Cheboygan Area Public Library

Welcome to the Cheboygan Area Public Library!

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.
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 Library is OPEN!

The Cheboygan Area Public Library is happy to announce that the front doors are unlocked, and masks are not required for patrons who have been vaccinated.

The library will continue to offer curbside service for any patron to use.
What's Happening at the Library?
Returning to normal hours!
Starting Monday, July 5, the Library will be back to our extended hours!

These hours offer some early open times and some late close times plus weekend hours, so patrons have a variety of options for when they want or need to visit the Library!

The hours will be Monday through Wednesday 10a.m. to 8p.m., Thursday 8a.m. to 7p.m., Friday 8a.m. to 5p.m., Saturday 10a.m. to 3p.m., and Sunday 1p.m. to 5p.m.

Indoor services will also resume on Sundays and Curbside Services will continue to be offered every day.
Great Day at the
Discover Cheboygan Business Expo & Taste of the Straits
on June 17
The Cheboygan Business Expo was great! Met amazing people and handed out lots of Take & Make kits and informational packets and gave away two great prize baskets!

If you are interested in a bag of info about services and upcoming events, stop by the Library and grab a bag from the lobby!
"Tails & Tales" Summer Reading
June 1 - July 31, 2021
CAPL’s “Tails & Tales” Summer Reading Program is off to a great start! We are starting to see completed reading journals and scales on our lobby dragon!

Any participating reader will receive a dragon scale to put on the lobby dragon every time they turn in a Reading Journal! Each Reading Journal represents four hours of reading time! The journals are available at the Library and can also be printed at home.

The reader that turns in the most Reading Journals by July 31 will win the prize for their age group! The age groups are 0 to 5, 6 to 8, 9 to 12, and 13 to 15.
There will also be two prize drawings open to all readers that turned in at least one Reading Journal! The prizes are on display in the Library’s lobby beside our dragon!

Any young readers aged 0-15 are welcome to participate in the “Tails & Tales” Summer Reading Adventures?

Here is how to participate: (1) Pick up one or more “Reading Journal” sheets from the Library or print them off. (2) Have fun reading! (3) Track reading time on the Reading Journal. (4) Turn the Reading Journal in at the Library’s front desk and receive a scale! (5) Write your name on the scale and stick it on our lobby dragon! And repeat! 

All “Reading Journals”, completed or not, are due by July 31! It is important for participants to turn in their “Reading Journals” so that the top reader in each age group can receive a prize!

Download and print your own Reading Journal!
MiLibrary Quest for Teens
June 1 - July 31, 2021
Another fun summer activity taking place this year is the MiLibrary Quest!

This program is for teens (actually, we are including ages 12 to 19!) and it is a virtual quest for wild and unusual animals!

The MiLibrary Quest is just a fun online scavenger hunt where teens visit library websites to find clues that describes unusual animals. Then they go to the Quest website and look through their field guide and try to identify the animal based on the clue they found.

To get started on the MiLibrary Quest, participants can visit the Cheboygan Library website ( and click on the MiLibrary Quest icon (look for the koala bear). This icon will link to the MiLibrary Quest website. Everything including sign-up, directions, field guide, etc., is available there.

The quest time frame is June 1 to July 31. The MiLibrary Quest hosts will let the Cheboygan Library know who participated from our Library at the end of the quest so that we can award prizes! These prizes are now on display in the main library’s display case across from the local research/genealogy room!
Tails & Tales Live Animal Show
July 23, 2021 @ 3pm
at Washington Park, downtown
There will be an Animal Tales event featuring live animals on July 23 at 3p.m. at Washington Park, downtown!

This event is free to attend and open to all ages!
The event will be outside in the park unless the weather is not appropriate. Rain location will be at the Library.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.
Dynamic School Assemblies will be presenting Animal Tails featuring live animals!

As this program will share, talking animals are a common theme in mythology and folktales as well as in children’s literature.

Fictional talking animals are often anthropomorphic (possessing human-like qualities) and the usage of talking animals enables storytellers to combine the basic characteristic of the animals with human behavior to apply metaphor and to entertain children.

This program will feature a variety of live mammals, reptiles, and birds to provide a fascinating and unforgettable show!
"The Coastie Story"
A month-long walk-through gallery exhibit depicting the history of the U.S. Coast Guard is coming to the Cheboygan Area Public Library!

The exhibit will be open the entire month of August, viewable during library hours.

The exhibit is free to view and open to all ages!
Adventures with Onyx
Story Time & Book Signing
August 21, 2021 @ 11am
U.S. Coast Guard Chief Tyler Benson will be reading one of his "Adventures with Onyx" stories and signing books on Saturday, August 21 at 11 am at the Library!

This event is free to attend and open to all ages! Books will be available for purchase at the event for anyone interested.

Take & Make Kits: Kids & Teens
Do your kiddos need a project? Check out the Cheboygan Area Public Library's Take & Make Kits!

All kits are free! Kits are designed for around ages four to twelve and are available to anyone interested!

“Take-Home for Teens” kits are also available! These kits are great for any teen or tween who wants a small and fun project to do!

New kits are available on Mondays but they can be picked up anytime during the week.

These project kits are all free and we try to put all the supplies (or as much as we can) together with the project so it is ready to go!

The projects will be available on a first come first served basis.
New to the Library of Things: Portable Wi-Fi Hotspots
Cheboygan Area Public Library now has four portable Wi-Fi hotspot devices!

Portable Wi-Fi hotspots allow you to remotely connect to the internet with various devices including your computer, smartphone, or tablet! This means that if you need to get online, you can connect to the internet using a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.

The device has unlimited data, and the service is paid for by the Cheboygan Area Public Library so patrons can utilize the device and service for no charge.

The Wi-Fi hotspot devices can be checked out for three weeks. Sorry, there are no renewals. And only one device can be checked out by a household at one time because each device can support multiple users at once. We want to make sure any patron who wants to use the Wi-Fi hotspots has a chance to check one out.

Directions on how to use the device are included and are easy to follow!
Please note that, unfortunately, the device will not work in a location that does not already have cellular service. In other words, if you cannot get any bars on your cell phone, the Wi-Fi hotspot device will not be able to connect either.

Also, if the device is not returned by its due date, the service will turn off and the device will not be able to connect to the internet.
Children's Garden Updates
Ready to follow the Yellow Brick Road to a land (or garden, in this case) of fun and colorful characters? Now is your chance! The Cheboygan Area Public Library’s Children’s Garden has received some updates!

Following the theme of the Wizard of Oz, you might now see a brave lion, a heartfelt tin man, a smart scarecrow, a sweet dog named Toto, a field of poppies, the Emerald City, and have a chance to decide on a good witch or bad witch! Plus, be on the look out for a flying monkey!  

More improvements are planned but the garden is open anytime! It also has great wi-fi connection! So, if you need a grassy area to spread out a blanket to read on, or a picnic table to sit down at with an afternoon snack or a warm and sunny place to surf the web, the Children’s Garden is a great place to visit! Again, the Children’s Garden is always open and the wi-fi is on 24-7!

Did you know that, as Cheboygan Area Public Library patrons, you have access to numerous online information portals through the Michigan eLibrary (MeL)? These databases and other research tools are like having a reference librarian in your pocket! The Michigan eLibrary offers concrete and informative answers to your questions! And when searching, you will get answers, not ads!

MeL is a free and easy-to-use resource that is accessible through the Cheboygan Library’s website! Visit, click on the “Looking For” drop-down menu, select the “Your Digital Library” option, and then choose “Michigan eLibrary Resources”. This will transport you to the MeL welcome page!

From the welcome page, there are various ways to search and here are three top ways to find what you want!

First, you can enter a keyword into the MeLCat Keyword Search. This type of search is useful if you are looking for a specific book, author, format, or genre of material.

For example, if you are looking for a book about comics and history, this search will bring back a list of items that contain these key words, such as “The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture” by Randy Duncan and Matthew Smith.

On the left side of the search results page there are filters and an “additional suggestions” list that will help you refine your search so you can find what you are looking for.

A second way to search is to choose one of the preset sections: Educators, Kids, or Library Staff. Each of these sections are a link to a new page that will list resource options to help narrow down to specific resources that will best suit your needs.

For example, if you click on the section for Educators, the page that opens lists options for Curriculum Resources, Help and Training, Professional Learning Resources, and other relevant options.

Or, if you click on the section for Kids, three options are offered: Learn, Play, Read. If you select one of these, a variety of specific resources will be offered. For example, if you click Learn,
MeL Databases
learning tools like Britannica, Explora, and PebbleGo are made available. If you click on Play, education games such as BedTime Math, Fun Brain, and PBSKids are offered.

A third way to search is to select the menu button at the top of the MeL welcome page. A drop-down menu will appear with options like eResources, eJournals, and MyMeLCat.

The eResources option is especially useful for general research, databases, and a more complete list of all the electronic resources available through the Michigan eLibrary. When you choose eResources from the drop-down menu, a new page will offer sections for Public Libraries, K-12 Schools, and Browse All eResources. The short list of options in each of these sections are great for students of all ages and levels. For example, PebbleGo and World Book Kids are wonderful for elementary students; Academic Search Complete is a great tool for high school and college students.

These eResource options, especially what is available through the “See More” links on the “Browse All eResources”, will offer dozens of resources for anyone and everyone! For instance, there is an Autor Repair Source, Career Exploration and Career Preparation options, Consumer Health information links, an Entrepreneurial Studies Source, a History Reference, Hobbies & Crafts and Home Improvement Centers, Legal References, and many other resource options!

There you have it, three easy ways to find the information you need through the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) offered by your Cheboygan Library!

Again, the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) is a free and easy-to-use resource that is accessible through the Cheboygan Library’s website! Try it out! Click through the various resources and see what you find! Need some extra assistance navigating the options? Stop by the Cheboygan Library and one of the great librarian assistants will be happy to offer some one-on-one support with using MeL! They are excited to share the great resources the Library can offer you, so don’t hesitate to ask!

Explore Cheboygan Backpacks
Ready for an expedition with the family? Or a treasure hunt with friends? Then check out the Cheboygan Area Public Library’s Explore Cheboygan Backpacks!

The Explore Cheboygan Backpacks, which are part of our Library of Things collection, are filled with all the great tools and reading materials you will need for a fun out-of-doors adventure with friends and family!

Each of the backpacks have laminated maps and trail guides, books, themed tools and activity ideas for a specific trail, nature area, or park.
Backpack One is for birding in Gordon Turner Park! This backpack has a couple books for bird identification, local nature information, a Nature Log journal, binoculars, a compass, tweezers, and specimen jars.

Try and stay dry with Backpack Two when you visit the Ocqueoc Falls State Park! This backpack contains a map of the Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway, a couple books for tree and wildlife identification, a compass, a Nature Log journal, and binoculars.

Hit the trails around Cheboygan State Park with Backpack Three! This backpack contains a couple field guidebooks for birds and wildflower, a compass, a Nature Log journal, tweezers, and specimen jars.

Reach for the stars with Backpack Four and the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw! This backpack has a park trail map, a pocket star finder, a field guide to the Night Sky, two night-vision flashlights and two night-vision headlamps, a compass, a Nature Log journal, and binoculars.

Backpack Five will have you visiting the Black Mountain Forest Recreation Area! This backpack has a map for the various trails available, a rocks and mineral field guide, a wildflower identification guide, a compass, and a Nature Log journal.

Of course, you can use the Explore Backpack for other areas if you bring your own maps! And we would love to hear about where you take them! Feel free to post pictures on the Library’s Facebook page!
The Library staff can also help find some more books from the collection to add to your adventuring! For example, maybe you want to also look for birds when you visit the Ocqueoc Falls State Park. Or maybe you want more information on constellations when you visit the Dark Sky Park. Or maybe you want some bug identification guides when you visit Gordon Turner Park. Plus, the collection also has lots of travel guides for Michigan hikes and waterways. Adding some extra books and activity supplies when you explore will help make it your own adventure!

Now that you are excited to head outdoors, you probably want to know how to check an Explore Cheboygan Backpack out, right? It is easy! The backpacks will be sitting with our Library of Things collection in the main Library. Pick out which backpack you want to borrow and take it to the front desk with your library card. And there you go! The backpacks can be checked out for three weeks! Backpacks cannot be put on hold. It is first come, first served.

These Explore Cheboygan Backpacks would not have been possible without the wonderful $200 grant from the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan’s Youth Advisory Council (NEMYAC)! This amazing group is made up of high school students, with advisors, from Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Presque Isle counties. During the academic year, these students attend monthly meetings where they review grant applications, conduct training sessions, carry out community services and more! They are making their communities better and the Cheboygan Area Public Library would like to sincerely thank them for the amazing impact they had on us!
Library Services
Kanopy and KanopyKids for
Digital Streaming

Kanopy is a streaming service for films and educational courses. Each library card holder receives 4 free credits a month! KanopyKids and Great Courses are unlimited!

Flipster App for
Digital Magazines

Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine solution that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device.

Online Resource for Newspapers and News Outlets

NewsBank provides a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues.

Libby App for E-Books
& Audiobooks

Meet Libby. Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.

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.

The Seed Library is housed in the Genealogy Room on the main level of the Library and all the directions and supplies are provided there!
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Children's Program

Cheboygan Area Public Library is participating in the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” reading program, which is geared for families with children up to five years old!

This program offers literacy building potential to local families and encourages the love of books and reading in children from birth to age five. And all you have to do is stop by the Cheboygan Area Public Library to pick up a free reading log and get reading!
A Library of "Things"

Have a library card? Borrow a ukulele or a fishing pole!
The Cheboygan Area Public Library has more than just books!

The "Library of Things" collection includes ukuleles, fishing poles and tackle, board games, art stamps, a bread machine, a cake pop maker, a therapy lamp, and more!
Library Board of Trustees
Library Board of Trustees

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

Friends of the Library
The Friends of CAPL

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.

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.
A little bit of the Friends of the Library's history
“Friendship multiplies the good of life…” - Baltasar Gracian
“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” - Thomas Aquinas
The only way to have a friend is to be one.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
‘Friends of Library’ organize was a featured story headline published by the Cheboygan Daily Tribune on Wednesday, March 5, 1986! And so, the Friends of the Cheboygan Public Library group was born! Of course, a lot of work went into organizing a Friends of the Library group before that headline could appear!
Rewind to September 30, 1985. As the agenda for the Cheboygan Public Library Board Meeting shows, the first point of discussion during the “Librarian’s Report” was a request to start a “Friends” group. And the minutes share that the request was “approved in concept”.
The next step was to set up the organization structure for the Friends group through bylaws, which were approved by the Library Board on January 20, 1986.
On April 28, 1986, it was reported to the Library Board that the Friends group had elected officers and had already recruited nineteen members! The elected officials included Ron Driscoll as President, Irene Jankoviak as Vice-President, Mary Wallace as Secretary, and David Sharits as Treasurer.
Today, the Friends of the Library has seventy-two members, of which thirty-one are lifetime members and forty-one are annual members! But you can never have enough Friends, right? So, did you know you can join the Friends of the Library anytime? Annual membership fees are listed at three levels that you can choose to join, which include $10 for a Donor, $25 for a Patron, and $50+ for Benefactor.
           As a Friends member, you can focus public attention on the library; stimulate the use of the library’s resources and services; receive and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the library; support and cooperate with the library in developing library services and facilities for the community; lend legislative support where needed; and support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights.
Specifically, here are some opportunities that you can participate in as a Friend of the Library volunteer! You could volunteer in the Book Nook on Tuesdays or Saturdays, serve as a greeter during Library programs, hand out library flyers to the community, attend meetings (held quarterly), help at Gift of Reading events, share a book recommendation or review to be used in the Friends newsletter, or donate financially with a membership or with a one-time donation. Most volunteer opportunities require only a couple hours of time.  
There are also leadership roles within the Friends group that utilizes volunteers! At the most recent meeting, held last week on Tuesday, June 8 at 1p.m., new Co-Presidents Leslie Carmin and Sue Johnson were elected. This appointment is for a two-year term.  
Outgoing President Rosita White has served as an Executive President for the last two terms and has also served in other leadership roles for the Friends on and off for the past several years.
Also at this annual meeting, the Friends’ bylaw updates were approved. To complete the bylaw update process, Library Director Mark Bronson presented them to the Library Board of Trustees during their board meeting on the following Thursday, at which time the Library Board approved them.
The bylaws are available on the Cheboygan Area Public Library’s website. The updates clarified the purpose and application of the monies raised by the Friends, which is to promote and support the Cheboygan Area Public Library’s programs and services.
With this in mind, the monies raised through the Friends of the Library’s membership donations, Book Nook sales, and other fundraising efforts support Library programs and services such as the annual Summer Reading program, digital service subscriptions including Overdrive and Flipster and the Gift of Reading initiative.
           The Gift of Reading initiative is a program 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 at the Cheboygan County Fair in August.
This year the Cheboygan County Fair to be held the week of August 4-14, 2021. The Family Fun Day date and time will be forthcoming. During this event, the Friends of the Library will have a booth full of books and any child or teen who stops by the booth may take a free book of their choosing.
Next year, at the Friends’ annual meeting in June, the Secretary and Treasurer positions will be on the ballot. Currently Jeanette Mateer is serving as Secretary and Gwen Kuehn is serving as the Treasurer. Gwen also serves as the Book Nook Manager.
And speaking of the Book Nook, the Friends of the Library are excited to announce that the Book Nook will be opening for normal hours starting July 6, 2021! Hours will return to Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please note that the Book Nook will not be open on July 3 on account of the Independence Day parade festivities downtown.
When you visited the Book Nook, which is a second-hand bookshop located on the Library's lower level, you will find a great variety of fiction and non-fiction titles in both hard and soft cover formats. There are also some DVDs, CDs, large print books, as well as a selection of children’s books! Of course, these are all offered at excellent prices being three dollars or less!
Maybe you have books to donate so you can make room for new ones! In that case, donations of books in good, clean condition are always welcome! All donations can be delivered to the front desk in the main library anytime during regular library hours.
Featured in the Cheboygan Daily Tribune – 06/18/21

Current 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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