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Board of Directors

President – Peg Pinho
Vice President – Mary Daniels
Secretary – Ann Barfknecht
Treasurer – Joyce Hutto Nolan
Board Members:
Merry Baxter
Jane Damschroder
Ann Ingles
Lynnet Johnson
Suzanne LaBeau
Anne Lewis
Lauren Macintyre
Gayle Mroczkowski
Rhea Murray
Jan Smith
Carolyn Switzer
Newsletter – Lauren Macintyre



Friends of the Library Newsletter Winter/Spring 2015

Friends Book Drive & Big Book Sale

2014 Book sale 2Friends of Petoskey Public Library are collecting quality used books to be used by the library, or sold to raise money for more library materials.  Volunteers will be waiting in front of the library on Saturday, June 13 to collect your donated books.  Receipts will be available.  We ask that you do not bring textbooks, encyclopedias, Reader’ Digest condensed or books in poor condition, as they do not sell.  Don’t want to wait until June 13- just bring your books to the library anytime during normal library hours.  Don’t forget, the Friends will host a gigantic used book sale July 30-31 during Sidewalk Sales!  Or you can buy used books from the Friends at bargain prices, all year long, in the lower level of the library.

2014 Annual Dinner

gary-300x289A crowd of 100 filled the Petoskey-Bay View Country Club for the recent annual meeting and dinner of the Friends of the Petoskey District Library.

“We earned more than $7,000 at this year’s annual dinner,” reported Friends’ president Peg Pinh 30-31o, “which makes it our most successful dinner as far as fundraising is concerned.”

The dinner’s success was attributed to the expanded silent auction, sponsorships from local businesses and a 50/50 raffle that took place during the evening.

Pinho acknowledged the hard work of committee chairperson Gayle Mroczkowski and committee members Ann Barfknecht, Joyce Hutto-Nolan, Anne Lewis, Merry Baxter, Mary Daniels, Jan Smith, Lynnet Johnson and Lauren Macintyre and all the other Friends’ volunteers.

Funds earned by the Friends go directly to the library for new materials and programs. The fundraising at this year’s annual dinner had a particular focus: lifelong learning for community members, which the Friends hope will bring new materials and programs for adult learners in the community.

Michigan author Gary Barfknecht, the evening’s featured speaker, entertained the audience with stories of his years in Michigan, as well as growing up in Northern Minnesota on the Mesabi Iron Range. He shared anecdotes from his early career days as well as stories of Michigan trivia. He also described his newest book, Rooted in Iron and Ice, which chronicles his early years in the frigid cold and wilderness of the Mesabi Range.

Friends Book Chats

Join the Friends of the Library when they host monthly Book Chats. The public is invited to attend Book Chats once a month and share a recently read book or an old favorite. Each individual will be allowed three to 5 minutes to review their book and make comments about the author. The event is open to the public, is on the third Thursday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and there is no charge. There is also no sign-up, and it isn’t necessary to attend each month. For more information, contact the Library at 231-758-3121. Upcoming Book Chat dates are: May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19 and December 17.


Phone:  231-758-3100

Friends @ the Carnegie

All Friends @ the Carnegie programs are held at the Carnegie Building at 451 E. Mitchell Street, unless otherwise noted. The programs are offered at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month, except May (third Monday) and December (no program). All Friends @ the Carnegie programs are open to the public and admission is free.

Monday, July 27

Dianna Stampfler (Nov 2012)Dianna Stampfler presents:
Made in the Mitten –
Monday, July 27, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Promote Michigan’s Dianna Stampfler will not only introduce audiences to Michigan’s rich foodie and agricultural history, but will allow everyone to sample a few Michigan-made products as well!



Monday, August 24

mushroomMarilynn Smith presents:
Michigan Mushrooms –
Monday, August 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.




Monday, September 28

Dr. Carl PalazzoloDr. Carl Palazzolo presents:
Veterinarian & Wildlife Photographer –
Monday, September 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.




Monday, October 26

Joe Hoffman presents:
Petoskey, Potato, Panorama –
Monday, October 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, November 23

Dick StraderDick Strader presents:
The Story of Stanley Kellogg –
Monday, November 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

“Ice Thrones, Pottery and Sculpted Heads: The Story of Sculptor and Potter Stanley Price Kellogg” will be portrayed in first person by storyteller Dick Strader.

Membership Form

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Petoskey District Library, please download the application form and return it to the library.