Board of Directors
President – Peg Pinho
Vice President – Mary Daniels
Secretary – Ann Barfknecht
Treasurer – Joyce Hutto Nolan
Newsletter – Lauren Macintyre
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: March 19, April 16, 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, March 23
Pond Hill Farm
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Pond Hill Farm owner Jimmy Spencer will be speaking about how agriculture has changed in the 21st century and how small farms have had to adapt to survive and remain part of the local economy and infrastructure.
Monday, April 27
Mary Stewart Adams
The Headlands International Dark Sky Park
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Mary Stewart Adams is a star lore historian, storyteller, and program director for the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, a 600-acre park in Michigan’s Emmet County. Join her as she shares her passion and knowledge of the night skies.
Monday, May 25
Monday, May 25, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Petoskey District Library, please download the application form and return it to the library.