Board of Directors

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

Job Description and Procedures

Membership Form

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Petoskey District Library, please print and fill out this application form and return it to the library.

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 at no charge.


January 27, 2020

Shiga (Japan) Sister State Goodwill Mission

Val Meyerson represented Petoskey this past August on the Shiga Sister State Goodwill Mission trip to Japan. The Shiga Prefecture is the sister state to Michigan and within Shiga, there are 13 sister cities. Takashima is Petoskey’s sister city. Val was part of the 28 person delegation to Shiga this past August. She will share her experiences on the mission and about her trip overall through slides and stories.


February 24, 2020

King House

In the 1850s, Middle Village was home to a thriving Odawa community on the shore of Little Traverse Bay. Join Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Kerri Finlayson for a presentation on the archaeological excavations at an Odawa log cabin at the village site. The cabin, recently restored by The King House Association, has been vacant since the 1950s and is one of only two log cabins remaining from the historic Native American town. Kerri and co-director, Dave Frurip, have been excavating at the King House since 2016.


March 23, 2020

History of the Blues


April 27, 2020

Ladies of the Lights

They were women before their time, taking on the romantic, yet dangerous and physically demanding job of tending to the beacons that protected the shoreline. In all, some 40 women have been identified who excelled in this profession over the years — dating back as early as the 1840s and as recent as present day. Join Dianna Stampfler to see nearly 70 images of keepers, their families and their lights that make up this presentation. The program includes readings from newspapers and autobiographies, as well as handouts including the list of featured ladies and additional reading references for attendees.


May 18, 2020

Unsuspecting Participants

Lives were dramatically changed among those who survived the Titanic disaster. Join David Kaplan for the biography of six people; from their early years, their coming together on the Titanic for five days, and each one going back to their normal lives with the memories of the tragedy. Four passengers are selected as well as two crew members, one of which only survived several hours after the ship sank.


June 22, 2020


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July 27, 2020


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August 24, 2020

Dr. Carl Palazzolo

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September 28, 2020

Mount Kilimanjaro

Karen Marietti


October 26, 2020

Dr. Roger Gietzen

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November 23, 2020


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December 4, 2020

Candy Cane Village

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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.