guests: Colton & Troy
Great Lakes Graham
Mini writing workshop
Antique Appraisal Fair
Antique Appraisal Fair
Antique Appraisal Fair
Antique Appraisal Fair
Antique Appraisal Fair
Antique Appraisal Fair
Friends of the Library
Sharing the Love of Books
The Friends of the Cheboygan Area Public Library is a dedicated group of volunteers who help raise monies to support library programs and extra services for Library patrons, provide assistance during special events, and advocate in the community on behalf of the library.

The Book Nook is a used book store sponsored by the Friends of the Cheboygan Public Library. It is located in the lower level of the library & has a great selection of gently used donated books, CDs and DVD. Stop in & check it out!

The Gift of Reading is a program supported by the Friends of the Cheboygan Area Public Library that spreads the love of books within the community by giving away books to area youth during Santa's annual visit in December and at the Family Fun Day during the Cheboygan County Fair in August.

Meetings are held four times per year, usually in April, June, September, and November.

Book Nook Bag Sale in May!
The Friends of the Library will be having a Big Bag Sale on all non-fiction titles in the Book Nook during the month of May!

Fill a bag for $5 with any non-fiction titles!

Bags will be provided but patrons may also may bring their own if they prefer.

Board of Trustees
Library Board
The Cheboygan Area Public Library's Board of Trustees are volunteers that serve the Library by creating and guiding the mission of the library, setting the policy that governs the library, and overseeing the general management of the library.

Members of our Library Board include Dan Welihan, Mary Kronberg, Kay Forster, Elyn Kallio, Mary Ellen Eno, Mary Crusoe, and Phyllis Beyer.

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. in the lower level of the library and are open to the public.

New Hours
Mon-Wed 10am-8pm
Thurs 8am-7pm
Fri 8am-5pm
Sat 10am-3pm
Sun 1pm-5pm
Free Wi-Fi
The library offers wi-fi throughout the building as well as a dedicated 24/7 antenna in our children's garden. The outdoor signal is always on. Just look for "library" and connect!
The mission of the Cheboygan Area Public Library is to provide quality materials and services which fulfill the educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs of the entire community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful and professional.
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