Board of Directors
President – Peg Pinho
Vice President – Mary Daniels
Secretary – Ann Barfknecht
Treasurer – Joyce Hutto Nolan
Newsletter – Lauren Macintyre
Friends Book Drive & Big Book Sale
Friends 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
“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.
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 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
Marilynn Smith presents:
Michigan Mushrooms –
Monday, August 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, September 28
Dr. 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
“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.
If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Petoskey District Library, please download the application form and return it to the library.