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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

2014 Annual Dinner

A 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 Pinho, “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.

Another Successful Used Book Sale!

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: April 16, 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, April 27

skyparkLaurie Gaetano & Gary Appold
The Headlands International Dark Sky Park
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Laurie Gaetano is the Emmet County Parks and Recreation Department Director. The two will talk about the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, a 600-acre park in Michigan’s Emmet County.

Monday, May 18


Gregg Schumaker
Wildlife Management
Monday, May 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.


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.