Board of Directors

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



Friends of the Library Newsletter Summer 2017

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, October 23

Jane Cardinal presents:
History of Cross Village
Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

We are pleased to welcome local historian Jane Cardinal as she gives us an extensive history of the Cross Village area of Northern Michigan. It may surprise some to learn that Cross Village was once the largest town in the region, and for a while, the largest settlement in the whole state! An extensive Native American village was situated at the water’s edge, and tens of thousands of Ottawa (now Odawa) people lived along the shoreline from Cross Village to Harbor Springs.

Jane is a native Michigander and spent over 30 years in a career of commercial design and illustration. Good Hart summers were the delight of her childhood. Both a love and curiosity of history led her to write a book with Connie Cobb titled “The Place Where Crooked Tree Stood”. She also helped to establish and maintain the L’Arbre Croche museum in Cross Village.


Monday, November 27

Mike Fornes presents:
The Edmund Fitzgerald: The Stories, The Song
Monday, November 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

A story-telling, musical program about the loss of a Great Lakes ship, its crew, and the song that told its haunting tale. Hear the stories of the crew members, their families and the ironies of a doomed ship in one of the worst storms in Great Lakes history. Learn how the hit song “The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald” was written, recorded and performed by Gordon Lightfoot. Hear the mesmerizing song played live by Mike Fornes, who performs as Lightfoot live in concert.



Annual Dinner Party

Thank you to all who attended the annual meeting and dinner held at the Petoskey-Bay View Country Club.  We welcomed Gayle Mroczkowski as the new FOPL President; featured speaker, author Beverly Kay Brandt, gave a captivating presentation; and the silent auction was full of wonderful items whose proceeds fund library materials. 


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.