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Board of Directors

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



Friends of the Library Newsletter Winter/Spring 2016

Friends Book Sale

2014 Book sale 2Friends of Petoskey Public Library have just completed another amazingly successful gigantic used book sale during Downtown Petoskey’s 50th Annual Sidewalk Sales!  Remember, you can buy used books from the Friends at bargain prices, all year long, in the lower level of the library.


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:   February 18, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15.


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, February 22

MSAheadshot9.2015 (640x425)Headlands International Dark Sky Park Program Director, Mary Stewart Adams:
Astronomy in the late 1700s
Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

It’s near President’s Day in the civic calendar of the United States, so star lore historian Mary Stewart Adams will take us on a journey back to the late 1700s, to the time of the Founding Fathers and the American Revolution, to consider the role of astronomy in the cultural consciousness of that era, and how it has developed since.


Monday, March 21

bee guyBear Creek Organic Farm presents:
The Buzz about Bees and Other Adventures in Organic Farming
Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Brian Bates and Anne Morningstar of Bear Creek Organic Farm, Petoskey, Michigan’s first and only 100% USDA Certified Organic farm, share the buzz about bees along with a discussion on their work enhancing our region’s local economy, environmental sustainability, and access to nutritious food.


Monday, April 25

diannaSpeakerDianna Stampfler of Promote Michigan presents:
Postcards to Michigan’s Past
Monday, April 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Before email and text messages, postcards were the premier way to send a quick message to family and friends. Fortunately, these cards have been preserved and saved from generation to generation — offering a glimpse into a simpler time of carefree vacations around the Great Lakes State. Dianna’s collection, at more than 100 to date, spans from Michigan’s coast to coast and from one season to the next.


Monday, May 23

houseGreen Certified Building
Monday, May 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

As an NAHB Emerald Certified Green Professional, John Plichta of JR Construction is committed to building long-lasting, cost-effective homes.  John, along with Bud Cicciarelli, a Petoskey green-certified home owner, will discuss green-certified building and owning a “green” home.


Monday, June 27

To Be Announced
Monday, June 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.



Monday, July 25

Neil Ahrens presents:
Ahrens’ Anthology:  An Artist’s Adventure
Monday, July 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

A talk from a lifelong Artist tracing a path through his works, thoughts, and future plans.  Within one month after this talk he will be in a Two Person Exhibit at the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort, MI.”


Monday, August 22

To Be Announced
Monday, August 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.




Monday, September 26

Gary Barfknecht presents:
Coming of Age on Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range
Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.




Monday, October 24

Eric Hemenway presents:
Odawa History, Traditions & Culture
Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.




Monday, November 28

Christie Petersen presents:
Maple Moon, Maple Sugar, Maple Wine:  A Sticky Business
Monday, November 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Christie Petersen of Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery.


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.