Board of Directors

President – Gayle Mroczkowski
Vice President – Anne Lewis
Secretary – Jan Smith
Treasurer – Joyce Hutto-Nolan
Board Members:
Ann Barfknecht
Merry Baxter
Carrie Corbin
Jane Damschroder
Mary Daniels
Ann Ingles
Lynnet Johnson
Suzanne LaBeau
Ethel Larsen
Lauren Macintyre
Sue Moffat
Carolyn Switzer
Newsletter – Lauren Macintyre


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.

March 12, 2019

Letters Home from World War I

Jane Garver and Dylan Taylor from the Little Traverse Historical Museum will share letters and journal entries written by local men and women to illustrate their contributions to World War I. Learn about the war experience of young men stationed in France, as well as nurses, missionaries, and Red Cross volunteers from the area.




March 25, 2019

Those Magical Dames

Join magician Jania Taylor for a historical lecture of women in magic. Jania features six overlooked female magicians, starting with those that paved the way back in the 1800s, trouping shows by steamer ship and trains, then, as time went on, to those performing on modern day stages. Audiences will get a peek at their trials, triumphs and will witness some of the magic that was performed in their shows.


April 22, 2019

Tom Lynch presents Whence & Whither

Thomas Lynch, poet, writer, and undertaker, will present on the literary and mortuary arts. His recently published work, Whence & Whither, takes its title to wit: Every cradle asks us “Whence?” and every coffin “Whither?” Where do we come from? Where are we going? How ought we imagine the great beyonds beyond our being? How do we come to be the ones we are? Join us for an evening of lively discussion and deathly colloquies, serious questions, provisional answers.


May 20, 2019

The Story in Our Stars
with Mary Stewart Adams

Since the most ancient ages of mankind, human beings have sought to understand and explain their place in the world by reading the stars overhead. In this presentation, Mary Stewart Adams, Star Lore Historian and founder of the International Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City, will share engaging stories and lively insight into the celestial events for the summer of 2019, and how to find them overhead.



June 24, 2019

Atlantic Adventures with Don Roth


July 22, 2019

Journey of a Daughter of a Holocaust Survivor to the Rabbinate
with Maya Leibowicz


August 26, 2019



September 23, 2019



October 28, 2019



November 25, 2019

Petoskey in the 1970s



Spring Card Party

Monday, March 13, 2019
11:30am – 3:00pm, Petoskey-Bay View Country Club

Gather your friends and reserve a table to play Bridge, Cards, and Games to support the Petoskey District Library, $25.00 per person. 


Annual Dinner Party

The Friends hosted another successful and delightful evening at their annual dinner party on October 8th at the Bay View Country Club. This year’s featured speaker was author of the Michigan Chiller series (and more), Jonathan Rand.  Proceeds from the event support the Growing Readers Together project.


Candy Cane Village

Friday, December 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m
Carnegie Building

Join the Friends of the Petoskey Library at the Carnegie Building during Downtown Holiday Open House for their annual Candy Cane Village! Every child and teen who comes is invited to choose a new book to keep and to visit with Santa Claus. Music will be provided by Dr. Goodhart’s Home Remedy and refreshments will be served.

 Friends of the Library Support Digitization Project

Friends of the Petoskey Library President Gayle Mroczkowski presents Valerie Meyerson, Petoskey District Library Director, with a check for $22,000 to support a newspaper digitization project. After completion of the project (August 2018) the public will be able to search the text and photos of Petoskey newspapers dating back to 1875 via the Greenwood Cemetery website.


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.