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The Friends of the Charlevoix Public Library

 “As the ‘living room of the community’, the Friends are the family that support us every day in this building and make it possible for this library to offer what we do.”     -Linda Adams, Director of the Charlevoix Public Library


The Friends of the Charlevoix Public Library annually extends an invitation for all Charlevoix residents to join this non-profit organization. For a nominal fee of $5.00 (individual or family) membership is a way for residents of the area to gain ownership in, become more involved with and actively support their library. 

This may be the biggest bargain in town, for while membership money is minimal it packs a big punch. Along with additional donations the proceeds from the on-going and summer Book Sale, monies collected are used to fund projects, concerts, events, programs, exhibitions, and buy books for the children’s section of the library. Membership also affords the opportunity for community members to volunteer.      

View membership form here.  Mail completed form with your check to; Friends of the Library Membership, c/o Charlevoix Public Library, 220 W. Clinton St., Charlevoix, MI 49720)
















Projects ranging from landscaping to digitizing Charlevoix High School yearbooks, the Friends stand ready to supplement the Library’s budget and consider proposals for funding. Each year the on-going and the annual summer Book Sale nets almost $15,000. Along with membership dues and other donations, this viable organization is able to maintain and manage a healthy budget.

Click here for a list of projects completed by the Friends:
(2004 thru 2016)


Life Long Learning:

The Friends of the Charlevoix Public Library with the generous support of the Leo S. Guthman Foundation, announce the launching of an exciting new concept in continuing education.  Modeled after several successful adult learning programs offered at libraries across the nation, Charlevoix’s fall sessions will be offered on several Wednesdays and Thursdays over a period of three months:  September, October, and November.  The winter sessions will run in January, February, and March.  The plan is to offer classes dealing with both local and global issues, targeted at adults who are interested in investigating and in discussing current topics in a small group setting with a knowledgeable facilitator.


Friends of the Library annual book sale:

Books, books and more books!  Great bargains on thousands of books: mass market, children’s, even rare and collectible books and gently used  CDs and  DVDs…all on sale at the Friends of the Charlevoix Public Library’s 18th annual book sale. 

The 2017 sale will be open for business on Saturday, June 24th from 10am to 5 pm and on Sunday, June 25th from 1-5 pm. The sale spills outside on the front sidewalk of the Library and continues on the 2nd floor where hallways and rooms have been temporarily added to the on-going sale room in order to accommodate the large selection. The Friend’s most significant fund raiser of the year, the annual book sale proceeds are used to fund new books, materials and programs for the Library’s children’s department.

Margaret Duerr Award:

Annually, the Friends of the Library’s Michigan Room Committee selects an individual or group who has demonstrated an interest in the preservation of the history of Northern Michigan to receive the Margaret Duerr Award.

The fourteenth Margaret Duerr Award will be presented on Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30 pm in the Library’s Community room. Honored this year is Rick Brandi, Charlevoix City Treasurer for twenty-seven years and a member of the Library Board of Trustees for nineteen years, most importantly during the renovation of the 1927 school building into the present library.


This years speaker will be author William Rapai, a former newspaper editor who has worked for the Detroit Free Press and The Boston Globe. He has authored several books featuring Michigan.



Previous recipients dating from 2003 include: 




Friends of the Library — 2017 Executive Board


 President:     Peggy Gallinat

Past President:     Barb Holmes 

Vice President:     Sally Campi

Secretary:     Christine Brey

Treasurer:     Birute Fleck 

Members at Large:     Alberta Beyers; Perry Irish Hodgson; Anne Kelly; Linda Moore; Betty Wadland; Debbie Mann 

Membership:     Amy Lalewicz

Book Sale:     Pauline McDermott

Library Board Representative:     Lynn Smolenyak

Library Director:       Linda Adams