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

Job Description and Procedures

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.


July 22, 2019

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

This is the story of Rabbi Maya Leibovich’s life. She is the first Israeli-born woman ordained as rabbi by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem. Since her ordination in 1993, she has led a congregation of the Reform Movement in Mevasseret Zion which grew to over two hundred families, served as head of the Israeli Reform Rabbinical council, and was amongst the first rabbis to go to the Former Soviet Union and teach Reform Judaism. In her retirement, Maya serves as Summer Rabbi to B’nai Israel in Petoskey. During the year she dedicates time to a Women’s Shelter in Jerusalem, participates in surveillance over road blocks and volunteers in Alyn at a rehabilitation center for physically challenged and disabled children, adolescents and young adults.


August 26, 2019

History of the Garden Club
with Ethel Larsen
The Petoskey Area Garden Club has been beautifying Petoskey for 85 years.  Membership in this award-winning organization has grown to 107.  Collaborating with the Department of Parks and Recreation, club members now plant and care for flower beds throughout the community.  Join Ethel Larsen as she presents highlights from the club’s long history, and provides glimpses of all the gardens.


September 23, 2019

TBD with Dr. Carl Palazzolo


October 28, 2019

Women Leaders of the Odawa with Eric Hemenway


November 25, 2019

Petoskey in the 1970s and 1980s


Fall Card Party

The Friends of the Petoskey Library invite you to Cards for the Library, their annual spring card party that benefits the Petoskey District Library.
What: A luncheon with Bridge, Cards, and Games
When: Monday, September 23, 11:30am – 3:00pm
Where: Petoskey/Bay View Country Club

Gather your friends and reserve a table! $30 per person. Please call Jane Damschroder at 231.347.6440 or email for reservations. Looking forward to seeing you there!


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.  Details about the 2019 Annual Dinner will follow.


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.