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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.

What's Happening at the Library?

Upcoming Programs!

Check out the Event Calendar to see what is happening at the Library!

Library Calendar of Events

History of Indian Boarding Schools

with Eric Hemenway

Thursday, September 22 @ 6 pm

The Cheboygan Area Public Library will be hosting Eric Hemenway, the Director of Repatriation, Archives, and Records for the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians (LTBB) on September 22 at 6 p.m. as he shares the history of Indian Boarding Schools. 

Indian boarding schools were federal government and religious institutions that forced Native American children to assimilate into white culture through education while denying their own language and customs.

This program will reveal more about the history of Indian boarding schools and how their history continues to have an impact in our communities. This event is free and open to the public. 

Upcoming Classes!

Adult Drawing Class

with Art Instructor

Kimberly Liedel-Ross

Dates: Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10

Time: 10am - 11:30am

Includes 4 days of lessons & supplies.

Open to ages 9 to adult.

$20/student, registration required.

Upcoming Blood Drive!

Blood Drive

Thursday, Oct 20 @ 1-6:30pm

Sign up to be a blood donor HERE!

Youth Programs

Mr. Wizard's Magic Show

with Daisy the Unicorn

Wednesday, September 14 @ 6pm

The Book Nook is Open!

The Friends of the Library's

Book Nook

The Friends of the Cheboygan Area Public Library host a used book sale twice a week! Find some new-to-you books on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:30am to 2pm in the Book Nook bookstore on the Library's Lower Level. 

Adult Programs Coming Soon!

Don't miss out on the fun! Put these in your calendar now!

All of these programs are free and open to all ages!

Youth Programs Coming Soon!

National Library Card Month!

In 1987, then Secretary of Education William Bennett inspired a national campaign to “emphasize the importance of library cards to a child’s education and to combat illiteracy” ( Through Bennett’s actions, the month of September has since become known as Library Card Sign-Up Month! Afterall, as Bennett said, “Every child should obtain a library card and use it.”

Naturally, the best way to celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month is to do just that – get a library card if you do not already have one! And if you do, use your card to check out your next book, magazine, audiobook, or movie to enjoy!

Don’t forget, your Cheboygan Area Public Library card is also your ticket to thousands of online/digital services through OverDrive/Libby, Kanopy, Consumer Reports Online, and many other resources through the Michigan eLibrary Collection! If you are unfamiliar with these, be sure to visit, click on the “Looking For” drop down list, and select “Your Digital Library” for a drop-down list of these resources and more! You can also stop by the Library anytime and a staff member can share all the wonderful features of these online services!

If you don’t have a library card, let us help you get one! Getting a library card is a simple process, just bring in proof of your address such as a utility bill or driver’s license that shows that you live in the district. The Cheboygan Area Public Library District includes the City of Cheboygan and the Townships of Aloha, Beaugrand, Benton, Grant, Inverness, and portions of Hebron and Munro. Then the Library staff will have you fill out a short form with your contact information and will get you a card!

Even if you don’t come into Cheboygan often, a Cheboygan Area Public Library card can be used at any PAC2 library! Plus, it can be used online for all the digital services such as OverDrive, and Kanopy.

Kids can even have their own library card! A parent just needs to come into the Library and fill out and sign a form with contact information and permission and their child of any age can have their own library card! It is a great way to give kids accountability and responsibility for the items they want to check out. And it can also give kids a sense of how useful a library can be at any age and encourage library use as they grow!        

Library of Things Collection

Be sure to check out all the great games that have been added to the Library of Things collection!

Card & Board Games

Cooking Tools, Instruments, Crafts, Art Supplies, and More!

The Fun We've Had

"Meet the Poet" event with Arra Lynn Ross on August 11

Meet a Mermaid & Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party on August 15

Celebrating the Coast Guard's Birthday Month Display

What's Happening in the Literary World?

Banned Book Week

About Banned Book Week

Celebrate the freedom to read with the 2022 observance of Banned Book Week from September 18th through the 24th! This year’s theme is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.”

Banned Book Week is a national event hosted by a coalition of publishers, teachers, booksellers,

journalists, librarians, and others who support the freedom “to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular” (

Banned and challenged books are a hot topic in the literary world right now. According to the American Library Association, in 2021, there were 729 challenges to materials in libraries, schools and universities which targeted 1,597 different books. These numbers are up more than 570 challenges and more than 1320 books from the previous year!   

A “challenge” to a book is an attempt to remove or restrict access to that item, whether in a library or school or elsewhere. A “ban” is when an item has been removed from the public’s access.

Since 1982, Banned Book Week has been held to “highlight the value of free and open access to information” by providing information about the harms of censorship and the value of diversity (of ideas, authors, viewpoints, etc.) in a library collection.

What Are Your Librarians Reading?

What BANNED Book Have You Read?

The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle's great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it full of secrets. The mansion has nearly one hundred rooms, and her uncle keeps himself locked up. And at night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors. The gardens surrounding the large property are Mary's only escape. Then, Mary discovers a secret garden, surrounded by walls and locked with a missing key. With the help of two unexpected companions, Mary discovers a way in—and becomes determined to bring the garden back to life.


Banned for racist language and depictions

Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster

For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason. Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams!


A librarian from Boulder, Colorado once locked this book away from her public library after declaring it “poor fantasy”

Johnny Got His Gun

by Dalton Trumbo

This was no ordinary war. This was a war to make the world safe for democracy. And if democracy was made safe, then nothing else mattered—not the millions of dead bodies, nor the thousands of ruined lives. . . . This is no ordinary novel. This is a novel that never takes the easy way out: it is shocking, violent, terrifying, horrible, uncompromising, brutal, remorseless and gruesome. . . but so is war.


Trumbo's 1939 anti-war novel, Johnny Got His Gun, won a National Book Award. This book was first published two days after World War II began. Although it was not specifically banned, the author and publisher voluntarily agreed to stop reprints until after the war ended. However, the author was blacklisted in Hollywood in 1950. 

Little Black Sambo

by Helen Bannerman

Little Black Sambo was written and illustrated by Scottish author Helen Bannerman in October 1899, The Story of Little Black Sambo tells the tale of a little boy who lost his red coat and his blue trousers and his purple shoes but who was saved from the tigers to eat 169 pancakes for his supper.


Banned for being "inappropriate" and "not in keeping with good human relations," the "inherent racism of the book, because it "distorts a child's view of black people," and being "racially derogatory."

Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.


Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit.

To Kill A Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up.


This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, considered an American classic, was challenged and banned because of violence and its use of the N-word.

What Does the Library Offer?

Library Collection

Browse the Collection!

Find your next read here!

2022 Michigan Notable Books

See the list here!

Get a Library Card!

Read the Library Card Policy here!

Library Services

Use a Community Room

Check out the Community Room Use Options/Application!

Host a movie night for your group!

Check out the Library's Swank movie license here!

Need a Notary? The library has one!

Please call ahead to make an appointment. The service is free.

Library of Things

& Seed Library

The Library of Things collection is growing! Check out what we offer!

Card & Board Games

Cooking Tools, Instruments, Crafts, Art Supplies, and More!

Seed Library

Our amazing volunteer Deb has been working diligently on resupplying the seed library! So come check it out!

The seed library is still located inside the genealogy/local history room in the main library.

Digital Resources

Check out all these great digital resources the Library offers!

Consumer Reports Online

Consumer Information & Recommendations


Movies, TV shows, "Great Courses" Education


E-books, Audiobooks, Movies, Magazines

Michigan E-Library

Databases, education resources, Novelist Plus book recommendations, PebbleGo youth education, Job/Career/Test prep & More

Want some help getting to know these resources? Stop by the Library and a staff member would be happy to help you get started!

Meet your Library Advocates!

Library Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is a volunteer group that represents the townships and school district the Library serves.

Visit the Board of Trustees page on the Library's website here:

About the Library Board

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library is an amazing group of volunteers who support the mission of the Library!

Visit the Friends page on the Library's website here:

About the Friends of the Library

Interested in learning more

or lending a hand?

Check out their brochure here!

During September (and all year round too!) be sure to encourage your friends and family to visit their local library and get a library card! And speaking of friends, the Friends of the Cheboygan Area Public Library will be holding one of their quarterly meetings on Tuesday, September 13 at 1 p.m. if anyone is interested in meeting them. There is no pressure to join the group, just feel free to come and see what the Friends of the Library are up to and what they do for the Library! 

Here is an article about the history of the Friends!

"Friends of Cheboygan Area Library continue to help Library"

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