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?
Gardening Day
in the Children's Garden
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 9am
We need your help! The Children's Garden is in great need of some weeding and trimming! The Children's Librarian has some wonderful updates planned to create new "yellow brick road" inspiration but the garden needs some sprucing up first!

The Cheboygan Area Public Library is hosting a volunteer gardening day on Tuesday, June 15 starting at 9 a.m. If anyone is willing and able to help pull weeds, clean up old leaf piles and sticks, and complete various yard tasks, we would love the extra help!
Discover Cheboygan Business Expo & Taste of the Straits
June 17, 2021 @ 1-6pm
Ready to “discover” or maybe rediscover what the Cheboygan Area Public Library (CAPL) offers?

Come visit the CAPL booth at the Discover Cheboygan Business Expo & Taste of the Straits on Thursday, June 17 from 1p.m. to 6p.m. in Washington Park!

When you stop by the CAPL booth you will be receive a bag full of information and have the opportunity to sign up to win one of two prize drawings! We would love to see you there!
"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.
"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.
A great feature of Kanopy is that it can be used with most devices! Use your Roku or Apple TV, your computer, or your hand-held devices including your mobile phone or tablet!

Here is how to get started!

1) Visit and click on the "Looking For" dropdown menu, select "Your Digital Library", select Kanopy. (Kanopy is also available as a channel or app on most devices!)

2) Click on the "Add Library Card" button.

3) Enter your library card number, and if required, your library card password/PIN and click Continue. If you don't know your four-digit pin, call the library for assistance.

4) Complete the signup process by creating your Kanopy account. Your account can be created using your Google or Facebook or a new login you create using your email address and a password. Your password will need to be at least 6 characters.

5) After creating your account, you will receive a verification email in your inbox. Click on the link in this email to verify your email address.

6) You're ready to start watching! Click on Watch Now on the welcome screen to start browsing.
New Digital Resource!
Cheboygan Area Public Library now offers this video streaming service in addition to its other digital resources! Kanopy offers thousands of movie titles free when patrons sign in with their library card!

Browse categories like popular movies, documentaries, world cinema, notable figures in women’s history, new & noteworthy, from book to screen, short films, animation, discover PBS, classic Hollywood cinema, and so many more!

There is also a category called Great Courses, which offers educational opportunities such as learning how to speak a new language, how to draw, how to train your dog, how to cook, how to play piano, and so on! There are also courses in history, art, global studies, and science.
Kanopy Kids is also available! Kanopy Kids is a collection of movies and tv shows for kids, accessible through Kanopy, with unlimited viewing! Tales from history, animals, learning languages, story time, classic tales, stories from around the world, explore science and math, adventure, funny stuff, and tv series are some of the movie categories kiddos will be able to browse through to find something entertaining and educational to watch! 

Four Play Credits are allotted to each account every month! Play Credits are used to play the videos in Kanopy. Each video will use one play credit. Once you press play on a video and a play credit has been used, the movie will be available for unlimited viewing for three days. Play credits will reset back to four on the first of every month! Kanopy Kids is a little different. Videos on Kanopy Kids are available for unlimited viewing so Play Credits are not required. Also, four additional credits are available each month for viewing any of the Great Courses. 
Library Services
Online Resource for Newspapers and News Outlets

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

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.

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.
Current Hours
Mon-Wed 10am-6pm
Thurs 10am-6pm
Fri 10am-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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