Board of Directors

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


Monday, August 27

Jill O’Neill presents:
Great Lakes Center for the Arts
Monday, August 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Join Executive Director of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Jill O’Neill, as she speaks to the importance of healthy arts organizations in thriving communities, the impact of the Center on our regional economy, and the Center’s mission to bring world-class performing arts events year-round to Northern Michigan.


Monday, September 24

Marie Eckstein presents:
Red Dirt Road
Monday, September 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Charlevoix resident Marie Eckstein will present an award-winning 14 minute documentary film that depicts the life of Saly, a young Cambodian women who dreamed of escaping the garment industry sweat shops in Phnom Penh to return home to her rural village and start her own sewing business. That dream became a reality when Marie met Saly while visiting Cambodia in 2011, and the Red Dirt Road fashion accessories business was born.  Today, Red Dirt Road employs 13 women who produce exquisite hand-loomed Cambodian silk bags, scarves and other items on treadle sewing machines using coal-heated irons. Red Dirt Road products are marketed in the US, and all profits are returned to the women and their village. The film will be followed by a discussion about how the presence of a woman-owned business in an impoverished village has tangentially impacted the lives of every resident of Tramung Chrum.


Monday, October 22

Jane Cardinal presents:
Sleuthing Historic Records
Monday, October 22 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Discovering new facts is one of the most fascinating and exciting parts of conducting historical research. Local historian Jane Cardinal is back to tell us about the interesting new finds regarding the origins of the cross overlooking the lake in Cross Village.


Monday, November 26

Rick Wiles presents:
Petoskey during the 1960s & 1970s
Monday, November 26, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Take a trip down memory lane through a slideshow of photographs and lively discussion with local historian Rick Wiles. Rick will show and tell us what Petoskey was like during the 60s and 70s.


Fall Card Party

Monday, October 1 at 11:30 a.m.
Bay View Country Club

Back to the Books benefit to purchase materials for the Library!  Gather your friends and reserve a table for a luncheon with bridge, cards, and games.  $25 per person


Annual Dinner Party

Featuring author Jonathan Rand
Monday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m.
Bay View Country Club

The Friends cordially invite you to join them for a delightful evening at their annual dinner party. This year’s featured speaker is author of the Michigan Chiller series (and more), Jonathan Rand.  There will be a cocktail hour and silent auction starting at 6:00 p.m. with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $50 per person and tables can be reserved. Registration forms can be downloaded here. Guests can also email Joyce Hutto-Nolan. Proceeds support the Growing Readers Together project.


Candy Cane Village

Friday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m
Carnegie Building

Free Books for Kids, Visits with Santa Claus, Candy Canes & Cookies, Christmas Crafts,Treats for Grownups, too!

 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.